Cherokee Red Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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3.1/5 rDev -4.3%
Lucent orange-red-amber (in that order) capped by an insubstantial, short-lived head of light tan froth that achieved a maximum height of two fingers after a high altitude pour, but was nearly gone at the two minute mark. A thick, short collar of lace is the extent of the glass coverage.
The nose is strange in that it doesn't fit the style. It's caramel malty and weakly cocoa-like, almost like a porter, with no hops to speak of. It isn't bad really, just odd.
On the palate, Cherokee Red tastes like a cross between a weak porter and an underhopped red ale. Perhaps the brewers toasted the malt a bit too long and some mild chocolate flavors were the result. The website says that four malts are used in this beer's creation and I have to wonder if chocolate malt isn't one of them.
The flavor is overly mild, but decent. Again, the hops have left the building. The body is firmly medium and the mouthfeel is acceptably creamy. That combination makes drinking a cinch even though my taste buds feel slighted.
Cherokee Red Ale is a strange brew that just might have defined a new style: Red Porter. It isn't bad beer really, it's just forgettable.
10-03-2004 22:05:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.35/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-16-2013 07:12:11 | More by BEERchitect
2.98/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-14-2010 10:02:07 | More by zeff80
1.45/5 rDev -55.2%
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.
03-25-2003 20:52:20 | More by Dogbrick
3.33/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-01-2013 20:04:00 | More by mrfrancis
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
3.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
05-11-2005 16:57:30 | More by brewdlyhooked13
2.61/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
11-07-2013 04:42:58 | More by argock
3/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
02-20-2008 14:59:30 | More by Boto
3.08/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a clear golden copper color with a 1" light tan, creamy head. No lace.
Smell is hops, malt, a hint of citrus (lemon).
A fairly big hop note to start, faint note of celery or lettuce.
Slight aftertaste with hops and some malt. Medium body and effervescence. A decent brew but a little too hoppy for the style. Additionally, the balance is off.
11-04-2008 13:38:04 | More by PorterLambic
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
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
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
Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.