Marble Red Ale | Marble Brewery

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Marble Red AleMarble Red Ale

Brewed by:
Marble Brewery
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dorisfunkasaurus
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of bfranks
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of randal
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a trip through Albuquerque. At $6.99 a six pack this is quite a bargain and was one of the best beers I had all vacation.

The smell was one of wonderful unabashed citrus hops. I love well-hopped red ales and this one is right there with Green Flash Hophead Red, maybe even hoppier.

Taste followed with floral and citrus butted up against a firmly malty center.

Too bad I bought only one sixpack.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome clear blood red color. Nice fluffy foam head; slight green tint to a straw color.

Very nice pineapple hop with caramel background. Nice sweet malty scent.

Fantastic hop BOOM, very good for a red. This brew drinks wonderfully! Great carbonation, but slightly over bitter. Great hop forward brew with great appropriate dry biscuit-y bite.

Hands down one of the best reds I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber-red wonder. Wonderful sweet-hoppy aroma, the taste following suit. If the ABV were a tad higher, this would be Grade A IIPA, but when you'd rather have a slightly lower alcohol content yet have all the other benefits of an APA hop bomb, I would highly recommend this brew. Well-balanced, very easy drinking, and very, very tasty...

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my beer journey through New Mexico. I've already reviewed the Marble IPA and really enjoyed it. But, I think I like this hoppy red even more. In some slight ways reminded me of Nugget Nectar.

Beautiful beer. Pours with a nice 2 finger off white head. Nice and creamy and still it collapses upon its own weight. Excellent clumpy lacing. Deep amber color, certainly some reddish/maroon tints.

Aroma is bright, fresh and full of hops. Pine like with a small amount of sweetness. There is certainly a sense of the malt in the aroma. Slightly toasty.

Flavor is fantastic and in my eyes very well balanced. Big hop punch up front followed by a nice toasted malt flavor.  While there is a pine note still, I get more citrus peel in the flavor. A real toasted sense to the malt flavor. Dark crusty bread with hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I really like this.

Slightly carbonated, medium bodied. A little oily.

I found this to be wonderfully drinkable. Another of my favorites in the Hoppy/Red category.

Well done and I continue to be impressed with Marble.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours an absolutely crystal clear, bright maroon color with a huge topping of creamy tan foam. Retention is awesome, as is the lacing. This is a stunning looking beer, wow.

Nose is bright tropical citrusy hops, big time. Highly roasted, if not burnt biscuit malt creeps in a little bit, but hops are pretty insane on the nose. Right up there with the best of red/imperial red ales on the smell.

Taste is more about hop flavor than bitterness, but man is it fresh and deliciously juicy. Resinous citrus and ganja flavors abound with a really nice, clean finish. Malt plays a nice role and provides some toast and sweetness. Body is light enough to be refreshing and I like the relatively low ABV compared to the likes of Stone 13 and Lagunitas Lucky 13. This is quite a surprising and amazing beer to come out of Albuquerque. Hopefully more people out there get to try this one.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice rusty amber with about a finger on the topside. Nice creamy lacing as well.

Nose: Plenty of hops on this one. Nice smack in the face initially, then after that you get a deep malt aroma. It's rather earthy smelling with a bit of spice in the back burner. Nice smelling brew.

Taste: Once again this is a fairly hoppy red. It's kinda absent up front but the flavor is strong in the middle of the palate with a nice hop profile, slight sweet malt notes, and a bit of caramel factor to round it off.

Mouth: It's rather light, smooth, and a dry finish. The aftertaste to me leaves sort of a fruity reminisce. I like it.

Overall: This one was nice and a very easy drinking beer. It cures your hop urge as well as giving you more than a regular IPA has to offer. Will be getting it again, for sure.

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Photo of TommyLiam
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Shockingly, the red ale is quite red. With a relatively easy pour the head was enormous (about two full inches) and bubbly. It slowly receded, leaving a ring of lace around the top of the glass but not much below.

SMELL: Yum. That is a nice, earthy, spicy hoppy aroma. It could be a little more intense, but the smell is delicious. It pretty much smells like fresh hops.

TASTE: OK, this reminds me of the old Daisy Cutter recipe. It is very grassy, the only difference is that unlike the thinner body and crisper Daisy Cutter, the Marble Red Ale has a solid backbone of caramel malt. A wonderful citrus takes over at the end, closing it out and leaving the palate set for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a very nice sparkle. The Red Ale is very appropriately carbonated.

