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Cherokee Red Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-04-2003

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by dojobrewco:
Photo of dojobrewco
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Should have branched out and tried the different varieties but once again my fascination with Red Ales kept telling me to give this one a chance. More like 6 or 7 chances on this particular evening in the Smokies. Not really characteristic of a pure red ale but at the same time a very drinkable beer. Sweet caramel taste but with overtones of dull nothingness and a mouthfeel that really lacks in overall satifaction. The room was too dark for a real view of the color, but from what I could tell it looked more like a pale ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BadaBeer
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge red fan but this one was pretty tasty

Photo of rebel1771
2.26/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of austinhensley
2.18/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of wcudwight
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of witster18
2.47/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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....

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of barleyroad
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of johnrobe
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mntlover
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of GreenWBush
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of meechum
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Enola
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of veech
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tuey13
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery in Pigeon Forge. This was very pale for a red ale, more of an amber color than red. A very thin head with minimal lacing. The flavor is sweet with a strong caramel taste. I think this is close to a pale ale in flavor but not quite a red ale, somewhere in between. This is a crisp and refreshing ale that is smooth to drink and I enjoyed it. Although, someone expecting a full bodied red ale might be dissapointed.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange/gold color, light crown with some spotty lace.

Aroma - decent malt, a fruity and sweet albeit light hop presence.

Taste - predominantly malt-based with a light roast character. Very light hop profile but tasty.

Mouthfeel - medium body, average carbonation, just above average body.

Drinkability - great session pale and a fine start to the sampler set.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Buried deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains lies a beer with the crisp, clean, and balanced taste that satisfies any occasion, and cuisine, and any mood- their Cherokee Ale is it!

The beer comes alive with a medium copper, clear appearance with a sheet of white froth that proves long lasting and leaving spotty lace in its wake.

Aromas of candied grain, sweet confectioner's sugar, floral hops and mild cereal become the balanced aromas that side slightly toward the malts. Its an appetizing scent that conjures up comparisons to Yeungling, except better.

Much more balanced in taste, the grainy-sweet upstart joins with the taste of bread crust, acorn, dry caramel. candied apple and a mild herbal taste with a balanced, bitter, citrus hop finish. It's a delicate and rustic ale that's uncomplicated in its taste, through and through.

Medium-light in body, its crisp and clean texture finishes grainy-dry with a mild minty herbal warmth and fleeting sweetness.

Cherokee is the perfect beer for a wide range of events, foods, or attitudes. Where it won't blow you away with its strength, complexity, or uniqueness- it satisfies the palate on all fronts and with ease.

Photo of zeff80
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, reddish amber color with a very small, off-white head of bubbles. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and some subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of bready malts and caramel. Next to no bitterness or any hop presence.

M - It was soft and maybe a little watery. A very light bodied ale.

D - Meh. Might be better on tap. I was not impressed with this bottled offering.

Photo of cretemixer
2.23/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of argock
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Received as a gift.

A: Leaf brown with 1-finger of off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Metallic aroma with some sour hay and cardboardy malt aromas

T: There is some herbal hoppiness which makes this beer palatable along with some caramel malt sweetness. Not much else to suggest it though -- it is underattenuated and overly sweet.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O: Not much good to say here -- there is no way to know how long ago this beer was made but it's certainly not good in its current state.

Photo of atrocity
2.24/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Wasn't a fan of this.

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught in one of their Calhoun locations: The first problem with this was the heavily frosted mug they served this in. There were chunks of frost in with my beer. The beer itself was a fairly clear amber color, after the frost subsided. Mine had almost no head and no lacing. The aroma was a mild, slightly sweet caramel malt nose. The taste was decent enough. Slightly sweet caramel malt with a slightly dry finish. Pretty east drinking. Non-descript, average, and uninteresting, however.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, fizzy white mousse that recedes quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S: Aromas of butterscotch, brown butter, caramel, toffee, nougat, honey roasted nuts, and mild, lemony hops are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, grass, herbs, lemon, brown butter, butterscotch, caramel, toffee, almond nougat, honey roasted nuts, dates, and overripe apricot in the mouth. Finish is sweet and mildly toasty with notes of brown butter, caramel, nuts, toffee, lemon, and apricot.

M: On the lighter side of medium and quite dry. Carbonation is crisp to the point of being intense. Goes down fairly easily and quenches thirst quickly.

O: I have not tried many beers from this brewery, but so far nothing has impressed me. This ale, unfortunately, is no exception. It is not bad by any means, but lacks the depth and complexity of many of the better amber and red ales out there. I would not turn it down, however, and could see it being a good accompaniment to a simple meal of grilled meats and vegetables. I think it could also be a good gateway brew for those just getting into American craft ales.

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Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.