Steve's Back Yard Red Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Steve's Back Yard Red AleSteve's Back Yard Red Ale
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Steve's Back Yard Red AleSteve's Back Yard Red Ale

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CliffBrake on 01-21-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Steve's Back Yard Red Ale, poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Look - Pours a dark ruby read with an amber haze. Massive frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits in the malt, some dates/figs with a hop edge to it.

Taste - Wow nice, almost has the feel of a stout here. Rich nuts and fruits with floral/pine bitter hops and a roasted finish. Nice take on the style!

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and rich but not RIS thick. Finishes dry and results in great drinkability. Alcohol is hidden completely.

Overall - This is a great brew, Steve himself handed this to me. A great full flavored amber/red that hop heads would thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of Hendry
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last review for Steve's Back Yard Red Ale was from March 2012, and this is a fresh bottle purchased 9/13/13 from the new recipe "Revved up and ready to go" according to Lawson's recent blog. I have not tried the old recipe, so I don't have a baseline for the original recipe.

One finger off white head atop the deep ruby hued ale, nice lacing in the Lawson's tulip.
Not opaque but quite dark.

Aroma is relatively muted but pleasant, roasted nuts and toffee,slight herbal nose with hops fitting squarely into the mix.

Taste is rich,full and complex, starting out with an interesting and flavorful nutty, toffee like malt splash, then as it washes down the hops take over seemingly in two stages in a sort of creamy lightly spicy tobacco and leather finish. The flavors are reminiscent of Maine Beer Company's Zoe,another quality hoppy red ale made in small batches.Flavor improves as it warms adding complexity.

Mouthfeel also a big plus: medium and creamy smooth, glides over the palate gracefully, delivering the flavors in a velvety manner. I wouldn't consider this to have an overly dry finish, yet it is a very pleasant finish.

Overall, a really nicely crafted hoppy Red Ale by Sean Lawson, who has a knack for creating some cutting edge brews. I recommend trying this one as it has lots to offer in the way of complexity and enjoyable drinkability, thumbs up.

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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark golden orange color. Beautiful off white head with great retention decorates the glass beautifully.

Toasted malts, caramel, grassy and floral hops, piney bitterness on the finish. Flavors are balanced nicely, working together. Medium light feel, seems appropriate for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jhavs
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Purchased at the Warren Store on 11/1. Consumed on 11/17. Written from notes.

A - Color of tea or dark plum. Full finger of of light beige head. Quickly dissipates. Distinct lines of carbonation. Splotchy lacing. No transparency. First pour no sediment. Second pour white heavy sediment which actually changed complection of beer to a muddy brown color. Would have given beer at least a 4.5 in appearance off first pour...

S - Midly fragrant. Tea and dark fruit.

T - Black tea, lemon, sour cherry/dark fruit, and nutmeg. Well balanced malt backbone. A nice bitter black tea/sour cherry finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing and tingle throughout mouth. Light bodied and perfect for style.

O - Would have received higher score if not for the heavy sludge which changed complexion of beer during last pour.

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4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Appearance- Poured a very dark red, black cherry color. A nice 1/2 inch of frothy off-white head.

Smell - The smell is balanced between the hops and malts. Smells of toffee and caramel for the malt. A nice dose of earthy hops.

Taste- Very good. One of the better red ales that I have had. Very earthy hop flavors, pine, with subtle hints of the toffee and caramel. I can also taste notes of roasted nuts. The aftertaste even had a hint of tropical fruits, especially pineapple.

Mouthfeel- Balanced carbonation. Easy to drink. Has a nice bitter snap that is left in the mouth.

Overall - A very good red ale offering from Lawson's. I still prefer Lagunita's Mongo Red Ale, but nonetheless, a great beer.

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4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle picked up at the Lawson's Farmers market release and consumed a few days after. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a dark brownish red with a foamy off-white head that leaves thick layered lacing. Very nice appearance for the style.

S- A little bit malty with a nice balanced earthy hop presence, some pine, and a hint of citrus in the background.

T- Citrus hops, pine, subtle juicy tropical fruits, balanced malts, and finishes with a bit more pine.

M- Juicy, decent carbonation, just a hint of bitterness, fairly easy drinking.

O- I'm not overly a huge fan of red ales, but this is definitely a very nice hoppy offering of the style. While I've never had the old recipe, this definitely seems to be an improvement and is better then the ratings would suggest. Don't expect to be blown away as with some of Lawson's IPAs, but this is definitely worth trying.

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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Prohibition Pig

Mostly clear deep chestnut color with a little creaminess on top that shrinks to a patchy ring. Moderately hoppy nose...sort of dark and piney with a bit of tea, nuts, and malt to balance. Nice, balanced hoppy flavor: zesty, juicy citrus, increasing pine needle bitterness, some caramel malt mixes well with the "darker" hop character. Medium bodied and solidly bitter. I like this more and more as I drink it...

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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Steve's Back Yard Red Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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