Red Tail Ale Reggae On The River | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rumrunner on 08-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by elmocoso:
Photo of elmocoso
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red? Yes. Well, more of a tarnished copper w/ a slight haze. Small off-white head that is slow to die. Leaves a compact, thin, pock-marked viel across the top.

Nose is sweet - malty - definatly malt dominated with a piney hop presnce hiding.

Taste is flat and dissapointing. No date so i can't say it is old.
A thud of dull bitterness in all areas of the pallate. Not bad, just not great.

Mouthfeel is ok.

Actually flavors come out as the beer breaths and warms.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.54/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Deep, hazy, and very pretty orange in color with an excellent head that showed good retention.

Smell – Very light grain and a putrid kind of sweetness was all I could pick up from this one.

Taste – Oh, this is all wrong. The sweet, orange syrup flavor is mixed with some nasty American grain.

Mouthfeel – This may sound strange, but the mouthfeel was incredible. It is amazingly smooth and creamy.

Sinkability – I liked everything about this beer except the friggin’ taste. Ugh!

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly cloudy copper colored brew.

Smell is malt and mild hops, mildly fruity smell.

Taste is mild sweetness and a teas flavor with some fruit flavor. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Good Mouthfeel.

A drinkable brew, really just a milder Red Tailed Ale.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent, clear golden amber with a nice ivory head with microbubbles and average-good retention. Nose is strong of malt with spiced undertones. Actually very interesting. Sweet amber malt with fruity esters. Taste is a bit lacking. Strong hops at the forefront, with the malts following, and alcohol is particularly present for a 6% beer. The sweetness and spicyness of the nose are lost in a somewhat offensive mixture of hop flavors throughout. Too bad. I think this could have been a good brew, if only they added a more complimentary selection of hop.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 22oz. Bomber picked up from Trader Joes. Not the usual form for this fare I note. A label that has a Jamaican influenced Green, Yellow and Red diagonal striped background. The usual Red Tail Ale label is superimposed on this, as well as the words “Reggae on the River”. It looks like the usual Red Tail Ale has been released in a Bomber “Celebrating 20 years of Excellence”; indeed the small neck label states “Special Edition of Red Tail Ale - The Legend. Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Mendocino Brewing Company and Reggae on the River”.

Appearance: Clear amber with some copper hints in the body. A mucky white head has a scum like appearance that just manages to lace the walls - well, when it can be bothered anyways.

Nose: Hops and Malt are both here in varying amounts. Maybe more malt overall, but it has a very fruity whiff that was very evident when I first popped the crown cap. Very Nice.

Taste: Starts with malts that have a sweet aspect, as well as some hop character. These all lend to give the beer somewhat of a ‘Red’ feel overall. But for me, this beer is more of an English Bitter. I know: shoot me now and pillory me, but it is not a Red that can stand up against other Cal. Reds; but it is still a good beer. On draft, I would imagine this beer to be a great quaffer, albeit at 6.1%. I like this offering, and I rarely get hung up on style boundaries (well apart from traditional lambics) so I don’t care, I actually like the taste of this beer independent of what pigeon-hole you wish to put it in. So it gets a 4 from me.

Mouthfeel: Average really. Light and airy, soon forgotten, but strangely missed. I like that.

Drinkability: Pretty good actually. The Bomber I had soon disappeared.

Overall: It’s only drawback – is that it has a thin aspect to its mouthfeel that somewhat disappoints overall and detracts from its marks. This is a real shame for me, because make no mistake this is a decent beer - but it just needs a bit more “oomph” for a 6.1% ABV beer. I hate to say this, but it had some qualities reminiscent of English Malt Bitter which I really enjoyed, so if my marks seem higher than others - thats why.

Very enjoyable, quite drinkable, do not expect a taste explosion – but it’s another highly palatable Quaffer.

*Relocated Review > originally posted on 07-03-2003 under Red Tail Ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/20/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA. (Reviews taken from notes that I finally found).

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no noted freshness info. Poured into a Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Frothy white 3/4 inch head with nice staying power. Deeper amber colored pour. Leaves decent lace patches.

Smell- Mostly sweet caramel malt with a touch of grain and a whiff of pine hops.

Taste- Caramel malt is present, but it's overmatched by a grainy macro like flavor. Hops don't come out as much as in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Actually quite smooth and easy drinking. Not quite creamy, but smooth. Hopbitterness shows mostly in aftertaste than rather than consumption.

Drinkability- A lot like basic Red Tail Ale, but not as good. Get rid of the funky grain flavor and you have a decent beer.

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Photo of Rumrunner
2.64/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle.

An ale comemerating their twenty years in business. Unfortunately there is not much to this one. Pretty average.

Ale pours a nice amber color. Decent head and good lacing. The smell is some what like gasoline. There is a dank grass smell. Poor smelling ale.

The flavors are very heavy with wet grass. Not much hops and a biscuit malt flavor. A crisp bite to the flavor helps it out. Some lemon in the finish.

This ale is smooth and drinks easy. It does have an unpleasant oily quality. Like grease in your throat. Also a crusty burnt bite in the mouthfeel. Not nice.

I have no idea what they were trying to do to their original Red Tail Ale. This is an okay ale but not one I will purchase again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bronze-colored body, with an excellent off-white head.
Aroma: malty and ripe, redolent of juicy fruit (cherry, apple), peppery, spicy, winey. Interesting.
Taste: hops play it big right off, then fade. Flavor is full of fruitiness, but the body is too light. Texture and finish, too, are rather flimsy.
A nice, approachable, easily drinkable brew, but perhaps I was looking for more from this "special" bottle.
Thanks go to el mocoso for this one!

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Red Tail Ale Reggae On The River from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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