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Matt's Red - Cumberland Brews

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Matt's Red
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cumberland Brews visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GuinnessSmurf on 04-28-2004)
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Reviews by unclejedi:
Photo of unclejedi
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this during a recent visit to the pub while hunting growlers for the Growling at the Moon growler exchange. Liked it enough to pick it as a growler for sending

Appearence: Very bright, light red with a nice creamy head. Very nice lacing

Smell: Floral hoppy and reminescent of what made me start taking more notice of red ales earlier this year. Very pleasing nose, this is as much a part of the experience as the taste where this beer is concerned

Mouth : Very nice medium body, about what I expect from a well made red or amber ale.

Taste: Hoppy but with plenty of malt balance. The hops start with the floral notes of the smell, then become citrus-like and finish with a good bitter kick

Drinkabiliy: This beer will bring me back to Cumberland for a time when I can sit and enjoy a few. Really drinkable and one that I will probably start getting growlers for myself when I visit.

unclejedi, Nov 19, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

cwd, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

XUJOE, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Ragingbull
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color with a wispy head. Mild nose of malt and nut tones. There is a presence of nut in the flavor which was unexpected for me in a red. The hops presents itself just about exactly in the middle of the flavor, by that I mean between the initial attack and the finish. This beer is different for a red in my opinion. It is a touch bigger and maltier than I have come to expect from reds. This made it a little difficult to assess value, because while its drinkable it wasn't what I thought it would be. Some may love it, and some may not. Worth a try. I really didn't care for the nut tones since I am giving my opinion.

Ragingbull, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of getbehindthemule
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

getbehindthemule, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Cresant
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in a nonic from the bar. There was a fluffy finger of white head over a very dark red body. Fine lace clung to the glass.

Smell was floral and grainy. Fresh.

Taste was bright hops and not too sweet grain. Well balanced. Super fresh and refreshing. A somewhat hoppier amber than average (but I love the bitterness). Finish was drying but but not parching. Flavorful.

Mouthfeel was spot on carbonation and medium body.

Cresant, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

crbnfbr, May 17, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sturdy and moderate American Red that doesn't push toward hops nor malts, instead strives for balance and drinkability.

The beer pours a rusty red color with a medium haze, solid albeit terse head character of lightly tanned foam, and a sliver of lace from time to time.

Balanced aromas of medium caramel, light bread crust, sun kissed barley, and the light toffee richness of malted milk and pecans. The offset of hops deliver a grassy, tea-like scent with some citrusy undertones but all keep each other in check.

Flavors do much the same with the malty richness of medium kilned grains giving the bread crust, medium caramel, and nutty taste while the offset of grapefruit, light pine resin, and grasses give a balance in taste while they develop into bitterness going into finish where the malt taste fades and the hops provide a crisp and nealry clean finish.

Again, moderate with mouthfeel, the beer's initial creaminess retains its weight far after the carbonation subsides, for a semi-dry finish and an aftertaste that claims a medium malty-sweet attenuation.

A good beer that's designed to appeal to the craft beer drinker but also not to offend those who are just comming to the party. In doing so, the beer is timid and confused. The recipe formulation and choicest of ingredients may be suspect.

BEERchitect, May 06, 2011
Photo of beerme343
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a standard pint glass. This beer has a beautiful red color and is fairly clear with a smallish head in an off white color. The head was made up of mostly fine bubbles that lasted for a few minutes.

The aroma of this brew is very biscuity, a little toasty with nice malt and a little vegetal characteristic. Very nice smell overall.

The taste is somewhat zesty almost like there is a hint of lime in there somewhere. A bit of cereal and bread - probably an oat or even bordering on a pumpernickel.

This beer is smooth with a slightly creamy finish that makes it go down easy. A nice red with a few unusual twists but very good all in all.

beerme343, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Matt's Red (named after Matt, brewmaster of Cumberland Brews) is, in fact, a nice red colored beer. Actually, it is more of an auburn color. When the beer arrived at my table, there was a small halo of head around the top of the beer.

This beer smells very nice - very refreshing. It has a little too much sweet in the smell - sweet as in Sprite or other sugary soda.

The taste is also very refreshing. This is a perfect "on a hot day" beer. There is a sparky quality about the flavor that seems to really excite the tongue. The source of the bitterness and sweetness in this beer is difficult to distinguish.

