Cherokee Red Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by cretemixer:
2.2/5 rDev -32.1%
Pale orange-amber in color with a average head that fades quickly to a solid layer.
The aroma is overall pretty malty, with a hint of fruitiness and a sugary note.
The taste is a bit woodsy, very little hop bitterness to speak of. Sweet and a bit vegetal.
Lightish body and a bit high on the carbonation scale.
This beer is proof that just because a beer is a "micro", it isn't automatically good.
05-03-2004 14:00:38 | More by cretemixer
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2.25/5 rDev -30.6%
Pours a clear dark copper color with a fine head.
Aromas of caramel malts make up 99% nose with a tiny bit of hoppy smell coming at the end.
The flavor is very bready with almost no complexity, not great.
Well what can I say about this brew? This isn't a great beer and is definitely not true to it's style.
01-11-2007 01:40:00 | More by rebel1771
2.1/5 rDev -35.2%
After being severely impressed by the 2 Feet Wheat last week, we (My Drinking Buddies and I) decided to give this a try when we refilled our growler.
Appearance in the growler was redish brown color with an almost orange hue to it. When poured, the head was almost non-existent. The smell was fruity like rotten bananas (which isn't necessarily bad). Had an unforgivingly sharp after taste, did not go away without a fight. Mouthfeel, ugh, was like drinking a flat soda. Syrupy feel. I would say how the last gulp was but I didn't get that far. Overall I was thoroughly disappointed considering I had been looking forward to this particular brew ALL week.
09-30-2010 20:18:55 | More by austinhensley
3.33/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours an amber color with an audible fizzy head that is gone in seconds. Smell is dominated by caramel with a hint of wheat and bannana. Flavor again is caramel dominated. Very malty and hops are not noticable. Thin in the mouth. Overall a very average beverage.
07-18-2006 17:09:34 | More by wcudwight
2.42/5 rDev -25.3%
Caramel Malty start with a pleasant bitterness coming in... Not a whole lot going on here though...kinda reminds me of what a Killians Light would taste like. ..if there was such a beast. Hops are noticably absent and the finish is a little over-metallic...even for the style. Nice color but the head leaves faster than the kid who pulled the fire drill. Won't revisit.... but this is not my style preference either....
08-04-2007 18:08:24 | More by witster18
2.98/5 rDev -8%
This one pours a watered down amber colour that is average looking at best.
The smell is a touch sweet and hoppy(and thats pretty much it), but a bit stale smelling overall.
The flavour is more of the same though the staleness is not apparent here, so something was just off a bit in the smell. There is a semi-juicy finish here thats fairly nice as well. Malt presence is minimal, for the most part, overall. The mouthfeel is just about right.
This could be a much better brew if the flavour was kicked up a notch and the freshness issue in the smell was remedied. It's probably my least favourite of their brews that I tried.
06-02-2005 02:43:53 | More by SixpointJMH
2.9/5 rDev -10.5%
According to the brewery blurb, this beer was "inspired by the famous Red ales of Ireland." Must not have been too inspirational. Overall flavor profile was flat, with none of the robustness that characterizes a good red ale. Needed something, more hops, more malt - something - to punch things up. Okay, but boring.
10-11-2004 17:22:16 | More by Brent
4/5 rDev +23.5%
Medium amber with hints of red in appearance. Smell is mild with very slight hints of hops. Mouthfeel is full and is very noticable on the side of the tongue. Taste, this is a very inviting flavor. There is a sweet flavor with a little hint of beech wood (we think), nice. Overall this is very drinkable brew. One that will go well with a good burger
02-02-2012 00:47:21 | More by barleyroad
3.05/5 rDev -5.9%
I've enjoyed draught versions of Smoky Mtn. brews in the past, but somehow their beers seem to lose something in the bottle. They just don't seem as full-bodied/ flavored as the draught versions. Oh well, one can tell that bottling is a minor operation for them as they sell bottles only from the brewpub. They don't distribute. Cherokee Red pours a light amber with a wispy white head that quickly disappears. There are some light fruity notes in the nose as well as buttery tones (diacetyl). In the taste there are some sweet caramel tones and just a whisp of fruitiness (candied cherries, ripe apples) in the finish. Unfortunately the brew seems a bit thin.
02-04-2003 22:03:10 | More by johnrobe
2.85/5 rDev -12%
Pours a light amber orange mixture with off white head, no lacing.
Aroma is some light caramel malt with some strange almost fruity plum undertones? Can't really make it out but it is not very good.
Taste is malt some light caramel with strange flavors that should not be in a amber ale. Overall just plain and boring.
Mouthfeel is light and a little flat overall little sad again.
Drinkability is not very good would not recommend unless your desperate as I was.
01-17-2005 22:11:47 | More by mntlover
3.35/5 rDev +3.4%
The smell was slightly floral with a slight hint of hop spice. From the start I was not impressed with the appearance it came with zero head and no retention. The taste was great though, sweet start followed by a slight hop bit, then slightly stronger hop bite followed by a smooth clean finish.
03-07-2004 07:55:01 | More by coasterfreak75
2.73/5 rDev -15.7%
Dusty orange in color, a pour of this beer into a snifter produces a minimal skim. Nearly all the SM beers i've experienced have a head much like what is observed when you crack a beer, put it in the fridge overnight, and return to it the next day.
Nose is powdery, with hints of sawdust and metallic elements.
Taste is ketchup-like due to the intense, near-vinegar profile. Plastic phenolics. 2-row outro. If you like bone-dry, boring beer with nary a touch of sweetness, this is it. That being said, this is really average - many even "good" breweries in this country put out some seriously sub-par amber ales.
Mouthfeel is thin, bitey, but it goes down. Not exactly a pleasantry.
06-15-2006 16:28:01 | More by GreenWBush
3.53/5 rDev +9%
Had this as part of a sampler. This is a pretty good example of a red ale.
A - Came to the table in a 5.5 oz cylinder and it had a very deep amber color with a small amount of head that was falling quickly leaving no lace
S - There was a malty/nutty/bready smell to it with a faint whiff of piney hops
T/M - The taste was very much like the aroma. It was a nice example of a red but nothing very noteworthy. Carbonation was in good order but it had a bit of a metallic after taste
D - The overall drinkability of this beer was about average. I certainly wouldn't turn one down but I wouldn't seek it out either.
12-11-2007 16:42:44 | More by meechum
2.68/5 rDev -17.3%
This beer looks like a pale ale. There is little head. The smell is really hard to detect. Maybe just a hint of brown sugar. The taste is like a cross of a pale ale and red ale, only this is not all that great. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth but there is a small bit of harshness in the finish. Not a good representation of the style. I could drink again, but probably won't.
07-29-2006 02:45:54 | More by Enola
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
I've sampled every beer this brewery makes over the past few years, and it had been a while since I'd tried their red ale. The girl refilling my growler request botched my order and gave the red ale instead of the harvestfest Marzen. It pales in comparison to what it did in the mid to late 90's when the brewery first opened. A: Very light amber, too light to be considered a red ale S: low key malts with slight hints of sweet grain T: Very mild with less malt than needed for the style. M: thin and watery D: Not great as this is not a beer I'm happy about getting in lieu of the tasty Marzen. This beer is shadow of its former self as the original Cherokee Ale had much more character, body, and taste. The Noble tribe wouldn't be thrilled about its namesake considering how light in the ass this ale has become.
10-13-2006 21:05:19 | More by veech
Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.