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Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 351
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 30 | 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: 87 | Hads: 351
Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- Dark red color with a nice healthy head

S- Malt smell, with a nice hop character to it

T- Nice hoppiness up front, but the beer is extremely grainy, so it loses all of its flavor

M- A bit watery, but the carbonation build makes up for it a bit

O- Not a fan of this beer at all, just seems like no effort was put into it (368 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice clear orange hue with amber highlights and 2 fingers of still white head. Very subtle nose, perfumey with a little bit of caramel.

Nice but simple. On the lighter side of being medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Some sweet caramel honey flavors balanced by an herbal floral hop. But all the flavors are very subtle and light. Easy drinking, would definitely be a better beer if it was priced along the lines of full sail session stuff but for an $11 dollar six pack i was really expecting a lot more than an approachable amber ale.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's not a good one. (592 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 8/19/11

Nice clarity. Medium brown/plum hue; kind of like watered down grape juice. One finger head thins after a few minutes leaving a patch of bubbles amid a layer of skim. A few trails of lace.

The aroma has a decent amount of caramel with a hint of toasted bread. Notions of other sugars. Hints of raisins. Candied and floral hops. Not bad but I could go for more of a hop presence. Tastes pretty much the same, which is to say underwhelming. Some earthy hops with a modest bitterness. Floral too. Perhaps not quite as juicy as I'd hope. Toasted bread crumbs and caramel. Leans toward a lighter body; seems thin to me. Carbonation is too sharp for the watery feel. Finishes mostly clean with some residual bitterness lingering on.

Overall impression: an unremarkable take on the style that doesn't gel. I have no compelling reason to finish more than half the glass. Back to the sink. (920 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good ruby color, makes me think of my Redhead Fiance. ONe finger head after the bottle pour. Nice layer of foam maintains through all twelve ounces. Good bubbling.

Enriched, powdered, toasted caramel and crystal malt aroma. Makes me think of Government issue bread or biscuit mix. Add to that some musty, maybe earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is syrupy from start to finish. The hops combined with the toasty malts give a musty old caramel and biscuit taste to teh whole thing. Not terrible, but I'm not going to buy this beer again and will not recommend it to others. (563 characters)

Photo of StringSmoke
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although I like the appearance, this cloudy, some what malty looking red ale has a grainy toasted malt taste along with a grassy, earthy hop AFTER taste that I don't care for. Also it looks potentially big in the glass but it just over 5% and the mouthfeel is fairy thin. This ale looks promising at first pour but I can't recommend it. It may suite those who are looking for something off the beaten path with a different twang.

Happy brewing! (446 characters)

Photo of HerdNo1
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance was actually the best thing about this brew. It poured a nice dark ruby color with an off white head that dissipated but left a lot of lacing.

Aroma was strong in spices followed by malty sweetness and some biscuit notes. Still, the spice dominated.

Taste is where this brew goes far off the mark. Better beers exhibit a sense of balance. This beer doesn't. The spice nearly overwhelms everything else. I thought that it might get better as it warmed but the spice simply got more intense. I got some malty sweetness trying to cut through the spice but it was pure sweetness rather than a deeper toffee type of sweetness and it was a bad combination.

Mouthfeel: Someone else described the finish as cough syrup. I was looking for a good descriptor and this fits very nicely.

Overall: I rarely dump a beer. Hell, my neighbor handed me a Coors Light recently and I managed to get it down. I only got about a third of the way though this one before it went down the sink. It just didn't have any balance or complexity at all and the overly spicy character doesn't work. (1,083 characters)

Photo of ILikeBeer13
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber, one finger head, slight lacing

S - Roasted, caramel

T - Roasted, caramel...with sharp aftertaste.

M - A bit thin and watery.

D - I will pass on a second one and look for an amber that is more full and has a bit less aftertaste. (276 characters)

Photo of route66pubs
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - small white head, with good lace

S - slight malt and caramel, pretty bland and a bit soapy

T - waiting. still waiting. so, this is a beer, I get that. anything else?

M - there's carbonation in there, yes, that's true.

O - I'm really not impressed with my first offering from them. hopefully the rest of the mix pack will get better. (340 characters)

Photo of Polycarp
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours with a thin head. Light red in hue, slightly foggy.
S- All I got is a sweet buiscuity malt smell. Nothing special.
T- Nothing too complex here. Tastes like a simple Irish red. Buiscuity malt presence with a slight Willamette hops backbone. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.
M- Very slight carbonation. Doesn't linger, doesn't fill you up. I guess the weight of it matches the flavor: nothing special.
O- Glad I got this in a singles pack and didn't pay for the whole six-pack. It's decent, but there are better beers out there that stick with you longer. (571 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a rich, deep mahogany color. An off-white sea-foamy head sits on top and dissipates to a film. Thick sticky lacing paints the glass at first but eventually thins out. The beer smells both of sweet caramel and bitter hops. The taste is awkward. It is overpowered by bright, grapefruit rind hops, blended with a sweet caramel taste. The final taste is that of cough syrup. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp finish.

