Red Felt Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Red Felt AleRed Felt Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 56
Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear reddish amber with a dense cream colored head that lingers .

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, floral hop, grapefruit and pine.

Medium body, fairly low carbonation, the sip ends with a slightly astringent feel.

Flavor begins with muted grapefruit notes, sweet malt, and ends with a bitter tea-like finish.

Overall a decent offering, a bit more hop bitterness than expected. There is a slight phenolic character that becomes more evident as the beer warms, but it likely would be undetectable in the bottle or on tap.

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Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red/cranberry with an off-white, almost light pinkish head with great lace. Holding up to the light gives this a beautiful ruby color.

S: A fig-like smell with some nice back spice. Malts are present with small hints of raspberries and blackberries.

T: Light grape with other subtle fruits with a dry malt back. Taste is not as pronounced as the smell but still good.

M: Medium body while going down smooth. Not much mouth feel as the tastes do not linger for very long.

O: A good, but not great red ale. I enjoy some aspects about the smell, but the taste sort of fell short for me.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper colored beer that had one finger of white head that receded to a small cap with no ring.

S - Smell is kind of dull, some caramel malts and a muted hop profile. Not a whole lot going on, but not offensive.

T - Strong caramel backbone with a healthy, and surprising given the aroma, dose of hops. A lot of citrus, and resin, but not real piney. This is surpringly good tasting.

M - Slightly creamy with some fizz and carbonation, medium bodied.

O - I was very impressed with this beer, and am usually not a fan of the Amber/Red varieties. Good stuff if you are looking for a hoppy version of one.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tasting glass...A light clear and bright amber. An off white head, ok retention...A boring aroma that does not show off the hops like I was expecting or the tastes reveals...The taste is a really good hoppy red beer. Caramel backbone, sweet malts to start but a big burst of pine pines on the back, fresh, seems dry hopped. Powerful, flavorful and very tasty to drink if you want a hoppy beer with flavor. Slight metallic resin finish that I could do without.

Worth trying.

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Photo of lstokes
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a deep orange beer with an off-white head that had gorgeous lacing, smelling like toasted malts and pine/citrus hops with both of those elements very prominent. They merge in the taste into a beer with a strong initial hop bite merging into a silky caramel-tasting beer with more hop oils at the end. The aftertaste is a little bit drying, but that just makes you want to drink more of those creamy toasted malts. Very strong beer overall.

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Photo of quinnsi
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer! It could be that I was drinking this on the first chilly day in autumn, but the golden brown color, and rocky dollop of tan foam was all that I could ask for. head retention was very good, leaving brussels lace down the glass as I drank.

The beer is slightly aromatically challenged, although pleasing notes of malt do slip through restrained piny hop smell.

The beer has a very smooth malt taste, with the hops following along on the back end, but never getting out of balance. That said, the hops do linger on, leaving a slightly bitter taste in the mouth, stopping just short of astringent.

Great creamy mouth feel with a slight hop bite that goes along well with the significant fizz of the carbonation make it very enjoyable to drink. Quite quenching as well, and easily easy to gulp or sip.

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Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask at the Clybourn Brewpub in Chicago. pours a rich amber with garnet highlights and one and a half fingers of light tan, creamy head that has excellent retention and leaves solid lacings. looks great in the glass.

aroma is of light caramel malts with a wonderfully fresh piney and spicy hop note. perfectly balanced in the nose with a wonderfully rich profile and a very pleasant overall character.

taste is of caramel malts up front with a touch of spicy hops on the back end, though much less pronounced than the aroma would suggest. lightly bland overall and flat from the hand pumps; true to a great cask brew.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth on the palate with a malty texture and a finish of residual caramelized sugars and semi-dry caramel.

drinkability is great. a solid brew on cask with a wonderfully malty profile and an aromatic bouquet of fresh hops. could be a bit hoppier on the finish, but still a solid session brew. cheers!

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Photo of chetripley
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to tasting this beer for a long time, and, I confess, it took until it went on sale for me to do so. A 25 oz serving is perfect, a couple glasses is just right for a Sunday afternoon.

Red rust color with sparks flying through (yes, sparks!) which was probably the carbonation rising to the top. A thick head disippated very slowly, leaving behind a pelasant amount of lacing.

Smell was fruity and malty, with hints of spice.

Taste was roasty and smooth, with a heavier mouthfeel than what I was expecting. A very slight hint of fruit, reminding me of port wine.

Good drinkability and hope for more. Who knows, I might even pick it up at regular price next time!

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Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty damned good brew. Got it at Sam's kitty corner from the G I Brewery a few months ago. Poured a light tan decent head and some lace. Color is a medium to dark amber with red highlights. Flavor's where it really stands out - plenty of roasty, caramel, toffee malt and enough hop to balance it. Very good body and carbonation. Great finish too; leaves with a desire for another sip. Session beer for sure.

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Photo of brau
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Felt has a nice clear copper color, and poured with a thick two-finger head. The lacing was very good.