OVERALL: These guys are good. I've only tried three of their beers, but they have all been excellent. The Simcoe hops in this one come through the strongest and make this one of the more memorable Red Ales I've had.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big rich off white head slowly dies into a nice lacing above a clear reddish golden colored ale.

Slightly roasted grain malt sweetness blended with a citrus hops aroma that is done quite nicely.

Slightly roasted caramel grain malts blend really well with a citrus to pine hops bite give this red a very worthy taste.

A dry aftertaste that harbors the hops citrus and dryness on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty darn good red, I hope these guys get more exposure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel with a huge tan head; the retention was solid as was the lacing

Smell: The caramel malt and piney, earthy hops to provide a unique aroma that has elements of chocolate and pipe tobacco

Taste: The unusual combination detected on the nose jumps out on the taste buds, with the hops adding an earthy and fruity dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel and chocolate flavors emerge to balance out the bitter flavors; pipe tobacco elements linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite the surprise to discover a Red ale with a totally unique flavor profile; really enjoyed this beer

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/6/11

A: Pours a dark redish amber. Finger of frothy off-white head. Leaves behind loads of caked on lacing and a thick, foamy cap.

S: Caramel, toast, pine and citrus. Pretty hoppy, but with good balance.

T: Hops are slightly more assertive in the taste, but I'm not complaining. Big pine and grapefruit balanced out with the toasty, caramel. This is a really nice tasting beer.

M: Full and rich. Slightly dry finish.

O: This is a damn fine beer. I think I may have found a less expensive alternative to G'Knight.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass thanks to oglmcdgl.

Bursting out from the bottle Marble's Red Ale is red indeed with some brown tints showing up as well. A nice huge, tight, tannish/beige whisp of foam up above leaving patterns of lace, Sticks around.

I was expecting a stinker as in old pale malt but I am greeted with a bouquet of aroma hops leading into rich caramel and a bit of pine. A great mix between malt and hops, I cant tell who wins. A bit of cocco with warming.

This is by god good beer and it tastes like it. Noticing that the bottled on date is less than a month old helps out. Starts off hoppy, simcoe and the like, some citrus some pine. Some malt in the middle and I taste some crystal malts which always helps things out.

Always lets you know it's there with every sip. My 1st sip, I was blown away by flavor and it stung my tounge a bit. The carb is at a perfect level for where the body is at which is also kinda perfect. When did this brewery pop up, they do good work.

This is what a red ale should be, a fighting race between the hop taste and malt sweetness to keep things in line, with neither really winning in the end. Not sessionable in alcohol size but I would not mind drinking a sixer of this. Hey Marble, come to Philly, we will take care of you.

Im not sure how long marble has been around, but im guessing kinda new since I've never heard of them. What impresses me is the craft that went into this and the bottle on date which is still an issue with many bigger breweries to employ. If I had a choice between this and lets say any Ballast point products, I would choose this in a heartbeat, just for the up front nature of the date.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a unique and hazy deep amber with copper highlights. Only the occasional bubble is seen rising to the two finger, rocky, tan head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Lace clings pretty nicely to the glass, leaving a couple thick rings on the upper third of the glass and substantial blobs elsewhere.

S - A decent amount of caramel malt and earthy hop tones greet the nose.

T - A bit of caramel upfront, the body has an incredible balance between sweet caramel malt and peppy, earthy hops with just a hint of red apple. A flash of cascade hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a deep caramel apple finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that comes across remarkably full bodied and chewy.

Marble Red ale is a simple, full bodied, incredibly balanced beer. It's basically a bolder, higher alcohol, better looking version of their excellent amber ale. The deep, rich flavor of this beer almost reminds me of a good Manhattan, and is definitely something I will come back to.

This beer coupled with the amber ale makes a strong case for Marble being regarded as the quintessential American Amber craft brewer.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler to pint glass.
A- Pours a dark crimson/chartreuse with a half finger head. Fades fast with no significant lacing to report.

S- Tropical fruits up front-mango, grapefruit. Earthy malts notes staying in the background but slightly detectable.

T- More tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, and papaya up front. Light hints of pine needles. The finish is more malty, dark bread and toffee lead the way. Leaves a somewhat funky sour aftertaste, that I enjoyed.

M- Light for the style, medium to light carbonation. Honestly really bitter and dry for an amber.

