Hoppy Red Ale | Bandwagon Brew Pub

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Bandwagon Brew Pub
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hojaminbag on 02-15-2012

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of utopiajane
3.14/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark orange with a cranberry hue. Sweet hop nose with raspberries. Floral. Thin light body and a light biscuit malt. Has a kool aid quality without the sweetness. Watery Not much aftertaste and finished pretty quickly. The nose on this was delightful but in the drink it was a little bland and the hop character did not stand up to the drink. It struck me more like a pale ale and not really a red ale. I have tasted a similar malt in all their beers and a similar body too. It’s not that it’s too disagreeable but I think it would be better if they weren’t all the same. This had a light touch of bitter and oil but with the weak thinness of it, it was bland. There was a touch of citrus but it was the berry on the nose of this one that was tempting.

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Photo of JCFinn
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bandwagon's Hoppy Red Ale has a reddish brown body with a small tan head that doesn't do a whole lot in the way of retention or lacing.

The aroma has some over-ripe fruit, citrusy hops and caramel malt.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something wrong with most of the Bandwagon's beers. More accurately, I should say that there is something about a lot of them that just doesn't agree with my tastebuds. The only thing I can think of is the ale yeast. The hoppy red leads off with citrus flavors and a bit of resin, which come with light bitterness. Next comes the malt profile, with caramel and a slightly drier, possibly toasted flavor. Although this is the “hoppy” red (there was also a sweet red on-tap) it is arguable whether the malt or the hops were dominant. The next flavor I notice, which was probably the strongest flavor, is over-ripe fruit from the ale yeast. That off-taste makes this one tough to like.

Not enough carbonation.

Every once in a while, I will have a couple of Bandwagon beers that make me think they have turned the corner as far as their brewing goes, but I am inevitably disappointed. Maybe there really is just a huge difference between my taste in beer and theirs. Either way, I keep coming back, and since their beers are usually $3 when I show up, I keep trying them.

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Hoppy Red Ale from Bandwagon Brew Pub
Beer rating: 2.87 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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