Red Tail Ale
Mendocino Brewing Company

Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,019
Ranked #45,951
3.48 | pDev: 14.66%
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
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Reviews by Bubbawilly88:
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3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of KoG
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice copper color adorned by an offwhite head that leaves a light amount of sticky lacing.

Smell is hoppy and citric, very close to a pale ale with a malty background.

Taste is initially hoppy, yet again like a pale ale. Finishes malty and sweet to give a nice balanced flavor.

Mouth is smooth and very refreshing. Leaves a bit dry.

Very, very drinkable even at 6%. If I prefer something heavier I go with Mendocino's Eye of the Hawk.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. Has a thin, yet foamy, head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing. Has less of a head than I would've expected.

Smell: Caramel malts dominate. There is another sweet smell in there that I am hard-placed to identify (honey, perhaps?).

Taste: Starts off grassy and bitter up front. Develops into a sweet caramel flavor that leaves a dry, grassy, hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a crisp and clean feel.

Drinkability: This is an easy-drinking beer and one of the better amber ales I've found. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of xforce
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the red tail is a fantastic session beer. full body, yet light enough to enjoy many throughout an evening. i don't even notice the 6% alc. content (a little high for a session beer). good hop flavors, nice malt (slightly toasty) finish. also try (for more enjoyable offerings from mendocino county) the mix case with the ipa. yet none seem to quite impress me the way the red tail does.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color with a small, thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind a pretty thick lace.

Smell: Sweet fruits with some toasty aromas. Milt floral hints as well.

Taste: Starts off with toasty flavors backed up by some sweet fruits. Finishes with toasty bitterness and a relatively strong hop profile that lingers in the throat. Slight tea-like flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (though a tad on the heavy side) with balanced carbonation and a crisp feel. Moderately dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable, and has some nice complexities about it. Not quite great, but still an enjoyable drink.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz with no dates poured into a pint glass.

Amber copper with a slight haze. Decent white head that has some retention to it. Sticks to the glass as it goes down.

Smells very malty with a quick, but not unpleasant, sour note, followed by dry hops.

The malts are upfront again with some caramel, a bit of alcohol, and a dry, hoppy finish. This one achieves a nice balance and is a bit more complex than others of this style.

The malts give this one a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A must try.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with a small, whitish head.

Smell: Toasty, chewy caramel malt aroma peppered with floral, citrusy hop notes.

Taste: Pale malts, toasted grains, and sweet caramel sauce upfront. Dash of mineral water. The slight graininess and a touch of fruit leads you into the floral, lightly citric hops and mild bitterness that rides out beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent amber ale that's very middle-of-the-road in terms of flavor; it's neither overly malty or hoppy.

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Photo of JustCamIt
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I bought this on sale not knowing this brewery is defunct and Red Tail hasn’t been brewed for over a year.

A: a hazy reddish-brown with a strong thick foamy head

S: malt with a touch of pine

T: caramel, malt, and faint apple cider vinegar

F: medium bodied

O: A nicely flavored amber ale. Too bad I didn’t discover it while it was in production. I saw the store had a few cases left. I may buy a case for far less than a twenty.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.84/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of danielharper
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Pours deep orange, reddish amber color with a thick off-white head. Some carbonation, a bit hazy.

S: Sweet, slightly sour fruit flavors with a touch of hop bitterness. Interesting. Inviting.

T: Apple fruity taste up front, nice bitter mushy hops aftertaste, with an interesting yeastiness in between. A bit discontinuous -- the flavors don't mesh as well as I'd like -- but interesting.

M: Heavily carbonated. Hops are mild in their flavor but stinging enough to the tongue to give a slightly painful mouthfeel. Unbalanced.

D: I wouldn't want more than one or two. I might buy it again, but not anytime soon.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Kind of hazy orange amber with not much head, just a light accumulation around the edges

S: Earthy, herbal hops is forefront, some sweet malt in the back, not the best malt notes, kind of like lesser quality beers

T: Like the smell, not much depth of flavors, just those distinct hops, plus that kind of euro lager like sweet malt, hint of alcohol too, which isn't good at only 6%

M: Not too thin, but not medium, pretty bland

D: The best aspect of this beer

Notes: This is just a mild amber ale. It is easy to drink, but low of flavor. The sweet malt reminds me of cheap european beer too, so that really detracts. If you don't like the hops that this company uses you won't like any of their beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.44/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (label as pictured), from a mixed case from Nicole.
From the label, "Red Tail Ale, naturally brewed in the traditional style, is a full flavored amber ale. Red Tail Ale has a lasting character created by a blend of Pale and Caramel malted barley and is balanced to a slightly dry finish with whole hops. Red Tail Ale has delighted fine ale drinkers and is legendary for its crisp, clean flavor." Sounds good, lets see...

Slightly hazy amber color, with an inch of white head. Limited retention or lace.
Smell of sweet, toasted malt and fruity hops. Taste has some caramel sweetness, combined nicely with earthy and piney hops. Well balanced flavoers. I would call this medium body and moderately carbonated. The finish and mouthfeel is crisp and a bit dry. Well made, easy to drink sessional.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mendocino Red Tail Ale has a medium-to-thick, cream-colored head and a hazy, brick-red appearance, with some ragged lacing left behind and little brown specks floating about. The aroma is harsh, with grain husk, turned fruit, and sourness, but this is alleviated once the head withers away, leaving a more pleasant fruit aspect. Taste is sweet & sour, with rugged brown bread notes and a straightforward bitterness across the sip. The mouthfeel is medium to full, and Red Tail Ale finishes wet and sloppy. This a rather unapproachable beer, but those who enjoy unrefined and somewhat striking flavors, may like it.


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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice roasty malty smell to it. The bottle I got came from NY, so I'm guessing Medocino has two breweries. It appears to be a nice amber colored beer with white lacing. It has a medium body, and a lasting bittering hoppy aftertaste. I don't taste the flavor hops as much, but the malt bill apparently takes care of that, since it tastes complex. Nice overall American Ale.

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Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 970 ratings