Red Tail Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a 1 inch head that fades to an oily residue. No lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of sweet malt and unidentifiable fruity smells.

T - Tastes of slightly bitter hops up front with sweet malts and fruity tastes afterwards.

M - Somewhat flat but smooth.

D - Pretty good beer that I would try again sometime just to revisit this offering.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a standard amberish red like most of this style. The head was a light yellow, it smelled kinda hoppy and sweet. The taste was average, it had some hoppiness and a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel was bubbly and dry in the aftertaste. Overall is was ok.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured into a pint glass with a finger high dense off white head that settled down but has good retention properties. It's light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The overall taste has a good balance between malty sweetness with flavors of caramel and roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is crisp and has some dryness.
D: This can be considered to be a sessionable beer given its well-balanced taste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

One of my more well-liked styles of beer... haven't been a HUGE fan of this brewery though, found a lot of their other stuff pretty mediocre but unbiased for this one. Pours a light amber color, almost golden color... small head to it.. not much for lacing.Faint caramel malt aroma to it. First impression on taste, very light bodied.. even for this style. Just not a lot of 'meat' to it.. kinda feels like too watered down and affects the taste profile of the beer (as in the beer is gone before you can taste it). Nothing offensive taste wise, a tad bit of hops and more of the caramel malt, but the mouthfeel and body are just too weak/thin to make this a great red ale. Drinkable.. but I'd have a Lagunitas Imperial Red or Ithaca Cascazilla (among many other) red ales.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of biboergosum
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz pint, at the Rhino in downtown Missoula, Montana. Kind of hard to figure out where this brewer is actually from.

This beer appears a somewhat hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy random island group lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt, a certain skanky nail polish booziness (hard to discern from Minhas' standard house essence), some subtle, muddled orchard fruit notes, and floral, dead weedy hops. The taste is weakly bready caramel malt, a hint of stale citrus fruit, and somewhat boozy, perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is on the veritably low side, no see, no how, the body an adequate medium-light weight, and a bit airy in its smoothness. It finishes with a consistently touched sweet grain and increasingly weedy hop tango of the doomed.

I liked this beer at the very start, but things went south way too quickly, the lame-ass contract (not all, I'm not pigeon-holing here, but y'all know what I mean) skankiness a little too prevalent, a little too tight. No real hoppiness, and a sweetness without justifiable offset. Meh.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have tried a number of American Ambers lately to find the good ones. This is what I think about Red Tail. Looks Light copper with some pink highlights thrown in. Bubbly head fell to 1/4" and stood. Aromas are toasty, malty, caramelly, and mildly citrusy. Taste is sweet and toasty. Toffee, caramel, and syrup are dominant sweetnesses. Slightly cut by spices and citrus that are hop driven. Quite distinct hop flavor or bittering. Body is medium - full. Flavors are balanced toward the hops, pushing into Amerian Pale Ale perameters. Perhaps a bit disjointed in it's character, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange pint, foamy off-white head that puffs above the rim momentarily. Spindly lace trails inside the glass, looks like lightning almost.

Coarse raw malt, honey and multigrain bread.

Tangy, bready malt, some mellow dry bitterness and pine notes. Mild sweetness. Medium bodied, easy enough to drink, fairly simple with a tiny bit of hop character and mild malt complexity. Seems fresher on tap than when I last had a bottle (cliche I know).

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness/toffee, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this a very good English style amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an orange/amber color. It had a small white head.

S - It smelled of malt and caramel.

T - A great, sweet malty flavor stands out. The caramel taste is understated.

M - It is crisp and smooth. Light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a very good amber beer. It has a delicous sweet taste.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber body with a modest head that becomes a collar with some chunky islands; little lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel and peach notes

Taste: Starts out fairly light and sweet, with definite light fruit flavors; after a few seconds some bitterness kicks in on the side of the tongue, followed by an unusual medicinal flat flavor on the roof of the mouth

Mouthfeel: Pretty good; medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With the exception of the unusual finish, a pretty tasty beer

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - low head w/ below average lacing. Nice deep ice-tea color.

S - Mellow malt. Distant, honey-like sweetness.

T - Full malt body with a nice bread sweetness. A pleasant pine bitterness balances the mid profile. The flavors are bigger than you might expect, but they work well together. Some coriander spice on the backend.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a nice medium-full body. Sweet finish with a twang of residual hop bitterness.

D - A very nice beer with surprisingly strong flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Murky and dark for style; plenty red for a amber/red ale but not as red as I expected in a "Red Tail". This amber ale is slightly more rich, earthy and flavorful than the average amber. It has good sweet/bitter balance and a fine medium+ body. Carbonation is a tad low.

O = 3.75

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter copper color with medium head that leaves some slight lacing,a strong smell to it some fruitiness to it and very malty kind of a weird smell hard to place.The taste starts out a little sweet but there is some dryness in the middle ending with a malty finish and aftertaste.Not a bad beer but seems a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruits and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus, that are followed by a complementary hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 970 ratings