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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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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Brettster
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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 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 morimech
3.92/5  rDev +16%
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 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 Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
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 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 cnally
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ppoitras
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 BierFan
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
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 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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Photo of WakeandBake
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 jpkoch1962
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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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T-6 Red Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
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