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Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Part of the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours a clear amber red with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, grapefruit, and biscuits. Taste is somewhat watery and is of bread, grapefruit pulp, and slight brown sugar. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average amber ale with a smell that is better than the taste.

08-24-2011 03:04:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.8%

02-16-2014 13:51:40 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -8.8%

10-06-2013 00:12:18 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.54/5  rDev +7.6%

A: The beer is clear very dark reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of sweet toasted malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the smoothness of this beer and the strong flavors of toasted malts. There was some sweetness, but not enough to make it cloying.

08-10-2013 00:18:46 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Toasty and with a sun-kissed sweetness, Red Banshee demonstrates an even-keel balance from sip 'til finish, and in moderate tone throughout. Designed for low offense, but also slight on challenge and intrigue.

Extreme clarity of deep mohogany redish brown hues elude to intense filtration. But the thick froath that builds from fine carbonation proves very strong and sturdy with lightly tanned foam and intermitten pockets of lace along the glass.

True malt scents set the aromatic tone, along with complementary notes of caramel, toffee, orange peel, and grass. Toasted grain and malts obviously govern the aromas without one commanding the other.

Toffee, grain, caramel, toast, and bread crust begin the flavor profile, with the malty-malt flavors providing an envelope that gounds the taste. A balance from grassy, woody, and citrus hops offer a needed variety of flavor aside from malts, along with the finish of grassy bitterness that offsets the sweetness and dries the beer late. With an emptying taste mid way through, the beer reveals a rather unappealing grainy and metalic taste just before finish.

A firm malty and creamy start waivers quite quickly and becomes thin and somewhat watery soon after, leaving a long lull in the mouthfeel. Somewhat grainy and astringency at that point, the beer recovers slightly for a minty-dry and clean malt finish. A somewhat peculiar procession with a pleasant start and finish with such a void between.

A nice American Amber that foots the bill in early creamy malty flavor, hop balance, and herbal finish. But the lack of soul at the crucial transition point from initial taste to finish really hurts the drinkability.

08-24-2011 04:00:01 | More by BEERchitect
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-14-2012 23:12:41 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -8.8%

11-16-2013 16:15:12 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

05-22-2012 00:30:21 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

05-03-2011 02:33:46 | More by TMoney2591
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +14%

10-13-2012 20:00:59 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

The bottle caught my eye at the local beer store today, It must have come in a sampler pack. Pours bright ruby red with a light tan head. Fine speckled lacing layers with each sip, the Red Banshee on the label could pass for my wife (a strawberry blonde with a mouth). Aroma mild fruitiness with herbal/earthy background amongst the caramel malt flavor. This is a basic red ale so tip it back and enjoy, pinkies up. A bit of grain husks almost like a grain room with sourdough bread fresh out of the oven. Mouthfeel is medium bodied an overall interesting experience trying a new beer, sometimes the beer just isn't that interesting. Carbonation levels are on par with the norm, overall impression that this is a well made drinkable Irish red ale complete with house banshee.

03-22-2011 04:26:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

I had this on tap @ Cobblestones in York, PA on 3/16/11

The beer comes with a deep copper almost crimson shade and has good clarity with a thick pale cap of tan. The lace holds moderately well and the bead is tiny. The aroma is a mix of caramel and slight citrus notes from the hops which is ok, but doesn't really draw me in, just too mild. The feel is smooth with hints of maltiness and mild carbonation with slight toasted grain texture and slight 'green' yeast and hop quality.

The flavor is ok, but has some green tannic maybe acetaldehyde or could just be mild hop astringency with some caramel malt overtones. The light tangy bread yeast taste and subtle biscuit undertone coincides with a hint of hop bitterness in the semi-dry finish. The overall score is above average for it is not a bad example, just misses the mark slightly. It expresses itself as it warms and is drinkable, but just not something I see myself ordering again.

03-18-2011 14:04:35 | More by Slatetank
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%

a nice take on an american red ale. pours quite dark, the color of maple leaves in autumn, with a small tan head resting on top. smells like a fall beer too, mildly spicy, robust red malts, with a touch of smoke to it. flavor is rich and caramely, with notes of dried fruit and a decent hopping at the finish. feel is excellent, more body than a lot of reds out there, almost full bodied. average to bright carbonation keeps the flavors moving. overall a very nice red ale from fort collins, whose beers have been hit or miss with me so far.

04-29-2012 14:54:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, caramel and roasted malt scent. It's sweet smelling with just a touch of roasted character. The taste is decent as well. It's smooth with loads of caramel malt character. It's sweet up front with a bit of a dry roasted flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a serviceable amber ale, but nothing exceptional.

05-24-2011 00:56:44 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +14%

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.

08-16-2011 13:07:59 | More by Rifugium
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Halcyondays

California

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

08-04-2011 02:45:13 | More by Halcyondays
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-15-2012 04:55:20 | More by DrunkinYogi
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -8.8%

06-03-2013 18:12:31 | More by beernads
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +14%

11-06-2012 07:08:33 | More by MarkyMOD
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +4.6%

APPEARENCE: Reddish amber colored brew with an off white head. Good clarity, retention is about average.

SMELL: Nutty, toasted malt and some floral hops. Comes off herbal and spicy. A bit of molasses and brown sugar.

TASTE: A firmly malty beer with a strong hop flavor. Roasted, nutty malts, and citrus hops. Some spice and pine chime in as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated which holds well.

OVERALL: An enjoyable American amber ale. Good balance of flavor and is easy to drink. Would go well with a pulled pork sandwich.

08-25-2013 17:56:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-12-2013 02:38:10 | More by BillRoth
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afsdan

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-06-2014 04:07:24 | More by afsdan
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

08-12-2013 22:51:46 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.8%

05-24-2014 19:33:02 | More by Latarnik
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

04-11-2011 22:40:52 | More by beerthulhu
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Red Banshee from The Fort Collins Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.