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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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Added by cjgator3 on 12-24-2008

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of KVNBGRY
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Beer21
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Chris-1911
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of RayUF07
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gatorlove
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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1901 Red Ale from Bold City Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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