Barrio Rojo | Barrio Brewing Company

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Barrio Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LXIXME on 03-25-2014

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 28
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

scottish style ale, regardless of how it is listed here, i obviously liked it better than others. i mean, its definitely a somewhat simplified version when compared to the best in the category, but its a well enough made beer, with a decent body, a sweet and earthy malt base, and an ale yeast that has aged well (ive had this bottle awhile). it doesnt have much head after the initial pour, but it smells alright, earthy caramelized malt, raisin, date, even a pinch of ginger for a second, but its gone instantly. a little tannic on the first sip, maybe some temperature flaws in the process, but i certainly dont find it offensive enough to not drink the beer. not quite the depth of the malt i like in the style, but its somewhat lighter than many of these which i do like in this summer season. good carbonation too, its quite lively in the glass, but there really isnt much body here. overall this is a decent little beer, something a tad different in a style we dont see enough of anymore. my first from these guys, not as bad as others have made it out to be here on BA.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Getting around to trying all of Barrio's offerings, this was up next as part of a mix-a-6 from the fine folks at Plaza Liquors.

Scottish Ale poured into an English pint glass (gasp).

L - Pours a nice, deep "rojo" red and copper tones, off-white head that leaves a very thin lacing.

S - Cereal grain, toffee, caramel, malt, nutmeg, definitely some wet dog in there, which gives it a bit of a funk.

T - Like they advertise, little to no hop presence, very malty. It's that nice bready malt mixed with some spice to give it a bit of a bite. Some caramel sweetness and that nice toasty biscuit finish I'm a big fan of.

F - Fairly thin and watery for what it's supposedly representing. Light carbonation, slightly sticky at the end. Would pair well with a glass of water.

O - Haven't had many Scottish ales, really just Kilt Lifter offered by our neighbors up at Four Peaks. A Scottish Style Amber Ale, categorized as American Amber/Red Ale, brewed in Tucson, Arizona. So, it's not exactly your spot-on example of a Scottish ale, but this is a fine attempt and I wouldn't mind picking up more. A balanced beer that would be good for a scorching summer day or a rainy winter afternoon.

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Photo of AngEo
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I dont often write a review unless I wish to get very detailed in the layers I find in a beer but, to be quite honest, this was terribly one dimensional. It is a very nice looking beer; probably the best representation of the style I have experienced as far as looks go. Everything else was lacking with the exception of a nice full mouthfeel. Not very flavorful. Would be refreshing on a hot Tuscon day, but there are certainly better options available.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous red brown with a light haze and scant light tan head, settles to a non-sticky ring... generally appropriate for Scottish ale in my experience.

Aroma is malt, toffee with a little wet golden retriever. A spicy note (Fuggles hops?) and dates as it warms

Good solid malty backbone, hops totally appropriate to the style (not noticeable, other than a hint of spiciness in the aftertaste). Nothing off, not a lot going on compared to iconic Scottish ales. Then again, what is the chance of finding peat in Tuscon.

Mouthfeel seems oddly watery given the decent malt backbone and the huge sweetness.

Overall a decent Scot. The aroma and mouthfeel are the weak points, but neither is "bad" or out of bounds for the style, just there are other beers in the style I prefer. Not a style I drink frequently, and I can think of a couple in the style I'd grab over Rojo if my wallet was willing, but really not a bad brew at all.

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Barrio Rojo from Barrio Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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