Legendary Red Ale | Golden City Brewery

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Brewed by:
Golden City Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2005

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by riored4v:
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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

Reviewed on 10/19/11

Poured in to a Sam Adams pint glass. Slightly hazy, dark copper colored body with some notes of red. Very thin head that faded very quick.

Aroma was malty and sweet. Some floral and earthy hop presence. Touch of roast.

Taste had some good maltiness with a touch of roast in the finish. Earthy hop flavor with a floral bitterness. Some light sweetness. Nothing really impressive in here. Some light caramel and subtle chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel had medium/light body, low carb and medium finish.

Overall it was a decent. Tame flavor and lack-luster appearance wouldn't make me want to purchase anymore of these.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. The Legendary Red Ale pours a reddish amber with a frothy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a bubbly collar.

The aroma is sweet nutty malts, a little cola, burnt leather and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

The flavor is sweet buttery nutty malts and cola. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, it's very malt-forward and kind of strange and not quite to my liking. It seems to become more palatable as it warms. Fort Collins Brewery's Retro Red is very similar in style, but I liked it better.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of biking4beer
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bought at brewery in Golden. Poured into pint tumbler.

Not much head at all. Slight bubbling that receded to the edge of the glass. No lacing. I tried hard to get a head on this. Dark orangish-red to brown. Slightly cloudy.. Almost looked like a glass of tea.

Strong sweet honey like smell with a slight orange-citrus almost orange drink hint to it.

No really distinct flavor jumped out at me (I am a newb to reviewing, but not drinking good beer). The sweet malt honey like flavor came out on the tip of the tounge with bitterness on the back. A bit grainy As the beer warmed the bitterness disappaited, and a little more roasty, bakers chocolate came forth.

Mouth feel was good. low carbonation and went down easy. Very drinkable. I could sit down for a session of this beer even though it was lacking many distinct flavors. I'll buy more.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type Sampled: On Draught at Golden City Brewery

Appearance: Dark amber with a nice light tan rocky head.

Smell: Roasty, Munich malt, spicy hops.

Taste: The beer leaned to the sweeter side of the balance without being cloying and over done. The balance is also that of the malt. I taste a mild tang from the Munich that is offset nicely by the earthy hop bitterness. Finishes with a mild buscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. This red is quite tasty and quite malty. Still not to heavy to impede your ability to drink more than one pint.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a grainy, pale and crystal malt scent along with some chocolate malts as well. The aroma is very bold for a red ale. The taste is good. It has a smooth, grainy pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes light and husky. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very tastey red ale. I can't get enough of the aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the Golden City tasting. Poured from the tap a beautiful dark copper color, clear and nicely carbonated. The nose was biscuity and fairly inviting. On the palate, caramel malt nicely carried flavors of hersheys chocolate through to a nice lingering bitterness. A perfect spot on alt style beer--good, but not my favorite style.

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Photo of SamN
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Legendary Red Ale has a very dark garnet hue, but sparkling clear, light loose head of white with tannish hues. Smell is pretty good; basic, slighty hopped malt toasted aromas, creamy caramel, very light smokey/oaky character. Tastes follows smell closely, some crips fruitiness, with a bit more of that magical black malt that really brings this beer altogether.

Very solid altbier, my first beer from GCB. Very impressed, will definitely keep this beer around as a great table red.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark ruby pour into a pint glass. Head foamed up rapidly at first, developed into a soapy head, then turned away. A quick swirl of the glass got some head back, but not much.
Rich sweet malt came through in the nose, but not very strong. Served really cold, this may have been a bit detrimental.
Easy going taste. slight roasted malt and baked caramel. Not strong, but not bad. Makes drinkability better, yet it does kinda where down...22oz bomber is big for this beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sporklift87
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Akiva
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a well done Red. Great amber color, very smooth taste and texture. Certainly above average. There is an amazing dance that goes on between the hops and malt when Altbier is made and this beer does not disappoint, a little more malty than I would have expected, but excellent.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too many colors in the name. Pours a reddish color with a dark orange hue. Decent clarity with a slight haze. A soft off white head with limited head and retention. Even with a good pour. Not much lacing to speak of either

The nose is limited overall. Some good malty notes with a grainy and chocolate notes. There is a slight astringent note but not over the top. Some minor sudsy notes on the backend as well. Some citrus hops with a orangy backing to it.

The taste comes out more versus the nose. The malt comes out nicely with a more English base malt flavor. There is some chocolate and some astringent notes, with a slight ashtray finish that is light but still a deterrent. Some alcohol notes as well, but not over the top. There is a light bitterness but not much on the finishing hops. Nice clean yeast flavor. Some sudsy finish as well. Some minor mineral notes but was light.

The body is light for style. Some dry finish and low carbonation. Some astringency issues for a red as well as some brewing faults, but easy enough to drink.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mentor
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a half-finger tan head over a crystal clear radient red-copper liquid. Gorgeous. Smells chocolatey and nutty. Like a brown asle, not a red ale. Also smells dry. Tastes of chocolate with supporting caramel. Nice revival of sweeter chocolate in the aftertaste. Further sips reveal a hint of dry tart. Perhaps some hop bitter. Co-humulone grassy is gentle. Hop flavor? I don't get a strong hop flavor, but if I had to buess my guess would be fuggles. Md body and moderately carbonated. There was a cool creamy character to the body that I just loved. I could drink this one quite often. I see this beer edging toward the brown end of the red ale category.

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Legendary Red Ale from Golden City Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 37 ratings