Red Banshee - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 353
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 30.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 36 | 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

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Beer added by: jmkratt on 02-12-2011

Formerly called Retro Red.
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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 353
Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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%
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 -18.7%
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 -17.3%
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 -12.3%
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 +12.6%
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 +15.2%
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.

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Photo of theycallmedoc
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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%
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 +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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +3.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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 -12.9%
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 -11.4%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +12.6%
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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Photo of MoustacheHero
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well crafted red from FCB that one assumes is a throwback to the A.C. Burger days.

a: A rich, inviting deep ruby color with a dirty white head.

s: A subtle sweet nose with fruity ester hints.

t: A wonderful mix of sweet malt and earthy, bitter Willamette hops. Very nice balance.

m: A medium body, good lacing, and very refreshing.

o: A wonderful, drinkable beer. I was never wowed by FCB before, but I will be filling many growlers with this banshee.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of baldycmu
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Amber/brown with a white 1 finger head with decent lacing
S-Toffee with a bit of roasted malt
T-Based on the smell I was expecting more flavor and body, but all i get is a week toffee flavor with bit of cocoa and citrus
M-feels very thin and light, it's not a bad beer, but it is lacking complexity.

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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.

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