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Retro Red - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Retro Red
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BA SCORE
82
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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 11-24-2004)
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dgeebs07

New York

2/5  rDev -44.6%

07-09-2012 00:35:12 | More by dgeebs07
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PatYoda

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Copper to mahogany clear color with a decent cream colored head. Smells a little buttery which is off-putting. Also some bready malts in there, lightly toasted. Pretty weak. Taste is identical to the smell with a little toffee thrown in. No balancing bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is watery. Couldn't drink much of this.

12-30-2005 23:53:42 | More by PatYoda
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TheBigE5

Georgia

2.4/5  rDev -33.5%

Appearance has a deep red coloring, with a quickly fading head. Smell is sweet and malty. The taste is sweet at first but the middle and finish is quite bitter. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is below average just because of my personal opinion of the taste. Not very impressed overall with this beer.

12-13-2010 23:58:01 | More by TheBigE5
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ATPete

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -31.3%

12oz bottle

Pours a reddish/brown color with a small peachy head. Lots of sweetness in the nose, extract sweetness almost, notes of cherry possibly? No notable hop character in aroma or flavor, unbalanced and boarderline cloying sweet. Low carbonation and a syrupy texture. Possibly an old or bad bottle, wouldnt know because theres no dating code to be found. Not my thing, a weak offering, especially in the style full of heavy hitters.

03-30-2010 00:34:54 | More by ATPete
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Something about this beer is not sitting right with me. Very nice looking in appearance. Deep red-brown in color with a frothy, tan head that never quite dissolved. Nose is average because there is nothing distinctive (either good or bad) about it.

Flavor is "eugh." Too much in the way of wet papers flavors abound. Malts come through but are stale. Maybe I get an old bottle? I do not know. Some bitters but nothing to really bring this beer together.

09-21-2008 17:49:35 | More by MuddyFeet
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

2.58/5  rDev -28.5%

I got this from HyVee W and S in Cedar Falls and I was very surprised to see it was retired. It makes me wish I would've rated the Sam Adams triplebock.

Appears to be very dark in ruby color with a little head and a lacing that sticks very well.

I smell a nutty coffeeness, but not much of it.

Taste is dark coffee malts with a very slight dark fruit in the nose.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, like a slightly creamy water.

I was glad to try it, but if it was fresh that would've been nice too.

04-27-2006 13:36:44 | More by Erdinger2003
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -28.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a wine goblet - 2008 Bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: A clear brown beer with orange/red highlights. The ivory head reaches 1" and shows good retention time. Plenty of lace remains on the glass.

Smell: Generous malt aroma. Dried fruit mix. Grassy fresh with some hop aroma. Milk chocolate. Dried cherries.

Taste: Rustic mineral flavor. Earthy and somewhat hoppy. Lingering bitterness. The fruit characteristics don't carry over from the aroma to the taste buds. Seems like quite a mes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a strange blend of flavors. I think this style should rely on hops more instead of making a winter warmer. Some alcohol.

Drinkability: Not a pleasant beer. It's not terrible, but convoluted and all over the place. Won't seek it out again.

05-06-2008 11:47:29 | More by Risser09
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cbo2122

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%

Wasn't impressed with this beer. It looked alright. The color was nice but it lacked any noteworthy head. The smell was a high note, but I wasn't feeling the taste. It started out very minerally then left a poor aftertaste with a watery mouthfeel. The small amount of carbonation compared to other reds held it together enough. But, all in all this wasn't a beer I'd drink again.

07-18-2011 19:19:04 | More by cbo2122
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ckeegan04

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%

A - Dark mahogany in color. One finger light brown head quickly fades leaving a thin layer on top. Sheets of lace.

S - A roasty malt aroma with a weird alcohol presence. Hints of spicy hops come though as well.

T - Sweet toasted malt taste up front, biscuity. A spicy hoppiness comes through in the middle and lingers through the finish. It never becomes the star though. The malt profile seems a little muddled and gives a somewhat off taste.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth/creamy. Great feel to the beer, just not a great taste.

09-09-2008 23:16:02 | More by ckeegan04
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gloriousglo2

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -23%

This is a pretty bland beer. Average look, color, head, and carbonation. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste quite as good as that. I drank about 3/4 of it, then poured it out, not because it was so bad, but because it was so boring. The label is meant to evoke some kind of nostalgia, but all it got from me was a yawn.

03-08-2010 03:11:26 | More by gloriousglo2
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morimech

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear burgundy color with one inch of head on top. The head slowly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: This beer uses crystal malt and Tettnang hops. Not a good combination for aroma nor flavor and it is reflected in my scores. I cannot really describe the aroma but it smells a lot like some of my lowest scored beers. About the only thing I can pick out is the crystal malt.

Taste: I do not like the flavor very much. Has an artificial characteristic that I find unappeallng. Bitterness is on the lower side of medium but is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation are well paired and suited for the style.

