Red Tail Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale
BA SCORE
3.45/5
965 Ratings
Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,415
Reviews:
482
Ratings:
965
pDev:
14.78%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
75
Trade:
0
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Photo of frasergrove
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davidward
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This a decent red ale, but nothing special.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Avatar113
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Everydayoff
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy copper amber color, it tops with one and a half finger of frothy off-white head that stays for a while with short retention before sinking to some bubble sheet on the surface and leaving minimal lacing.

Caramel, candy, roasted, toasted bread, biscuit, lots of soft yet creamy malt aroma, hop with a subtle fruity touch undertone.

The taste is displayed like the aroma with notes of caramel, candy, roasted, toasted bread, biscuit, and subtle fruity hop as well as moderate bitterness from both hop and roasted profile.

Medium body with good crisp and moderate lively carbonation through the palate, quite smooth mouthfeel, very dry finish.

This one contains lots of malty goodness packing inside, pretty good drinkable.

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Photo of Jodio
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jortonsbeer
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Rough.

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Photo of madelf66
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chackman151
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rgibson1218
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buddance
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tubeyes
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stich2
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Act25
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first craft beer from 90s, when I lived and raced in SF.

A: Amber with a hint of haze. Off white head is sticky.

S: Balanced but too faint. Sweet pale malt, esters and herbal hops.

T: Smooth, malty, crisp with caramel and toasted malt, that finish in mild hop spiciness. A bit of lemon and hop oil.

F: Medium with chewy upfront mouthfeel.

O: One of the originals and and best red ales.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got as a gift! 12oz bottle served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within two minutes or so. Very dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Not a lot here. Touch metallic

T- Light and sweet. Burnt flavor at the end. Not a bad amber. Not a great amber. Roasted malt is present, sugar present but big gap in the flavor profile

M- Dry and tart

O- Not a bad brew but not my style. Will not buy if I see but it's a nice to try brew

Food Pairing

This not bad brew went well with...... BBQ hamburgers with some fries on the side. Top 'em the way you like 'em as this brew will cut through a lot changing from sweet to bitter

Enjoy

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Comes in amber and auburn, replete with a full 1" of off white head. Aroma almost made me think it was wood aged, has that vibe to it and some Cascade hop impression.

Taste was malty, crystal like malts, red malts, amber malts. Again, some bitterness from the what is perceived as Cascade hops. Good stuff, been around forever, been drinking these for 20 years. Almost a relic.

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Photo of Squire123
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vonSchulze
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gandres
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
App: dark amber, light brown, clear, minimal tan foam
Aoma: grains
Taste: medium bitterness
MF: lively carbonation, long nice finish
Overall: good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 25, 2016

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Photo of Beginner2
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

**
02/06/2013
LOOK: Slightly Cloudy Orange Color.
AROMA: light barley and hops, lighter wood and citrus.
TASTE: light barley and hops, lighter wood and citrus. A touch of staleness. Hay.

Nothing to write home about

**

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Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 965 ratings
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