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Mojave Red - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth red lager without the bite. We use four types of specialty-malted barley and two types of hops, Hallertau and Cascade, which are added at the exact point in the brewing cycle to create the ideal quality blend of aroma and taste. We use our own proprietary strain of lager yeast, and all of our beers are brewed with our own on-site natural artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring. Mojave Red is lagered for several weeks, then finished to our exacting standards.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-24-2003)
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Reviews by BretSikkink:
Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish tint with a foamy tan head, tight bubbles, clear body. Good lacing left behind.

The nose is malty sweet, strong but one-dimensional. Body is full and smooth, but the flavor is too sweet for me. Tastes as though it should have much more booze, but only comes in at 5.5%.

Finishes watery, overly sweet, with brew salts left over. Not high on my list, but here in Mexico I take my American microbrews where I can get them.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The color of the beer fits its moniker, it is in fact red, dark red and brown. Flimsy head, not much in terms of head, no lace, retention. Aroma, ugh, smells like someone found some discarded used oil somewhere in the mojave desert and used it as an aroma adjunct. But that's not all that is there in the aroma, there is a discernable red malt and caramel component, so its not a total loss.

Really bitter taste for not having a perceptible hop presence. Tastes like some bad homebrew recipes from brewers who like to cheap out or do hodgepodge type of batches. Has that weird dark fruit raisin/prune kind of bitterness maybe, maybe thats what it is I'm tasting I don't like, brings out the alcohol and flavors of a challenging quad, without the belgian yeast.

Not recommended. If you want to make a red ale without hops, fine, make it smooth. But why make a red ale that is nasty bitter without hops? It just doesn't taste good.

Photo of LXIXME
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big off white to light tan head with a thin lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Rich roasted to almost burnt caramel malts aroma.

Heavy caramel malts that almost verge on burnt caramel malts taste.

More heavy caramels in a light dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A little heavy on the caramel malts for me.

Photo of ste5venla
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of sloejams
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This came with 2 other varieties from Indian Wells from the Beer on the Wall, BOTM club - which sadly, has been kinda disappointing.

To start off, I'm not a huge fan of reds. Even still this was not passable by any standards. It looks just fine. The smell is where goes off - everything is relatively subtle. Hello is there beer in there? The mouthfeel was the worst part, it had a buttery slickness to it.

Skip this one, kids.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a full tan head that lasts a long time.
Aroma of bread and biscuits...very soft on the nose.
Tingly sharp on the tongue, however.
Very dry flavors and mouthfeel. Amber malts are very subdued.
Interesting lager to say the least. Flavors are really reminiscent of a swartzbeir.

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nickd717
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sent as part of a mixed six-pack for a 26th birthday gift from my sister in April '09. Thanks, Cara!

A - Pours reddish-amber with a small creamy white head.

S - Malty with caramel, red berries, and mild citrus hops.

T - Caramel malt, some cherries, roast, and mild hops on the finish. Tastes a bit like a bad homebrew.

M - Palate is reasonably smooth with medium-light body.

D - Decent. This is pretty unexciting, but not too bad. Beats their pumpkin ale, which I had side-by-side with this.

Photo of likestoswallow
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from some general store in Death Valley. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a fair size sudsy beige head that had OK retention. The aroma is mostly lightly roasted malts with corn and a touch of fruit. The taste is nothing to write home about, sweet malts, corn and faint walnut hops. The mouthfeel is medium to the palate and there is plenty of lively carbonation. The finish is short and slightly biter. A decent quaff that is much more interesting than the macros, but it won't hold up to the higher craft standards.

Photo of timmah427
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer a couple of weeks ago from a beer-of-the-month club, along with a couple of other Indian Wells brews.

A - Pours a brown/dark copper color. I gave it a pretty rough pour, but it still only had a tiny tan head that died down quickly. The color is a bit too brown for a red; looks more like a dark-ish amber.

S - Nice aroma. Tons of bready malt with a decent bit of sweetness and dark fruit.

T - Wow... and that's not a good wow. As somebody below mentioned, it really does taste like a cheap extract home brew (like one from a Mr. Beer kit). Tons of bready flavors, along with malty sweetness. A bit too sweet. Wouldn't be too bad, except that it just really seems to have that "extract twang." Tons of caramel flavor. Not a fan.

M/D - This beer was a bit over-carbonated. Just too fizzy. Drinkability was okay, although it was a bit too sweet and sticky for the style.

