Marble Red Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #10
Ranked #5,514
4.05 | pDev: 12.84%
Marble Brewery
New Mexico, United States
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this I believe as a guest tap at Three Rivers Brewery. The ol' step dad level beer. Red beer pours red, slightly darker than average. Off white head 1/2" deep.

Taste is typical of a red ale, you get that malty redness to it, decent amount of C hop bitterness and some tree like notes. Gripload of crystal malt all over this, if you don't like your 100ibu dipas loaded with crystal, I doubt you'll be a fan of it here, same type of flavor and mouth feel pitfalls going on here as there. Sticky, bitter, slightly harsh. The alcohol isn't all hot though, so that is nice.

Its not just all caramel though, its earthier and somehow, stickier than that. The overwhelming C hop bitterness, all bittering hops take on this can give a feel of dryness on the backend, but it is only by that virtue of the hefty bitterness with little hop flavor beyond the tree/grapefruit drone.

Apr 15, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 11/01/18
Had on-tap at El Pinto in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Appearance - Served 12oz mug, coppery color broken layer of suds. Good lacing; broken webbing and spotting.

Smell - Aroma floral and malty with notes of toast and faint caramel.

Taste - Some citrus hops upfront but quickly turn floral. Solid toasty malt backbone w/ hints of caramel. Finish is strong with floral character and leaves some soapy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Decent red. I'm not too keen on the flavor profile but it drinks easy enough.

Nov 23, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Initial impression from a can:

Rather bitter for a red ale, especially on the finish. Finishes dry, scraping, and unrefreshing.



Loaded with too much crystal malt, rendering it too malty.


08/01/18 impression:

Sticky amber malt. Sweet crystal malt. Mild floral hop flavour.

More of a dry mouthfeel and a toastier malt backbone would help, as would more prominent hop notes.


Jul 13, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red appearance with off white head that disipates quickly. Taste is a slightly sweet malt with a prominent hoppy presence. This is more of a darker ipa than a red ale.

May 13, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite New Mexico beers. I have had it on tap and from a bottle and it is definitely better from tap, but great from a bottle as well. Nice mahogany color with nice beige head and lacing. Rich smell and taste, caramel, earthy, and malt. Very nice red ale. Great with New Mexican food - Christmas of course!

Jan 22, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red with two fingers of bone color head that sticks around for about ten minutes and leave good lacing.
Smell is floral hops and caramel malt.
The taste is floral hop bitterness with a good amount of sweet caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is balanced with a long lingering dry bitterness.
Overall a fine red IPA.

Oct 05, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Agave Lounge in the El Dorado hotel located in the old part of Santa Fe. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of caramel malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

Jun 14, 2017
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Sammy C's in Gallup New Mexico while on vacation. Beer pours a red to Amber color with small white head. The smell is hops and it's definitely in the flavor especially the swallow. Overall an ok beer IPA lovers will like it.

Jun 04, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from ABV or Tin Bucket - I can't remember which.

A clear deep mahogany red with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is a great blend of candied grapefruit, pine, mild floral notes, a great toasty, caramel note with a touch of burnt sugar and toffee. The Vienna malt adds a firm, bready malt backbone to pair with the caramel notes. Quite excellent. The palate opens bitter with a blend of pine, grapefruit and some tropical notes followed by grapefruit and navel orange juice, a little bit of a floral/jasmine note and even some grapes. The mid-palate is creamy with caramel, toffee, dark honey, a little bit of earth, pairing very nicely with the bitterness. Mildly sweet and moderately bitter on the finish, this beer is creamy on the palate. Pine and grapefruit linger on the finish, fruity and refreshing. Quite excellent.

Feb 21, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle into a pint glass. bottled 7/26/16, so about 2 1/2 months old. part of a haul courtesy of Brian & josh.

very deep amber/red body, slightly cloudy. small off white head, with some lacing.

nothing on the nose. nothing good, nothing bad. neutral.

strong tingly slightly sour bitterness. strong malt foundation.

mouth between medium and full. slightly bitter on the finish.

overall, a pretty decent amber ale from a very good brewery.

