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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.92/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA stange. Top right edge of label stamped 12 01 11.

Appearance - Medium dark brown body. Big rocky offwhite head with good retention and low stick.

Smell - Hop heavy at first, before the chocolate malt brings it back down to earth. Great presence and balance of hop and malt.

Taste - A little hop forward. Could cut back a little. Or maybe add more malt. Too tannic, alcoholic, and bitter. I take back what I said earlier... this definitely needs much more malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Astringency kills it. Medium bodied. Can't really get a feel for the carbonation, if any, because the astringency is overpowering.

Overall Drinkability - Really disappointed on this one. Hopefully it was just a bad batch, because I can's see anyone putting this out on the market. Even Budweiser American Ale is leaps and bounds more enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amazingly hoppy for an alleged Red Ale. Astringent and woody flavors followed by a big bitterness. A reddish amber color in the wine glass. Big foamy head. Some hints of roasted malt and a mere touch of caramel with the espresso bitterness taking over. Some kind of medicinal aftertaste.

Big, big hoppy red for the big hophead. This is an attractive and fragrant beer, but so overly bitter on top of the faint malt that I find it undrinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

This is, I'm sure this time, the last of my New Mexico stash from Paul. What a ride. This one pours a clear deep sunset amber topped by a half-finger of short-lived ecru foam. The nose is rather hop-forward, focusing on the citrus end of the spectrum, with a bit o' frosty caramel tossed in for good measure. The taste echoes the smell, leading with a stiff shot of orange peel; light caramel brings up the rear, rounding things out but not able to really assert itself to any appreciable degree. The body is a heavy light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an alright brew, but not really doing it for me.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tall mug on 3/5/10 at Fox & Hound Pub, Albuquerque, NM

Medium brown with tobacco burst hues. Clear. Thin head with skim retention. Not much lace.

Lots of floral hops in the nose. Smells kind of juicy. Light candied notions. Earthy hops, too. Caramel malt is prominent though there is subtle breadiness.

Tastes plenty earthy with a showing of pine bitterness. Dry. Smooth caramel and bread. Manages to avoid being too sweet. Strangely, there are mild hints of fruit a slightly roasted twinge. Perhaps Scottish malt? Unsweetened chocolate and a hint of espresso toward the back end.

Medium-full body with an even, coating feel that lingers on the finish. Carbonation offers moderate agitation.

Overall impression: quite good. Happy to have tried it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
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 ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this along with the IPA, solid beer. Nice dark red color, hefty head. Smells like hops woven around a real nice maltiness, pine too which I did not get from the IPA. Taste is chewy malt, more pine but the hoppiness is not jarring and is well integrated into the beer. You definitely notice it but it never takes over. Nice stuff.

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Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is the darkest ruby I've ever seen. Half a finger of head. I'm loving the color. Some lines of lacing.

S- Interesting smell- kind of tea like. Some dark bread. Herbal qualities.

T- I'm having trouble pinning down the flavors of this one. Definitely piney. Kind of a caramel, almost a smoke/ash flavor. I get the tea flavor still. Interesting.

M- Quite bitter- right own par for what I would expect for the style.

O- This beer somewhat perplexes me. It's not super hoppy, or malty, just kind of there. The bitterness fits well with the red ale style. I think I need another one to dissect it.

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Photo of Merkur
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a amble with about a finger's worth of foam. There was a little lacing, but not much.

The smell is extremely hoppy (almost IPA like).

Upon tasting, the hops are very up front and quite pleasant. The finish was also quite bitter, but worked.

Mouth feel is solid and the right viscosity.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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 wisrarebeer
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice copper color with very good light brown head
S: faint amount of malt but hops dominate, piney, grapefruit, more IPA than red
T: very nice, caramel tones with storng pine/grapefruit finish bu decently balancd, almost like an imperial red or IPA with a more roasted malt quality
M: very good, well balanced
D: drinkable with good balance but a bit more hops than expected

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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from a bottle into a snifter

appearance: med dark kind of like muddy red. very distinct color, pours a beautiful big foamy head, lacing was clingy til the last drop.

smell: light candy fragrance, toffee or caramel perhaps, with bread characteristics.

taste: very nice malt and toasty taste to this beer, sweet but not overly so. im picking up a litttle bit of raisin.

mouthfeel: medium bodied with a dry and pleasing bittterness.

overall: what can i say, was surprised i liked this beer so much, reminds me of odells 90 schilling which is one of my favorites. the maltyness and flavor makes this very drinkable and i will since i have 2 more left. a very fine offering from marble brewery.

