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Spin Cycle Red Ale - No-Li Brewhouse

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Spin Cycle Red AleSpin Cycle Red Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zraly on 11-30-2002)
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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Non-assertive, yet otherwise very pleasing orangey-sweet nose is the first note that strikes, but the nearly-opaque chromatic profile is the really alluring and positively-portending characteristic—almost like a pus-café, its color is graduated in visibly-separated layers: pale yellow, red-orange, red-brown, and finally a deep-mahogany cylinder in the center. Meanwhile, the head is a bit meek, but but the lacing is very nice; a plenitude of sediment belies the smooth, barely-sharp yeast-bill.

Yet what perhaps strikes me most strongly is the fact that this ale is billed as an ESB in competition, despite clear labelling as a "red ale"—and yet I see it: it has the sorts of delicious malt/bitter proportions of an ESB, and just happens to employ deep-red, sweet Irish-like malts in that balance. The hops are muted, sure, but add a very nice bitterness throughout; these bitters grow to an acute, though still somewhat muted, puncuation at the finish. Moreover, it's simply extremely drinkable—an ale that'd almost be better served as a session-six than a bomber. If it loses points, it's a result of the only assertive quality being how unassertive, even unassuming, the beer is—a ding that's hardly daming in this case.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of mverity
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer under it's pseudonym "Crystal Bitter ESB". Reddish amber brown in color with light tan head, medium collar, good lacing and wisps. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is too bitter for a bitter in my opinion. I get some earthy hoppiness, burnt caramel, and wet wood. Medium body and medium carbonation as well.

Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

I guess I was expecting more hops, but this is very well balanced. Quite nice. Grassy, some bitterness, but well balanced with malts.

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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

A refreshing change of pace to run into a malt bomb and a very well balanced one to boot! The west coast is not all about ales with a heavy hand of hops. So robust for a beer this size and drinkable, a good reminder to all that not every beer has to test your palate to be good … it can just be good.

STYLE: English Bitter
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Bright deep amber, amazing looking head

SMELL: Herbal, woody, leafy, earthy, faint pine, mild hop resin, buttery, ripe fruit

TASTE: Smooth, malty, a bit creamy, caramel, bready, ripe pears, faintly buttery, balanced hop, light bitterness, very herbal, leafy, lightly spicy, woody, grassy, dry finish

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3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Wegman's in Hunt Valley, enjoyed chilled in a tulip pint from the 22oz.

The color is dark ruby with light hazed look with three fingers of tan head with fine bead. The smell is very good light scent of tart cherry with floral hop and mix of woodiness from the yeast and light caramel in the malt aroma. The interesting this is the beer is nothing like the aroma in feel with light bitter quality and mild alcohol with gentle fruity element and subtle spice as it finishes dry.

The bitter has a fruity flavor with slight herbal hop in the taste and mild woody note with a caramel character from the malt and gentle yeast with apple and lightly fruity tangy element with slight grassy flavor and spice from the hops. There is a backing toasted taste in the malt profile with light alcohol in the finish. Overall this is a very drinkable beer with mild tangy yeast flavor but not sour with a nice balance of hop and malt as expect in this style

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Spin Cycle Red Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.