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Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 358
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 30.21%
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: 91 | Hads: 358
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the artwork on these six packs. Pours red, good clarity, pretty color, thin head. Aroma was void.

Taste, you get some of those peaty red malts, a little bit of probably chinook and cascade hopping. Mouthfeel more of the same. Solidly average says I.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Red color, a little cloudy but mostly opaque. Pours with very little head.

Smell: Bready malt and caramel, little bit of hop and some alcohol flavor.

Taste: Bready malt, some caramel and some what herbal bitterness that doesn't mesh with the rest of the beer.

Feel: Medium carbonation, pretty easy drinking beer, fairly light mouthfeel.

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Photo of stakem
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Standard 12oz bottle pours s clear burnt amber color with a dark khaki head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

This smells fruity almost perfume-like with alcohol and raisons. A slight herbal touch is also present.

The taste is herbal with mild fruity aspect and cardboard-like dusty grain flavor that lingers with some caramel/toffee.

This is medium in body and modestly carbonated. I appreciate my friend gifting me with a bottle of this - its ok but it tastes dated and I likely would not purchase it.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark amber - little head that dissipates quickly; mild to no lacing

Smell - I get a slight caramel, malt, but not a strong aroma out of the bottle.

Taste - follows the nose with a little more punch...but not much more...doesn't even have the character of a mass brew like Yuengling

Feel - very drinkable, with mild carbonation and medium body

Overall - Very average beer. I'd drink it if it was there, but wouldn't go looking for it again.

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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 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 Tone
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of Chaney
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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 metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 Samp01
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red hue with a small short lived beige head, some light lacing. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, yeast and fruity esters with some good earthy hops. Palate is a medium body, slightly smooth mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Finishes with caramel malt, yeasty fruity flavors with some earthy hops bitterness for balance and a bit of a nutty ending. Overall a good amber ale.

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Photo of HerdNo1
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of RTitus
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

First off let me state that in my early days of craft beer drinking amber ales were my preferred style. That being said, I like to take a break from massive hops and enjoy these sweet light ales.

The Red banshee was pretty typical for the style, I would have liked a little more pop on the carbonation.

Smell was good with a little sweet brown sugar and a soft toffee.

Taste followed suit sweet and smooth. There was a smoky almost coffee taste, think a Sumatran coffee.

This was an enjoyable beer, and in a mixed sixer it broke up a chain of IPAs nicely.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours fairly dark amber color with a nice sized off white head.

S- A big grain, a slight dark fruit. Very sugary and a touch of molasses.

T- A big caramel at first. This beer has a touch of toffee in it as well. Again, a big strange dark fruit profile in this beer, not sure what to think about it. A big grainynress. A touch of bitterness but not uch hop flavor to speak of.

M- A decent body on this beer. A bit on the thicker side and nice carbonation.

O- This is a pass...

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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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 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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Red Banshee from The Fort Collins Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.