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Photo of LusciousJackson
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first taste of Albuquerque's Marble brewery comes courtesy of an extra from GabrielM. Thanks again! Date punched in the side is "6 23 11" which I'm going to assume is the bottling date. Bravo for date stamping!

Poured straight down the middle into the trusty New Belgium globe results in a finger and a half of soft billowy cream-colored head on top of a gorgeous crimson-tinted amber body. Appears to be fairly clear as well, making for a pretty picture altogether. Head has quickly dissipated, leaving some heavy lacing in a circle around the entire glass.

As others have mentioned, hops are the first things that tickle the nostrils upon taking a whiff. Although there's a distinct malt back to the aroma, hinting at balance to come in the taste.

Hops are again the first flavor that hits me. That balance hinted at in the aroma isn't quite there in the dosage I would prefer from the style. Finish is remarkably bitter to my palate. I'm not sure I pick up enough of the breadiness of other reviews to really make mention. Even with the power of suggestion the hops dominate for me.

The beer's mouthfeel is pleasant. Decent carb gives it a full feeling, while still carrying a crisp finish.

So contrary to what the rest of my review may sound like, I liked this one. Reds don't get my attention very often, but anytime I drink one I remember how respectable a style they are and kick myself for neglecting them in regular purchases. Again, I'm a guy who would look for a bit more sweet than this has for a regular drinker. But for what it is, a hop-head's red, it's a great option. And I can certainly appreciate that.

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-02-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance: Color is dark amber to brown, with a hazy clarity. The head is tan and a couple of fingers high. Lacing is very good, with a fair amount of head retention.

Smell: Big, hoppy aromas of citrus make for a crisp smell.

Taste: Definitely get some biting bitterness in this ale, with both piney and cirtusy hop character. The caramel malts are there as well, but are a small part compared to the hops.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium on this highly carbonated beer. The finish is dry and bitter.

Overall: A nicely put together beer. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but can recommend this to those who like a hoppy red ale.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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 MikeWard
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of witster18
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a pretty beer.

nice tight bubbles form a good light-tannish head that retains pretty well... nice amber/red hue....

taste is hoppier than I expected, but in a good way... slight choco from the malt is thin out by the hoppy finish and a clear lack of that usual red metallicness(I know not a word)... but usually these red taste like the inside of a metal pail....

this beer is really good... it's not overdone in any way.. very drinkable...

I'm impressed.
Especially considering this isn't my favorite style. A little safer than say 'Retro Red', but it's also a little better quality...

I will revisit this.

You need only to look at this beer through your glass... see the bubbles, the viscosity, the color.. to see that it is very, very high quality... alrt Marble... now I wanna try some darker styles, and some 'out of the box' entries from this brewery...

d'u hear that?

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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 MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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 dtivp
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany brown with an off white three finger head with good retention that dissipates into nice ring with very heavy lacing.

Aroma of malt, caramel and hops.

Taste starts slightly bitter of hops and citrus with a nice balance of bready malt and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall well balanced, nice crisp , smooth and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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 EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby color, with a nice finger of off white head. Little bit of retention, and lacing.

Smells of straight bitterness. Not floral, or citrusy. Just hop bitter. It's great. There is a fir malty tone as well. Balance is not forgotten.

Taste is malty and bitter, head to head, grudge match to the death. Equal parts here, or maybe slight hop profile is more pronounced. Either way, its a great red.

The feel is light to medium body, with a noticable smoothness.

Drinkability is great, and very easy to keep em coming.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

From the sticky sea foam lacing to the stunningly clear brownish-red hue, this beer is a treat to look at. Orangey minty hop aromas wrap around a tight package of caramel malti- ness, flaunted by the very smooth, lush and semi-creamy medium body. Heavy load of cara- mel and a bit of juiciness meets the sharp bite of hop bitterness to make for a very balanced beer. Some toasted breadiness pushes up against the lingering orange rind hop flavor, with some fruitiness in the middle. Ghost-like roasted tone in the semisweet, bitter finish.

We love us some old-school Red Ales, all hoppy and everything, with the malt to back it all up. Seriously good beer here.

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Photo of fsvan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Copper. Fairly dark. Very slight murkiness. Three fingers of loose, lacing head.

S- A nice mix of malts and hops. That distinctive red ale (like most imperial red ale) malt smell that I always fail at describing in detail, like spicy roasted bread.

T- Taste is right in line with that smell. This isn't there, but does border on an imperial red, with that taste that I cannot specifically nail down. Finishes with dry with nice piney bitterness.

M- Right at medium. Nicely carbonated.

O- I gave this 4s across the board. It is a nice, pretty hoppy red, and I'm glad I have access to it.

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Marble Red Ale from Marble Brewery
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