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Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of ajanesz
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a deep amber red color with a two-fingered head of yellow gold foam that slowly faded. Nice lacing with almost no carbonation.

Smell - Malty notes with a very feint estery scent, but nothing overwhelming. Also caught a slight hint of cinnamon.

Taste - Good balance of malty grain flavor and floral hoppiness. Very tender bite, not overwhelming. This one is tough to interpret. Can barely taste the Willamette hops. Very light.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a nice amount of crispness. Extremely smooth. Almost has a "light beer" quality. Very drinkable with a pleasant oaky characteristic.

Overall - A nice, if not underwhelming red ale. I was looking for something more, but this is a very light 5.3% red ale. You could easily drink 3-4, but the lack of distinctive character detracts this otherwise pleasant beer.

ajanesz, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

barnzy78, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of bluHatter
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

bluHatter, Feb 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

BKBrewer, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +21.2%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Sagehawk
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Sagehawk, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Cr0wBait
1/5  rDev -69.7%

Cr0wBait, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

zoso1967, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

tfsimpkins, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

40ontarget, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

meanmutt, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Banshee has a wonderfully rich malty nose. I pick up burnt caramel, toffee, freshly baked bread and a light floral scent.

The beer looks great! It's a deep dark red with an off-white foamy head that dissipates, but not fully. Lacing is nice as well.

Upfront, Red Banshee is more bitter than it smells, I then get a hit of caramel which turns into burnt caramel with hints of light chocolate.

Carbonation on this is moderate, and it has a nice medium body with a dry finish.

This beer is supremely drinkable and overall not bad, but there are other Ambers that I would take over this one.

tlazaroff, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Shumj
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish brown with a good sized head and fair lacing

Aroma - Strong carmel malts

Taste - Coffe and Chocolate flavors come through the toasted malt. Carbonation is balanced and the flavor is smooth and consistent.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium

Overall: Found this at Binny's make your own six pack rack. It's a good ale, I would have again.

Shumj, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

DrDemento456, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from 12oz brown bottle to a pint glass. The rep from Fort Collins Brewery said they bought this recipe from H.C. Berger when it was in exisitence (in the same location) and brewed Red Banshee Ale.

A - The beer pours a translucent deep amber/mahgony color with a nice 2 finger bubbly cream colored head. Decent retention with nice lacing throughout.

S - The beer has a slight caramel malt aroma with a noticeable bread/grain character. A minor fruity note with little hop character.

T - The beer starts and finishes with a crisp and clean malt character that is prevelant througout. It is of toasted malt and is very smooth. The middle of the beer brings out a spicy note of earthy and citrus hops. The malty nature of the beer is quite pleasant.

M - Lightly carbonated with a light to medium body.

D - The beer is very easy to put down. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a good representation of the American Red Ale. I would personally prefer more hop aroma and character thoughout, but that's not necessarily suitable for the style. I would happily purchase again.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-12-2011 02:56:10

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bdel34, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
3/5  rDev -9.1%

fiedler84, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of StringSmoke
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
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!

StringSmoke, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Dmart1223
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty, drinkable brew.

The beer keeps a slight caramel-tinged head and is burnt sienna (look it up). It smells like its head looks, giving off a caramel sweetness of toasted malts.

The taste is very smooth with an immediate toasty aftertaste. Not much going on in the middle, but nothing offensive in the taste. Toasted malt characterizes the beer from start to finish.

It's an easy drinking beer with good flavor, although it doesn't stand out in any category. If someone gave me one, I'd drink it.

Dmart1223, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mdmoore, Jan 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Dec 30, 2011
Red Banshee from The Fort Collins Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.