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Misfit Red | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 1997, this winner of “Best Beer in Baltimore” in both Baltimore Magazine and The City Paper, is one of our most popular brews, EVER. Misfit Red is a classic, medium-bodied, ruby-tinged Amber Ale with smooth, roasted malt flavor balanced by a mild hop presence and moderate 5.1% abv.

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Photo of brpendergast85
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sub mediocre. Not a single stand-up quality.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From their website:
Misfit Red
Style: Amber Ale
Color: Amber
Hop Variety: Tettenang & Hallertau
Grains : Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Carpils Malt, Roasted Barley
Bitterness Units: 23 IBUs
Gravity: 12.5 plato
Alcohol Content : 5.1% abv

Its clear, very deep amber body is capped by a short head of creamy white foam that dissipates quickly leaving behind little lace. The nose is malty and lightly toasty with a touch of fruit. The body is medium, and it gently caresses the tongue with its fine, moderate carbonation. The flavor follows the aroma; balanced towards maltiness with a subtle touch of roastiness and some spicy hop flavor. It's perfectly balanced (which in a way seems to dampen its character), and it finishes short and dry. An easily accessible and drinkable beer, but without enough character to make you want more than one or two.

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Photo of stirgy
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as part of their beer sampler from their “outlet mall” brewpub in Bowie, MD. This was copper/bronze in color, crystal clarity and topped with a small but hearty head of white frothy sea-foam. The aroma exudes a pleasant spiciness that includes cinnamon, cardamom along with other sweet spices. The taste is very nice with toasted nuts, toffee and caramel like malts. The brew follows through with a simple hop bitterness. Very nice.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Arundel Mills location on 6/30/04.

Solid amber color with a very small off-white head. A very average amber with the standard malt aroma (a touch of roastiness) and flavor with hops only there to balance. Nothing wrong with this one really but nothing very memorable and certainly not one I'd go back to again.

From the DuClaw website:
Style: Amber Ale
Color: Amber
Hop Variety: Tettenang & Hallertau
Grains : Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Carpils Malt, Roasted Barley
Bitterness Units: 23 IBUs
Gravity: 12.5 plato
Alcohol Content : 5.1% abv

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a 1" head. Carbonation levels seems light from the visual. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable caramel and ripe fruits.

Taste: this red ale has a nice mildly roasted malt backbone with tons of caramel candy and sweet apples. More than expected bitterness balances out the sweetness. Nice overall dry fruitiness to this brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry. Caramels and sweet apples stick around on the tastebuds for a while.

Drinkabilty: outstanding. One of the more enjoyable red ales I have had since this was fresh and full flavored. Easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught in Fells Point: This one pours a dark, ruby tinged amber color. There was a small off-white head on it. This one has a milder aroma. Some malt sweetness, but no real hop notes at all. The taste is good. I can detect faint roastiness and faint fruits. It has a well balanced medium body, with the taste being neither sweet or bitter. A nice session beer.

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Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Misfit Red was served on-tap at the Arundel Mills location. The ale was served chilled in a yellow Pint Club tumbler.

Appearance: The ale has a light amber color, clear with no sediment. The ale is moderately carbonated but betrays no hint of a head.

Smell: The ale has a light hop aroma that is balanced out by a biscuity malt aroma. The aroma is average.

Taste: The ale has an inoffensive taste. The hops do not stand out, making the ale come across as somewhat bland. The malt character works in much the same manner: it does not offend but it does not stand out either.

Mouthfeel: The ale is well-balanced and smooth. It is not for a hophead, but it may be an excellent gateway for those getting into the craft brewing lifestyle.

Drinkability: Maybe a little too strong to be a session ale, this beer is good for pounding a few. If you are looking for hops though, look to Venom.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby russet filtered with a beach sand colored sticky 1/2 frothy head that clings to the glass like a magnet draws the lace.

Bright red apple nose & twinge of malts & hints of cinnamon with a musty nod.

First Swigs: Mildly dark smooth roasts. Apple hints. Some dry cocoa powders followed with a lingering aftertaste of raisins and pancakes. As warms, brown sugar and flat cola.

Quite spongy medium body with slick well carbonated zest. Could enjoy another and as a matter of fact I did.

Last swigs: Rem,inds me of Magic Hat or XINGU. A one trick pony apple hints and easy surprising fresh feel. Growler thanks to Shapudding.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at the Arundel Mills location. Poured a very deep amber with a brown head that sticks around as a cap all the way down. Faint caramel malt on the nose with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is more caramel malts, with a slight roasted flavor and a sharp hoppy finish. This is a drinkable beer, but I prefer the Venom and the Porter or any of the seasonals to this.