The predominant aroma is hops -- a beautifully complex blend of spicy, herbal, floral, and citrusy qualities. Behind the hops there is quite a bit of caramel.

After the nose of this brew, the taste is no surprise. There are plenty of spicy and citrusy hop flavors, and caramel maltiness is certainly noticeable. As it warms, the complexity builds: biscuit, chocolate, toast, and other notes.

This medium-bodied beer is well-carbonated yet smooth.

Unfortunately, I could only get my hands on one of these, but I would certainly enjoy having more.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, scooped at armanetti's in Chicago. consumed while making dinner and watching vt-bama

bottled on 4-10-09, making this one probably less than prime

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, dull copper-amber body, beige froth with minimal lace

smell: aromas of caramel, faded grassy hops, sweet, a little grainy

taste: 55 IBU's at play in this one - the green hops are still active but have that fading taste - i bet this one would be tasty fresh on tap. There is a big caramel-sweetness present, bready malts. all in all, a strong amber

mouthfeel: medium body, light hop bitterness

drinkability: good

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper in color. Pours with about an 1/8th inch of light tan head that leaves a minimal amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral hops with some underlying spice.

T: Sweet, not malty sweet, more like candy sweet. Noticeable floral hops adds to the candy quality of this beer. While this one is hoppy for sure, the bitterness is held in check.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

D: A good beer with noticeable hop character. Ironically, this one comes off as being one of GI's hoppier beers, even though its a style that is typically less hoppy. Only thing detracting from this one is the odd candy-like sweetness.

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Photo of Redrover
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bomber with a born on date, cellaring notes and Brewmaster's notes. I like getting all the information.

The beer is a dark amber with a clingy beige head and nice lacing. There is a slight chill haze.

The beer has an inviting aroma of citrus, caramel, pine and fresh grains.

The taste is well balanced. There is plenty of citrusy bitterness but it is followed by sweet malts. There is caramel, light brown sugar, and a bit of pine sap. The 55 IBUs are never hidden but the 4 types of malts more than pull their weight.

The mouth is pleasantly thickish and smooth. Wow what an easy drinker. I would love to see this in 12 packs and hope to see it on cask.

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Photo of bguzz
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 4/9/09 poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Golden reddish hugh with 2 fingers of soft foam. Soft carbonation leaves some serious lacing.

Smell: Wonderful citrus earthy aromoa. Sweet malt also picked up. Very complex aroma.

Taste: Great up front hop taste. Perfect example of a hoppy beer that isn't tremendously bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied malt with great hop flavor...almost creamy--but not.

Drinkability: Very much so. I could stick with this all night very easily.

Overall: A very drinkable beer that is complex and hoppy in flavor and aroma. An excellent example of a late hopped red ale. I loved drinking this an look forward to more of them.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz with a freshness date that is smudged, but appears to be April '09. Poured caramel/amber with some slight reddish hues in the center of the glass when held to the light. A foamy off-white head held great retention and dissipated to a thin layer of foam atop the ale. Also left a nice sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas were very pleasant - nice floral hop aroma with some caramel malt, brown sugar, and toasted grains. Tastes were very complex with a large, up-front dose of caramel and brown sugar, while being somewhat bready - maybe brown bread crust - followed by a greatly balanced dose of hops with some citrus and a mild pine character. Finished bitter-sweet - somewhat buttery - with a slight spiciness from the hops. Mouth-feel was creamy and smooth, while being medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. I absolutely loved this Goose Island offering. I wasn't expecting it to be anything out-of-this-world, but this was excellent!

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A chilled bomber with smudged set of dates. Poured into a pint glass of sorts.

Appearance- A frothy white head crowns a deep orange copper body. There is a bit of carbonation but otherwise the beer is clear. There was really good head retention and moderate lacing.

Smell- A fresh citrus/bitter twang that is very for front. It honestly smells more like an APA then a red ale. The malt is a rounded out nose that is a cross between a biscuit and a faint bit of a buttered multigrain roll.

Taste- A fresh burst of slight citrusy hops and the malts mentioned earlier. Its quite pleasant. The although the hops appear to be fresh they are a bit much, but perhaps this bottle is just so young, mmm a hoppy light brown ale and not a bad problem.

Mouthfeel- A round mouthfeel. A medium body allowing the flavors to come out. Properly carbonated. A really fine circiular blend of malts and hops with neither really fighting on my tongue.

Drinkability- A bit complex beer that is seeming lose in the Goose Island lineup. A surprisingly assertive hopping combined with a noticeable malt body will win my heart every time. Arguably one of my favorites and fine addition into my fridge.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle in a Sam's in Chicago. Bottle date is smudged, looks like 4/10/09.

Pours crystal clear, no chill haze as warned.
Super fine creamy head.

Smells almost like a white wine. Cut grass, melon.

Malty. Burnt sugar, caramel. Dry and long bitterness.
Reminds me of a killian's but with bitterness.

