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Mesabi Red - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 05-30-2002

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 35
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3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a dark red color, with a medium sized tan head which dissipates into a thin layer that sticks around with a bit of lacing left behind.

Smell is very heavy on sweet malt, syrup, molasses, dark fruit, and hops.

Taste is rich with sweet malts up front, more dry bready in the middle, and finishes with some hop bitterness. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and medium bodied.

Overall, a nice red ale. Not my favorite style, but this is a good one.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent distinctive red with a 2 finger head, nice retention, and good lacing throughout. Toffee, caramel base, plum, raisin and fig like fruitiness, dank earthy hops. Aromas have belgian beer like character to them. Body is malt forward, caramel and toffee, strong earthy flavors give this beer a very unique taste, the beer is not too sweet, a light bitterness lingers. Good overall mouth feel and body, slight creaminess, a bit wet in the finish however. Very different and unique, totally worth a try.

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3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance- red. Almost too red. Looks like a beer that's been spiked with grenadine.

Smell- has a very nice earthy, hoppy quality, yet I think there's something sweet and rich too. Like molases maybe.

Taste- hoppy and earthy like the smell, but there's a bite of alcohol there I wasn't expecting. At only 6.5% ABV didn't expect it and found it a bit offputing.

Overall- an enjoyable enough beer.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: poured in a mug, deep amber color, almost light red

smell: an earthy hops aroma with some malt there

taste: sweetness going into rich malts and caramel, then finishing with slight hop bitterness along with earthy flavors. Very well balanced.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, carbonation just right

drinkability: pretty good, the rich malts go down very well, well balanced

Normally i don't care much for this style, but this one surprised me. I didn't expect it to be this good, to be honest. Not a world class Red Ale, but a solid one to choose.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: shaker pint, deep reddish brown in color, served with a thin head that soon disappears

s: full caramel malt aromas, toasty and sweet, just a little butter, light earthy hop aroma

m: the big malt profile gives a full, almost slick mouthfeel, carbonation light-moderate

t: rich with sweet malts, toasty toffee and caramel, lightly buttery, very mild earthy hop flavors

d: a little sweet, but it's a nice enough red that drinks well, and a satisfying find in the North Woods

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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, The Gun Flint in Grand Marais, MN

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appearance: served in a surly shaker pint - amber-mahogany body, light beige ring

smell: caramel, grain, toffee and malt, rustic

taste: This was a rustic/earthy red with notes of tobacco, leather, caramel and grain. Toasted bread and sweet caramel - a serviceable amber

mouthfeel: light, adequate carbonation

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3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, small head, no lacing. Aroma is lightly spicy with some notes of breadiness, caramel, and some light fruit. Taste is bready, good amount of caramel, average hops bitterness, lightly sweet, dry finish. Medium bodied. This beer is pretty well balanced, but nothing special. It was nice to try one bottle.

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3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a semi opaque amber brown with a very small off-white head with poor retention .

S: toffee and malt notes with small amount of hops and earth.

T: Taste is about the same as the smell, very weak but not a bad taste.

Overall: Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and light. Pretty drinkable but it's boring and I wouldn't want many.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red to light brown in color. Faint and wispy head. Mild nose of malt with some nutty tones. Malty attack and flavor. The characteristics are similar to that of a porter or stout but with a lager body. Smooth mouthfeel and creamy character. Almost a caramel like flavor in the finish. A very unique red compared to those that I have tried. I would grade it an A-

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Texas Longhorns orange with Sunkist colored trim and a wealth of uprushing bubbles. All that carbonation has created a softly creamy crown that is currently filling the upper two-thirds of the glass. Arcing streamers of bubble bath-like lace are beginning to appear. Not a bad looking red.

The nose could use more personality. The spotlight is occupied by English toffee, accented by an earthiness that gives it a much needed second dimension. More hops would be great, but then I always say that.

Mesabi Red is a pretty good version of the style because the brewers didn't skimp when it came time to add ingredients. It tastes like they've added proportionally more of the mid-range malts, which gives the beer a 'toasted bread dipped in melted caramel' kind of vibe. Unfortunately, a finishing fruity tartness isn't entirely welcome.

The mouthfeel keeps thing consistent by being above average, yet less than what I would consider good. A bit more heft and a few fewer bubbles would be good places to start.

The Mesabi Range of Northern Minnesota is the largest deposit of iron ore in the U.S. I'm not sure what that fact has to do with anything, but I always like to know the background on the beers that I drink, including their names. Bottom line: Lake Superior Mesabi Red is a pretty good effort that doesn't rise to the level of a repeat purchase.

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Mesabi Red from Lake Superior Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.