Red Light | Asheville Brewing Company

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Asheville Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BEERchitect on 09-10-2007

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of chrisroarshack
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SouthernBuckeye
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DrMindbender
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel coloring, with a filmy, fluffy, white head. Nose of subtle caramel, with only a hint of hops presence. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with topical fruit notes, and a peppery hops backbone. Light and crisp, with a tropical fruit and tangy sweet aftertaste. Effervesced, crisp finish.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of craft_shannie
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cbradio
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ejmvet
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bcr42
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of baklo
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jovian00
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room.

A - orange with a thin lacing of white head

S - very faint floral and citrus aromas

T - citrus, faint bread, passion fruit, melon, faint bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a different APA. It has a strong tropical fruit presence which is good but unexpected. It's worth a try.

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Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Asheville Brewing Co's Brewpub in Asheville, NC for $4. Tapped from a Black/Red handle w/ Red Sun rays coming down into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a light, dry hopped aroma from the beginning. Then punches quite a bit towards the end. Nothing unusual for this style but didn't have the fruit character or sweetness I was looking for.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that lasts for what time it could. Has a nice, medium orange colored body that is clear as well. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Citrus and a ton of fruit come alive in the taste! Very sweet then and noticeable malt with a dry hopped finish. High bitterness concludes this.. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Tangy, and leaves good hops on the palate.

Overall Impression- A hugely hopped and powerful APA! Wouldn't recommend this to people who don't enjoy a strongly bitter aftertaste. Suited the style well and enjoyed VERY much!

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at brewery.

A - Clear light amber with a generous off-white head; visible coarse carbonation. Head has good retention.

T - I can see why a previous reviewer mistook this for an IPA: It's fairy hoppy for a PA, with enough malt to emerge in the background. This brew reminded me of Sierra Nevada PA in appearance and taste. It is crisp and dry, with a lasting and earthy hop finish.

S: rather subtle and earthy. More aroma from the hops than from malts.

O - outstanding APA. Working from memory, I think it is probably on par (or better) with Sierra Nevada, and slightly more flavorful. 4.5 as a APA.

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Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper red color. Virtually no head and only thin fine lace.

Grapefruit nose, slightly on the weak side for an IPA. What's there is nice, though.

Grapefruit bite right up front. Sweet cream middle and a sharp, hot, slightly spicy finish. A very hoppy beer start to end.

Body is a nice balance to the hops.

Very easy to drink hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Brenden
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second brew I had last night at the APBC.

The appearance is beautiful. The head isn't huge but it's pretty large, extremely tight and dense, retaining its form as long as it's in the glass. Behind this deep, red beauty flows a cascading sheet that coats the glass.
The aroma is citrus and lightly spicy from the hops with a balancing caramel malt and some grains; grassy notes linger underneath.
The flavor is full, a clean floral and citrus hops with a touch of spice mingling nicely with a touch of sweetness from caramel malts .A semi-dry finish lingers nicely with a gentle bitterness in the end.
The body is medium, and each sip balances crisp and smooth nicely.
This was a great brew from what appears to be a solid brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap tonight for the first time. It really is not an IPA its more ofa pale ale to be honest. Poured a very hazy pale amber with a minimal head and no side lace. Some carbonation was visible. Smell was very light, lots of grain with a touch of hop in the back. The flavor was kinda off to be honest. It had some citric hop in the finish which dried it out, but the feel felt kinda light and a little slick. Decent bread malts and a light enough profile. Overall though this was an average pale, nothing really to write home about.

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Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

seems to ride the English-American borderline

a: The beer is a hazy copper in color, and shows excellent retention of a tan colored head. Moderate lacing is left behind as I drink.

s: Sweet, rich pale grain aromas with fresh fruity hop notes that, after downing a few, bring to mind fine cannabis. Great grain and hop interplay with plenty going on to keep me interested.

m: Very smooth mouthfeel, with a medium to medium-full body. Carbonation is just under medium.

t: Full of healthy amber grain flavors that give a moderate sweetness on the tongue. The grains carry with them flavors of sweet, fresh wort and a light sour note. Delicious hops give blended flavors of evergreen and citrus. Awesome hop to malt balance and plenty of depth...grainy, hoppy, and delicious. Like the aroma, a touch cannabic.

d: My session beer of choice, and really my favorite though certainly not the best, of a recent stay in Asheville.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer is an American IPA, however it could be English. The beer begins with an amber malt color with off-white head retention. Lightly toasty and with a mild caramel / amber malt aroma, soon tempered with bold hops that take on a lightly spicy / citrus quality as well as an earthy / grassy note. Flavors are a solid balance of sweet / caramel malts with spicy, floral hops; followed by a feremented twang flavor. A medium feel leads to a crisp, clean finish. Quite standard, but well brewed.

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