Overall, I'm really disappointed with this. I like Fort Collins Brewery, but not this beer. The sweetness and hops don't mix well. It tastes like medicine. (626 characters)

Photo of Chaney
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a 3 Stars glass.

A: Poured a dark, ruby red color with a sticky mildly off-white head stuck to the glass.

S: Understated, but red velvet cake batter in spades. The malt was presence, but I could have used more hop presence.

T: Ugh... tasted almost exactly like cherry cough syrup. Malt and with a floral component, but who cares.

M: The mouth was serviceable here. It wasn't too sweet and it was bubbly enough for jazz. Once again though, if the flavor isn't there, it's kind of a moot point.

O: Not a repeat for me. (531 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep dark amber and ruby with hearth fire, a finger of cream bubbles sits and recedes to a detergent oil finish a lather of lacing...

Smells of hop oils and malty caramel not much else but a decent smell for what it is

Hops hit the tongue with a bitter tang, and malts hit a moment later nothing in between. This beer is a mirror of its aroma, semi sweet malts and medium hop bitterness. Nothing fantastic nothing bad

Pretty light and watery body bedded down with medium bubbles

Not really sure what they were trying to get at here, it tastes like an amateur's garage pale ale and in all honesty its drinkable but I'm wondering why fort collins brewing is putting out so many half assed brews. I expect quality from the Colorado scene and this is not it. (760 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Nothing to do with anything, but coyotes are kinda creepy in person. At night. Just sayin'. Anyway, this brew pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a short-lived finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, clove, black pepper, toffee, and some light cocoa. The taste holds notes of orange rind, flowers, very light burnt toffee, and a touch of balsa. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an okay red at best, one that suffers from its overly thin feel and seemingly off flavors. (607 characters)

Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with a slight but present off white head.

Not too much of a smell....somewhat malty.

Strong malt taste partnered with some floral hops with the red ale backbone.

medium bodied and not too effervescent.

Overall, a decent take on a red ale. (260 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a tarnished cherry coloring with a weakly holding, dark tan head that left a sparse and spotty lace. Inside lied a lazy rising effervesce that was lightly dense.

S: Caramel apple with a light floral hopping first greets the nose. A bit of dry toasted grain and an overall light display of strength comes of modest and average in appeal.

T: Things start off with a thin and watered down caramel flavor turning a bit fuller upon the second sip and their after, but still lacks in depth of character. Some dry toasted apple caramel and toasted grains comes and goes, almost fading in and out with a fruitiness coming on the finish. Overall found the flavor to be only moderate and average, thin and watery, sweet with a dull vague fruity finish that is easy to down like a fruit laced water.

M: light with a slick and oily feel with a very low carbonation presence, almost to the point of being non-existent and flat. A redeeming floral bite of hops offers some condolences on the finishing swallow.

D: Again as with most of this beers overall attributes this comes off average, not much to like or wow over, and hard to imagine someone wanting to chose this over so many finer examples per style. Easily forgettable is its best attribute. (1,252 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bright, dark amber with a big, off-white, creamy, foam head. Woody, toasty, and grainy in the nose. Medium-bodied and smooth, but a bit on the flat side. Flavor is malty upfront and moderately sweet with a dry, graininess, breadcrusts, muted toasty and toffee notes, grape, and suggestions of leather and spice. Low bitterness, but just enough to push back on the malt. The linger is hard to shake. It's very dry and grainy/dirty.

The best part about this beer is its appearance, but the rest is lacking. It could use a bit more carbonation, and a maltier and sweeter profile. (577 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass:

A - Pours a deep, hazy ruby color. 1 finger off-white head with poor retention.

S - Sweet candy, floral and earth notes, even some toffee. The aroma is really complex and inviting.

T - Strong dose of sweet malt, balanced nicely with bitter floral hops. Still get some sweet candy in there. Not quite as complex as the nose had predicted.

M - Relatively light bodied and dry. I think it could be more smooth and wet.

D - There are aspects of this beer that are really good, and some that were disappointing. Definitely not a bad one though. (596 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nicely textured foamy head that doesn't really ever fully disappear. Dark red, almost brown in color.

S: Caramel, malts, caramel. Mostly caramel.

T: More caramelized malts. Very heavy malt character. Small bit of hops on the back of the tongue. Bitter after, but not too strong unless you're searching for it.

