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Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
Formerly called Retro Red.

(Beer added by: jmkratt on 02-12-2011)
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +52%

08-16-2013 19:32:59 | More by timjim1327
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jonathaniler

Florida

5/5  rDev +52%

10-20-2012 10:50:34 | More by jonathaniler
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +44.4%

07-06-2012 03:19:06 | More by Dapperticus
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:28:04 | More by bubseymour
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +21.6%

06-13-2012 02:18:40 | More by stampfler07
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Marshall_ofmcap

Colorado

4/5  rDev +21.6%

12-02-2013 02:54:49 | More by Marshall_ofmcap
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Murphious

Illinois

4/5  rDev +21.6%

11-23-2013 03:55:26 | More by Murphious
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +21.6%

07-23-2013 05:03:22 | More by Rhettroactive
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev +21.6%

02-19-2012 20:03:42 | More by mcallister
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +21.6%

01-13-2013 04:11:04 | More by Lovely85
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Slashytits

New York

4/5  rDev +21.6%

07-06-2014 05:16:24 | More by Slashytits
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stevecooks

California

4/5  rDev +21.6%

12-07-2011 23:32:45 | More by stevecooks
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jkrich

Indiana

4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:48:07 | More by jkrich
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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +21.6%

11-15-2011 02:47:58 | More by loupap
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev +21.6%

03-31-2014 17:34:46 | More by Chris77McGrath
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +21.6%

11-22-2011 14:39:41 | More by AJD1201
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Greeneagle


4/5  rDev +21.6%

07-16-2012 06:13:01 | More by Greeneagle
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +21.6%

11-11-2012 08:35:29 | More by WDJersey
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Mitchster

Michigan

4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 22:57:53 | More by Mitchster
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +21.6%

04-25-2014 00:56:13 | More by Gagnonsux
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joelBfrasier

Colorado

4/5  rDev +21.6%

11-25-2011 16:43:42 | More by joelBfrasier
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TwoForty

Florida

4/5  rDev +21.6%

03-04-2013 21:54:41 | More by TwoForty
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +21.6%

03-14-2014 21:45:32 | More by MarvinSnyder
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:09:10 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 22:51:46 | More by smakawhat
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Red Banshee from The Fort Collins Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.