Cherokee Red Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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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
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
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
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
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
Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.