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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Ratings: 970 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dirty amber shade; off-white head, moderate size, minimal lace. Orange zest, nuttiness, malt, citrusy-hops construct the nose. Respectable flavor, cameral malts rule, nutty, surprisingly acidic and hoppy… nice finish. Medium body; silky smooth because of the mild carbonation. Far from outstanding, it would work well as a session beer. Try one.

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Photo of Tubesox
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one auspicious looking beer. With a delicate poor, this nebulous orangish light brown colored beer with a thin white head and mild carbonation is pleasing to the senses. A congenial sweet smell of nector and a gratifying first sip, signify a sencond and third taste are undoubtfully near. Drink up and enjoy, for there are five more tails within your reach.............Make that 4.

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Photo of Morris729
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thin white head that immediately fades into a thin lace. Nose is fruity with notes of fresh citrus and some floral hops. Taste is a combination of sweet lightly toasted malts and juicy ripe orange. Oily and bitter hops follow the initial taste and leave an acidic and off-dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing. I really enjoyed this ale and will buy more again soon.

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

On the pour a nice copper color with the head presumptuous in volume, light tan in color and the texture frothy, upon the decomposition of said head the lace forms a thick sheet to secure the glass. Malt dominated nose, malt sweet, light floral tones also present, and the start sweet with nice malt profile, the top middling. Finish has perky acidity with the hops pleasantly spicy, the aftertaste dry, long lasting and a nice “Session” beer.

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Photo of jackndan
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Tail Ale: Brown long neck bottle. Reddish hue and creamy white head, with nice Belgian lace. Aromatic, with strong hints of apples. Initial taste gives way to a prominent hop flavor, with some hoppy oils that last a fairly long time. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Red Tail Ale pours from a 12oz brown bottle a copper amber. head is ample at more than three fingers that sticks around long enough to lace the sides of the glass as I imbibe.

Nose is a hoppy and a soft floral experience. Palate is a bitter floral hops on top of a malt base.

Some soap type of taste is mixed in with the palate and throws a monkey wrench into the mix.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting more. Deep golden/amber with a sticky, white lace. Very citrusy, hop flower nose. Dry hop-flower without much malt to speak (or taste) of. Smooth light-medium body.

Smoothy, hoppy and very dry, but I missed much of the malt.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a spectacular off-white cloudtop head with excellent retention, and quite good lace, mild carbonation. The head lasts to the bottom of the glass. The aroma consists of malts, hops, and bread. Taste begins with caramel maltiness, hops then assert themselves towards the middle, finishes with a dry crispness and bitter citrus flavors. A decent and solid amber ale.

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

Decently hopped with a slightly toasty back. Finishes citrus rind and clean but lacks body and has only a whisper of malt for balance. I found myself rather uninterested in the six I bought and it took awhile to finish. A cut-hair above thoroughly average.

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Photo of ADR
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Saratoga Springs, NY brewery...

Nice pour, head is a consistent 1/4 inch of medium bubbles. Murky amber color. A little hoppiness and "wet canvas" to the smell. Not well balanced, hops are tangy and somewhat explosive. Some creaminess to the malts that adds body. If I have a major criticism, its in the lack of complexity of the malt sweetness, and way too much vinegary funk going on, piling on with the hops. Drank a second one directly from the bottle and it was extremely sour in this presentation. I'd like to try it on tap to see if there are a number of bottle runs that are not well-done...

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Redbones. Mild hazed pale amber orange hue with a thin off white lace that has decent stickage from its creamy bubbly form.

Faint toasted grain and flowery citric hop in the aroma.

Moderate body, clean crispness. Big citrusy hop with a very ample bitterness, flavour from the hop lingers in a rind pungency. Malt and grain flavours tread in the back drop with a light estery fruity alcohol. Finishes slightly dry.

Good drinking here, real easy to go down and with the usual trademark APA characteristics.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt nose with some dry hop presence. hazy red color with a nice lasting 1/4 inch white head. White lace on the glass. Initial toasted malt flavor with a smooth mouth. The finish has a hint of cardboard (oxidation?). Overall except for the touch at the finish a solid beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber with slight chill haze. Nose was very pleasant and clean. Solid malt with moderate malted caramel flavor. The hops seemed a wholly separate flavor component, and rode over the top of the malt to take over at the end, with a fairly raw character. A prominent alcohol flavor kicks in at the very end, and was something of a detraction from the flavor profile. Finish was on the dry side.

Overall, a pretty good amber, and distinctive from the rest of the pack. Flavors were not as well integrated as I would hope, and the alcohol element at the end was heavy handed.

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

This beer was easy to rate for me, it's not bad but then again it doesn't really make you want to buy a case of it. As you can see how I rated it its a very aveerage beer all the way around, not bad not great.................CHEERS

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Photo of Bierman9
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle review from 04JUL02...
Bottle-sample this time.... Has a medium-golden color, thin head, and minimal lace. Could get whiffs of both some malt and hops in the nose, though mild on both counts. Mouthfeel pretty good... Flavor starts off on the mild-malt side, then comes through with some floral hop action, with some citrus-like notes. Decent session bier.

overall: 3.65
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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On-tap review from 09JUN02...
Poured a clear copper color, with a small, fine white head. Left a small touch of lace in the glass. Mild nose, some malt, but more hops. Again, on the mild side. Mouthfeel was decent all around. Starts with some mild, sweet malt (not much) and then a smooth floral, hop presence is aroused, which takes care of the taste buds well. Some mild citrus notes, too. All-in-all, a decent bier.
(4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 - 3.90)


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Photo of marc77
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After about a minute, the head dissapates almost completely leaving just enough to leave a sparse pattern down the glass. Slightly hazy light orange hue. The citrusy but mild hop nose is accompanied by very pleasant caramel and nutty malt notes. Light to medium in body, with a smooth mouthfeel. There's a nice balance of flavors all around in this brew. The hop bitterness sufficiently balances the malt sweetness. Malt flavor, although certainly not assertive, is comprised of a caramelized sweetness contributed by the crystal malt. There's nothing offensive about this brew at at all. It's simple, well balanced and is thus very drinkable.

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Photo of Jordan
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spicey and mildly hoppy. Head endures, sticks to the sides of glass. Sediment visible, lovely sight. Hops and malt character are well distributed. All around a good beer.

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Photo of pbrian
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've given this beer one too many chances. Every time I buy it, it tastes bad. But it's supposed to be good. Must be old. Buy it again. Tastes bad again... You get my drift. It has this sour taste to it that I just can't shake.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, crisp beer but not as good as Eye of the Hawk.

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Photo of Todd
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. A red tail hawk flies with hops and barley in its talons. No freshness date.

Appearance: Amber with a touch of haze. The white head is quite sticky, semi-clumpy and very healthy looking.

Smell: Sweet pale malts, a touch of raw grain, esters and herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Smooth, malty and crisp. Notes of caramel and toasted malts aid in an almost chewy upfront mouthfeel. Alcohol notes are definitely present, and hide nicely behind a mild hop spiciness. Right in the middle, for a brief second, a lemony hop flavour punches through. A touch of citrus rind and herbal follows, continuing right into the aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry, with a bit of hop oil and malt huskiness.

Notes: Damn, this is one fine ale. Very well balanced, extremely drinkable and suprisingly warming. Makes me wonder what the abv is as my head heats up and my belly warms. It costs nearly $9 a 6-pak in Cambridge, MA ... but man is it worth it. Another fine ale from Mendocino Brewing Co. Buy some now.

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