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Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 356
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 30.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmkratt on 02-12-2011

Formerly called Retro Red.
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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 356
Photo of bubseymour
4.27/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice looking beer. Dark red / purple clear with 1 finger head and great retention
Smells nice too. Malty, sweet mostly but very nice. I really like the flavor profile on this one. Very nice malty sweet and bready upfront with a slight hop crisp finish. Very well balanced beer. Perhaps could be a tad thicker and sweeter in flavor but overall its pleasant overall. A very nice sessionable beer with flavor and highly recommend. Nothing mind blowing but if its at a pub, I'd be happy to order one.

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Photo of akolb
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle into a pint, right here in Fort Collins
L: Light brown with a persistent ruddy head. Darker than expected.
A: Hops, bread, and a touch of yeast. A bright, inviting aroma.
T: Malty and slightly sweet at first with a strong bitter aftertaste.
F: Very smooth with low carbonation. The light body makes for easy drinking.
O: Far better than most Fort Collins brewery beers. The quintessential American amber/red ale: malty and smooth with a good amount of bitterness. A beer that reminds me of crisp fall days, and something I definately will seek out again.

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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a very angry and sour redhead on the label; no freshness date. The ale poured a very deep burgundy with brown highlights, much like a dark glass of tea. The foamy beige head slowly receded leaving some decent lacing.

Upon opening the bottle, a strong malty and syrupy aroma came forth. When poured into a glass there was an additional spicy note.

The first sip was decidedly sweet and malty with nice toffee notes and caramel. As the ale warms there is a noticeable sharp and spicy hop bite that gives this ale some balance.

The mouthfeel was rather thick and a little chewy with a medium body and low carbonation.
The malt and domestic hop compete on the palate.

This is a rather complex amber style ale that pushs the amber hue a little too far. The ale is best enjoyed when sipping, though it is quite quaffable. The website for this brewery states this ale replaced the Retro Red ale.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with crystal and wheat malts, Willamette and Tettnang hops. 5.3% ABV, 34 IBU. Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack for $14.99. Pours out to a clear dark ruby, forming a modest soft dark yellow head with good retention and lacing. Mild to mod carbonation, ~2.3. Nice aroma of fresh grain husk and a floral soft hop nose with suggestions of biscuit, dark bread crust and tea. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium-light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...nice husky grains, biscuit, more of an earthy malt bitterness which is mild but well-balanced. Leather and a touch of dry roast in the finish. Nicely balanced and well done with no appreciable off-flavors or aromas.

Probably the best of the bunch in this sampler pack. This is one I would buy again.

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Photo of matjack85
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

Got this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a crystal clear pale red color with 2-fingers of tan head on top that lasted several minutes. There was lots of good lacing as well. A very nice looking beer.

The beer smelled malty and nutty with a hint of hops.

The beer was not overly sweet although the caramel malt was the dominating flavor. The beer was also very nutty flavored, like crushed cashews, which you find more in brown ales than reds. If you swish it around in your mouth you can also taste a bit of honey as well. Not much hop flavor or bitterness while in the mouth, but there is a surprisingly huge bitter and herbal hop aftertaste after you swallow.

This is a smooth. creamy, medium bodied beer that is in severe need of more carbonation. The low carbonation is the beer's biggest weakness.

This is a decent, easy to drink red/amber with a nutty twist to it. Just wish it wasn't so flat.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a translucent amber color with an eggshell hued, fizzy thin head.

S: Aroma is of dark, sweet fruits; plums, blackberries and apricots. It's lightly spicy with sage and akin to a dark Belgian.

T/M: The taste adds another dimension. It's instantly rich like a deep porter. There are strong coffee notes along with some nuttiness and some raisin mixed in between. It's a little tinny at the end but still really good.

This is a strange brew that's surprisingly fantastic. The fact that it's considered an American amber is truly an insult. It has the appearance of an amber, but the aroma of a Belgian and the flavor of a porter. This is the fun beer that makes trying new beers worthwhile.

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Photo of Merticois
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A nice white 1.5 inch head which stayed there for a minute or two. The color is a pretty dark coppery amber.

Scent - Floral notes, a nice sweet caramel scent. A faint hint of herbs.

Taste - Up front a strong amount of caramel sweetness and floral note. This gives way to a finish of medium hops and a nice crisp citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium thick body, with a confusing finish, simultaneously dry and yet there is a sticky residue left over in the mouth. Nice carbonation and a crisp bite from the hops.