Photo of LJWalker
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third times a charm for Indian Wells Brewery's mixed 6-pack I got from a buddy of mine. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle, this beer poured a nice clear dark amber color topped by a creamy off-white head that slowly faded down to a thin skim. Little crbonation observed.
Smell was of crisp ripe fruit, similar to a ripe Fuji apple, and hints of caramel and grain.
Taste is all sweetness, slight apple cider flavor with a touch of caramel and plums or prunes. Virtually no hops flavor detected.
Feel was medium bodied, slightly dry.
Overall, the best of the three Indian Wells beers I sampled. I tried this beer about five years ago and I remember liking it then. I still like it now and it would make a decent session beer. I'm just not ready for the nearly two hour drive to get it.

Photo of theopholis
2.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma: Fairly sweet malt. Just the barest hint of floral hops.

Appearance:Orange/bronze, very clear, tight yellowish/tan head that has NO staying power.

Taste: Not nearly as malty and sweet as it smells. Has a weird soapy taste. Some bittering hops in the background and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level. Appropriate body for style. Not syrupy.

Drinkability: It's okay. Nothing great. I'm getting a weird aftertaste. Not a beer I would recommend, but I wouldn't steer people away from it either. I'll never buy another sixer tho.

Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm really up in the air about this brew.
A: red/bronze, clear, firm yellowish/tan head that was a little disturbing, hmm nice looking or weird?
S: good malty profile, somewhat sweet with some spicy hop content
T: malty and definitely sweet not offensive, a taste I have to call "butterscotch" lingers, is that diacetyl?, again, interesting or weird?
M: full, substantial, nice carbonation level
D: possibly a little sweet here, any beer competing with SABL has to do better, but I would not avoid this beer however

Photo of dizztracted
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of tar
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, red amber, with a fluffy, cloudlike, thick (1 finger) head. The aroma is neither unpleasant or strong, its just sorta there. The primary smells seem to be nutty or maybe yeasty. Tastes fairly good, a bit bready or yeasty, a little sweet, and rather mild. Feels fairly smooth and the carbonation and maybe some of the sweetness tingle the tongue a bit. A decent beer, but not something I'd really look for again.

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is malty and a bit fruity; it is a bit bready too.

Taste is good! It is malty sweet in taste. There is a plumy fruit taste here too. Hops are in there if you hold it on your tongue and let the bitterness build up.

Mouthful is good.

An easy drinking brew. Not terribly complex but a solid ale I would buy again.

Photo of KoG
2.4/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just your typical red lager that really isn't red at all. No head beyond the fizzy foam produced upon opening, and really doesn't smell like anything.

Taste is watery with a VERY light hop profile on top of water, but it did go decently with the pizza and complemented the spicyness of the pepperoni.

Hrmmm... No sir, i didn't like it.

Photo of Rckmo10
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Mark
3.85/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this beer is taken for what it is, it's not bad. This lager poured a nice red amber, head shrunk down to nothing and lacing was not even there. Still the color alone bumps up the appearance a bit. Sweet malty, bready aroma. Ultra smooth, malty refreshing taste profile. A tad on the sweet side, and that is to be expected of a beer from this style. Very drinkable and nice when in a lager mood. Good for a hot day or with lunch. A decent micro lager.

Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of nach0king
1.95/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Didn't finish it.

A: Nice colour but pretty dull otherwise, nothing going on here head-wise.

S: Quite appealing with caramel and grains.

T: Downhill. When I first sipped this I started a bit and had to reach for the bottle to check the label. Yep, it's red, and it's a lager... so why does it taste like I threw up in my mouth 20 minutes ago? Overcooked brussels sprouts are the aftertaste.

M: Honestly, I was so off-put by the flavour that I barely noticed. Medium-bodied is about all I can say for it.

Overall, I wouldn't drink this again, and I won't be seeking out other Indian Wells efforts.

Photo of charlzm
2.15/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed June 13th, 2010. Bottle obtained directly from brewery on May 30th, 2010. Consumed in "special" Samuel Adams glass.

Beer pours a clear coppery caramel color. Adequate carbonation but inadequate head; a splotchy film that doesn't completely cover the surface and a tiny little ring of none-too-clingy foam around the edges.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts and minerals. Uh-oh.

Flavor is off in what I am coming to suspect is the Indian Wells "house style"; mineral water overwhelms the caramel malt flavor. I didn't pick up any hop flavor other than a barely noticeable bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a tiny bit dry.

I finished about half the bottle and then shared the rest with the drain.

Photo of Keananmichael5
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was served on tap in a pilsner glass from the Brewery. The beer has a good red coloring to it with a light head. The smell was typical of most reds, with a light, malty tone to it. It smelled similar to most reds. The initial taste of the beer is good, but unfortunately the flavor is off your tongue before you swallow it. The beer is light and crisp, and easy on the finish. Almost a hint of apples in the aftertaste. It would be an easy beer to sit back and drink for a day, but I can honestly think of better ways to spend your time.

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Mojave Red from Indian Wells Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.