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Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 367
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 30.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

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: 92 | Hads: 367
Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
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

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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a very angry and sour redhead on the label; no freshness date. The ale poured a very deep burgundy with brown highlights, much like a dark glass of tea. The foamy beige head slowly receded leaving some decent lacing.

Upon opening the bottle, a strong malty and syrupy aroma came forth. When poured into a glass there was an additional spicy note.

The first sip was decidedly sweet and malty with nice toffee notes and caramel. As the ale warms there is a noticeable sharp and spicy hop bite that gives this ale some balance.

The mouthfeel was rather thick and a little chewy with a medium body and low carbonation.
The malt and domestic hop compete on the palate.

This is a rather complex amber style ale that pushs the amber hue a little too far. The ale is best enjoyed when sipping, though it is quite quaffable. The website for this brewery states this ale replaced the Retro Red ale.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Banshee? Me like.

Pint glass pour and I am met with a nice dark amber ale with an off-white colored head with sticky lacing. The aroma consists of malt, honey, caramel and slight orange. The taste is big time on the malty side. Not sweet like I expected...which is a good thing for me with amber ales. Slightly nutty on the swallow with a big malt backbone and slight pepper in the mix. Slightly watery mouthfeel which is disappointing. Overall this came from a twelver sampler and I would hard pressed to buy a sixer of it. Too malty and nothing really "stands out" for this drinker.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a reddish brown with about a one finger tannish white head that quickly dissipates to a film.

S – Sweet malts. Caramel. Bit of dark fruits maybe cherry.

T – Malts all throughout this brew with a nice roasty flavor. Brown sugar and molasses. Caramel sweetness. Switches from mildly sweet up front to a faint bitterness at the close.

M – Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Crisp taste. Clean. Tiny bit on the watery side.

O – Im a big fan of this type of brew and I would place this one as average. Its not bad at all but not at the top of the class. That being said I sure would not turn down another one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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

Purchased at Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a reddish brown color with a small light tan head. Head quickly recedes, leaving light lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt aromas dominate. Some spice character and faint hops aroma.

T - The hops come through more on the taste. There is a definite malt character to the taste as well as some spiciness

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

This was a decent beer. Not bad, but not one I would have again.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a rather short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt
Taste-rather spicy, sweet toasted malt,subdued hop presence offers a nice balance
A pleasant enough amber ale, although nothing exceedingly special.

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Photo of route66pubs
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of Polycarp
2.83/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice red color, clear with a small tan head. Very good looking beer.

The nose and flavor are strongly leaning to caramel malts and piney hops. Good strength in each category, not much for complexity but that's an amber. Some herbs, menthol, and pine.

Body is light, but the strong syrupy nature of caramel and pine leaves this one a little shy in the overall drinkability. I'm glad I tried it, a good hop head red.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of theycallmedoc
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber to red in color. Despite not being all that dark in color somewhat difficult to see through unless held up to a light. Interesting. Full head nice and frothy, settles nicely.

S- Not a whole lot on the nose out of the glass, but super malty out of the bottle. Tad spicy.

T- Malty at first that hits you pretty nicely and then settles pretty quickly. Hops add a tad of bitterness to the end that balances out nicely. Perhaps looking a little too hard for spices.

M- Nice body to it, a little heavier than I might have liked but nice for the color.

O- Good beer, nothing to really right home to about. Probably wouldn't buy again but wouldn't turn down if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Admittedly, this is not my favorite style, but one that I can tolerate and enjoy if well done. FCB makes this a very interesting brew. The taste is a bit dark (as it should be), malty and hoppy is good balance.

The brew is well made, clean and crisp. Head is a bit light. I would recommend for fans of the style, but I probably will not buy this again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A really nice clear reddish brown color with a thick tan colored head that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Wow, super sweet and malty. Lots of grain, fruit and crystal malts.

T: Yeah, that's a lot of malt. Sweet grain and a little bit of crystal malt. All malt through the sweet finish with some of the earthy hop providing the slightest bit of bitterness.

M: It's a mediuum-heavy body that is smooth.

O: If you like malt bombs then this beer is for you. Even though it has a slight hop in the finish, it is over the top with malt flavor.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dig the design on this label.

A: Light brown to reddish color with good head retention and mild lacing. Little carbonation.

S: Sweet malts dominate the smell in this, but also a spicyness.

T: Good caramel malty nose with a transition to bitter hops which finish dryly on the palate.

M: Leaves the mouth a bit puckering with the dryness, hops sit in the pockets momentarily.

D: My dad loves this, as a resident red fan, and I like it too, though red is not my style forte.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of rrski198
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: when poured this is a deep dark brown. When held up to the light it has a crimson/blood color to it that is quite beautiful. Nce sized off whit ehead that disapeared quickly.

S: Deeply toasted sweet malt and dried dark fruit. Cheeries, raisans, and a small welcoming spice to balance the sweetness. I like this quite a bit.

T: Sweet brown sugar malt, decent hop spice at the back end. There is a little heat from the booze but overall a nice combination and very well balanced.

M: sweet up front with the bitterness taking hold in the mouth. Bitterness on the tongue and the side of the mouth from the hops. It is a little thin for me but the flavors are quite prominent and appreciated.

O: Better than i thought. The appearance is memorable, the flavor and scent are good. For a red ale, this is awesome.

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Red Banshee from The Fort Collins Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.