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Hale's Red Menace Big Amber - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

Not Rated.
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: freed on 09-23-2004

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 90
Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger head that leaves very quickly. Amber body with high clarity.

S- Amber malts, subtle smells. Nothing great though.

T- Stale malts, caramel flavors, some earthy hops. Average.

M- Light, watery. Semi-dry finish.

O- Not an impressive beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber more of a copper color really with a very thin wispy head that was gone very quickly,ahh very nice left coast hoppy nose very piney over top of light roasted and caramel malt.A tad thin in the mouthfeel department but not watery, I like a good hoopy red and this fits the bill quite piney,citrusy flavors they dominate over a lightly sweet biscuity malt base but its pretty well balanced in flavors.A pretty nice hoppy red ale here a tad thin like I said bit its very drinkable and has a great hop profile.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a dark, brownish-red in color with a beautiful off-white head with moderate retention and good lacing.

Smell – The big leafy citrus hops are evenly mixed with the thick malts. The malts are somewhat biscuity with some good sweetness. The sweets are refined sugars and very well done.

Taste – The hops here are leafy, not the big PacNW pine or super-charged citrus that you often get in these parts. The biscuit from the nose comes out in the taste and is, again, very leafy and almost green. Overall a very powerful and balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is much bigger than medium-bodied but I wouldn’t call it full. There’s some vegetal bitterness in the mouth along with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability – This really is a Big Amber Ale that went down quite well. It’s a heavy hitter for sure and offers a rare glimpse of a big, malty ale brewed here in the PacNW.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with hardly any head at all.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, toffee and some hops.

The flavor is some sweet caramel malt with a pretty big metallic bitterness. It tastes a little vegetal. The mouthfeel is medium and watery with almost no carbonation.

Overall, some off notes make this a slightly substandard hoppy amber.

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Photo of masikon
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this one recently while playing a little poke with the boys. Poured less red and more amber with a nice head which stuck around pretty well. Smell was slightly malty and sweet with a faint floral suggestion as well. Taste was not off-putting in any way but not really very exciting either, just a nice easy drinking amber. Well balanced with a slight malty bias, somewhat filling and easy to gulp down...unfortunately after the first few sips the taste was uninteresting enough that by the time I thought about it again the glass was empty. A good beer to share with friends who might not be into craft beer much, but nothing that will interest a well developed palate.

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Photo of nhirsch04
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber/red with a half finger of white that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aroma is not really big on sweet amber malts, but they are there. More so, I notice NW hops, pine, and soap.
Flavor has a hint of the sweet amber malts that reds need but that is quickly overpowered by NW hops...orange peel, grapefruit peel, pine oils. Bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is only slightly thin, still decent.
In a blind test I would be inclined to call this an IPA...it's definitely hoppier than ANY Amber or Red I've had and hoppier even than most English IPA's.
Good...sessionable...but out of place in the amber/red catagory.
Marked down only because it doesn't hit the mark in the catagory for me.
Good beer, however.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Unique appearance a deep burnt red hue. Pours with a low but somewhat thick head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S- The best part of this beer may be the aroma. A healthy well roasted smell, with minimal fruity hop influence. You can imagine your nose immersed in the barley.

T- A little weak, the roasted flavor is still there but does not translate as well. Nothing inspiring, however the roasty flavor once again makes its presence known as it finishes, a quality i found memorable.

M- A little watery, appropriate carbonation.

D- The strong yet pleasant roasted aromas and finish make this worth sampling.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light clouded apple cider color with more orange tones when held up to the light. Head was gone in a heart beat and left bubbles galore around the rim of the glass. Not to sure what to think, looks lifeless and very uninteresting in the glass

S: pale malts, dry stale hops, and caramel base with light wet paper. Has a shot of spicy hops in the nose, uncharacteristic for an amber ale...nice

T: far from the full flavored category and plenty of room to improve for this one. It does have a little bit of raw and spicy hop edge to it. Grains are watery and shaky in the flavor profile. Sweeter flavors are at times offensive and linger of soaked watery oranges, lemons, and caramel.

