1901 Red Ale | Bold City Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bold City Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of ShaunNewman
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

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Photo of MissHopstress
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of barongearmu
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of max85
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rabbi1337
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of innnervison
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of genogirl
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Sfroyo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mcsean
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BrandonCBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Ravencrest
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JDW4195
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of jabergess
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HiPpYcHoP
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of basili1250
4/5  rDev +2%

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1901 Red Ale from Bold City Brewery
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