Mojave Red - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-24-2003

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.
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 38
Photo of MadAnnFlint
4.5/5  rDev +59%

I always look for local brews when I travel. The store down the road only had Mojave Red, and I can honestly say I really enjoy it. I'm not always a lager drinker, but it's smooth and balanced. I will definitely keep this in mind for the next time I am out in the Mojave area.

Photo of Mark
3.82/5  rDev +35%
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 jeffjfindley
3.65/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red with a very satisfying head. Nose is malt, malt, malt, and a touch of sour fruit. Taste is functional, but unimaginative, conststing primarily of caramel, with a dash of hops, and an unfortunate bit of cloying metallicism (Band name!). Mouthfeel is predictably rich, but sticky and unispiring. Drinkability is fair. Probably won't pick it up again, but wouldn't make it a point not to, either.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +28.3%
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 Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark copper color with some mahagony highlights. A short 1/4" head lingers a bit.

Smell: caramel, fruits, and a general malt sweetness is easy to detect but a bit too sweet overall.

Taste: a bready malt profile here. Caramel, red plums, red apples, and a mild bitterness rounds out a standard red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Smooth from start to finish. Short bready and caramel filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a bad beer, but one that you may want to change styles from after two or three of these.

Photo of treque
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: it presents a razonable off white head, wich lasts enough. the body is traslucent, a very nice amber almoust like a ruby, there is a very low carb activity

S: some caramel malts, some hops. some easter hidden at the back

T: it is very crispi on tongue, there is nice sweetness form the malt, nnice bitterness at the end, the final is kind of short the hops presence is good enough

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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 tar
3.23/5  rDev +14.1%
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 IntriqKen
3.16/5  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 allengarvin
3.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New beer in Texas, so had to try. Poured into a 12-oz mug, it's a dark red color, with a head that forms well but falls away within moments. The nose is very sweet malt. Flavor is malty, quite sweet, a touch of hops... wow, this tastes nearly exactly like a lot of kit homebrews, made with hopped malt extract. It makes a bit nostalgic for my first few brewing attempts. I'm not sure if I've ever had a commercial beer that tasted as much like cheap homebrew before.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a friend of mine bring me a six pack from California when he went to visit family.

A: The beer poured fromt the bottle a deep redish brown color, with a tan head, that was about half an inch thick then disappeared to about a quarter of an inch.

S: The smell was strong of malt and even a little bit of honey.

T: The taste was pretty fair, can taste the malts and the hops stand out quite nicely in the end. There is a nice sweetness to this beer not quite like a honey, but somewhat similar. Sadly though, it did seem a little watered down, and could be a little more intense.

M: Nicely carbonated, smooth in the mouth with just a bit of initial bite. Very nice.

D: It is by no means one of the better beers I've had but I can easily enjoy a few of these while watching a movie or a football game, but I'd tend to reach for something a little more robust to sit and enjoy as an overall beer.

Photo of gpogo
3.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear dark amber with small cream colored head that quickly dissipates.

A- Very sweet malty aroma

T- Malty sweet flavor. Slightly nutty. I found after a sip it left an interesting bitter aftertaste. No hop flavors to be found. Flavor overall seems kindof watered down.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth.

D- A pretty enjoyable brew from Indian Wells, probably one of their better brews at that. Found for a decent price in southern california. If offered I'd drink one.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev +6%
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 BucBasil
2.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: poured from the 12oz bottle into the pint glass. Average all aroun

S: faint malt backbone with some fruity tones of berry

T: very mild. Pretty much a bready malt center with some citrus notes around. A bit of hop bitterness balanced by some fruity berry sweetness.

Overall nothing special but not bad. Wouldn't turn this down but wouldn't seek it out or buy from a store.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer is a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Light body with a sweet malt character and light caramel and hops flavor. The finish is sweet toasted malt with a hint of hops aftertaste. Pretty basic overall.

Photo of likestoswallow
2.91/5  rDev +2.8%
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 LXIXME
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 timmah427
2.86/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Direx
2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Looks like a red ale, nice color but little head that dissipates quickly.

S: Mildly floral smell. Slightly less difficult to capture a waft, compared to Lobotomy Bock.

T: Taste is similar to Lobotomy Bock--very plain but moderately refreshing. Finishes pretty cleanly--I appreciate the red ale residue, and it's the only part of this brew that has some punch.

M: Watered down, thin, pleasant enough.

O: If you find most Red Ales too strong, then you may like this beer. Otherwise, it is a lackluster brew that feels like it's holding back. I really want to like this beer, but it just doesn't have enough of the primary characteristic I require--taste.

Photo of JBogan
2.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep amber color with a small but strange looking, almost greenish colored head. No lacing remained, which might be a good thing.

Smelled sweet and malty.

Tasted sweet as well, however with a trace of nuts also. Not very interesting or complex.

Mouthfeel was average, if a bit on the thin side.

Not the most drinkable beer of this type. I managed to score a single bottle of this instead of having to purchase a six pack and was happy for that. Not a beer I'll be revisiting.

Photo of sloejams
2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
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 nickd717
2.61/5  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 GarthDanielson
2.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

02/26/05- Purchased from Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into a random glass mug.

Appearance- Amber-red pour with a quick dissolving head and no lacing.

Smell- I guess a mix of metal, hops and malt? Smells metallic....a bit scary.

Taste- Tastes like a sweetend red ale with added lead and extra hops. Very odd and weird taste. Fairly intense hops. Kinda burned my tongue.

Mouthfeel- My mouth is still dry after drinking this stuff. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- No thanks is all I have to say.

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Mojave Red from Indian Wells Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.