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Rainbow Red Ale - Trout River Brewing Company

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Rainbow Red AleRainbow Red Ale

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154 Ratings

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rainbow Red Ale: our flagship brew. A well-balanced, easy drinking American-style red ale with fruity esters, nutty malt flavors, and a soft, clean finish.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2002)
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Reviews by HiroProtagonist:
Photo of HiroProtagonist


3.05/5  rDev -3.5%

Rainbow Red was served from a 12 oz. bottle, with a label depicting a idealic river scene complete with a colorful rainbow. In a pint glass, the beer was an orange-red-brown (caramel) color, and was topped by a thin, off-white head. The nose had a great spicy-citirc zesty hop bouquet that was backed up by an orangy maltiness. The taste was less impressive, presenting a citric-tinged caramelish maltiness that was followed by citric sweetness and a zesty-spicy bittered finish. Sounds OK but it just didn’t capture the tastebuds in the right way. The body was appropriately medium full for the character of the beer. Drinkability was decent. Maybe I’m just too used to my favorite reds: Full Sail’s Switchback and Deschutes Cinder Cone...I just wasn’t thrilled by this one.

09-12-2004 02:01:13 | More by HiroProtagonist
More User Reviews:
Photo of JMD71


2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Ap: Medium strength pour produces sudsy, bubbly head which recedes quickly. Little carbonation evident.

Ar: Prominent aroma of sour cherries & hard candy. Little malt or hop presence noted.

Ta: Slightly malty, chalky flavor with hints of cherry. A slight bitterness in the middle & finish fades immediately. Very bland.

Mo: Thin. Smooth, but watery. Not a lot of body. Refreshing, but so is water....

Dr: Its easily drinkable, but not a lot to draw me back to it. Its crisp, clean & smooth, but not remarkable in any way.

Comments: Very plain IMHO. Not much going on in the flavor profile. The only thing that stands out is the slight sour cherry aroma which may not even have been intended. I would not go out of my way to find this one again.

01-09-2007 22:15:07 | More by JMD71
Photo of helmdog525


3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-02-2012 01:30:17 | More by helmdog525
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.98/5  rDev -5.7%

A 12oz bottle, this beer was a cloudy amber color with a small white head. It had a sweet aroma, nothing standing out. Some hops, some fruit in the taste. Again, nothing striking. A very unsubstantial beer, thin. Would probably be a decent session beer. Not bad, but certainly nothing special.

03-25-2007 12:10:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Todd


3.35/5  rDev +6%

Had this on tap @ SmokeJack's in Burlington, VT.

Roasted red/amber beer, touch of haze with a tight white cream lace -- nice stick and retention. Nose is grainy, hint of flowers. Malty, leaning towards a grainy mouthfeel and flavour that stretches the experience. Dry and crisp. Fruity sweetness. Raw floral hop flavour turning into a thin rind bitterness. Mineral flavours are evident, as is an underlying astringency that defines much of the brew. Dry grainy finish.

09-12-2002 19:02:29 | More by Todd
Photo of Jason


3.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Very hazed with lots of very tiny yeast particles in the liquid. Creamy looking tan lace stays for the duration.

Smell: Sweet malt, musty yeast, lemony hop, faintly metallic and a touch of hops are ways to describe the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body with a semi crisp mouth feel, a bite from the tip of the carbonation and the beginning of the hop bitterness shows some liveliness. Touch of musty diacetyl in which the yeast flavour wraps themselves around this. Mild citric note from the hops. Faint alcoholic esters and a toasted grain linger middle to end. Finishes dry with hints of yeast and grain.

Notes: Not a bad American red ale, it is the excess of yeast that is perhaps bothersome. In other words there are better ales out there unless you like them real raw.

11-05-2002 20:25:25 | More by Jason
Photo of merlin48


3.63/5  rDev +14.9%

The brewery's flagship beer, according to their website. This bottle pours a murky, red chestnut body with a one finger, beige head that leaves some moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma reveals plenty of malt flavors, including caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Hops aren't noticeable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.

Taste is malty, and echoes the aroma, minus the chocolate. The hopping is soft, with hints of apple, and balances well with an adequate bitterness. Very well balanced, overall.

I liked this one. An above average, American Red Ale.

07-28-2004 23:47:56 | More by merlin48
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, red in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and small hops

Taste: Big caramel, small grassy hops, and some earth.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a slightly dry bitter end.

Overall: An above average, sweeter red that still maintains its balance. Nothing horribly out of the ordinary, yet I find myself wanting more. Easily one to sit with a six pack of.

09-01-2011 15:48:41 | More by tigg924
Photo of kingcrowing


3.63/5  rDev +14.9%

On tap poured into a pint glass.

No sure why this has such low reviews. Poured a nice reddish brown with a small creamy light brown hea that slowly fades. Nose is malty and bready.

Mouthfeel is super rich and creamy it's phenomenal. Taste is a bit irony but it's not bad, there's a decent makeovers to it with very little hops. Really easy drinking beer.

Review #700!

11-05-2010 01:10:49 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of PretzelsNBeer


2.75/5  rDev -13%

07-31-2012 11:17:12 | More by PretzelsNBeer
Photo of yankeeheel


3.28/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a very nice medium red with a small white head that left town fast.

