1901 Red Ale
Bold City Brewery

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #45
Ranked #14,463
3.94 | pDev: 11.68%
Bold City Brewery
Florida, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 76 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this from a can poured into a pint glass.
Appears dark red, foamy head that dropped quickly.
Smells coffee, malty, bready.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall, it's a slightly heavier version of an amber ale, we all want a little more, right? I would definitely order again.

Mar 22, 2020
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GACraftAdvo from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, brown, red hues when held in the light. About a finger of head that fades slowly, but surely into a decent lacing.
Smell: The smell consists of roasted malts and coffee like notes. The smell is kind of one dimensional to me. That’s why I rated it lower. It smells sweet and smokey. It’s nice but not the best. The hops are ever so slightly if at all.
Taste: The taste mirrors the smell, but in a nice way. It is semi-sweet with a smokey characteristic that is quite pleasant. The bitterness, much like it says on the can, is low. Hop character isn’t really present. Instead, the smokiness does the bittering itself. The roasted barley adds complexity that is undeniable. It leaves an aftertaste of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.
Feel: The mouth feel on this one is surprisingly medium. It’s roasted barley character gives it a certain stickiness, but it is not overwhelming. It’s creamy but dry, leaving you wanting more.
Overall: It sits easy on the stomach and isn’t too heavy. I’ve had two and will probably have a couple more. It is an easy drinking beer and goes down smooth. It’s comparative to a very smokey Guinness draught, only less heavy. I suggest this beer to anyone who can get it. If you want something dark, slightly sweet, with very low bitterness that sets easy with your stomach. This is a supreme choice. However, be careful. The 7.50% ABV is hidden well.
Cheers! And happy drinking!

Mar 26, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown almost black , some brownish red hues when held to the light. thumb sized tan head falls quick little lace.

Aroma is light roasted malts, light coffee notes maybe some black patent malts, light nuttiness. Not really red ale but good.

Taste is like the nose light roasted malt notes,, some coffee notes, lightly chalky but smooth and dry finish. Some lingering roasted almost peat notes in the finish with touch of herbal hops to balance. Guess this is what happens to a Red Ale when it catches fire since it is in remembrance of the great fire in 1901.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium smooth carbonation.

Overall not sure what to do with this beer, its not really an Red Ale more like a Schwarzbier or a lighter porter. But overall its not a bad beer, smooth easy drinking good flavors and light enough to enjoy in the Florida heat maybe when a darker beer would be too much.

May 06, 2018
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ZBowden from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super dark deep Amber ruby, small white, smells very roasty slight bready, tastes of roasty Malts with slight lemony herbal hops, mouthfeel is slightly thin, finish is lasting and roasty, light carbonation.

Mar 18, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown pour (16 oz draft) with thin beige head; roasted malt balance with lite hop bitterness;medium lite mouthfeel; dry, lite hop middle; as liquid warms more sweet malt; finish is dry dull and fuzzy.

Feb 05, 2015
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gatorlove from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty interesting beer. This really is not an amber ale. There are strong roasted notes and coffee notes as well as a smoked character. I recommend trying this one.

Jan 28, 2015
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Amanspearfishing from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bartender told me this was a Red Ale that tasted more like a Porter, I was intrigued. It certainly has a lingering taste of Arabica Coffee Beans, very light Malt flavor, and a smoothness like that of Left Hand but lacking a respectable body to keep you on your toes. The sum of its parts is rather bland not a very pleasing beer.

Apr 01, 2014
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innnervison from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1901 red ale is a personal favorite of mine but in this review i gave it a little bit lower then i would if i was talking to a friend.

this beer is scary dark for a red ale and i mean dark if you don't watch this beer get poured you would swear that it was black. there is relatively little head to this beer but what is there leaves a very beautiful contrast to that void like darkness of the brew its self.

the smell of this beer is almost like coffee and i mean it is very strong roasted coffee sent. there is not much else to detect with this beer when it comes to scent it is a one trick pony.

taste wise this beer is as you could guess has a very heavily roasted flavor matching the flavor and the scent together. you can detect a hint of caramel and a even a little toffee but you mainly get that powerful smoked flavor. this beer is also incredibly drinkable while some beers might have you slowly sip or wait a little before each swig this beer seems to have an opposite effect. when i first tried this beer it was nearly gone before i realized how much i drank.

while a simple beer lacking some of the complex fusions of flavors that a lot of beer drinkers would enjoy i rate this beer as a must try just for how different it is from a normal red ale and how easy it is to drink.

i hope you enjoyed my review

Jan 29, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thanks out to moose3285, this bottle showed up as an extra in a pile of boxes that showed up recently. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife as the kids are dying their hair with blue Kool-Aid...yeah.

