Red Ale | Mountaineer Brewing Co.

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Red AleRed Ale

Brewed by:
Mountaineer Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Red Ale was brewed to bring out the most malt flavor possible. Made from numerous styles of caramel malts, used in near excessive quantities. Our red ale defines malt flavor. A brilliant scotch like color and pleasant toasted malt aroma are complimented by a bold caramel finish.

Added by WVbeergeek on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by dmamiano:
Photo of dmamiano
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poors a nice deep amber, with good head and carbonation. Nice lacing sticks to the glass as it goes away.
The nose is very uninspiring with no malts standing out.
Taste was most dissapointing of all. Very thick and syrupy tasting almost reminding me of an extract brew that didnt full fermint out.
Not a very good beer. Back to the drawing board?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served into a nonic glass poured a clear, deep reddish/coppery color.1" creamy tan head with a bit of a fast fade.

Fruity esters,earthy carmelized toffee with grassiness and some burnt metallic.

Clean taste upfront followed by tart fruitiness with a metallic taste,acidy with a certian mineral-like quality,carmellized maltiness with some sourness,a chaulky earthy finish that had somewhat of a chaulky feel.

Light bodied with a grainy/gritty mouthfeel had a rough time trying to finish this on. Had a couple of nice beers from this brewery so far,this isn't one of them.

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Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a murky ruby brown hue with a large light tan head dwindles at a moderate pace, leaves behind thin uneven lacing patterns. Aromatics full of caramel malt very wheaties like in nature with a nice cereal grain sweetness flow going on, not much hops here in the nose. Flavor has some slightly tart tones but for the most part sweet caramel toasted malt notes flow. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied evenly carbonated. Drinkability is a bit one dimensional not the best version of the style but I can definitely tolerate a couple of these brews in a session.

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Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark garnet with some coppery highlights around the edges, richer shades of red/brown in the middle; the color is quite attractive. Beige head, at the apex the foam was a half finger tall; head retention was decent the bubbles faded to a soapy collar after a few moments. Subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized. Still, overall, this is an attractive beer… great color!

Rich malty nose; hints of caramel and chocolate, which surprising me in a Red Ale, is the stars. The bouquet is also fairly fruity with suggestions of apples and raisins. Quite hops, as desired. While the nose is not complex the combination of the malty attributes and fruitiness are excellent. I wish the potency was a tad louder but the aromas are quite inviting nevertheless! For a basic, not tricked out, Red Ale I would call the bouquet exceptional.

The palate isn’t sweet but plenty malty with a good bit of caramel flavors as well as some nuttiness and chocolate. Dark fruits and apples arrive in the middle; linger a bit before fading to some chocolate nuttiness. Tasty! Clean ending, kind of abrupt but, thankfully, the aftertaste is mouth-coating with plenty of remnants from the palate. I must say, I really like this beer. For a no-frills Red Ale it is excellent. IMO, it is a cross between a Red & Brown Ale. Topnotch!

Not quite medium in body, fairly firm, low carbonation; the mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin. I can live with it.

Drinkable, indeed… I am quite impressed. Of the three beers I was fortunate enough to try from this brewery this is by far the best offering. I wish more Red Ales had this much character. Sure, it could be improved upon (better mouthfeel, better ending on the palate, and maybe a tickle more sweetness) but, still, this is a very good beer. I’d be happy to drink this regularly. Thanks ahatcher78 for my first three WV beers!

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Photo of wedge
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, coppery red color with a small, creamy off-white head. Light, sweet malty aromas...chocolate, caramel, and berries. More bittersweet chocolate in the flavor finishing with some earthiness. Faint toasted caramel and nuts with no hops to speak of. Medium-light bodied, drying towards the end. Closer to an Irish Red and I really think that's what they were going for. Regardless, I wouldn't be very tempted to get this again...not that I'll be back in WV anytime soon anyways.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to my brother in law for bringing this one down on his last trip. Another state that I can put a notch on the belt for. This one was served cold, and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 12/01/2008.

The pour was decent enough. Rich, reddish brown notes were all over this one. Nice color could be seen through the clear liquid. A smallish tan head of maybe an inch crept up from the bottom of the glass, and hung around for only a few short moments before finally dropping back down.

The aroma was loaded with malts. Hints of caramel, and almost a light chocolate note were readily apparent. Nice earthy hop notes as it warmed as well. Decent flavor here, well a bit more then decent. Rich caramel malts were washing over the tongue and providing hints of chocolate and bready malts along the way. Nice smooth feel here, with an almost medium body giving way to a kind of candied sugar in the finish. Very mellow with an easy to session flavor.