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Photo of shapudding
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growlered from the Belair location.
Dark amber and clear. Thick, luscious, creamy, buttery khaki head that settled beautifully to a very thick covering with chunky holes in it. Very mild roasted malt scent, not much is jumpking out at you. Very porter like in the mouthfeel and taste. Smooth feeling with a just enough of a bite coming out from peppery hoppiness. Nice roasted malt flavors and lightly darkened toast. I get a teensy bit of an almost sasafrass flavor in the aftertaste. This is nicely drinkable, very smooth and with decent flavors and not too intense. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The liquid is clear. The bubbles last as a thin layer even though the initial pour provides a small head. Limited streaks for lace.

The smell is closer to a Brown Ale than an Amber/Red. Not quite chocolatey but there's some very dark crystal malts to the nose. The color bears this out with a solid brown color where light passes easily through the center of the glass.

The taste is similar to what the smell suggests. The body is similar to a Brown Ale (i.e. thin) with an elevated effervescence. There's a darker toast flavor. Overall, it's dry with a short aftertaste--a touch of earthiness. Subtle but balanced hops.

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Photo of claytri
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a good looking dark amber with a tan head. The aroma was of malt and dark fruit. The taste held up delivering dark fruits rounded out by floral hops. The feel was medium and wet. This was a nice amber which gave you some rich tastes, but didn't really wow you.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Bowie location of DuClaw. Beer is brownish / reddish and hazy with a lazy off white almost tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, head does not have the retention power to prevent breaking, pulling to the walls of the glass. It does leave a little bit of lacing, looks a little too dark for a red.

Aroma is sweet and malty but not overly so, some appley notes from the yeast.

Beer is medium in body and decent throughout, It is quite simple, the malt is easy going and tastes good with a decent, moderately dry finish. Overall a decent red.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a deep amber colored beer with modest white head. Smell is very minimal with some roasted malt to be found. Taste is a mixture of roasted mald and sweet fruitiness, but both are very light. Easyt to drink, but nothing really stands out about this beer.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to QJA for the growler.

Poured from the two-liter swing-top growler into an Imperial nonic pint the beer was a dark amber color with a brilliant ruby hue in the light. A thin sliver of head looked like more of a conglomerate of bubbles just sticking together enough to form a film of foam atop the beer. Carbonation rises up to feed the head, but it's quick to fade.

The nose has a toasted malt aroma with some cereal grain and soft doughy bread coming through. No hop presence or bitterness, but a faint dried fruit character and some apple coming through with hints of a subtle yeasty quality.

The taste has a sturdy malt backbone ripe with semi-sweet caramel notes and finishing with semi-chewy fresh baked bready character. Some sweeter malt, caramel, and sugar notes dot on and off the palate and hop presence come around for a fleeting moment. A faint fruittiness shows itself in the finish which is a tad dry but firm.

A medium body moves to a slightly dry finish. At colder temperatures it is perhaps a tad thin, but closer to room temperature the beer has a nice firm, full mouthfeel.

A fairly straight forward beer that doesn't seem to be (or claim to be) overly complicated. Balance swings towards the malt sides with hops only briefly appearing. Still, not overly sweet and retaining balance. It makes for a good session as nothing here will overpower the palate.

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Photo of BColton1
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of davestar
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber with a fairly thick tan head. head fades quickly but leaves some lacing. malty caramel nose. taste follows the nose - thick malty backbone with a slight hop bite at the finish. good drinkable brew.

- on tap at the fells point location

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fells Point Location

Clear copper color, with a medium, off-white head.

Sweet caramel smell. Herbal, cherries and other fruits.

Much more sweet than bitter. Caramel, biscuit and grass at finish. Cherries throughout.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Nice beer and very easy to drink, but too sweet for me.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this nice little red this afternoon I know I've had this before. Or else it was something that tastes nearly the same, which is entirely possible. This is a competent American red, and there is a lot of similarity between some of them

It is on the brown side of red with nice continuous head. The aroma is clean, mild and malty.

The taste is very middling too. It's balanced, with hops being lower in the picture than on some of the style, and that's as it should be. It's a nice clean malty taste that leaves you refreshed.

This isn't a brew that will wow you with any extremes but it is a well made drink that you should not refuse. Have one.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 4 oz tasting glass.

First off I gotta say - everytime I see DuClaw at a beer fest, the guys working there are always a rip! They'll do about anything to get you to try their stuff, and it's usually worth it...


Poured a clear reddish-brown with a fairly foamy head. Smells of spice and dry fruit with a roasty hint. Goes down smooth with a slight aftertaste of apple/spice. Well balanced with roasted malt and fruit. Overall, one of the more drinkable offerings from DuClaw.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A poured with a small head of light tan foam on a clear amber brown body. Decent retention and lace.

S sweet malt and light roast.

T nutty brown malt up front with some light roast in the middle and a finish of caramel and toffee with spicy hops for balance.

M medium thick body, moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

D very nicely done good malt depth and hop balance.

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Photo of Chaney
3/5  rDev -15%

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Misfit Red from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 123 ratings