Pour is more black than red, very little color leaking through even on the edges, I had to double-check the style. Nose also dances to a different beat: big roast notes. Re-re-checking style.

1901 Red Ale is a beer that's admirably color-blind, & thus bumping into things as it wanders around. Roast again leads the agenda, somewhat up-front & strong on the finish, leaning into straight-up coffee grounds. Mild sweetness, hop bite right at the end. And that's it. It's strength is the drinking ease, as more than half of my half has already gone missing.

Drinks & looks more like a porter than a red, there's just not much to this beer. The roast is nice, but it's also very lonely. Pretty good beer.

Feb 03, 2013
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babaracas from Florida

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy very dark brown with one finger thick light brown head, settling slowly to a quarter inch, with several rings of lace down the glass. Smell: upfront it's coffee, roasty, mild toasted nuts and cocoa, earth in the back. Taste: toasted dark bread, brown sugar, nutty and earthy. On the ligher end of medium bodied, lightly creamy feel, drying out into a powdery finish. Pretty nice, stout-light-ish.

Nov 29, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The coffee colored liquid is capped by an inch of khaki foam that leaves large patches of lace

Smell: Roasty, with smoky black bread tones

Taste: The roast and smoke dominate, up front, with the black bread, caramel, nuts and coffee flavors building through the middle; earthy hops arrive in the back, though the roast and smoke return to their dominance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A real style-bender - it has a hint of the caramel flavor one would expect from an amber, but there are elements of a brown ale and a smoked beer, too

Nov 09, 2012
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with small head. Smells like roasted coffee with a bit of nuts. Flavor follows with some up front coffee, a little light fruit, some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is on the light side, with low to medium body. Pretty much just like a light, nice porter. Not sure why it is called a red ale, but hey it’s pretty good.

Oct 09, 2012
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ShaunNewman from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown. Not much red can filter through. Tan head will little lacing.
S- The rosted malts are very obvious here.
T- The roasted stands out here as well. A light hint of coffee. Some hops filter through at the end.
M- Low carbonation that works well with this style.

This is my favorite brew that they do at Bold City. Brian hit this one out of the park.

PS The bartenders rock!

Mar 08, 2012
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jabergess from Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually like red ales. I find them a bit too bitter for my tastes. That being said I liked this beer A LOT. Probably because it wasn't true to style whatsoever besides the reddish color. If I were to close my eyes I would have said it was a smoked porter. Just a hint of smoke, not over powering in the least. Actually I was pleasantly surprised by all of Bold City Brewery's offerings. When they realized I hadn't been there before they quickly offered a flight (for free) of 7 different beers. I actually liked all but one (the Chinook).
If the 1901 Red Ale was available where I lived it would be a staple in my refrigerator.

Aug 19, 2011
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber, quarter finger head with little retention.

S: A very nice smokey taste. Some malts and a touch of hops.

T: Very smokey. Sweet with a decent hop flavor. Caramel notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium bodied

Overall: I love this beer. I am not sure if it was the intention of the owner to do this, but as he and many Jacksonvillians know, 1901 was the year of the Jacksonville fire. And to make a red ale with a smokey flavor makes this beer perfectly named and almost perfectly made.

Aug 13, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Bold City Brewery, the beer was served up in a pint glass. The beer pours a deep, dark ruby color that is crystal clear, with a thin film of head. There is a nose of coffee and hazelnut; very sweet and slightly smokey. Flavors are well blended and smooth, with some sweet caramel and nutty flavors. The beer is round and creamy in the body, with bittersweet and slightly dry, smokey aftertaste. There is a tart and slightly bitter finish. Tasty beer.

