Tule Duck Red Ale
Buckbean Brewing Company

Tule Duck Red AleTule Duck Red Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
3.12 | pDev: 21.15%
Buckbean Brewing Company
Nevada, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Tule Duck Red AleTule Duck Red Ale
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a smallish beige head with minimal retention and lace. Smell is sweet and malty with toffee and caramel being dominant in the nose. Hints of citrus, earth, and orange zest cut through the sweetness but this one leans heavy to the malt world. Taste is sweet and malty with caramel and toffee as advertised. A bit more earth and zest than citrus come through in the flavor. Medium to thin body with a high level of carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but really nothing spectacular. Reminds me a lot of an English dark mild or a brown.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew looks pretty good; it sports a rich amber body and is topped with persistent khaki cap of froth. The brew is mildly sweet, and shows notes of citrus zest, towards lemon, to balance it out; the aroma and flavor are largely the same experience. The feel is medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Overall, not stunning, not bad, I'd probably drink another.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.61/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a large, foamy, white head. Good retention with little bits of sticky lacing.

S: Some spicy caramel malt and ripened strawberries. Extremely sweet tasting.

T: Extremely sweet like sugared candy, too much for me, and a bit off-putting. There is some strawberry, toffee, and a a nutty flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not great in my book. I have no problem with malt amber/red ales, but this one went strayed a bit too far for my liking.

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Photo of StLThrash
1.77/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Received in trade with Rizalini as an extra.

Can poured into pint glass.

A - A murky blood red / amber with a one finger head. Didn't drink enough of it to see about lacing.

S - Earthy, wood, sweetness.

T & M - Not good at all. Very thin bodied, tasted a bit like I was chewing on a piece of cedar. May have been a bad can. Skunky a bit and left an awful aftertaste. Others with me who drank it felt the same way. One of the worst beers I've tasted.

O - Avoid. Unless I got a really, really bad can and it's completely different from the one I've had - I would never have this again. I poured it down the drain.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A plethora of jumbled color, amber, ruby red, light brown to create this, good off white eggshell head to it, nice retention. Grassy, mildly hoppy and sweet malt aroma out of this one, unique and somewhat complex.

A silky texture to this, different than many standard red ales that aren't all that hoppy, this one really lets the slick, oily and grassy malt bill do its thing. Caramel and vanilla aspects. Some orange peel feel to it.

Definitely not for everyone, but gets some unique points, they always have such weird hop bills for their stuff w/ buckbean.

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Photo of oberon
3.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first beer from Nevada.Poured from the can into a stadard pint glass a hazed maber with a frothy off white crown,almost like a nitro can except for no cascading.No aromas to speak of,after a few rigorous swirls only an off tin aroma came into play.Flavors are alot better with caramel and brown sugar notes upfront and a nice earthy finish.Its not a bad amber ale in my mind,its not anything earth shattering but its got a nice mouthfeel and decent flavor profile going on.By the way what's a tule duck?

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Photo of RoyalT
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful, reddish-brown in color with a huge tanned head that showed great retention.

Smell - The hops are big if a little stale and all citrusy herbal like Amarillo. The three Cs are absent here. The malt is very light as well, mostly caramel but definitely too small for this hop profile.

Taste - Well the concept of using cans to keep out the skunk seems to have flopped. There's an off taste here, a tangy kind of funk, that ruins it. Absent that, the malt structure that you'd expect in the style is absent and the big hop nose, must have been dry-hopped, wimped out at the taste.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. The carbs are mild in accordance with the style.

Sinkability - There were a few decent components to this beer but it just didn't come together and the skunky funky thingy was too much.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - When I opened the can it spewed over causing me to pour it quickly, so watch out it may happen to you! It produced a 3-finger head that held nicely, it's a bit tan and creamy looking. The color of the beer is a somewhat dark brown/orange color that' kinda hard to describe, it's also quite cloudy. It left some nice splotching on my glass and a thin tan and creamy ring held atop my beer throughout consumption.