M: dry aftertaste, nice acidity, and more of a pucker feel instead of hop presence. Body is not bad and has a medium body feel

D: timid and watery at times, not a revolution! This one missed the mark for me but still maintains a title of acceptable

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Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been selling this for many months and finally decided I'd give it a try. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a reddish amber topped by about an inch of creamy, off-white head that recedes to a halo in a couple of minutes. Not a whole lot of aroma - light red and caramel malts with a slight roasty character. Like others have said, palate resembles more of an ESB than an amber. Mellow, semi-sweet malt balanced by lightly fruity hops. A touch of astringency emerges before the swallow, giving way to a slightly bitter finish. Body is smooth and a bit creamy, quite nice. A thoroughly drinkable ale, without the metallic character that so many ambers tend to develop.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored this at Davidson's. Pours coppery red with 2+ fingers of chunky sand colored pudding-skin head. Very good lacing & excellent head retention

S: Rich cakeyness, toasted malt & some grainyness, flattens out as this warms

T: Caramel with metallic & herbal hops up front. Hop tea with woody dryness/vanilla are there as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, dryness, some tartness, toasted malt with herbal & metallic hops

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation& skews a bit hoppy

Drinks too easy, but as an amber this one is kind of all over the map. Not a bad red/amber

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Photo of marcobrau
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours suitably red with a moderate to light amount of carbonation that produces an off-white head that falls rather quickly. Unfiltered. Lots of stuff at the bottom of the glass. Odd metallic aroma. Touch of cedar hidden behind the metal. Sweet malt, light caramel flavors mix with earthy hops which leads to slightly powdery, slightly tart finish. Kinda weird...tastes like a beer I had at a brewpub that served English-style ales in Augusta, Georgia many years ago.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of evilkorova
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. No date or info.

A - Red Menace pours quietly despite it's tall height and settles to a crystal clear red-amber color with an off-white head. The retention was rather low but it left some thin fingers of lace on the glass.

S - Toasted bread and flaky biscuit emerges from the nose immediately followed by a grassy, green, and slightly floral hop aroma. The amber malts become less distinct the longer it sits. I'm starting to pick up a metallic touch which, coincidentally, goes away as well. A swirl releases more of the citrus from the hops. It's a decent amber nose.

T - The toasted bread and biscuit flavor remains from the amber malts but is forcefully pushed to the background from the amount of strong-armed hops in this. Lots of bitterness and pine potency with a grassy backing and hint of citrus. It's a pretty hoppy amber.

M - Medium-bodied and round, Big Amber is big in hop flavor and bitterness. The finish has a dry, bitter kick and a hard mouthfeel. It's not really on the smooth side bit all-in-all it works decently.

D - This amber is a little hoppier than I like mine to be, but it's brewed well nonetheless. The bitterness with a low malt backing is the issue for me though. Still a solid beer but it lands around the lawnmower side of the scale. One is enough for this reviewer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up today at the COOP... paid about $3.75... poured into my shaped SA glass...

just shy of a 2 finger head.. surprising lace throughout the entire glass.. the brew is a polished amber...

nose is "fresh" .. caramel malts and a descent amount of C-hops.. a little bit of yeasty fruitiness that reminds me of underripe plums..

Flavor is expected maltiness with lesser caramel than the nose.. but the hops are also less.. less citric and more grassy.. there is an odd metallic not that lingers mid palate through the finish.. it isn't overpowering by any means .. just probably shouldn't be there.. as it warms.. the caramel sorta turns into a biscuity element.. the body is a little lite but the carbonation is where it should be..

Overall... this tastes pretty fresh right now.. but I don't expect it to hold well... the metallic note sorta sticks around but doesn't distract too badly... overall.. just an okay amber.. I doubt I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Dcbelkot
5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with light red notes and a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and light caramel malt, light citrus and grassy hops with a hint of fruit. Flavor follows with biscuit and mildly caramel malt, citrus and grassy hops with a light note of sweet citrus fruit that comes forward in the later part of the taste to provide a pleasant introduction to the light citrus hop finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice amber ale that has enough fruit in the flavor to be in red ale territory, although it is not a distinctive red. I'm a big red ale fan and am ambivalent about ambers, so this one tasted fine to me as a more full flavored amber if a mild red ale. Plenty going on here for an under 5% ale, I'm pleased. I've found Hale's to be a solid brewery and this is in that category. I'm surprised by the relatively low rating for this one.

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Photo of Gusler
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer evacuates the stubby 12 ounce bottle a deep reddish brown, the head is average in size, two fingers or so, the color white, the texture semi-creamy, as it disappears, the lacing forms a thin but covering sheet. Nose is sweet malt, fresh, with the hops providing a nice pine like aroma. Start has a nice malt presence, somewhat sweet, but with a bit of tartness, top is light to medium in its feel to the palate. Finish has a decent hop bite, the acidity acceptable, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, a nice change of pace for me.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased through LetsPour.com. Chilled and poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a light tan head that does not last long.

Aromas of toffee and caramel.

Flavors of light toffee, caramel, sweetish maltiness. Light on the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent amber ale. Nothing to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of TommyLiam
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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Hale's Red Menace Big Amber from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.