T-6 Red Ale | Warbird Brewing Company

T-6 Red AleT-6 Red Ale
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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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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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 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 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 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 HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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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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 goochpunch
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 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 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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3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
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 HoustonTX
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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 +16.3%
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 Generik420
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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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T-6 Red Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
Beer rating: 30.2% out of 100 with 43 ratings
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