S - It smells sweet with lots of toasted sugary malt notes. I can pick up caramel, brown sugar, toffee, nuts and cherry's. I get a bit of underlying hop character, a bit leafy with hints grapefruit rind. The aroma is pretty inviting to me.

T - The flavor is actually very different than the smell led me to believe. Upfront I get this bright pop of hop character, it's lemony with lots of grapefruit rind, flowers and herbal flavors, but it's a different mix of flavors that I don't think Ive ever tasted before. Underneath the dominate hop flavors are some nutty and bready malts, as well as notes of biscuit and brown sugar. It finishes with a soft but noticeable bitterness that lingers just a bit.

M - Oily feel with soft-moderate crispness and a lite-medium body.

O - Overall I think this beer is very fruit juice forward, and it's kinda strange because it doesn't quite remind me of fruit flavors in Pale Ales or IPA's which makes it strange to me. Anyway I think It's good and moderately drinkable but different from the style. The appearance and aroma are very inviting to me, and I'd definitely have this one again but probably wont buy anytime soon. Worth a try for sure though. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
2.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

glass: nonic

Produced a massive 5-finger head, mostly in-part because the beer erupted as i opened it, forcing me to jug the beer into the glass. The head is tan and a bit creamy, lacing already looks great. Body is a hazy and deep mango mixed with pomegranate.

The smell is very fruity with a sort of dark yet tropic fruit with a zesty and peppery overtone. I'm not picking up anything more subtle, the initial fruitiness is very overpowering.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma, an odd bright sweetness that doesn't initially come off as a hop or malt sweetness. If you haven't already noticed, i think this beer is sweet and even slightly sour towards the end. Bitterness tones things down a bit and the finishing bitterness is nice. There's a mineral-like quality that I'm not too fond of either.

mouthfeel is on the high-end of light and carbonation is relatively low but this may be due to the very aggressive (forced) poor. Lightly oily.

Body reminds me of Killian's but the intense fruitiness is something i cant put my finger on. There's much better stuff out there. I guess i was suckered into getting a no-name beer by the cool new hipster cans.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My 1,500th beer review and I decided to make it an homage to both The CANQuest (TM) and my regular local trader, tone77, who recently provided me with this beer. I CAN't wait!

From the CAN: "Native Nevadan"; "Made In Nevada"; and "This rich, robust American Red Ale has a seductively smooth, full body, deep red color and a sweet, nutty malt flavor. A blend of finest hops yields a subtle, but satisfying, hoppy aroma and finish."

My, what big, dense frothy head you have there, duckie! It was an unusual shade of light tan and evinced very good retention. The beer's color was a slightly hazy deep-coppery red. Nose had a sweetish nutty biscuity scent, kind of reminiscent of nut bread. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant malty sweetness on the tongue. As a self-avowed hophead, this was not going to be a regular thing for me, but it beat yet one more AAL six ways to Sunday. Finish had an initial burst of light hoppy bitterness, but the lingering flavor was that of the nutty biscuity combination that I noted on the nose. Not bad, but not really cooler worthy, IMHO.

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Photo of tone77
4.01/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a beautiful amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is good, malts, caramel, a bit of hops, just a touch of sweetness. Feels creamy in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint in a can, how nice. Poured into a tulip...Pours a dark copper/amber, not to attractive. A huge creamy dark tope head, good retention and lacing, 50% good, 50% could be better...Aroma is super sweet caramel, bread, and sugared orange fruits, never had so much of a fruit character on a red. Seems off but makes it more appealing to me, I want to try it...The taste isn't as successful, reminds me a macro in feel and slight skunk finish. Lots of rye and toffee, fruit is gone. Not bad and totally crushable.

After the reviews I was expecting a terrible brew. This beat my expectations. I can't recommend this outright, but for a Nevada tick, sure. Thanks Destral!

Get's a little tough to drink after a while.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark auburn in color, looking very rich and almost as if its unfiltered due to the scarcity of light coming through. When held to the light things look nice and clear however. Nice fluffy head on top of all 16 oz. in this glass.

Aroma - toffee, butter rum ice cream, oranges, cream and iced tea.

