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

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: freed on 09-23-2004

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Red Menace is a murky dark chestnut with a thin ivory head that leaves moderate lace. I like the color but there's not enough head.

Smell is soft toasted malt, semi-sweet with perhaps a touch of brown sugar.

Taste doesn't have that touch of sweetness on the nose, and is pretty standard toasted malt amber, with no distinct hop pressance to speak of flavor or bittering wise. I've done a NW amber tasting tonight and this one is perfectly average. No real flaws, but totally indistinct. Not sure exactly how strong this is, they only give the OG, which is pretty pointless w/o the FG! Still, it's 1.056, so if this finished at say 1.015, it's only 5.3%...not very big at all!

Mouthfeel is average, perhaps a bit slick and thin.

Drinkability is average. Blah, boring, one and done with this one.

More User Reviews:
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark copper with a toasted marshmallow head from the 22oz bomber.

Sweet malt and lemon peel aroma.

Taste is malty at first, with a sharp high-alpha bitterness. Burnt caramel in here, with some oily hops and lightly sweet. Getting some metallic flavors in here too, and some bromophenol/disinfectant taint to it. Aftertaste is a bit sicky and oily, but it's not bad. The low abv makes this a pretty good session beer.

A pretty unremarkable amber, though it does have a good memorable name and CCCP'ish logo.

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Very nice lookin amber in my pint shaker. Amber with red trints with a nice sized bubbly/frothy tan head, that goes fas but leaves nice laceing. A very "caramel" aroma to this one almost to the point of butteryness actually quite inviting. Again I liked the malty/toffee sweet flavour of this only broken up by a hint of bitterness as the mouthful vanishes down the throat. Nice on the palte, sweet but not sickeningly so. I liked this beer a nice laid back sweet amber!

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tall kitchen glass. Nice slightly uneven foamy heady with a mixture small and medium laced bubbles. Almost frothy.

More a fraction of red than brown in color it seemed in some vantages. Aroma was hard to track, but seemed relatively balanced between roasted malt and bubbly citrus. Texture was drier and coarser than other amber's I've had. Flavors my taste buds caught were faint, but almost fruity at first, that led to sweet and spicey pine I enjoyed. As the beer warmed up the fruity flavors faded and more of the malt flavor kicked in.. mostly tasting of toasted multigrain bread, and maybe flavors of hemp as well.

Overall enjoyed the flavors of beer more when it was cold vs. warm. Wished their was a little more aroma in the first pour though.
Not a bad beer in retrospect though... I'd have it again.

Photo of mralphabet
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Brownish Red and Copper in color 1/2 a finger of head with very little retention and little lacing.

S: Hops Hops and more Hops, very leafy and full of citrus noted hops. Maybe some burned malt. I'm also catching some glass like smells and some steelyness.

T: Like the smell hops, hops, hops and green leafy hops... There are some citrus like notes here but the grassy like taste in the aftertaste that kills any citrus notes that are left. The aftertaste to me is a little to bitter for my liking.

M: I'm go with medium-bodied but I wouldn't call it full. There is a grassy bitterness in the mouth. The carbonation is pretty lite.

D: Note I'm not a big Red Ale Guy.... and this brew is a bit more Hoppy than I like.... So this one is not that much up my alley. Over all I think the Grassyness is killing it for me...

Photo of kimcgolf
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty decent amber ale, especially given the gimmicky name. Almost more along the ESB line. Pours to a colorful amber, with an off-white head, that lasts through the entire drink. Good lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops, predominantly lemon. At beginning, beer is pleasantly bitter, but by mid-glass, touch of malt weighs in, and leads to a smooth finish.

Photo of froghop
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with a hue of orange, a thin egg-shell head, and very good lacing.

smell is woody, slight grapefruit, malt, caramel, roasted nuts, and a sweetness.

taste is a little watery, some metallic, a little grapefruit, caramel, hops, and some malt, ends dry and slightly bitter.

Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hales Red Menace drank from an imperial pint at the Elephant and Castle in downtown Seattle. The beer is a dark red with a light tan head.

Caramel malts and slight citrus in the nose.

Taste leads with caramel malts that are slightly roasted. It is well balanced with some light hops (centennial) that lend a pine note and add balance. It is almost dry in the finish.

The mouth is thickish and slightly oily.

I thought it was an easy drinker that is well balanced. Nice example of what a red can be.

Photo of DogFood11
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily managed head is off white to tan and supported by slow rolling variety pack of carbonation. Brilliant amber color, milkshake style lacing. This beer screams "drink me now sir"

Green, grassy, hop profile is well placed. A spritzy kind of uplifting lightness to it, some bitterness comes from deep in the malt profile, a kind of charred twist that comes out in the finish. Overall its a damn fine amber, session quality, session priced, I'm in.

Notes: Hale's has been in the so cal area for some time but I have noticed lately the stock and variety has increased. The more the merrier.

Photo of zeff80
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very cloudy, muddy, brown color almost like water from the Mississippi. It had a small, tan, bubbly head.

S - It smelled grassy, floral and of pine and citrus.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with a piney/citrusy hop kick. One of the hopppier ambers around.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Despite its unusual appearance it tasted quite good. Pretty hoppy and malty.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour reveals a hazy, bold rusty amber color that yields just over a finger of head that produces thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Malt presence is evident, just slightly less than the subtly floral and citrusy hop character. Smells like a delicious balance, and looks like it could be a winner.

T: Sweet and bready malt character helps deliver a hoppy side through the middle and into the finish that brings with it some bitterness, but not the flavor expected from the bouquet. Aftertaste is a bit lackluster and leaves a weak hop syrup on the back of the mouth.

M: Carbonated well and a fluffy texture to go along with it. Only a bit of oily hop feel in the back in the finish.

D: A drinkable beer, to say the least, but definitely not an outstanding amber. While a great balance is struck here, the flavors don't really taste all that great, malt and hop; both seem merely average, but in sync with each other. I definitely give it credit, but wouldn't recommend it as highly as others of its style.

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Hale's Red Menace Big Amber from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.