T-6 Red Ale | Warbird Brewing Company

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T-6 Red AleT-6 Red Ale

Brewed by:
Warbird Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GreenWBush on 01-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of ppoitras
4.11/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head above the clear copper brew. Head is here for the duration, with heavy thick coating lace. Aroma is light and balanced. Taste is sweet upfront, with minimal hop character, slight bitterness at close. Mouthfeel is so creamy smooth, it is unbelievable, and drinkability benefits there as well. Great stuff.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light with some moderate caramel notes.
Taste is very enjoyable, with more more strong caramel notes.
Finish leaves a nice taste retention, with some nice maltiness at5 the end.
Very drinkable. Another superb beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Brettster
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of all, I am very dissapointed to hear that Warbird Brewing Company has closed. I have enjoyed thier beer.

I poured the T-6 Red Ale from a bottle to a pub glass. It did not deliver a lot of head or retention. It tapers off into a silky ring around the glass. Warbird has produced a very drinkable red ale. It could use some more hoppiness, but it still has a good flavor. I think I will stock up on a few six packs before I cannot find them anymore

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Photo of BierFan
4.04/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The bottle gives an expiration date of "11 30 08" so it's about 3 weeks past it's expiration, but in my experience that just means it'll be a maltier red.

Appearance: Two finger head of off-white foam sitting on top of a hazy dark reddish orange.

Smell: Lots of rich caramel maltiness.

Taste: Rich and malty, dark fruits, with a little juiciness and hops on the finish.

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Photo of Generik420
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It just feels weird to buy a 6-pack of cans for $7.99. Ok.. now that that's out there, let me just say, this is really good beer. The first caveat is you should definitely pour it into a glass and not drink it straight from the can. I made that mistake a year ago and didn't think much of this beer because it had the "can taste". Poured into a glass and I think it stands up very well to some high end microbrews.

I poured it into a traditional pint glass and noticed immediately the gorgeous red color and a clarity that really should be seen to be fully appreciated. Very nice coppery red, and a surprisingly large head that disappated at a reasonable pace. Some lacing left along the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell is somewhat sweet and malty. Light hop aroma. Maybe a hint of caramel hidden in the aroma.

Taste is very mellow. Nice residual maltiness. This beer is extremely quaffable. I was having to force myself to slow down while drinking two cans during dinner. One swallow would consume 1/3 of the glass. I could drink this beer all night long and it will definitely find room in my beer fridge on a regular basis.

The big thing with this beer is you need to get over the fact that it is sold in cans. I know it is a stumbling block most beer nuts will have, and it will be too easy to dismiss this as "cheap" or something else. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep amber with a sturdy off-white head that eventually fades to a thin film of head that leaves patchy lacing. Smells very malty with a slight toasted quality. Not really much hops to speak of in the nose. Flavor is all malt: bready, nutty, slighlty raisin-y. Slight toastedness in the grains. Faint floral hops in the background. MALT. Mouthfeel is really soft, but with sufficient bubbles. Medium body. Great drinker.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: 2-29-09

Deep reddish amber body, creamy surface with some minor lacing. Random tiny bubbles are visible on their upward journey. Head retention is ok, it settles to a thin skim.

Clean nutty almond aroma, malty but somewhat mild, as indicated on the label "Mild Amber Ale".

Nutty malt flavor, no perceptible hop character, very mild astringency at first that fades once the malt flavors come into play. Dry multigrain bread aftertaste. Very easy to drink, simple yet effective.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NotesSep 9, 2008
Nice amber pour,with a tannish head.Aroma of caramel, bread, maybe some faint dark fruits,a faint hint of honey. A charred malt and caramel taste with a little dark fruit maybe rasins,and a slight dry hop finish. Way better as it warms,takes on a sweeter note. Nice offering,quite drinkable

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting. The beer is from Indiana, and the plane is proudly called the AT-6D Texan, that's damn right. The price for a sixer of this was incredible as well. $3.99.