Taste - caramel, sweet malt along with hints of vanilla and toffee. Very soft and almost creamy on the tongue. Some nice citrusy, orange and lemon flavors towards the end with a nice crisp finish. If someone gave me this and told me it was poured from a nitro tap I would probably believe them. Its that rich and creamy.

Overall - Solid brew with plenty of malt flavor and quite tasty to boot. I really enjoyed just how smooth this beer was and how amazingly quick it disappeared from my glass. That's always a good sign.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.59/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz. can, the Tule Duck pours a light amber with orange and mahogany notes. Sporting a full inch of foam on a cautious pour, the beer offers strong retention and maintains a fine effervescence from the bottom of the glass.

Hop notes are evident on the pour but settle out and mix with some malt notes to offer a short caramel nose with rather limited depth.

Flavor follows the nose with a rather dubious structure. Somewhat sweet and fruity in nature with a berry flavor that overwhelms the caramel notes expected and leads to a short finish. The firm carbonation up front doesn't offer even a tingle on the finish and there seems to be some stuck yeast notes throughout. Does offer a bit of pleasant spice when drawn through the foam however.

Overall rather full bodied and frothy in feel yet subtle in body and lackluster for the style in character, yet fairly enjoyable though aside of the style per se.

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Photo of scottfrie
1.83/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz can into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a blood red-grapefruit color with a large tan head that slowly reduced to a thin film leaving some streaks of soapy lace.
S: Smells fruity and a bit like bread. I get notes of blueberries and blackberries for some reason.
T: Oh wow. No. Not for me. This tastes like thin blueberry juice with a weird bitter graininess to it. The aftertaste has a foul flavor and is slightly metallic (not from the can I believe, I love cans). Slight malt and nut notes as well.
M: Medium-thin body with good amount of carbonation. Aftertaste coats the mouth with something awful and doesn't agree with me at all.
D: What a letdown. I wasn't expecting world class, but this isn't even average. Not worthy.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.16/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pint can,

A: Pours red with a creamy off-white head, good retention.

S: Extremely sweet crystal malt to the point of being off-putting.

T: Super sweet red ale malt with some astringent malt bitterness. Not balanced, way too sweet. Some odd medicinal notes.

M: Medium-bodied, but slick and cloying on the palate, needs more attenuation for sure.

D: I've liked the other 2 Buckbean beers I've had, but this one isn't very good, tastes a lot like some below average brewpub reds I've had. Some food tempered the sweetness, eat this with food if you want to finish the can.

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Photo of dewalt
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tule Duck Red Ale smells like grain and cereal. But weirdly, it tastes a like pineapple upside-down cake -- sweet bready flavors with a touch of caramel. There are notes of nuttiness, as well. This is all kind of unusual for the style, and not a great example of it, but the beer's not bad. Decent mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Offa
2.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a pretty standard, mediocre west coast "amber" ale that suffers from the common problems with such beers - one dimensional and boring with a lot of grapefruit and orange while being heavy but without commensurate character.

Hazy red amber, it has a big, pale tan head, slightly orangish, that shrinks slowly and leaves some nice, frothy lace.

Aroma is flowery fruit candy, pineapple, orange candy, hint of pine sap, grapefruit. It's a heavy, sweet version of the west coast style, a bit like Napa Smith Amber Ale, but better. It's also a sweeter take on the Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB.

Taste is light and minerally with candied orange and grapefruit, candied pine sap hint, sweet maltiness with not much flavour, bubblegum sweetness, and a light grassy-orange-grapefruit bitterness. Everything is very light in taste, yet it's a heavy beer to drink.

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Photo of ebraun
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, sample provided by brewery.

A: Poured a really deep, hazy (that eventually cleared) copper with an off-white head that stuck around for quite a while. One of the darkest reds I've seen. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Caramel, Pineapple and biscuits. Smells like a pineapple upside down cake.

T:A lot like the smell, but lighter in body than that might suggest. I expected a lot of sweetness, but that wasn't there. More nutty than sweet. Some hop bittering on the finish, nice.

M: Good, thin, but still creamy. The head is really sort of amazing. It stays around forever.

