Marble Red Ale | Marble Brewery

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Marble Red AleMarble Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marble Brewery
New Mexico, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pokesbeerdude on 01-03-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
230
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
44
For Trade:
3
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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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+

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of dorisfunkasaurus
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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 +22.2%
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 breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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 :-)

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Photo of ISmith87
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of TommyLiam
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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 PHBoiler
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of Auraan
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 DenverLogan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium amber color with a half finger off white head atop that was gone pretty quickly.A healthy dose of fruity hops hit ya in the nose along with caramel malt but not overly sweet smelling,the hops win out.Like the aromas a good shot of fruity hops at the onset of the palate,not bitter just lightly sweet fruitiness,light roast and caramel malt make it balanced.I like a good hopped up red and this quite good,it seems smaller than it's abv,just a slight sharpness in the mouth keeps it from being 4's across the board.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard tumbler pint glass. Pours a copper/redish hue. 1-2 fingers worth of nice sticky head with good appearance and pretty decent lacing. This red is, in my opinion a bit of a hoppy take on the style, which I, personally, like. Good malt flavor with some citrus. A little floral and grapefruit as well. Would drink again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into nonic pint at freshcraft in lodo. Pours a nice amber haze with sticky head. Really nice hop aroma with some sweet malts. Taste is very hopped malt and biscuit. Its uber bitter and feels like is double digit abv...its a really tasty and assertive redbut its way over bitter...

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color, slight haze. Nice 2 finger, khaki colored hed. Good lacing. Nice egg-white like head.

Aroma was very citrusy and grapefruity. Lots of hops. Caramely and biscuity with some mellow sweetness.

Flavor is biscuity and caramely upfront. Good amount of maltiness helps balance the hop bitterness. Floral and citrusy hops with a grapefruit bitterness that slightly lingers. A bit grainy as well.

Body is medium with a medium carbonation level. Crisp finish.

Overall this is a great west-coast styled Red. Big hops, good maltyness with a light sweetness. Very enjoyable and one of the better Red's i've had.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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 elgiacomo
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled May 15, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours cloudy red with a one finger beige head that leaves a few small spots of lacing and holds a nice cap.

Aroma features nice caramel and bready malt, some fruity notes, good bit of citrus and floral hops. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is citrus hops, caramel malt, fruit, cherries, apples, dark bread, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, good carbonation.

Very nice hoppy Amber Ale. Really nice. Very impressed by both this and the IPA from Marble Brewery.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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 denver10
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a a dark amber with a thumbs width beige head and nice lacing. A nice dose of some hops to go along with the expected sweetness; a nice dose of some sugar and caramel next to some grass. That's what you get with the flavor too. Lots of caramel and bitter piney hops. One dimensional in its attack. Medium bodied, maybe a little syrupy type mouthfeel. Overall, want this beer to be more than it is, but really just one dimensional with its bitter piney hops attacking you om top of the caramelt foundation.

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