Oct 15, 2016
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J_T_Arlington from New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes of Pine, not super-bitter, but bitter enough bite, like a somewhat weak IPA. Faint nuttiness, and faint sweetness. Tea-like properties, somewhat drying to the mouth. Something fruity, but can't quite place it--perhaps pineapple?

Looks dark, reddish brown, faint brown head.

Smells faintly bitter and earthy.

As dorisfunkasaurus rightly said, this is really a RED IPA. Not my personal favorite as far reds or IPAs go, but definitely a cut-above. Probably good for parties, no-doubt good for and try and a change.

Jul 07, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 8-oz. tumbler glass
From: Trader Joe’s in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $1.42
Purchased: May 6, 2016
Consumed: May 6, 2016
Misc.: Born on April 9, 2016 at 12:49 p.m. MT

Looking forward to this one after seeing the overall rating on Beer Advocate about two minutes before writing this. Bought this basically because it’s Marble and I haven’t tried this one yet. Nice to not always have IPAs.

Poured an auburn, clear color with two fingers of frothy, khaki head. Rather serene setting underneath the head. Very good lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Very nice on the smell, getting a great mix of malts and hops. Specifically getting caramel, toasted malts, buttery malts (but not overwhelming which I hate), Mosaic, spicy, dry Chinook, rye, iced tea, spoiled vegetables and light garbage. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but decent. Getting toasted malts, buttery caramel malts, dry rye hops, Mosaic, spicy Chinook, sweetened iced tea, spoiled green beans, hints of tropical notes, mainly passion fruit, bitter pine and some woody Nugget. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, toasty finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This one had its moments, but couldn’t pull the trigger on higher ratings. Might have underrated the smell a tad. Decent beer though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

May 16, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I've visited this gem.

Biscuity and caramel-heavy like an ESB but it has a floral, resinous hop kick on the finish that distinguishes it. Pretty full-bodied with a prickly carnonation, that satisfes and makes each sip instantly require another.

It's a good brew and one I really shouldn't neglect.

Mar 23, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours very hazy red amber with finger off white head, decent retention, good lacing. Aroma is mild, sweet malt and a touch of tropical fruit. The taste is really balanced nicely. Caramel malt backbone, but not sweet, there are plenty hops. The hop flavor is a mix of citrus peel, pine and dank earthiness which linger just the right amount. Medium soft mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this hop-forward red ale, wanted another.

Sep 16, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reddish amber color with a two finger head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing halfway down the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and floral hops. Taste is a slightly fruity start with a caramel and malt backboned body and a good presence of hops throughout the drink. The hops don't leave a bitter aftertaste, and the beer is well hopped. Medium body with medium carbonation and just a little oiliness from the hops.
This is a beautiful amber that has a balanced malt body and a distinguished but not bitter hop profile. It didn't settle as a hop forward or malt forward, finding a very good place between. Very drinkable and easy to like.

Aug 28, 2015
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dorisfunkasaurus from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel that this beer is mislabeled on Beer Advocate as a amber/red ale when it should really be classified as a Red IPA. Even still, this is an amazing beer and in my top 5 of all time. Great balance of malty and hoppy characteristics. 5/5.

Aug 23, 2015
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bfranks from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best red ale (really it's a red IPA) I've ever had in my life. Haven't found anything that can compete, this beer is a perfect representation of it's style.

Apr 03, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent hoppy red, big, bright piney hops marry so well with a caramel malt base that never gets too sweet. These sorts of takes on the style are always welcome in my book.

Dec 08, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Mexico, to Tempe, to Orange County. I didn't realize that I had bought two bottles (one from two different stores) when I brought my $120 beer haul to California. Here's 12 ounces, and on to the beer:

Red...dark red colored. So dark that it looks crimson. A low head is formed on the head with just a few dots of lace sticking to the glass. The aroma at first has a touch of dry cardboard. Much of that clears up and underneath comes a pleasing hop aroma, pine, esters, passionfruit, and toasted sugar in small doses. Complex indeed. More hop forward than malt is the aroma, so there is some irony to taste a beer that's more malty than hoppy. Malty, fruity, toffee. Soft hop leaves and tea help diversify this red ale. Somewhat bitter like many IPA's, but sweeter. A bittersweet flavor lingers in its aftertaste of this medium bodied, low carbonated beer.

