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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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CliffBrake on 01-21-2012

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 116
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Steve for sending this bottle my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a dark reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some amber and brown malt. Overall, quite malty for an amber. Some piney and resinous hops come along, plus a bit of citrus. Flavor loses those hops, and is a bit earthy and malty all at once. Not too much sweetness; more generic malt flavor. Medium body with moderate bitterness through the finish. A bit disappointing for a Lawson's brew.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ProPig.

Slightly hazy amber pour, with a cap of thin white head; moderate retention and lacing. Sweet malty aroma, bready, light fruity esters and some herbal/floral hop notes. The taste reflected the nose, bready caramel malts, toasted grains, hops bouncing between herbal, fruity, and floral, but never really taking a firm hold. Mild drying bitterness in the finish. An honest and simple brew, but nothing really distinctive. Light-medium body, crisp mouthfeel, not bad overall.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a matching Lawson's snifter. The brew appears an amber color with an off-white cap composed of big bubbles. A swirl revives a yellowish tan cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is fruity to floral with hops with a slight tingle of fruity alcohol as well. It gets herbal and slightly dank as it warms up. This is surprisngly hoppy in the nose but very enjoyable.

The taste is fruity and floral with some herbal to dank hop bitterness. A light caramel and toffee to bready grain sweetness rests underneath. Overall a strong and enjoyable balance of flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A pleasantly hoppy red that borders on being more "red ipa" than what you might expect. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Thorpe, served in a tulip. Beer is brown / dark red, hazy, off white tan head small bubbles, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and metallic.

Beer is sweet and metallic, minimal bitterness some hops, odd finish, not a fan. I expected more from this place but this beer is a complete miss.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle shared by Mr. Thorpe.

Pours a muddled dark amber brown with a moderate off white head and some light lacing. Aroma is intensely malty with some light citrus hops. Bland malt body with very light hops and some grassy notes in the finish. Medium, chewy body with moderate carbonation. Welp, it's almost Nugget Nectar time of the year I guess...

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Photo of rudzud
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Black Back in Waterbury, VT. poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.

A - Poured a hazy amber red with a one finger creamy head that fades to leave a slight blanket andnice side lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet malts and light sugars. Some slight bitter hops on the end. Rather average of a beer.

T - Taste is nice sweet malts and hop bitterness at the end. The hops are more light pine than citrus but more bitter than anything else.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is average for the style but a bit too bitter on the finish.

O - Overall I felt this was an average beer. Shocked by the mediocrity of this beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Three Penny in VT.

Appearance is dark red, one finger of off-white head to it. Its` nose has nuts, fruit, some pine, pretty nice aroma. For the taste, there is malts, earthy hops, a fair amount of sweetness. This is a good beer, with a taste which goes well with most foods. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp finish. A couple of these are easy to drink, and with a very reasonable abv. Nothing special, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Steve's Back Yard Red Ale has a body that a mix of dark brown and ruby, with a thick tan head that leaves adequate lacing.

The aroma has a dash of citrus from the hops, followed by a lot of malt.

Back Yard Red is definitely skewed toward the malty side of this style. The hops add just a touch of bitterness with citrus flavors that are barely discernible. The malt does all the heavy lifting, with a hint of toasted flavors, caramel and toffee. There is also a little bit of brown, nutty malt. A hint of generic fruit from the ale yeast lingers in the background.

Moderate body with big, almost creamy carbonation.

Back Yard red is a toasty, malty red ale that is solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip.

A: a very hazed dark read body. head is bright white and bubbly. good retention and lacing.

S: hops malt and a whole lot of balance. caramel. pine. mild.

T: a sharp caramel sweet bite. certainly pretty bitter. an earthy bitterness. a little raw in the hop element. not entirely balanced as I find the caramel too sharp.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: overall, not super impressed by this one. too much dark malt covers up some of this fresh hop flavor and aroma that cannot make it through. easy drinking, but not my favorite flavors.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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 +16.2%
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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Photo of Gushue3
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The cap came off a little easier than I expected. Poured into Alchemist pint glass.

A 1+ finger sticky white head hangs around and leaves lots of lacing as the head slowly recedes. Body is a brown/amber murky color

S Sweet bready malts, and some light caramel notes. Some earthy green hops in there as well

T Caramel malty taste upfront but lacking some sweetness. Bitterness comes out in the middle, slightly piney hops but much like the malt, the taste is muted

M Body is on the lighter side of medium and carbonation is moderate. Stuff is pretty easy to drink and assume would go down very easily on a hot day.

O The flavor and scent felt muted and almost watered down. Finding some Lawson's is always a treat but this one didn't stand out to me.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a large snifter.
Pours a deep dark hazy red with one finger of off white bubbly head.
Smells very hoppy, more than I was expecting for a red ale.
Taste is very balanced, some good hop bitterness, but matched very well with a toffee note from the solid malt backbone.
Finishes very clean, some bitterness that fades to a very clean mouth, you want more.
This is one of the most consistent across the board beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of CliffBrake
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown showing a deep garnet color in a bright light. Fine light tan head is fairly short lived, leaving a light curtain of lacing.

Caramel malt dominates the nose - sweet and nutty with a herbal hop undertone.

Malty flavor - a bit grainy with a little roasted character blending with a trace of citrusy hops. Fairly dry with just a bit of sweet biscuit coming in toward the end, finishing with a dry herbal bitterness.

Medium to light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit prickly and seems a little heavy compared to the body.

A nice example of a red ale - well worth a try.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of hillvt4me
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- red amber hue. Some minimal white head and lacing.

S- sweet bread, pine and malt notes.

T- Mild bitter pine, malt and wheat. Some additional complexity would be appreciated.

M- light to medium body and carbonation is moderate. Easy drinking.

O- decent for a red ale, but not one that I would go back to nor be disappointed by.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Steve's Back Yard Red Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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