Drinkability: If I liked the flavor more this would be a perfectly suited session beer with its relatively low bitterness and ABV. The prices are a little out of whack in my market ($11+ for a six, WTF!).

10-31-2009 19:32:47 | More by morimech
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%

Another gift from Heather Bidwell. The Christmas party was a blast!

Appearance - Dark brown body with a light tan head that starts out at an 1/8 of an inch and fades to a wispy cover.

Smell - Sweet, almost a chocolate and cherry aroma.

Taste - The taste is empty at the beginning. The middle and finish is hoppy and bitter.

Mouthfeel - The feel is wet and not very becoming considering the flavor.

~ If I were to venture to Colorado I'd try to find this Retro Red on tap for a sampling. I would recommend a friend give it a try as well.

12-27-2007 00:51:28 | More by cdkrenz
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dgallina

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%

12 ounce brown bottle with "old-timey" label and no freshness dating.

Pours transparent brown with red highlights. A conservative brown head recedes quickly, leaving faint lace behind. Smells pleasingly nutty, with a vinous and slightly metallic edge. The flavor blends restrained pine and citrus hops with coarse earthy grains. The finish is vaguely dry, with more dirt and nut notes. The body is thin and watery; one hardly notices the beer until it is gone.

An indistinct, dirty-tasting mess.

08-20-2008 17:10:17 | More by dgallina
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - Cherry-like mahogany in color with good clarity and carbonation. Too bad an extremely low cream-colored head is shameful. No volume, no retention, specks of lace left over.

S - The potent hops right off the bat are more reminiscent of an IPA, full of citrus and floral notes. The difference being the bold amber malt backbone that provides support and a hefty helping of caramel and low dark fruit notes. Good complexity for an amber.

T - Lots of toasted amber malts seem too jumbled with the hops in the flavor. A lot going on that doesn't have direction it seems. Grassy notes with caramel don't blend too well.

M - Ultra dry, this beer is too over-the-top in that regard. Medium-bodied and crisp with a hard, carbonated finish. Far too dry for my liking.

D - Started out great in aroma and fell apart from there, this brew is too dry, lacks direction and flavor, and just doesn't satisfy very well. That and I'd say it's in Fat Tire's shadow for sure.

09-13-2010 02:21:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
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karengarys

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%

Pours deep ruby with a small ring of foam.

Smells - coffee like?

Tastes - a bit stout like with pepper and malts?

Mouthfeel is good and creamy.

Body is medium.

Finish is spicey.

I don't really recommend this brew, it is okay, better than a macro-brew anything, but to me its just fair.

06-09-2006 01:20:01 | More by karengarys
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bboven

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

Thin but lasting head with light lacing. Deep, cloudy ruby read. Very pretty.

Very biscuity aroma, a little roasty; like Fat Tire's lil' brother.

Tastes a little sweet but there' a bunch of roast and too much bitterness to let the malt shine through.

About what a red should be. Very carbonated and a little thin, but pretty crisp.

Cut the bitterness and a bit of the roast down and this would be a great beer. As it is, though, definitely quality stuff.

10-18-2007 22:36:44 | More by bboven
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-07-2012 00:04:02 | More by LJWalker
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-22-2011 04:47:26 | More by jmdrpi
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beerguy36

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-24-2011 18:44:29 | More by beerguy36
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-29-2013 13:16:50 | More by ejimhof
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rramsey

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.9%

09-27-2012 22:34:01 | More by rramsey
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-18-2014 11:58:59 | More by djrn2
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tjd112

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

From the brewers lunchbox bought at Spirits Unlimited at Route 9 and 526 in Lakewood, NJ.

A - One inch head, amber color, moderate lacing
S - Nothing really special
T - Burnt, biscuit-like, very thin malts, hoppiness is muted
M - Medium bodied, dry
D - Goes down well, but taste could be a little bit better.

It's a drinkable beer, but probably is not the shining example of the Brewer's Lunchbox

11-02-2009 16:25:48 | More by tjd112
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longarm

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

Appears as its name suggests...deep red with explosive fluffy head.

Aroma resembles carmelized raisins. Very sweet.

Flavor is cloying and out of balance. Malts are tasty and well done, but its' balance is out of whack. More hops would balance it better. I would love more bitterness as well as hop flavor and aroma and I think the American style asks for it.

Coats well, but has a sticky finish, again probably attributable to the lack of hops.

Decent beer. If you like sweet beers, you'll like this one. If not, stay away.

08-18-2005 01:38:10 | More by longarm
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

A- This is what I liked best about this beer. Very red with a reddish white head.

S- A nutty aroma that was more apparent the further along the glass.

T- Nutty and malty. Not overpowering.

D- Average, I wouldn't turn it down but I wouldn't go looking for another one either.

02-19-2009 03:58:04 | More by confer
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Retro Red from The Fort Collins Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.