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Cherokee Red Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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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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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 20:04:00 | More by mrfrancis
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +24.2%

06-23-2013 01:43:13 | More by wrightst
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 07:12:11 | More by BEERchitect
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elevatedgreens

Illinois

4/5  rDev +24.2%

04-27-2013 02:58:50 | More by elevatedgreens
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-27-2013 02:50:37 | More by fishguyac
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ahbaggins

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-01-2013 22:46:44 | More by ahbaggins
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tnflyguy

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-05-2012 18:01:08 | More by tnflyguy
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +24.2%

11-22-2012 03:35:34 | More by hollywood_15063
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GeoCait

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-14-2012 17:22:02 | More by GeoCait
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sansho

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

09-06-2012 05:23:03 | More by sansho
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

07-02-2012 16:23:12 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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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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smarkham24

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +24.2%

03-29-2012 00:14:31 | More by smarkham24
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craftbeer31

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +24.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:47:21 | More by barleyroad
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sunavamitch

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

01-16-2012 01:29:38 | More by sunavamitch
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Polycarp

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -6.8%

12-21-2011 09:10:08 | More by Polycarp
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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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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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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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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Notes from Fratlinburng, TN trip to Smokey Mountain Brewery*

Pours a light copper/penny color with a light ring of beige head.
Smell has some good hop notes in it, definite flowers on the aroma.
Taste has a very uncharacteristic bitter flavor and a near roasted quality which I find to be good.
Finish is wet with a slightly lasting hop profile.
Drinks ok here- the bitter flavor may hang some up a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 15:12:44 | More by ThaBobfather
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 13:38:04 | More by PorterLambic
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Boto

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 14:59:30 | More by Boto
Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.