Smells of yeast, bread, and hops. Very floral. The taste is quite nice. A little bit of butter/biscuit followed by a nice mild dry hop finish.Medium bodied. A decent red that I'd drink again, but nothing super-memorable.

09-30-2003 23:09:29 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of doremite


3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

07-12-2013 19:48:48 | More by doremite
Photo of ThreeDimesDown


2.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a clear, fire-ember red, with a decent off white head that leaves some lacing behind as it dissipates to a skin.

The aroma was a little off for me. As described by the previous reviewer, I got a "soggy" malt character that dominated. Hints of dry hay and caramel sweetness are barely detectable.

Fortunately, it was more pleasant on the tastebuds. White bread malts, caramel, and a nice light sweetness.

Mouthfeel was thin, watery, with moderately high carbonation that leaves a crisp feel.

Overall, an average session beer.

02-13-2011 02:10:35 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of JustinTauscher


4.5/5  rDev +42.4%

09-09-2012 03:34:17 | More by JustinTauscher
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.1%

08-31-2013 04:48:59 | More by acurtis
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-08-2014 20:44:57 | More by JMS1512
Photo of mdaschaf


2.48/5  rDev -21.5%

Review from notes 2/6/11.

A: Pours a hazy ruby color with one finger of foam that dissipates very quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Metallic with some nutmeg and a little bit of bready malt.

T: I get spices, the nutmeg returns as well as some cinnamon. No hops to speak of. A little bit of sweetness from the malts.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall it was very strange, not like an american amber/red I have ever had. It wasn't terrible...but not something I would go for again probably. Glad to have tried it nonetheless.

03-08-2011 20:52:16 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Trout River- Rainbow Red Ale

Appearance- Hazy cloudy red with a moderate size and lacing head.
Smell- Light caramel malt. Flat!
Taste- Flat as well. Light sweet caramel malt but otherwise lifeless.
Mouthfeel- Watery up front with a meek malty finish. Slighty sweet but mostly flat and watery.

Overall- A waste of time. Very little flavor, not horrible tasting just no taste!!
Probably 1 of the few bad beers, out of dozens, I had while up in Burlington, VT.

01-02-2007 17:02:19 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jmz62565


3.48/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a reddish orange honey color with a very small head. The smell is sweet malt with some "bisquity" aroma.It is a nice smelling beer. The taste is a chewy sweet malt with some floral and earthy flavors, honey? The m/f is light and the flavors are well balanced, although there is a hint of a metalic aftertaste. This isn't a bad brew,but I did have higher hopes.

03-17-2006 22:19:00 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Griffith


3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-26-2014 15:32:55 | More by Griffith
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a hazy, cloudy red/amber color with a nice thick beige head and decent lacing.

Aromas of light caramel malt with a slightly citrusy, zesty hop note.

Taste is mainly medium maltiness but with a slight bitter hoppiness and a bit of fruitiness from the yeast.

A good session beer and a better than average american red ale.

03-11-2007 20:11:30 | More by BillyB
Photo of cliff1066


3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

12-27-2012 05:00:55 | More by cliff1066
Photo of Kinsman


2.73/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours a ligher shade of red with a mix of orange hues. Foamy white head, about a finger thick to start and decent retention.

Aroma is notably fruity with a definte aroma of fruit and some bready malt character. Not much from the hop department except a little bit of a musty herbal aroma.

Taste initially malty with a caramel like sweetness showing off a strong malt backbone. Hops tend to linger on this one with a bit of an earthy or herbal flavor but seem rather subdued.

Mouthfeel is light but crisp and enjoyable. Overall, not a bad beer but it seems rather uninspired. Easy enough to grab a 6 pack of this and bring to a party (drinking straight out of the bottle) because it sure beets macro lagers.

03-04-2011 03:06:11 | More by Kinsman
Photo of scootny

New York

3.05/5  rDev -3.5%

A quirky one this. A nice looking brew with a good head and a very cloudy burnt orangey brown. Bits of lace.

Smell is roasted grains and a fruity aroma with a metallic edge. A light sweetness and a faint touch of banana. A little light.

Taste starts out fine with toasted grains and malt sweetness. Then it falls apart. An off kilter fruitiness with the metal from the nose combine to punch a hole in the flavor. Faint coffee/chickory out of nowhere. Hops are earthy and and lightly grapefruity. Taste does come together a bit more as it warms. Feel is somewhat spritzy and effervescent. Mellows out as it is warming up as well.

Drinkability is hurt a lack of cohesiveness of the flavors. Not bad but it seems to be bordering on so much more. The good reviews of this beer make me wonder if this is just old as it comes close but just misses the mark foe me.

12-20-2009 22:06:47 | More by scootny
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev +26.6%

Hmm....don't know if it's me or what, but I really liked this offering. Sampled it slightly cooled down. I found the smell to be nice and malty with an initially nice, creamy head. Taste was slightly sweet initially, with a decent aftertaste with a slight bite. Mouthfeel was very light, which went well with the hot humid day I drank it. Extremely easy to drink, kind of reminded me of a lighter draft style brew.

08-26-2003 22:46:13 | More by edchicma
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Rainbow Red Ale from Trout River Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.