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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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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beer glug glugs out of really sweet-looking can an orangish amber with no head or odor. This is a very balanced, dry, and refreshing, if basically tasteless beer. Definately unusual simply because of the can and the fact that its some sort of macro-fied tasting red ale. Thin, fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Is this Miller High Life? From the can it is very difficult to tell...

I have to say that I didn't mind this beer while drinking it on the golf course with my father, but we both conceded that the Miller he was sipping off of had much more flavor. Sad, unfortunate - but at the end of the day - true.

Weird grainy tastes and no hop presence to speak of in the slightest. The difference between this and MHL? $5 a six pack? It's brewed closer to my house?

This beer is a lame sheep in a wolf's clothing. Put out another beer, open a tap-room, or at least show that you care about your product, the city, or people who actually like something other than BMC or you can't be around for long.

Light lager for the pretentious, IMHO. If this is an all-malt beer i'll print this review and eat it.

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Photo of karengarys
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours dark amber, minimal head, no sticking to the glass at all. After a while the foam dissipates to nithingness, leaving a hazy dark amber liquid and nothing else.

Smells lemony and hoppy, it's okay.

Taste is... MGD. Bud. It tastes like a macro brew, and I have little to add to that.

Mouthfeel is also... MGD. Bud. It has nothing special over that.

Finish is... MGD. Bud. nothing special.

Sure, i can have another easily, but I really don't want to waste the calories/carbs for another. It is too boring to seek out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm light amber body that is crystal clear and has a white creamy head. This beer has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light smell of some pale malt but mostly corn. There is a faint noble hop note aswell.

T- The taste is very soft pale malt with an adjunct flavor, corn I think. The finish is a light noble hop bitterness. There is a dry finish taste to this beer.

M-Light mouthfeel with a hint of fizziness.

D- This has all the makings of an American adjunct lager, little aroma, crisp dry flavor with a adjunct flavor. The color is a bit more to style but not very interesting especially as an American Amber.

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Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Becker. No date but coded 5W4X2F. The body was golden/red/amber. Clear and bright. The off-white head was fine and dense.

Smell was caramel sweet and a little metallic. Nuttiness arrived later as it warmed more.

Taste was more like a nut brown ale than a red ale. Walnuts. Slight biscuitiness. Berries.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and light/medium in carbonation. I really like the Warbird APA, I don't like this one as much. It seems a little confused. They have switched from cans to bottles (?).

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

T-6, Six under the T...Bingo. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a red hue throughout. Ok head but limited retention and not much lacing.

The nose is light overall but some light caramel and toasted malts. Almost bready but not quite. Some off yeasty notes as well with some oxidation and metallic aromas as well.

The taste has an off flavor that deters any other flavor. A off yeast taste that is more of an autolysis flavor mixed with metallic blood-like flavor. Some minor oxidation. Some positives, a caramel malty flavor mixes well with a more floral hop balance. More finishing hops than bittering.

The body is light to mid. Some lighter textures but hard to really get with off flavors. Carbonation is ok. Overall needs some work.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - nice amber pour, a finger+ of pale tan foam. Quick to recede, not much lace residue.

Aroma - nothing really. After it settles there is a faint trace of grain and/or citrus.

Taste - malt base is a bit bland but has a light biscuity element. Mild toastiness followed by mild hopping with little to no bite. The label says this is a 'mild amber beer' and they mean it. The finish has a little toastiness coming on and is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel - very thin, makes the beer feel fizzy, which I don't really like.

Drinkability - bodiless and almost boring. I'd pick it over the mega swill but not much else.

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Photo of granger10
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one at a BW3's in Ft. Wayne on my way down to Ohio. I knew nothing about it but BW3's selection isn't really all that good, so what the hell. Comes to me with a dark semi murky orange color. No head but I think that is because of the pour method as there were a few bubbles that rose to the top and slight lacing. This beer was served WAY too cold. I've never taken a sip from a colder beer in my life! I couldn't believe it wasn't in ice form. Luckily the food took a bit to get there so I could let the beer warm up a little. It didn't help much. Very bland in taste and aroma. Slight toasty grains and maybe a smidgen of caramel underneath. Finish was quick and somewhat malty sweet. Washed down my boneless buffalo wings quite well, but couldn't a macro do that? This brewery looks like its trying to appeal to the macros drinkers who want to try micro beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like most red ales, T-6 is actually orange. Bright orange in this case, with a modest number of fine particulates being buffeted by lively, uprushing carbonation. Atop the beer is a creamy golden ecru dome that leaves an attractive amount of lace in arcing streamers.