Mild, smooth, good body. At a little over 90 days old I'd like to taste a fresh one. And an older one.

I like this one. I'd like it better with a Med rare burger.

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Photo of tronester
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank at the Clysdale Brewpub, on cask 7/8/2009

Was served in an English pint glass near 55 degrees as far as I could tell. Quite a rich red in appearance, with a hint of brown. Head was super creamy and tan in color. Smell was unsurprisingly of citrus hops. Taste was a blast of citrus and pine up front, with a toasted, caramel malt middle, and earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was velvety smooth, creamy, and the carbonation levels were nice and low. Drinkability was fantastic, especially for the ABV. The other cask offering I had at the Clysdale brewpub, the Nut brown, I liked better, but I suspect that if I were to have several pints, this would be the better choice, as it is a bit drier. Highly Recommended on cask though.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, clear amber with a generous rocky head. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to allow the tang of the hops to come into play. Interesting that this was the beer for Chicago hop heads in GI's early days. Now I would say the remarkable quality of the beer is balance. The first taste to hit the palate is actually the malt sweetness which is quickly matched by a welcome citrus hops that first takes the edge off the sweetness and then blends, letting the beer finish with a epilogue of sweet oranges and a restrained hop bitterness. A very nice effort that is well worth your while.

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Photo of malcontent
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid amber color to the body with a majestic two fingers of pillowy white foam atop.

Cinnamon and grapefruit tip over into a truly biscuity middle. Soft plum-like notes carry through to the finish.

Yum. The malt is the star here despite what others have written. Same biscuit from the nose picks up a nice caramel kick on the taste. No doubt there are hops here as well; sightly citrus but mostly floral in nature. Yes, the hops are pungent but the malt body is so significant that they are rounded out beautifully.

Controlled carbonation and enviable smoothness to the finish make for a dangerously sessionable ale. Excellent.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of THE joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear reddish gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is malty with notes of biscuit, hoppy with notes of citrus...almost perfectly balanced with the hops just winning out.

The taste starts off on the malty side with a nice biscuit flavour and a tasty caramel malt sweetness. The hops then move in with some good grapefruit citrus bitterness but they don't steal the show. My palate says this is a *very* well balanced Red Ale.

More sips in and it gets hoppier but I think the malt holds its own. I think hopheads *and* non hopheads would dig this beer and rightly so.

Medium mouthfeel, lightish carbonation, it finishes lightly bitter.

Drinkabilty? It's not a big boy when it comes to the abv but even if it was, the taste will keep you happy for the entire session. At 6%, it's a no brainer. The more beers I try from Goose Island, the more I respect and enjoy their brewing prowess. Another big thanks goes out to you, Joe!

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice red ale pour, polished cherrywood with a very nice, retentive head that doesn't seem soapy or overcarbonated.

Smells of strong crystal malts and medium hop profile that's pretty standard for reds. Nice balance, but not all that complex.

Tastes as it smells, big pale malts with heavy nodes of caramel against a firm hop profile. Tastes like potting soil, cereal, caramel, and floral hops. I was gonna say that this was pretty much the same as a regular red ale (Kilgubben?), but after it warmed up a bit a lot of really nice complexity came out. The balance is really impressive.

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on 5/20/2009 at the Goose Island dock party at the Fulton Brewery.

A= This ale poured a clear amber-red color with a nice 2 finger light tan head. The head took a long time to settle and eventually became a thin cap. OK lacing down my glass.

S= Sweetness and caramel malt in front of some hops in the nose. Some toasted grain present. A trace of fruitiness in there too.

T= A nice pop of caramelly malt sweetness and toasted grain started things off, followed by a modest hop bitterness. There was some fruitiness in the middle, but the yeast character was mostly clean. The finish was balanced between dry and sweet.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level.

D= Nice drinking ale here, very sessionable. Would pair well with pub grub or a nice grilled steak.

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Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for another of the Heritage Collection, poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy brownish amber with tons and tons of bubbles rising up to farm a huge rocky off-white head. It stays on as a big cap for the duration and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is subtle and is dominated by toasted malts and some citrus and earthy hops. The malts are more prevalent than the hops in the nose.

The taste steps it up a bit and is slightly sweet with some caramel malts forming a backbone with a bit of bitter hops on top. The overall taste has a very bready character to it and the finish is dry and toasted.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy with lots of carbonation.

This is an interesting take on the style and is drier and less malty than most in the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to joe1510 for this one!

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Slight biscuitty malt & citric hops

T: Herbal hops, biscuitty malt& a bit of grainyness up front. Nice bit of pine & jammyness are on show as this warms, along with dryness, grainyness & herbal hops. Finishes with juicy grain, lemon & pineapple hops & a touch of honey dryness, almost pulled a 4.5, needed a bit more hop smack to counter the fruiityness

MF: Semi-creamy, medium bodied, plus great balance

Drinks sooo easy, not the best amber I've had, but no slouch, could happily session on this one. The fruittyness & hoppyness play off against each other very well

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