Crystal Bay Red Ale | Lake Tahoe Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Lake Tahoe Brewing Co.
Nevada, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mark on 07-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Bunnyhop:
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A slightly hazy, brown-red Red Ale with a moderate tan head. It has a nutty smell. The taste is malty, with a mild hazelnut flavor, and a very mild bitter finish. Overall, this beer is "okay", but has a funky aftertaste.

(source: Beers Across America"

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fattyre
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy brown/red with a moderate tan head and a slightly thin mouthfeel. The smell is of a faint caramel which suggests something good to come which never quite materializes. The taste is malty with an increasing hoppiness. It seems to have a very odd aftertaste which I can't quite place but tends to be rather unpleasant. I suppose were it not for the aftertaste this would demand a higher rating but it still would be just slightly above average.

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Photo of Murph
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear deep amber with a nice thick light tan head that slowly sinks and leaves a nice lace all down the glass. A great looking beer. Now granted I have allergies so my sense of smell is a bit hindered but all I get off this is some incredibly powerful diacetyl aromas. It smells like it is butterscotch in a glass. Taste doesn't change much from the aroma. Huge butterscotch flavors right from the start with a slight backdrop of earthy, english style hops, maybe fuggles?? As the brew lingers on the tongue the hops fade and the brew returns to being a butterscotch candy. While the taste and aroma struggle the beer flows nicely over the tongue with a silky texture and medium body. Not something that I would drink again unless under very specific conditions. If I wanted that much butterscotch flavor I would go buy some candy.

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Photo of KoG
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had their Red Ale before... but this doesn't look, taste, or smell like what I had.

Dark, dark ruby color with very little head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is predominately chocolate malt with some hops. Reminds me of a brown ale.

Tastes choclatey with some roasted malts and a touch of hop bitterness. Tastes like a brown ale too.

As far as being their Red Ale, I think I may have gotten a mislabeled bottle or something but the only way to tell is to get some more ata later date. Nonetheless, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Mark
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A brew I really wanted to like but found a little disappointing. Good deep color but not much head retention and lace was below average. Decent taste was offset by a very overcarbonated mouthfeel. A smoother less spritzy mouthfeel and this might have been O.K.

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Photo of putnam
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, iced coffee brown and no urge to form a top. Beige suds adhere to the rim. Mild aromatic notes of brown sugar, roasted chaff and very subtle vanilla. On the palate it is creamy. Very dry -- thanks to a spike of roasted tannins -- and downy, it beautifully traces flavors of tangy red berries, sour caramel, candied orange peel, volumes of yellow, resinous hops and pepper seed.
Other than the damned dark color, the brewer must be congratulated for his interpretation of this style. Through a clear, west coast lens, Red Ale proves hyper-drinkable, as dry as ever, and stylish.
Does this brewery make a dry stout or porter?

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Photo of MobBarley
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a peculiar red that pours a caramel shade of red with a nice two-fingered beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace. The aroma is warm and malty with sweet notes of caramel and sweet breads. The taste is good, if a bit less complex than I would like, and is dominated by a nice caramel sweetness. Some grapefruity hops lurk in the background and frolic with a hard to pin down spiciness. Mouthfeel is good and smooth, if slightly thin. Drinkability is quite good, and this wold make a good sesssion selection for Red fans.

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Crystal Bay Red Ale from Lake Tahoe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 7 ratings