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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a half finger head. Crimson red is the color with great clarity and signs of carboantion coming up through the glass.

Smell: Very bready and malty. Only has a sweet honey aroma.

Taste: Pretty subtle flavors. Bready, malty, roastiness, biscuity, and a little smoke.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, slightly watery, and easy to drink.

Overall: This is the first of three bottles brought back from this little treat of a brewery in Golden. I was thinking it was a red ale, but after reading the descrition, Altbier it is. It follows all the traits of the altbier group, but wish I was more experienced with the style to understand this beer out. Still a good beer and was worthwhile to drink.

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Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 tylerstravis
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of herman77
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Blazer22
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mentor
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Oxymoron
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Seanibus
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good, though not revelatory.

Pours a nice amber with a nice but quick-dying head. It has almost no aroma, however. It does have a pleasant roast malt flavor, though no hop bitterness. It has a satisfying malty finish. Clean, highly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SamN
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Legendary Red Ale from Golden City Brewery
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