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Cherokee Red Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Cherokee Red AleCherokee Red Ale

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75
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of austinhensley
2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

austinhensley, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev -8%
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.

zeff80, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

ThaBobfather, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

PorterLambic, Nov 04, 2008
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.

Boto, Feb 20, 2008
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.

meechum, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this among others during my latest visit to their Pigeon Forge location.

The beer was served in a pint glass with maybe a 1/4" off white head when it arrived at my table. The color was a nice copper.

The nose was slight but had hints of toasted malt.

The taste was quite nice. Predominantly a toasted malt but with a fruity hint of apples or ripe pears. Minimal hops balance this brew out.

Mouthfeel was nice and robust. Just a little chewey with nice mouth coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite of all the beers I've tasted at Smoky Mountain Brewery. I would recommend starting with this one.

TheBierBand, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of witster18
2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
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....

witster18, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of dojobrewco
3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

dojobrewco, May 05, 2007
Photo of rebel1771
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

rebel1771, Jan 11, 2007
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.

Tuey13, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of veech
3.23/5  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.

veech, Oct 13, 2006
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.

Enola, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

wcudwight, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

GreenWBush, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.98/5  rDev -8%
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.

SixpointJMH, Jun 02, 2005
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.

brewdlyhooked13, May 11, 2005
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.

mntlover, Jan 17, 2005
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.

Brent, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of cretemixer
2.2/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

cretemixer, May 03, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

coasterfreak75, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
1.45/5  rDev -55.2%
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.

Dogbrick, Mar 25, 2003
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.

johnrobe, Feb 04, 2003
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Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.