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:
No notes at this time.

Added by GreenWBush on 01-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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 russpowell
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
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 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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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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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 rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
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 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 Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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 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 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 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 brewdlyhooked13
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
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 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 Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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 JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
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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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 granger10
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
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 -19.9%
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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T-6 Red Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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