For my tastes, this beer was a little over-carbonated. However, that may have just been this batch.

GuinnessSmurf, Apr 28, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Lovely85, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

heizerbjj, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Pint

A- Deep dark amber with a one finger head, rather clear.
S- not a very strong smell, reminds me of a nut brown, Earthy tones and malt but nothing really pops out.
T- A good example of an american red, Smooth malts and some hops to balance it out. A grainy nutty taste that's pretty common in reds. This is a good tasting beer but its flavors are all too simple.
M- Very easy to drink and refreshing, an average texture and carbonation.
O- This is a good drinking beer for just about anybody but it plays it a bit too safe in my opinion.

TwelveOunces, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ThatAsh
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ThatAsh, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of beerme626
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

beerme626, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

paulys55, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium red color with one finger of head. There is a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and has a caramel maltiness mixed with some floral hops. A little candied apple even. The taste is sweet at first, with lots of caramel and honey up front, but there's a nice sharp bitterness on the finish that keeps it in check. The mouthfeel is incredible for a red ale, just so thick and smooth. The drinkability is fantastic, I want this beer all day. A superb brew by the people at Cumberland.

SheepNutz, Mar 20, 2005
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

neckbracesub, May 23, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this one yesterday. The beer poured a hazy amber color with a 1 finger head that fell to caot the beer. The nose was really nice, with a very sweet caramel malt with a slightly citrusy hop melting into the sweetness. The flavor was very mellow. The malt was a good sweet caramel with a citrusy hop laying over it that lingerd just long enough to let me know its there, but not too long that it kept me from diving right back for a second sip. The feel was moderate to thick and slightly creamy. A very nice feel. The beer was clean and refreshing. As usual, damn good work here from Cumberland.

kmpitz2, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally went to Cumberland again for Thunder Over Louisville 2005 and they didn't have the Nitro Porter, they did have the pale ale and it was even better because it was extremely fresh and even had some grapefruity notes, but that is for another review. I tried something different for a change, and it was the red. Matts Red.

Appearence: Definately red! Not artifically red like color was added or brownish-red like Genny Red or JWD's Amber, but an inviting lighter red looking beverage with a small head.

Smell: Hoppy with mainly alchoholic touches, better than average.

Mouth : Better than average because all of Matts brews win for being more tasty on the tounge.

Taste: An amber lager flavor, it tasted a little like the pale ale but not as bitter and complex. Still, Hops Hops and more hops and bitter like a red should be. Nice.

Drinkabiliy: No fan of reds am I, but if you like these... It was a good change up beer and if I remember, during the summer when the pale ale went dry, this was a good sub as a starter, the the nitro porter won out.

Ricochet, Apr 25, 2005
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, ruddy amber with a tight, lingering beige head.

S: Aromas of heavy cream, vanilla bean, caramel, toffee, and brown butter are present on the nose. I'm surprised there isn't a noticeable hop scent, as I normally expect one of American amber/red ales.

T: Notes of dark bread, vanilla bean, coffee, toffee, heavy cream, bitter chocolate, caramel, brown butter, and earthy, leathery hops wash across the palate. The finish is malty and rich with notes of cream, vanilla, coffee, toffee, and brown butter very apparent.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and firm. Carbonation is fairly crisp and active. Very filling.

O: This is a very solid, filling ale, but calling it an American amber/red ale is more than a bit of a stretch, as this displays traits that most beer drinkers will more readily associate with Irish red ales. That being said, this malty ale compares favorably to such old standbys as Smithwick's and O'Hara's. Very basic, but also very approachable, I would have no problem recommending this to the craft curious. Try it with a good burger or steak.

mrfrancis, May 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

dmorgan310, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of dmfrench
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent but stale English style Red.
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A: Medium copper body with a fleeting one finger white head

S: Not really getting anything at all.

T: Typical red notes of caramel, tea, and a bit of butter. English hops are earthy and dusty. Decently potent flavors, just not super fresh. Malt back not strong enough.

M: Solid, medium thin.

O: Not too horrible.

dmfrench, Apr 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ADTaber, Aug 06, 2013
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Matt's Red from Cumberland Brews
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