Overall not bad here, I was expecting a lot worse. Very sweet for the style, and quite filling to be honest. I would have no issue what so ever with having this one again, and in fact, I would love to try a couple more from them.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from ahatcher78, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brownish-red color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, a little fruit and a good background of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of caramel, nuts, tea and a touch of fruit. Then there’s a nice compliment of hops bitterness to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I wasn’t expecting too much from this beer and while it might still just be rather ordinary, I still found it enjoyable. It’s a nice beer to pound if you want something with a little substance that isn’t over-the-top.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a brownish-red with a small, white head. You can smell the malts right away. Gives a roasted, caramel, nutty aroma. Medium to light body, tasted a bit sour, but still with a caramel/malty flavor. Overall a good beer, although I do prefer the Mountaineer stout.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, deep amber color with an off white head. Aromas of a sweet, caramel like malt. In the taste, a smooth and sweet maltiness. The same in the mouthfeel and a sticky sweet, yet dry aftertaste. Sweet and malty, smooth and easy drinking. A nice malty body. Not to shabby.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer from a fairly new brewery, and one of the best Ambers I’ve ever had. Poured from the bottle to an amber red with brown tint and a medium off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma was fruity hops, mostly apples and grapes in this medium carbonated beer. The flavor and mouthfeel started out as a continuation of this fruity nose, but quickly turned semi-sour, much like a Flemish Sour, though not as pronounced. Finish likewise, was tangy and sour, but very tasty.

A friend picked some of this up for me in WV, and I hope it makes it to Atlanta sometime soon.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it's nice to see some WV brews making it to the bottle and getting some decent distribution.

This read ale is a medium amber with an unimpressive thin tan head that did not do much in the lacing department. There is a good deal of carbonation evident in the beer.

Smells mildly of dark malt, with no hop presence noticeable. Taste is of dark malts and a brief bitter hop finish.

This seems a bit thick and syrupy in the mouth, and yet it has noticeable carbonation to it. It hangs around for a bit leaving a bit of a heavy feeling. Not sure I could drink more than one of these without
feeling full.

Again, nice to see some local stuff getting out there and surely a cut above the swill most people in this state drink, but all in all I don't find this to be a better than average beer.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one poured a deep amber color with a light tan head that didn't hang around very long. Some very light lacing.

The aroma was of roasted malts, grains, and a slight hint of caramel.

The flavor had a surprisingly sour twang to it. A little bit grainy and a hint of a metallic flavor...not sure where that came from. I wasn't sure what to make of this one.

The mouthfeel was the best part, but that's not saying a whole lot. The sour flavor kept me to just one. Hopefully it was just a bad batch.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium brown color with a one finger off white head. The head gives way to nice lacing throughout the drink. The smell of the beer was a little weak, but could detect some caramel notes to it. The taste was very smooth, weaker up front but more flavorful of caramel at the end, with a little bite. The mouthfeel was good, a lil bit watery, and lightly carbonated. Overall it is an above average drinkable beer, but the malt bite could deter you from drinking many of these.

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Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this beer from a friend of mine who was nice enough to put together a lil mixer of extras he had received.
This beer poured a nice deep amber. The head was an offwhite that faded relatively quickly. It's a pretty nice red ale that has a slightly sweet after taste to it. I'm not sure that with the aftertaste this is a beer that I could have more than one or two in a sitting.
This is a very drinkable beer, not too heavy and decent for a night where you just want to kick back and enjoy one or two.

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Photo of JamesS
2.22/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a great deep red with a nice head and good lacing. Has a very odd smell, though. Overly sweet with a very strong, and cloying, nutty scent. Same with the taste, a bit sweet with a very odd, and skunky, nutty flavor for some reason. Goes down fine, as far as a liquid. I'm hoping the pack I got somehow was messed up with their brown. I'll try it again sometime just to make sure, but if it's this way every time, I won't ever get it again.

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Photo of cfriend2
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In parlance with the practice of buying local, I figured it would be a good idea to review some beer from the Mountaineer Brewing Company, which is about an hour away from my hometown. I drank one last night, reviewed it, and took notes on a beer for the first time.

A - Pours a dark amber color with a pretty off-white head appx. one centimeter thick. IMO this beer is gorgeous!

S - Sweet and hoppy odors, could detect a bit of a fruity smell as well, accompanied with some caramel.

T - Rich nutty flavor, and hints of gingerbread. I was pleasantly surprised to taste a hint of pear and grapes as well. Carbonation is on the mark. Somewhat sour aftertaste and lacking slightly in sweetness overall. I don't care much for the finish.

D - This is the first beer from Mountaineer that I actually took the time to sit down and review. Really enjoyed this one, and I look forward to reviewing the rest of Mountaineer's brews. Hope they are as good as this one.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at a fellow BA's house which they picked this up on a trip to Snowshoe, WV. Drank this from the bottle, so I couldn't make out the appearance too well. But what I could see was a red-amber. Since it was from a bottle, I couldn't see the head.
Somewhat light aromas. Some dried cherry sweetness, caramel. Very light hops.
Kinda tasted like chocolate-covered cherries. Very sweet. Couldn't taste any hops at all.
Light mouthfeel. Good carbonation. No lingering flavors.
Fairly drinkable. ABV seemed low enough to make it sessionable, but it was probably too sweet to drink more than one and I like sweets.
Overall, this was an OK beer. I don't think I would seek this out.

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Red Ale from Mountaineer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 18 ratings