D: Very drinkable, goes down easy.

Not terribly complex but a good, solid red. The head really made it, I have to say.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.17/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this '1 pint' can last week at Beaumont Market, Portland - poured to a pint glass. Label lists 6.2% ABV.

A: Enthralling look: a sultry, mildly hazed amber-auburn capped with a lofty crown - almost 3-fingers of spongy ivory. A few fine lines of wriggling carbonation. Terrific lace, long drapes of seafoam spackling atop a solid 1/2 finger of perma-foam. It's a fine looking beer, top to bottom.

S: For all the pretty appearance, this has a really drab aroma - boring grain musk, noticeably metallic. That tinny scent overwhelms what spice and nut roast there is beneath. Too bad.

T: Fairly strong singed nuts and caramel, toasted bread, oats. Spices that don't intrude too much; malt and bitterness balance one another well enough. No big surprises here.

M: Sure the feel is creamy enough; actually it's about as creamy as I've ever head for a NON-nitro brew. If not for the grainy grit, this might score even higher.

D: Hmm...pretty good. Can't recall a maltier amber/red in a while - although balance skews toward 'malt' but that's an OK thing in my book. Toasty and a little sweet, but a good brew all in all and another one to add to the 'quality canned craft brews' list.

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Photo of flexabull
3.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red color with a nice big fluffy off white head.

Aromas are faint, but I detect some brewed tea, grains, and some light caramel.

Taste is of cereal grains, some breads, and a brewed tea note just like the aroma. A touch of creamy sweetness, and a finish that has a mineral like bitterness that fades away pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel is good at first, but thins out a little on the finish.

Drinkability is not bad. This is a pretty decent red, just needs a little more mouthfeel and flavor to it to make it really good. Still, I'll enjoy the 4 cans I bought, this is a pretty nice sessionable brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a reddish tint and a sturdy, two finger head that really sticks and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Grainy aroma, with a vegetal aspect

Taste: Biscuity malt flavors up front, with a growing grainy bitterness that arrives mid-palate, along with some fruity hop elements; after the swallow, the fruit and grain compete into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Like all the Buckbean beers, this one suffers from the grainy bitterness at mid-palate; otherwise, it was the best of the three that I tried

Thanks, jh1982, for the opportunity

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Photo of Gilmango
2.14/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Having never seen this beer I unwisely picked up a can while I was in San Diego. Big mistake.

It looked OK upon the pour - reddish amber, decent head, no lacing.

Smelled a bit off, like a beer brewed with Whitbread ale yeast at too high a temperature which seems to lead to a sour note.

Tasted like it smelled, a bit sour, was it the yeast and fermentation temp.? Did they boil the grain and extract harsh tannins, who knows. The sour note seems to overwhelm any little hint of caramel or other sweetness.

Kind of thin mouthfeel with an unintended (I think) sour note.

The best I can say is that I did not drainpour it, but then I rarely do.

Overall - I would be embarrassed to serve that as my homebrew - nuff said.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.32/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a pint of this at Coel Irish Pub in Reno a few nights ago. Review written from notes.

Served in standard 16oz. pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, red-auburn body with nice clarity. Surprisingly, no visible carbonation within the body. A creamy, sticky, khaki-colored cap sat on top for the entire session and left tons of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Caramel, candied fruits, and pastries. Too sweet - sickly.

Taste: Medicinal chalkiness, earth, and wood all coated in doughnut glaze. There was a good amount of toasted grain in this one, but the aforementioned flavors were pretty big distractions. Ash and fermented grains were the two big flavors in the aftertaste. I was having a lot of difficulty finding the hops. I did taste a little grass, I suppose.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, medium-bodied, and malty. Went down smooth, but was kinda boring. A little more carbonation would have been nice. Light mouth-coating and mild aftertaste.

Drinkability: This was a pretty lousy red ale, but I suppose it was an easy drink. Similar to the Orange Blossom Ale, I got weird medicinal qualities that were very unappetizing. Maybe it's the water?

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Tule Duck Red Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 33 ratings