Red | Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bmwats on 09-12-2010

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by JoeBCBC:
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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta say, this is one of the easiest drinking and most tasty beers I have ever had. Got this beer from a local distributor rep giving out free samples and was a little apprehensive.

Aromas of hops and english malt with a slight breadiness.
Taste is HUGE for this low of an abv. Mildly sweet, but very balanced and drinkable.
Has become one of my favorites.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2011. The Lancaster rose features on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-red hue with good carbonation. Yields an off-white head of frothy foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, nutty malt with hints of grain, caramel and dried fruit.

Tastes of sweet, heavy malt with a subtle bitter finish. Notes of grain, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of dried fruit. There is a background note of ethanol, while stewed hops provide a dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with faint astringency. Aftertaste of sweet caramel malt.

A decent red ale with good body. Quite sweet - I guess I would have preferred this toned down in favour of a more roasted character. Still, it slides down nicely and is worth a try....

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BogAl
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear 500ml bottle: best before the end of Feb 2013 and poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 10th June 2012.

It's name suggests it might be red and as the bottle was clear it showed that colour! The head was a cream coloured affair of tight bubbles.

Malty and fruity in the nose and taste with a mini-hop finish. Fairly sweet feel in everything: the alcohol is nicely hidden and overall it gets a 'thumps up' from me without waving my arms around excitedly.

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Photo of Drummermean
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, clear amber with a creamy tan head that leaves fine filmy lace on the glass. Rich malty butterscotch and toffee with a touch of herbal hop in the aroma. Rich toffee sweetness with a clean minerality and mild earthy hop bitterness to balance. Smooth and light bodied. This is one of the best English ales I've had in a while.

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Photo of vinicole
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark chestnut/amber. Thick tan head.
Sour metallic malt on the nose.
Maltiness continues when tasting but a rather harsh hop to finish.
Moderate feel.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one pours a classic amber as expected from a beer called Red. The head is weak and white settling out quickly with very little lacing. My expectations are starting to go downhill after having just previously tried the Lancaster Black and being rather disappointed with it.

The nose is overwhelmed by bread and malt with subtle hops.

The taste is very bitter, almost identical to the black without the roasted malt flavors. Some vanilla, caramel and overwhelming and unbalanced hops. This one has a very bitter aftertaste that is not very pleasant and leads to needing water to cleanse the palate a few minutes later.

The mouthfeel is basically identical to water with very scant amounts of carbonation.

Overall another big disappointment for a beer that I had high hopes for after reading the flyer that came with it. I definitely will not be buying this one again.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can see why they called this red

Its like a piece of of jasper, poured into a half pint pot so I can top up and keep a thick big bubbled white head.

Strong aroma at first hitting the nose like horse manure, then you can breathe again and detect hops and suggestions of castor sugar.

Quite like a brown ale in taste starting in a malty slightly roasted but instead of mellowing in flavour spikes with hoppy bitter spikes.

Okay mouthfeel if slightly watery

Glad I had this, good natured beer even if I don't bring another home.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brownish amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, whitish head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a foam buildup around the edges of the brew, and a little blanket of foam on the surface. Some pretty nice beer ring lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt, with molasses, and a little raisin.

T: Robust malty flavor. Kind of licorice / raisin very subtle sweetness. Almost an unsweetened iced tea thing going on.

M: Malty and sweet in the front. Just a little bitter, and steely in the end. A bit of a dry finish. Seems just a bit diluted.

D: Nice sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Really rich appearance. Dark amber hue, and a nice foamy head; leaves some really decent lacing behind, too. Nose has a nice balance of malt and sweet notes. Flavor is also nice combo of malt and slight sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of cichief
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at The Keats at the Globe near Moorgate in London.

A- Pours a deep red-amber, with a reddish-brown head. Just a little haze.

S- Malty sweet, no hops noted.

T- A big malty brew, finishes well.

M-Medium to full bodied, very little carbonation.

D- A good pint, but not a great one.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of budgood1
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the half litre bottle a chestnut brown colour, slightly hazed with suspended sediment and a light tan half inch head. appropriate lace left on the glass as i drink. the aroma is malt forward with aggressive toffee and caramel with a twist of red ripe fruitiness. the taste follows suit...chocolate and toffee, some caramel and coffee with a fruit cake undertone that really is appealing. mild, hay like hop profile with some minimal bitterness. for a session type ale this is pretty tasty as the yeast profile generates more flavours than your run of the mill red ales. the overall body is about what you would expect in a session ale with a smooth mouthfeel that at times can be considered watery, but the dearth of flavours sort of make up for that fact. finishes dry, and the drinkability is quite pleasant.

overall i'm quite pleased with this offering. a flavourful red ale with enough character to keep things interesting. would pair nicely with some fish and chips or stinky cheese. recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew. I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge first. Poured an average sized, light tan head that settled down quick and a little lace. Color is a clear red amber with plenty of active bubble trails. Aroma is malty, toffee, caramel, some milder dark ripe fruits, a little hop. Flavor's almost exactly the same with some bittersweet flavors coming out. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and is extended. Session beer.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased at Bi-Rite Liquors.

I nice ruby red coloured ale, it brings a 2 finger head of foam with very nice lacing.

The smell is malty with some hint of nuts and fruity that's mostly of lemon zest. An interesting aroma.

The flavours match the smell though not as assertive; probably because I haven't let it warm up yet. Time for a pause.

Okay, it's warmed up some and I find the flavours are still on the delicate side but I can't say this isn't a good taster. The malt and fruitiness work well together and make for a very drinkable brew. I picked up 6 bottles and I reckon I'll enjoy them all, at my leisure.

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Photo of shrtstp2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Antonius08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Dentist666
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark copper beer with 3-finger off-white head, good retention., some laces.
Smell - caramel malts., fruit cake.
Taste - caramel malts, cherry hues, grassy hops.
Light body, smooth carbonation.

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Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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