Onwards, and into the air, with the Warbird T-6 Red Ale. Where the hell did the light from the title come from. I don't see light anywhere on this can. Attractive looking can, with a cool red tab. Poured into my Duvel tulip. A crazy pour indeed. Swirls of frothy white head, rotated and cascaded, all in simultaneous motion. Body is deep orange in color, with ruby highlights. The hue is beautiful, and changes colors with ease. Carbonation is well done as well. The smell has some nice earthy/bready malt backing. Mild fruit esters are there, but hard to distinguish, as being so subtle. A hint of banana, along with cooked bread crust. Not bad so far, lets move onto the taste. First thing that comes to mind, is the balance. The balance is almost flawless. Spot on earthy maltiness, hints of strawberries, along with a medium dose of citric hops. Just very pleasent, and oh, oh, so smooth. Mouthfeel is twangy, and semi-creamy. Drinkability is awesome.

What can I say. The Warbird passed the test. It's a magnificent example of the style, and remember always fly high with the bird.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the awesome can into a pint glass.

Appearance is a pale red, crystal clear, with a foamy head that rings the glass.

Smell is nicely balance malty and hoppy. Hops are subtle.

Taste is malty, nice subtle hops, nothing crazy. Just a nice solid maltiness.

Mouthfeel is light, nicely carbed, smooth.

I will drink a lot of this. It is in a can, but once you get over that prejudice, it's a quality brew. It is what it is...an all-malt American amber.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Some lacing is left on the glass. Has an aroma of sweet malt with some floral hops. Slightly toasted and minerally qualities. Semi-sweet flavor. Definate floral hop presence. Slightly herbal. Bitterness is low. Pleasant malt base. Nothing earth shattering but well made. A nice red withouth the big American hops. A little thin in the body but the carbonation is not overbearing. Gives a nice soft and slightly creamy texture. Nice change of pace with the different hops. Easy to drink. Nicely crafted. I hate T-6s but I like this beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from this morning's tasting:

This one pours a reddish-brown. Head retention and lacing are both good.
The aroma is an uncomplicated balance of caramel malt and hops.
Taste is similar with a little added sweetness and a gentle bitterness from the hops. Balance is good.
Mouthfeel is very nice. This one's creamier than most beers I've tried at this point; velvety smooth with a crispness as well and a great amount of carbonation.
This one's drinkable, and even more so with the relatively low ABV.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice hop note. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, not bad at all, thanks Tim.

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3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber- to copper red body hosts a light tan head. Nose is nice with hints of wheat, mineral earthy tones and soft nutty feel. Very smooth on first sip with silky nuttiness and mineral notes. Nice crisp feel that leaves the mouthfeel just theck enough to let you know your drinking a quality brew. Enjoyable to drink and easy to throw back a few. Grab a 6-pack of this canned craft beer and share with friends, they will thank you.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Red Ale. Pours a solid red with deep hues of amber. A thick, persistent rocky head leaves a long lasting lace. The aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malts -detected some floral hops in the background. This ale is thick with caramel malts with enough hops and decent carbonation to keep it from being cloying. The finish tends to dry out, which prevents the ale from being too cloying.

I would like a bit more balance. Maybe a bit more bittering hops; otherwise, this is a very solid amber.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Can Inspection: It’s shiny and metal and has a red pull top. It notes that I can receive 10¢ CASH REFUND in California. Only 5¢ In NY VT MA IA OR (slackers).

Aroma: Mild citric hop note on a sugary light malt base.

Appearance: Very clear amber glass with a thin tan/brown cover

Flavor: An orange tea flavor reminiscent of an ESB or EPA. A light soapy quality adds an odd twist to an earthy malt.

Mouthfeel: A bit oily, firm carbonation pricks a bit, medium light body.

Overall Impression: A fair session beer. Mild hops add some citric notes, malt is mild but interesting, seems British to me in some ways (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The best can of beer currently available in Texas. Can’t beat that.

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Photo of cnally
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good looking reddish amber hue in the beer, a few bubbles rise up. nice head dissipates quick and leaves the slightest reference.

semi sour smells like old grease and yeasty breads. however, that fades into a slightly vanilla and caramel hint.

good, smooth sweet taste. the yeasts come full frontal, but is met with a good flavor of hops midway through the taste. aftertastes of bitter tannins and grains.

creamy mouthfeel, a good balance of carbonation and weight.

pretty decent one here. as long as you keep your nose out of the glass, everything is a smooth and tasty affair.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received as an extra in trade with jhammerly .. poured into my small weizen glass..

2 Finger head takes a while to drop.. leaves spotty lacing .. dark orange amber.

Light malty .. light caramel .. subtle toffee .. background spicy hoppiness.. but way in the background.