May 25, 2011
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EROlsizzle from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't expect such a dark color when I saw it was a red, but it is as dark as any other style when it pours. The aroma was not at all strong, but there is definitely a hint of coffee when you take a sip. The beer goes down smooth and isn't overly heavy or sweet, which was surprising in the opposite direction given the color. A terrific red that drinks more like a stock than an amber.

Mar 11, 2011
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MissHopstress from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black. Black as midnight. No light escapes. Zero lace.

S - Sunday morning Coffee aroma. The most pleasant aroma that can wake the dead after a night out of binge drinking on bud light.

T- Perfect roasted malt coffee blend. Minimal hops. It's easy on the tongue and welcomes an invigorating day. A hint of smoke meshes beautifully with the coffee undertones. Definitely a winner and one that I will revisit on a day that I need the comfort of a good beer to start my day.

M- a burst of adequately defined carbonation that quenches a dry mouth. Again, easy on the taste buds. Not a velvet smoothe but smooth none the less.

D- highly recommend. If you want a dark beer with a hint of coffee that is smooth and easy on the palate. This is the beer for you.

Feb 03, 2011
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nickfl from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a large head of light tan foam that rests on top of a very dark brown body with just a hint of tan showing through around that edges. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A brown, malty aroma with notes of caramel, molasses, and just a hint of chocolate.

T - Sweet malt with a nice, dark bread character up front. Dry caramel and molasses sneaks up in the middle with a hint of nutty chocolate. It finishes with more caramel and a bit of roasted, almost smoky flavor as well as light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - So, first and foremost, this is not an amber ale as its name implies. It is very obviously a porter. This isn't really an issue, except for the fact that some people seem to have been put off of this beer by the labeling discrepancy. It turns out to be a pretty nice porter with a good malt profile of medium brown sugars and a hint of darker roast and chocolate. Hops are only a peripheral part of the beer, but they are significant enough to balance things out and keep the beer drinkable. Honestly this is one of the best beers that I have had from Bold city and by the end of the glass I was starting to like it a lot, but I still can't understand why they call it a red ale.

Aug 11, 2010
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wesbrownyeah from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1901 Red Ale. This beer should be classified as a Porter due to the color and flavor in my opinion.

A- Pours a dark almost black amber fluid with half inch tan head that leaves decent tan lacing on the glass.

S- Scents of toasted malts, chocolate, carmel and sweet barley dominate. Light bitter hops are on the nose but barely.

T-M- Taste is big with expresso and coffee upfront. This then followed by a great bite of chocolate and carmel malts leaving the mouth wanting more. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little to deter you from continueing the beer on and on.

D- This was my favorite offering from Bold City Brewing and I will get a growler next time I stop by.

May 14, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours an amber-brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth toasted malts with hints of roastiness and milk chocolate. Also present are lighter hints of caramel malts. This isn't the quintessential amber aroma but I like it.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly toasted and caramel malt flavors up front segue into darker roasted malt flavors midway through the sip. Midway through the sip the flavors smooth out a bit with hints of earthy hops. These flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was bordering on a brown ale, although whatever it's called it's tasty. Worth a shot.

Mar 23, 2010
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JMC_TM from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer poured out of a growler that I picked up at the brewery into a Sam Adam's "Perfect" pint glass.

C - It poured a nice deep amber to mahogany with a thin off white head capping the top. The growler they use had a nice seal at the top that I haven't seen on before that helped hold in a lot more carbonation!

A - The nose of this red ale had a good amount of malty sweetness with a little bit of bittering hop on the very end.

B - This beer is has a nice medium body and mouthfeel with decent carbonation, although out of a growler is is pretty hard to judge.

T - This is a very complex red ale that reveals a different subtle flavor as you continue to sip on it. Very interesting for the style to say the least.

F - Has a nice clean finish with some lingering sweetness and a slight balancing bitterness deep, deep in the background. You should definitely check this beer out if you get the chance!

Feb 22, 2010
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rabbi1337 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an opportunity to try a glass of this poured from a growler at Grape and Gourmet the owner Kevin got his hands on. Served well chilled on ice. Smell was very complex, tasted much more along the lines of a hopped stout (which I am not fond of stouts) as opposed to a red ale. Very fascinating the the very last drop. If you are able to get your hands on this, I highly suggest giving it a try.

May 14, 2009
1901 Red Ale from Bold City Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 76 ratings