The nose is pleasant enough, even though it doesn't smell like anything in particular. It's lightly malty, I guess, with very little in the way of hops. I'd never have known that Hallertau and Saaz are in use. I hope the flavor has more going for it because, so far at least, this T-6 isn't soaring through the wide blue yonder.

This is an average red ale at best. It's primarily malty with an earthy, toasted, mildly caramel-like vibe. Given the lack of sweetness and the mouthfeel, there can't be much pale and Crystal malt present. Actually, the more I drink, the more I feel that this is below average beer due to a harsh graininess that is beginning to appear with only a few degress of warming.

There's more bitterness present than actual hop flavor, especially on the finish; never a sign of a well-brewed beer. I would still have had no clue that noble hops are in the house, going by flavor alone. It didn't take long for the cracks to appear in the fuselage. Unfortunately, by the middle of the can, they're on their way to becoming fissures.

I don't mind the body/mouthfeel. It's on the light side of the red ale spectrum, but is smooth enough to get by. There is a bit of harshness to the carbonation, however, which keeps me from being too impressed.

According to the Warbird website, T-6 Red Ale was 'designed to be a flavorful, easy drinking, low-impact beer'. Even though the brewer didn't miss that goal completely, this is still a less than wonderful ale. T-6 doesn't go down in flames, but it is a bit of a bumpy ride.

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Photo of kirok1999
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish gold with just bits of head and lace.
Smell is just funky metallic. I notice the picture shows a can and even in the bottle I have the metal is the dominant note. Awful.
Taste is very mild and just a bit malty. Strangely enough the metal doesn't come through in the taste. Huh? Mildly carbonated, very crisp and finishes well.
I simply can't drink any more of this due to the smell. Ruins everything.

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Photo of russpowell
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Goebel's in Wichita, love the whole WWII aviation tie-in!

Pours an effervescent orange/copper with 2 finger of fast fading sand colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Musty caramel

T: Caramel, a touch of brown sugar & citrus hops up front. Slight biscuitty malt, some tangerine peels & other mild citrussy hops as this warms. Finishes with slight wateryness & some citric hops

MF: Light/medium bodied. moderate carbonation with some wetness up front, skews weak

Drinks alright, but run of the mill at best

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Photo of BitteBier
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with only a slight reddish tint and little head despite an aggressive pour. Nose and taste are both characterized by slightly sweet, ho-hum grains. Mouthfeel is rather light and slightly effervescent, but hardly interesting. This one's biggest virtue is that it goes down easy, but I can't say I'll make an effort to hunt it down. (Incidentally, this beer is labeled only "T-6 Red Ale". With Warbird's web site being down, I'm not sure whether there's also a light variant.)

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks splitgrin for this extra.

Nearly copper colored, thin whitish head, poor retention.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is simple, but well balanced and straight to the point. It shows some cookie maltiness, a slight hoppy bite, mostly piney, in an overall light body.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear coppy body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Light aroma of toasted grains and biscuits with a pat of butter.

Taste: Toasted malts upfront along with crumpled biscuits and butter. Very little sweetness throughout. Finishes with a mild citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: A drinkable, but less than thrilling amber ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly light brown/burgundy color with a small, short-lived, off-white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled malty and of caramel. Not much else.

T - It tasted sweet and of caramel. It had a biscuity malt profile.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is an okay amber ale. Nothing to run out and stock up on, but it is drinkable.

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Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale red color, very see through, with a bit of head and almost no lacing. Nice malty sweetness, not very deep, though, and with no hop balance. Good taste, not great, not deep, sweet with little to no hop characteristics. Fairly smooth, though.

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Photo of findlayfan
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Pegasus
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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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T-6 Red Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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