Flavor is toasty caramel malts and a little nuttiness... touches of yeasty fruitiness... earthy hop flavors appear toward the finish and mainly as it warms.. lite/medium body .. good carbonation.

Overall, not alot to say bad ... just pretty good across the board..

Another thanks goes out to Jimi.. top notch trader for sure.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool regional brew from my secret Santa Raznug!

A- Body is a translucent amber with some faint ruby red hues coming through. Pours with a 1-2 finger white creamy head that quickly subsides to an eggshell and retains well from there. No lacing left behind in the glass. Has a uniform faint cloudiness to the body.

S- Nose is very faint but definitely indicative of a Red Ale. Some faint citrus and earthy hop presence can be picked up along with a nice malt backbone.

T- Taste is similar to the nose. The highlight of the flavor is very mild-citrus hops and a touch of grassy hops that have a mild pale malt backbone to balance it out. A hint of citus rind bitterness adds to the finish with what was already going on. What lingers is a faint hint of grapefruit and orange.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light to medium weight body. The carbonation is not particularly assertive but is probably the most noticeable feature of the beer-giving this ale a sessionable lager-like consistency.

D- This is a very mild, but pleasant red ale. There is a nice highlight of mild citrus that you don't find in most reds. Not the best of the style-but its definitely drinkable, enjoyable and a good example. Wouldn't hesitate to have this again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed copper amber body with a small beige head that leaves a bit of splotchy lacing. Aroma is subdued, with some caramel and herbal hops. Light medium body and medium carbonation. Taste is primarily sweetish malty toffee with an understated earthy hops bitterness. Decent but pedestrian.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly fogged amber with a thin head. Flavor is a nutty, tangy, fruity and twiggy thing. Feel has a fairly active carbonation and the liquid is alright. This is an okay amber. Drinkable, sure. It'd be cool to see this in cans though.

Thanks to tburkhart for this one.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2" off-white head that falls quickly to a cap. Golden amber color beer. Light lacing.

S - Clean caramel malt aroma. Light zesty, floral hop.

T - Light caramel. Fruit. Touch of sweetness that is countered by just enough of a hop presence to dry out the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Easy to drink ~ pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliant toned copper color, with excellent clarity, a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and fine scattered lacing.

Aroma: Pronounced malty aroma, like whole-grain bread, with some yeast notes as well.

Taste: Opens with pronounced toasted malts, soon followed by caramel notes, and a slight earthiness. Towards the end of the taste, there is a mild wave of malt sweetness, and the toasted notes reassert themselves fairly strongly. Finishes with a lingering, mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with somewhat sharp carbonation, almost soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: Certainly not a ground-breaking beer, but very pleasant and well-made, would potentially appeal to the macro beer drinker. Certainly not the sort of beer that Dogfish Head or Three Floyd's would offer, but there is nothing wrong with that, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red color, with a kind of thin head, that falls back to a little ring, leaving little bits of lacing. Looks a little worse than average. The smell is very malty, not quite full on bready, but a bit toasty, nice and caramellized, with a bit of a burnt sugar smell. The hops are kind of earthy, a little leafy, but not very citrus/resinous. Kind of smells alright, better than average, and it's not the hopped up red ale you expect in America. The taste follows with the smell, but there seems to be a bit more emphasis on the herbal, earthy hops. The malt is still cakey and sweet, with a little bit of a nuttiness. And the hops balance the beer well. I kind of think it works, but doesn't wow. The body is a bit thin and watery, which I didn't expect, and the carbonation isn't very sharp, which I would expect to make it feel more full. This is still a good drink. I think I could definitely fit this into a session, and make a night out of it. It keeps me interested with some decent flavor and doesn't overwhelm me. I wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

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Photo of findlayfan
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last week my wife met a friend in Ft. Wayne to do some shopping.

In addition to a couple of big bargains (or at least, so she claims), she brought back a mixed six-pack of Indiana brews that included the four Warbird bottled beers. No wonder I love this woman!

The first one I tried was the T-6 (it was a trainer, after all) which poured with a clear red/gold body, slight carbonation and a modest bone-white head. The head lingered a while and left just a bit of lacing in the glass.

This is a basic, smooth drinking ale that has no outstanding characteristics - but no objectionable ones, either.

Not a beer I'd go out of my way to find, but one I'd be happy to sample again - especially if I'm in Ft. Wayne and find it on tap somewhere.

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T-6 Red Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
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