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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (551 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (696 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (541 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,674 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 Slatetank
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (944 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (775 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (514 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (541 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight citrus hops, slight piney hops, hint of pale malt, caramel malt, hint of alcohol, hint of toffee, and a hint of cherry. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also an unusual dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, cherry, caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body is oddly cherry flavored, and the dry feel is unwelcome. (592 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 cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is nice and malty with a lot of sweet caramel notes. A very nice malty aroma.

T- The taste is very malty like the aroma with malt, caramel and some hops in the finish creating a mild-medium bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad brew with a good amount of malt and just enough hops to balance it out.  (487 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 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 claspada
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of brown sugar, caramel maltiness, and some bready notes. From the green department we have some light fruity hop notes, kinda orange/citrus with some earthiness.
The taste is really tasty. Begins with toffee and light brown sugar sweetness with some lesser caramel and toasty malts. Next, once again, you get the pleasant earthy and mild pine/citrus bitterness which helps to balance the sweetness of the malt. Malt is definitely center stage but the hops aren't a no show by any means. Really delicious if you are craving both hops and malt.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with adequate carbonation. Overall, good, yum; don't break your back to locate but worth a go if you stumble across it. (698 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An impressive dark amber brown with a minimal bit of head forming a decent layer of head only slightly sticky.

S - Smells of caramel malts, slightly earthy hops, and a touch of medicinal Sweetness.

T - Not the worst Red ale but not bad. Balance of hops and malts is noticed tasty.

M - Light to medium bodied I could have a few of these.

Overall not found locally but not a bad beer overall. (398 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty and yeasty with just a hint of caramel. It pours a nice dark brown, almost mahogany, almost like cola, with a fairly thick fluffy buff head. Flavor is mainly malty and has hoppy and caramel hints - not complex, but still pleasing. Texture is smooth and soft with just a little fizz, and finish is surprisingly hoppy. This is a good party beer. (358 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured a rusty brown color with a fluffy beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty with caramel, toasted malt, slightly bready. Tastes are mostly malt and similar to aromas: caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, with a slight herbal hop presence, albeit mild. Mouth-feel is average with ample carbonation. Overall, not too bad but nothing special. Could have used more hops for balance; seemed overly sweet and malty. (453 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a ruddy bronze with a coppery hue. The off-white head is about one finger high and lasts for a good while before eventually fading to foam and leaves good lacing behind.
The aroma is a little light, but I get a distinctive tang of fruits with some citrus and lightly herbal hops along with very light toast and caramel and a grains presence all the way through.
The taste is what I'd expect from the aroma, though I'd hope for a little more balance from malts, particularly for the style, as hops tend to crowd them out here in the flavor. it's good, with the tangy fruits coming through and adding to a light caramel sweetness underneath the floral, citrus and somewhat more resinous hops. There is, however, just a flash at the end of every sip of something very much like seaweed or oyster. It's weird, and I hardly caught it at first, but I swear it's there. Odd, but not bad enough or quite detectable enough to detract much from the overall flavor profile.
The body is medium and carbonation is light. It's mostly smooth, though not exceptionally so, with a touch of crispness to it.
I suppose this is a standard red, though for the whole "Banshee" thing I'd like for it to have distinguished itself more particularly as an Irish version. Either way, not bad. (1,278 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (730 characters)

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Red Banshee from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.