O- Easily one of the best amber ales I have tasted. Very hop forward and unbalanced, reminiscent of Hop Head Red. If you like hoppy red's, seek this one out for sure. If you like more malty/balanced reds, I would probably avoid this one.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful reddish-amber with a beige head (and a tint of red in the head). Brilliant clarity with some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma- Big and bright pineapple, grapefruit, and floral hop aroma that is so fresh it is almost sweet. A touch of caramel maltiness in the background.

Flavor- Sticky hop flavors as described in aroma mixed with a nice juicy malt sweetness. Moderate to high hop bitterness plus a bit of hop pungency tempers the sweetness very nicely making for an exceptionally drinkable brew. Hints of burnt sugar and leafy green hops linger into finish.

Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, medium bodied, nicely balanced between bitter/sweet, but hops definitely win on the flavor battlefield. Finishes with a slightly sticky/resinous mouthfeel that almost has a drying sensation. Really makes you want to go back for another sip...

Overall- This is the second beer I have had from Marble and the seocond winner! Damn fine use of hops to produce big, bright flavors with enough malt backing to keep everything in balance. Really happy I grabbed a sixer of this and will hopefully be returning to Chicago with a few bottles! SEEK THIS BREWERY OUT IF YOU ARE IN THE ALBUQUERQUE AREA!!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, mahogany color with a tight off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet toffee and citrus. Lots of sugar in the nose.

Tastes of caramel malt with a good dose of hops. Plenty of toffee and caramel with a syrupy sweetness. Biscuit, bread notes come through as well. Citric hops come through and adds a bitterness to cut the sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Auraan
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pretty reddish orange with a slight ring of head that quickly receded. Scents of citrus, tropical fruit and slight pine and caramel malt. Flavor begins with piney hops, giving way to floral hops and with a good malt backbone and slight sweetness on the finish with hints of caramel. It's a really good, IPA like flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level that makes it smooth to drink. This is a good beer, not what I was expecting at all, far hoppier and far better than expected. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard lots of good things about Marble. Lets see if the hype is warranted. This was a fresh 12oz bottle brought back from NM.
Pours a nice deep reddish brown. Just the right size head and lots of lacing.
The nose is really hoppy with notes of pine and citrus zest. Impressive thus far.
The flavor starts off hoppy (unusually) and then starst to reveal some malty caramel breadiness in the middle only to let a hop/malt balance take over with the finish. Wow...again, this is pretty ideal. It's interesting how the hop resins and sweeter flavors seem to mesh so well. It's using 3 hop varieties and they're a perfect match of different complimentary flavors.
Easy drinking but very flavorful. Big hops, big balancing malts, too.
This is about as good as a red gets. Reminds me of the Odell red beers, but maybe even better.
Terrific beer in all areas. A gem of a red ale. Probably my favorite red to date.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this at Jubilation Liquors in Albuquerque, around $8.

A: Clear red in color, verging on brown, cream colored head, about half an inch thick, great head retention, nice lacing, a few bubbles of carbonation. Nice looking beer.

S: An abundance of resiny citrus hops, some nice pine accents as well, underneath all of that is a nice biscuity malt profile, somewhat roasty as well. Nice smelling beer.

T: Follows the nose nicely, up front excellent hop profiles of grapefruit and citrus rinds, biscuity, and just a hint of roasted malts and a few nice honey and caramel malt notes. The tastes blend together to make a nice bitter tea-like profile. Just a touch of alcohol. Excellent.

M: Lighter body, medium carbonation, dry, just a hint of alcohol warmth. A little more body would be nice, but it works well with this beer.

D: A little on the strong side to be a session, but this is very easy to drink. One of my favorite red ales, working through the six pack of this over the last few weeks has been a pleasure. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz bottle...poured in Maudite chalice.
Pours a copper brown with significant head.
Aroma of rye, wet hay, herbs & spices.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich malts, grassy hops, white pepper, floral hops, rye, roasty malts. Overall
quite bold and flavorful. There's an astringency but also creamy hops and malt profile.

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Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Papago Brewing as part of a mixed Marble sixer in early March for $10.00.

Beer poured an amber red with a solid tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is toasted grains, nuts, with a slight hint of hops.

Taste is a mouthful of chewy caramel malts well balanced by citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is full and luscious, surprising given the abv is not that big.

Overall this is a very good beer, drinks like a double red, plenty of flavor to go around in a beer that is not that big.

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