Overall - This is a pretty interesting beer. It's got a sweet caramel malt and herbal floral flavors and the finish is very hoppy and reminds me of an IPA. It's pretty tasty and if it wasn't for the mouth-feel, I'd probably rate it a bit higher. Overall, not a bad brew, I would drink this again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real nice looker. Very deep chestnut color out of the bottle, hitting the glass and settling to a real deep blood red with big brown mahogany colors. Head is fluffy kind of a yellowy tan with some clumpy retention, minimal lacing, and grows easily to three fingers. Settles to a very thick laced collar.

Real solid nose on this brew. Spicy cinnamon and caramel like malts. A sense of boozy heat strangely it seems, or it could be the spicy character going overboard. A little bit doughy too with some good malt thickness. Very nice.

Flavors are there but the body feel is just a little watery and weak, not much carbonation. Good malt richness with a large spicy hop like sensations. Large aftertaste of hop oils somewhere between grapefruit and some herbal tea angle. Garden green fresh with limited light caramel and some slow stronger milk chocolate sensations.

It's nearly a four overall but the mouthfeel is just not all there to give the beer some depth and added body. Still it's an enjoyable amber either way.

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Photo of MoustacheHero
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well crafted red from FCB that one assumes is a throwback to the A.C. Burger days.

a: A rich, inviting deep ruby color with a dirty white head.

s: A subtle sweet nose with fruity ester hints.

t: A wonderful mix of sweet malt and earthy, bitter Willamette hops. Very nice balance.

m: A medium body, good lacing, and very refreshing.

o: A wonderful, drinkable beer. I was never wowed by FCB before, but I will be filling many growlers with this banshee.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head on a deep amber body with some mahogany hues.

S: wet caramel malt with a musty sweetness and light hops.

T: caramel malts up front of mild sweetness fade to herbal and earthy hops with a smokey and slight sharp, peppery note.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Flavor is fairly complex for the style. Its nicely bold as oppose to watery as is usually the case with this genre.

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Photo of rrski198
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: when poured this is a deep dark brown. When held up to the light it has a crimson/blood color to it that is quite beautiful. Nce sized off whit ehead that disapeared quickly.

S: Deeply toasted sweet malt and dried dark fruit. Cheeries, raisans, and a small welcoming spice to balance the sweetness. I like this quite a bit.

T: Sweet brown sugar malt, decent hop spice at the back end. There is a little heat from the booze but overall a nice combination and very well balanced.

M: sweet up front with the bitterness taking hold in the mouth. Bitterness on the tongue and the side of the mouth from the hops. It is a little thin for me but the flavors are quite prominent and appreciated.

O: Better than i thought. The appearance is memorable, the flavor and scent are good. For a red ale, this is awesome.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice red color, clear with a small tan head. Very good looking beer.

The nose and flavor are strongly leaning to caramel malts and piney hops. Good strength in each category, not much for complexity but that's an amber. Some herbs, menthol, and pine.

Body is light, but the strong syrupy nature of caramel and pine leaves this one a little shy in the overall drinkability. I'm glad I tried it, a good hop head red.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Admittedly, this is not my favorite style, but one that I can tolerate and enjoy if well done. FCB makes this a very interesting brew. The taste is a bit dark (as it should be), malty and hoppy is good balance.

The brew is well made, clean and crisp. Head is a bit light. I would recommend for fans of the style, but I probably will not buy this again.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Build a sixer section at Cork and Bottle served in an SA glass

A nice dark amber color with minimal foam. The aroma is geared more towards malt with some earthy spice like nutmeg. The taste has hints of caramel, nutmeg, and a bit of an extra twang, like pepper. The body seems a tad thin for a red but not too much. It has a mild tartness that's enjoyable and adds to the brews positive characteristics. I'm liking this one.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from 12oz brown bottle to a pint glass. The rep from Fort Collins Brewery said they bought this recipe from H.C. Berger when it was in exisitence (in the same location) and brewed Red Banshee Ale.

A - The beer pours a translucent deep amber/mahgony color with a nice 2 finger bubbly cream colored head. Decent retention with nice lacing throughout.

S - The beer has a slight caramel malt aroma with a noticeable bread/grain character. A minor fruity note with little hop character.

T - The beer starts and finishes with a crisp and clean malt character that is prevelant througout. It is of toasted malt and is very smooth. The middle of the beer brings out a spicy note of earthy and citrus hops. The malty nature of the beer is quite pleasant.

M - Lightly carbonated with a light to medium body.