Yes, I like this one. Now I'm glad that I "accidently" bought a second bottle :-)

Apr 07, 2014
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ISmith87 from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - Really hazy amber red beer, nice thick film of white bubbles, nice lacing
S - 3.75 - citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, sweet caramel malt.
T - 3.75 - citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, sweet caramel malt. Pretty standard red ale. Little less citrusy than I want for an American Red Ale.
M - 4.00 - light medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is citrusy/bitter hops
O = 3.75 - Good red ipa. I usually like these to be a bit more citrusy as opposed to just earthy bitterness. Like a fresh G'knight from Oskar Blues.

Nov 09, 2013
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TommyLiam from Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Couldn't find a bottle-on or enjoy by date. Label is incredibly uninformative, something this brewery seems to have problems with.

A -- Standard pour delivers a finger and a half of light khaki head which dissipated within a couple minutes. Trace, free-floating carbonation. Color is a rich burgundy red, truly beautiful. Lacing clumps and is substantial.

S -- Sweet bready malts dominate the nose. Dark candy fruits. Hints of fleshy tropical, non-citrus fruit around the edges. An impressively sweet and accessible nose.

T -- The malt delivers upfront with sweet biscuit, molasses bread, and black cherry. Initial impressions are of some heat. The mid palate contains the very restrained hop flavors of acidic orange and faint pine. The aftertaste is powerful, lingering, and reminds me of a cranberry malt muffin. The beer is slightly hot for only 6.5%.

M -- The body of the beer is heavy and round. Carbonation is low but not under representative of the style and is active enough to keep the palate alive. All in all the beer carries the sweet malts flavors very well without becoming too heavy or syrupy.

O -- A very impressive red ale. Unusually the hop characters of the beer are largely confined to the mid palate while the malt owns the rest of the beer. Also, dark fruit character like this is usually limited to much heavier styles. The mouthfeel is simply spot on for the style; it's equally easy to heartily swallow or sip and contemplate. The obvious knock is the unusual amount of alcohol heat present but this expression of the style clocks in around 1% or so higher than most.

Oct 09, 2013
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, clean amber ale with an amber-colored body and pinky width off white head. Body is translucent, and you can tell it is a refined, well-made beer. You get a nice scent of the hops while pouring and it invites on the nose into the glass. Full flavored and hoppy with a body that doesn't get in the way or overpower the hops. Best amber ale I've had since Nugget Nectar. One of the best versions of this style for sure.

Oct 04, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (undated) into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one and one-half finger of light khaki head that drops to a cap after a minute then to a collar. Lacing is thick and sticky. The brew is brownish-purpleish in color and mostly clear.

S-The smell is loaded with juicy hops that provide an almost cranberry flavor, along with lightly-spiced citrus notes. The malts are pretty mild and consist of sweet, slightly caramel flavors.

T-The taste is also very hoppy with juicy citrus flavors being dominant. There is a little bit of pine-flavored bitterness, too, especially on the finish. The malts are pretty well hidden, but do provide a little bit of roasted flavor and some sweet caramel.

M-The feel is lighter and a bit thin. The carbonation is moderate...not creamy, not quite crisp.

O-This is a great, hop-forward red ale. If you want a malty Fat Tire style brew, look elsewhere, but if you are in the mood for some hops, but not quite in the mood for an IPA, this is a great choice. The feel is a bit light for my preference, but the looks, smell, and flavor are spot on.

Aug 29, 2013
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Russett copper body. Clean and clear. Two fingers of dense, khaki head. Great lacing. Candied apple malt and hops mix on the nose. Hops are piny, herbal, and citrusy.

Toasted malt up front. Caramel and fruit malt sweetness fill in. Herbal and grassy hop bitterness early on. Bitterness grows toward the finish. Becomes pinier with notes of scotch tape. Peppery notes as well. Finish is drier with lingering caramel and fruit maltiness. Medium body with a smooth, creamy feel. Very tasty red ale that shows great caramel character and balance.

Jun 19, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-red amber color with a modest white head and decent lacing

S-tropical fruit, light citrus, pine, malt, slight floral

T-caramel malt, light fruit, pine, bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little astringent

O-a decent red ale, but flavor lacks a little depyh

May 24, 2013
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