Rainbow Red Ale - Trout River Brewing Company

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Rainbow Red AleRainbow Red Ale

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 80
Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JMD71
2.52/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.61/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of yankeeheel
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BillyB
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scootny
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HopoPotomus
3.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer has been and continues to be one of my absolute favorite Vermont offerings.

A- Reddish copper hews, slightly cloudy with little head retention and lacing

S- Malty sweetness with some roasted barely

T- The sweetness of the malt is balanced and smoothed by the hops and roasted barely. Residual taste of caramel or brown sugar that is common to the style

M- Not to heavy, this beer easily swishes around your moth

D- The only pitfall to this beer is that you may end up drinking entirely too many of them. Great if that's what you want. It can be a hindrance if you forgot your girlfriend would be showing up later in the night

Notes: This beer as many is greatly enhanced when enjoyed on tap. The labels conveniently come off if you want to reuse them for homebrewing (in fact I believe well over half of my homebrew goes into a trout bottle). If you get a chance go to the brewery on a Friday. They serve pizza at the breweries on this night and it is a match made in heaven.

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 1, 2012. It pours medium amber to copper with a huge, fluffy head that lingers for the session. The aroma is pleasant with its combination of sweet malts, yeast, and grapes. The body is medium and chewy. Whereas there is an aroma of grapes on the nose, the fruity flavor is closer to that of an apple. It also brings out sweet malts and the finish is clean and lingering. A nice red ale.

Photo of SickGnar
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber / very reddish copper with a very light tan head that is sort of small, falls fast, and leaves little for lace.

S: Steely caramel, malt sweetness, and just a hint of a nutty edge. Faint & light fruit esters. No hops noticed. But there is a tea-like, florally aspect. Nose is a bit clean and shy.

T: Fruity esters are stronger – apples & stone fruit – and just a tad cidery. Nutty character to malt is more pronounced and a hint of roast comes in. Also a bit of caramel and some malt sweetness. Okay flavor, but lacking any real depth or robustness. Hint of fairly neutral (just slightly earthy) yeast. Tea note fades to more floral and some soft herbal hops appear just for balance.

M: On lighter side of medium with CO2 less than typical US ale. Semi-dry mostly from relatively thin malts. Not crisp or quenching but soft and easy drinking.

D: A very mild American Red. Quite floral, estery & herbal – mostly because of the restrained malts and soft hops letting lighter notes take the stage. Pleasant and easy drinking enough, but not remarkable in any way.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle during a CT visit. Poured into a pint.
Nice ruby highlights in low light revealed as muddy copper in the evening sun. A quarter inch of dirty cream foam collapses into a thin ring.
Smell is pleasing if straightforward. Ashen dry malts. Opening slightly as it warms.

Prickly on the front of the tongue but not much else going on. Some raw tobacco on the middle, combining some dry and sweet notes. Creating a bright finish. Caramelly and ashen but also some cream corn

not bad mouthfeel. At points I'm getting a sticky film. Despite the nice carbonation

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark, copper color with thick tan head that fades rapidly leaving no lacing. It has the aroma of raisins, brown sugar, and hay. The flavor has notes of toast, vanilla, and dates leading to a plum-like fade. This has a medium mouthfeel. Trout River Rainbow Red Ale is a curious but well balanced beer, it's a good representative of the style. Recommended.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a trade recently, I ma not sure I remember which one though, but it was still one of the coolest looking bottles I have seen in quite a while. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/28/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich amber color with a good amount of reddish tint mixed in for good measure. Nice carbonation, well abundance of at times, made a big three inch head of white foam leap up off the glass and nearly careen over the sides. Some really nice, and very thick side glass lacing as well.

The aroma was very nice, full of bready malts and a decent hint of some bitter fruits. Carried this over well into the flavor. It started out with a decent rush of malts, some light grains and mostly bread like flavors, but as it finished, it had some nice touches of apple and almost a bitter fruit like flavor. Very interesting and different I have to say. Nice medium bodied feel was more the adequately carbonated and really had a strong sensation on the tongue. Easy and a really smooth drinker I had no issues at all with going after this one right away.

Overall this was a rather nice and unique ale. Much unlike anything I have had in the style before. I would have no issues with trying this one again, very solid and underrated in my opinion.

Photo of goz
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium reddish amber, medium creamy white head which quickly and mostly diminshes to nothing. Aroma is sweet, slighty fruity, hints of caramel. Flavor is sweet (mostly apple), ending with mild hoppiness. Body is medium, medium carbonation present.

Photo of BuckSpin
2.24/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint

Poured very lively, energetic with an audible crackle. Nose is semi-sour, kinda tart with a quasi Granny Smith apple sweetness. It is very pretty to look at - a fat 2 finger's of sculpted, soft, merinque-esque ivory foam with strong retention, sticky and lacing in curtains, all astride a hazy, slightly cloudy apricot hued body with a steady amount of bubbles snaking their way up through. Some noticeable sediment is on the bottom - how ironic for a beer named after a river.

Smooth, semi-sweet, even, faint dryness with a soft, damp, muted crunchiness, but I swear these guys must be in touch with the guys from Kennebec in Maine because both of their beers have this sour, tart quality that, ironically, reminds me of a Saison with some funk! However, a good Saison is very complex. This...is not. Aside from the sour quality there is not real noticeable taste qualities aside from some overwhelmed, faintly caramelized malts and some odd hoppiness. If you like funk you would probably like this.

It finishes clean and with a surprisingly semi-sweet quality that lightly paints the mouth, leaving no real aftertaste of note...thank goodness.

I'm sorry, but this was just not enjoyable. It wasn't undrinkable, but I won't be looking to get anymore of this brewery's beers outside of the ones I have and cannot recommend this. There is a lot of good to great to amazing beer brewed in New England - this is not one of them. Try if you are curious.

Photo of greebz
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was slightly cloudy due to being unfiltered with red color and barely a head. Light on the hop taste and aroma with a light body and kind of a grainy taste and finish, but nothing offensive. Perhaps this 6-pack was old, I've only seen it at one store. I was not overly impressed.

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Rainbow Red Ale from Trout River Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.