Skyland Red Ale | Shenandoah Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Shenandoah Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Murph on 10-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazey copper with some reddish tint with a thinner white head,aromas are standard for an amber caramel and lightly roasted malt throw in a little soapiness.A malt tilted traditional red here low bitterness but a nice roasted character with light sweetness,soft and very quaffable.A true amber to be had one to drink all night at the pub over good conversation,a true syle I havent had much of as of late,a nice change of pace.

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Photo of tempest
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hmm, it smells vaguely like a Belgian dubbel, I like that. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste much like one. There's an unpleasant, medicinal dry malt flavor mixed with watered-down apple juice. It's not all bad, it's very smooth and the the taste isn't offensive, but I wouldn't recommend this one. I don't think it knows what it is, and that doesn't work.

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Photo of Murph
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly pale/light copper/red color with a smallish white head. There is a vague, slightly fruity hoppy aroma present, but not much else. There is a decent tangy hoppy flavor to this brew, slight citrus/piney characters, with some big time carbonation (surprising with the small head) and the malt is almost non-existent. The brew is crisp and (too) highly carbonated with a medium-light body. Certainly not a beer I will be actively pursuing but drinkable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Unfortunately this is a bit ugly. Murky light brown like dirty mop water or something. A bit less than a finger of frothy off white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Bready, toasty, nutty, and yeasty, but all of these come in small doses. Slight grassy hoppiness. Weak, but pleasant.

4.0 T: Interesting, I had no idea this was a sour. Seriously, this is sour like a tart Berliner weiss. I'm pretty sure the brewers weren't going for this, but it turned out pretty good. Plenty of lactic acid and sour apple funkiness. Some toastiness in there works well with a general yeastiness. It's good, but I'm sure they weren't going for this. I'm going to have to grade it for what it is.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess with a sour bite on the finish.

4.5 D: Tasty sour. Good balance of malts and sourness. Easy going down.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" off-white head over the coppery orange brew. Head lasts very nicely, and heavy but sporadic lacing. Aroma is somewhat hoppy, not very malty at all, kind of effervescent as well. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, a bit of biscuity malt gives way to some hoppy bitterness. Left me waiting for something to happen. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is pretty nice as well. Overall, not a bad red here.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours a relatively clear honey brown, becoming darker as the middle is approached. Almost no lacing whatsoever is produced. The nose reeks (I kill me) of hoppy citrus notes, oranges, coriander, and rye bread. The tongue still holds handfulls of these hops, but they're more bitter here than citrus-y. Beyond that, there's also some lemon rind, more rye bread, and a splash of brown sugar. (Don't ask me how solids splash, they just do.) The body initially feels light, but tends toward a more medium weight, and the carbonation is nicely moderate, leading to a decent level of drinkability.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Shenandoah Brewing Co. Amber pour with a tall off-white head. Nose is malt, soft caramel, some grain and cereal, and light fruit notes. Taste is more cereal and sweet malts with fruit and caramel. Body is light-medium and very carbonated. Finishes with more grains, fresh sliced fruit, cereal and sweet malt. Touches of caramel as well.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, cider-colored body that had minimal head and lacings. A hoppy, somewhat earthy smell with an airyness to it, but with some cirtus notes picked up as well. Had a taste with citrus being dominant over the hops but they are noticeable on the backbite. For an Amber Ale the malts are rahter lowkey, which is kind of a bummer (bready malt was what I noticed). Nothing at all stuck out, and this is a rather laid back session beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of Braudog
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a bottle at the brewery; all three beers we had poured looked exactly the same. Muddy light brown and slightly opaque, quite still. This one is very flat. The aroma is musty and off-putting. The flavor is similarly mushy, vaguely caramelized, but not much to it. My wife liked it OK, so she got to finish it. (#2761, 3/24/2007)

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Photo of Vdubb86
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass

Big thanks to TMoney2591 for giving me a bottle most rare for these parts.

The appearance is a nice golden orange color, which is odd for it being a red ale, but there you have it. The smell is interesting. There is a nice balance of some citrus (orange zest perhaps) and the very slightly bready malt aroma. The taste is sour. I am fairly certain there is a brit infection in this bottle, the yeast collection on the bottom of the bottle only raises the suspicion. The flavor is of sour grapefruit and it's pretty intense. The sourness dominates all other flavors I can only taste the malt in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel would be much higher if I wasn't puckering. It seems well carbonated and smooth other than the aforementioned. Due to it's infection it is not the greatest drinker. Bad QC on the part of Shenandoah here.

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Skyland Red Ale from Shenandoah Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 10 ratings