Cherokee Red Ale | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Cherokee Red AleCherokee Red Ale

Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Tennessee, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Beeryce on 02-17-2008

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 24
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at the Pigeon Forge brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, golden coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of subtle caramel and hops bitterness. Flavors are sugary caramel sweet forward, with roasted notes, and a subtle hops bitterness. Light and smooth bodied, with a roasted sweet aftertaste. Smooth, light, and crisp finish.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at the Pigeon Forge brewpub

Clear amber pour with a small cap of white head that sank to a thin ringlet and left minor lacing on the glass. In the nose, light caramel malts, toasted grains, not much else. Taste was pretty grainy, some notes of caramel, and a light metallic bitterness that lasting into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was pretty weak, body was light-medium, carbonation was moderate. Not a champion among red ales.

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Photo of Chaney
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Pigeon Forge location.

A: Poured a clear, orange-red, with a light chill haze, and about a 1/8 finger sawdust-esque head that had a bit of staying power.

S: This one had a bit more flair on the nose than most of the other Smokey Mountain beers: Light caramel, a bit of hop fruitiness, and fresh filtered water.

T: Medium-bodied, with a fresh, crisp fruit component, but almost completely devoid of hops. This was sort of like a watered-down popsicle.

M: Light on the palate, with fairly low carbonation (which was surprising), and substantial lacing.

O: This was much better on-tap than the bottled version, but overall, this was merely serviceable.

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Photo of shivtim
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried smaller size of this one (I believe it was an 8oz pour). Clear strong coppery color, a little straw/hay, and a slight ring head. Gentle malt on the nose. Lightly toasted. Slightly farmy. Taste was a let down. Earthy metallic malts and funky hay. Average mouthfeel and drinkability. Forgettable.

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Photo of Beeryce
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into pint glass produced only 1½ fingers of very light tan creamy foam.
Stability is fair, retains ¼ inch head and very little lacing. The beer has light carbonation and is amber in color with orange hues in the light.

Nose is not too strong, but very pleasant with light floral tea like aromas with light balancing malt aromas of sweet and bready lightly toasted malt.

This beer is full with rich maltiness and tea flavors, tastey and true to style. A sweet mixture of malt and hops rush the palate before a balanced toasted, bready malt taste and tangy spicey hops lingers into the drying, yet satisfying, finish. I was surprised at the real tea like flavor compounds present.

Great mouthfeel nice and chewy, dextrose feel with a slightly drying finish. Fits the taste profile and style well. The weight on the tongue and the slight crisp hoppiness combine very nicely.

The drinkability is super high. This is an all around great session beer form a small brewpub. This is a great representation of the style and I would love to be able to drink this on a regular basis.

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Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
3.29 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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