M: Thick and creamy despite its amber appearance. Really silky and creamy. Loads of carbonation in here.

O: A really interesting amber. It's a good Killians alternative. (486 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red Banshee pours an appropriate shade of ruby and is absolutely clear. In fact, this is probably the clearest red/amber ale that I have ever seen. The head is beige in color and while it is very attractive, it fades all too quickly and leaves moderate lace.

The aroma is predominantly that of crystal malts with their bready and caramel aromas taking center stage. I do pick up a slight amount of floral hop character, but they are pretty muted.

The flavor is a bit on the boring side. The crystal malts from the aroma that smelled so alluring do not come through as richly in the flavor. There is certainly more hop flavor with a floral, earthy and slightly spicy character, but it does not seem to meld well with the malt components.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter rend of medium and seems a bit watery. Carbonation is also a tad higher than I would like, though the beer finishes very cleanly.

Probably the least appealing of all the FCB beers I have tried so far. It has a decent aroma, but the flavor is all over the place. It is a drinkable brew, but I really have no desire to ever drink another one. (1,113 characters)

Photo of baldycmu
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Amber/brown with a white 1 finger head with decent lacing
S-Toffee with a bit of roasted malt
T-Based on the smell I was expecting more flavor and body, but all i get is a week toffee flavor with bit of cocoa and citrus
M-feels very thin and light, it's not a bad beer, but it is lacking complexity. (301 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It is very dark amber with a suitable amount of carbonation. The tawny head froths up to a finger or so. It also sticks to the side of the glass pretty well. I like the thickness for an American Ale.

Usually you expect something a little bubblier instead of thick. I like it. Head has receded a little since initial pour, still hanging strong though.

Smell: Bready and sweet malts are the major profile when sniffed. There isn’t really much in the “earthy” department that is advertised on the bottle. However, they definitely nailed the sweet caramel malts. It is very subtle.

Taste: The sweetness of the smell does not carry over to the tasting. The earthiness is finally here, and it is accompanied by the bitterness of the Willamette hops. Not much malt at all in the drink and that is disappointing. Where is my sweet, bready malt that finishes with the hop bitterness?

It’s like my tongue keeps skipping the first part and trucks immediately to the finish. There is just the slightest bit of roasted malt in there, but certainly not a pleasant sweetness.

Mouth feel: Not bad? Not good either. It finishes resolutely dry with the hop character being so steadfast on waiting to show up at the end of the drink. It makes the swallow a little unpleasant on some drinks, warming definitely helps smooth out the beer.

Overall: This siren is certainly not everything her beautiful bottle promises. While her tempting bottle art won’t lead you to the certain doom that is drinking bad beer, she might leave you wondering how she ever made it home with you from the bar. (1,601 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff goes through name and label changes like Ocho Cinco. Red beer, good clarity, average head. Aroma was grainy, faint malt sweetness. Par for the course.

Taste, a little more flavor along the lines of sweet, bitter and mild hopping in this. A little thicker viscosity than your average red, lending to the beer not having a crisp, dry or zesty edge at all. Malty is the dominant profile. Seems like one of those basic styles and efforts, something a homebrewer would rave about if it were his.

Cool label, average beer. (530 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany but light make this one shine pomegranate red, forms a one finger tan head with decent retention but little lacing.

Rather pungent aroma or molasses, bready malts, figs and light all spice. Hop character is earthy and yeasty, slightly citrus. Very sweet.

Toasted malts, rather sweet and rather bready. Somewhat spiced and a mild bitterness following, earthy. Very simple overall, but malt heavy for an amber. Some additional hops would do wonders for the balance on this one.

Good body but underwhelming carbonation. Makes it feel heavy and syrupy.

FCB this claims this is a remake of their Retro Red and as far as I can tell it's the same beer, rather lacking in hops and carbonation but it's got some decent flavor. A rather average amber, not something to seek out but not bad either. (807 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep red color with 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Very light floral hop smell traces of caramel

Taste: Has a very funky hop flavor to it can really put my finger on it, not like your typical hoppy red. Also has some oak on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation level with a slightly dry finish

Overall: Not to bad of a red but I like more piney hops in my reds and this one just doesn't have that. But overall the beer is not to bad (476 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I get faint aromas of bready, toasted malt, and a touch of caramel and black pepper, but not much else, and very faint notes at that.

Taste: What the beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in flavor. There are strong notes of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, heather, a touch of rye, clover and finished with some floral, piney, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another good beer from Colorado, and one of the few I’ve liked from the Fort Collins Brewery. There’s lots of bready, toasted malt which is balanced nicely with some hops and sweetness. (1,096 characters)

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