D - The beer is very easy to put down. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a good representation of the American Red Ale. I would personally prefer more hop aroma and character thoughout, but that's not necessarily suitable for the style. I would happily purchase again.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-12-2011 02:56:10

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep crimson red with thick off white foam. Toffee caramel nose. Bready. Taste is nutty and sweet, caramel malt backed by a very tiny hop bitter. Light mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, needs a little more buzz. Liquid candy.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red almost brown, dark maroon really, with a medium off-white head, light lace.

S: Nice crystal malt with a hint of pine, straightforward.

T: Excellent crystal malt flavour with some dark bread, biscuit. Pine heavy with the hop character, though the hops never are the main point of the beer, they're really just for balance.

M: Medium-bodied, thin finish, soft carbonation.

O: Really my style with American reds, more to the malt arena. Kind of a lighter version of My Bloody Valentine, high praise from me.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dig the design on this label.

A: Light brown to reddish color with good head retention and mild lacing. Little carbonation.

S: Sweet malts dominate the smell in this, but also a spicyness.

T: Good caramel malty nose with a transition to bitter hops which finish dryly on the palate.

M: Leaves the mouth a bit puckering with the dryness, hops sit in the pockets momentarily.

D: My dad loves this, as a resident red fan, and I like it too, though red is not my style forte.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. A truly beautiful beer with small tan head over a clear deep red body. Head leaves the building rapidly. Excellent noble hop aroma for an amber. Love Willamette. Malt aroma is not neglected. Smells almost like a Maris Otter malt. Lots of good caramelly sweetness. Excellent balance in the beer with the sweetness gradually overtaken by the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and lively. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. I want to take another sip to start the whole trip over again. A very nice American amber.

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Photo of SamN
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very dark amber hue but still quite clear. Nice desert tan head that lasts, staying quite fluffy and rocky. Aroma is a creamy breadiness, sweet crystal malts and a flowery hops aroma. A unique smell, never smelled an amber quite like this. Taste is quite nice, easyile balanced. Almost a cookie-like malt flavor, finishines on a solid hop bitter note. Medium light body, creamy with ample carbonation that keeps it a lively beer to sip.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a nonic, pours a nice mahogany with a caramel-ish head with nice varying bubbles. Patchy lacing. Good retention.

S - Grapefruit, caramel and sweet roasty malts. Sort of faint, or my nose is screwed up.

T - Sweet, maybe a little too sweet. Kind of roasty, with very faint cirtus.

M - Dry, with some good carb. Smooth finish.

O - Not that bad, but the taste is just a little too sweet, to be honest.

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Photo of Kromes
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A really nice clear reddish brown color with a thick tan colored head that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Wow, super sweet and malty. Lots of grain, fruit and crystal malts.

T: Yeah, that's a lot of malt. Sweet grain and a little bit of crystal malt. All malt through the sweet finish with some of the earthy hop providing the slightest bit of bitterness.

M: It's a mediuum-heavy body that is smooth.

O: If you like malt bombs then this beer is for you. Even though it has a slight hop in the finish, it is over the top with malt flavor.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured a ruby-brown with a moderately sized, off-white head. Good balance of malts and piney hops in the aroma. Biscuity taste, sweet malts, balanced with a moderate amount of piney hoppage, grainy, with notes of apple and maybe a touch of citrus. Medium body, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Red? More like dark brown. Was not expecting the body to be so damn dark. Dark khaki head really hangs around. Head is frothy and reliable. Good lacing too. ONly moderate light penetration. I am interested.

S-This really comes off as more of a Brown Ale. It even has some Porter elements to it. Roasted coffee and cocoa powder. Toasted dark bread and some respectable citrusy hops. A dark Red Ale. Impressed and surprised by both the nose and the look.

T-Maybe there is a touch of smokiness here, maybe I am completely wrong. Chocolate milk powder, toasted bread and burnt caramel. It all goes together quite well. Coffee and other underlying sweetness. Light grapefruit hoppiness on the rear end.

M-Feels fuller than the ABV it holds. Bubbles are pleasant and noticeable. A bit dry, with subdued bitterness. Drinkable.

O/D-Here I was expecting to like their IPA better. Nope, this was much more unique and just better. A cool take on a very broad style. One of the best brews I had during the weekend.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a nice thick head that falls down to a permanent layer. Bits of foam are left down side of glass. Color is a nice reddish amber. Aroma is malty, caramel, and hints of nuts and toffee. Flavor is malt-forward but strongly balanced by a hop backbone of earthy Willamette hops (basically American Fuggles) Mouthfeel is a bit crusty and astringent. A good quaff.

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Red Banshee from The Fort Collins Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.