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Cherokee Red Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Cherokee Red AleCherokee Red Ale

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-04-2003)
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Dogbrick

Ohio

1.45/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Props to johnrobe for this. Once again I am let down by a Smoky Mountain brew. I have tried different samples from different trades and so far they have all been sour/vinegary. Pours a weird amber/butterscotch color with a medium light beige head. Light lacing. Aroma is malt and vinegar. Flavor is really too harsh to enjoy at all, you can tell it wants to be malty and smooth but fails. The finish is again sour and fruity. A disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 20:52:20 | More by Dogbrick
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austinhensley

Tennessee

2.1/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2010 20:18:55 | More by austinhensley
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cretemixer

Indiana

2.2/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 14:00:38 | More by cretemixer
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rebel1771

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 01:40:00 | More by rebel1771
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witster18

Tennessee

2.42/5  rDev -24.8%
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....

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2007 18:08:24 | More by witster18
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argock

Virginia

2.61/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:42:58 | More by argock
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Enola

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 02:45:54 | More by Enola
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GreenWBush

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 16:28:01 | More by GreenWBush
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AlexFields

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

03-15-2014 03:23:26 | More by AlexFields
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

09-23-2013 19:41:41 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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GMan

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

04-16-2012 00:01:42 | More by GMan
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

02-20-2014 23:07:59 | More by CurtFromHershey
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mntlover

Tennessee

2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 22:11:47 | More by mntlover
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Brent

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2004 17:22:16 | More by Brent
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guinness33

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2005 02:43:53 | More by guinness33
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zeff80

Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 10:02:07 | More by zeff80
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.8%

02-11-2014 00:56:10 | More by Segelstrom
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.8%

02-10-2012 15:05:19 | More by tfsimpkins
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Tuey13

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2006 03:12:25 | More by Tuey13
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JF1917

Georgia

3/5  rDev -6.8%

10-27-2013 01:27:48 | More by JF1917
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khargro2

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -6.8%

02-19-2014 04:57:08 | More by khargro2
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craftbeer31

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -6.8%

03-07-2012 07:11:30 | More by craftbeer31
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sobeleg

New York

3/5  rDev -6.8%

11-17-2011 00:00:37 | More by sobeleg
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

11-15-2011 05:20:42 | More by Lawnboy33
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KerryCummins1977

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -6.8%

04-28-2014 23:34:55 | More by KerryCummins1977
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Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.