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Brewed by:
Prism Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Red October".

Added by Deuane on 01-11-2010

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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A-- Hazy, caramel brown look. Light brown, creamy head that had a lot of staying power.

S--Strong with spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, maybe some others that I'mnot good enough to identify.

T--Full of spices. I think they really went for the "fall" flavors here. Although I find their effort a bit lightweight, I still found the taste to be excellent. Damn them.

M--Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. I liked this part of it.

O--I wanted to dislike it as a whitegirl pumpkin latte sort of thing, but dammit, I guess I'm a whitegirl and it was good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Prism Brewing Co. "Red Zone"
on tap at the brewery, 9 April 2016

ESPN Red Zone! Football!!! I get it! Malty, caramelish, and spicy - how could you go wrong? Well, the "rim job" of spice and sugar ruined it for me, and perhaps I shouldn't even review it because of that, except that that's how the brewery serves it.

It's a dark amber-russet brown in color beneath a creamy head of khaki. The nose, well I don't really know, all I could smell was cinnamon and sugar from the "rim job". The flavor is nice, and I think they've got a very pleasant blend of grainy malt, yeasty fruitiness, and spices. It's reminiscent of apple pie, toasted bread with butter and honey, cinnamon toast, and chewy maple candy. It's nice, and it somehow finishes dry despite its malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a median carbonation - not too crisp given there's spice involved. Altogether a pretty decent pint.

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Photo of TLA
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown to a bit amber in color with a fingernail of beige covering most of the top. There nose is crowded with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and maple syrup. I taste a bold blend of spices and flavors in order that I picked them out: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, maple syrup, and ginger. The mouth is lightly sticky and dry.

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2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy caramel color with thin lacing. Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin. The nose is pleasant, but lacking depth. The taste is slightly sour, leaning toward vinegar. Notes of tart fruit and maple, followed by an unpleasant bitterness from the spice.

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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of ShaneHarris
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

This was one of the tastiest ales I've ever had. The brown sugar rim on one half, all the spices. It had the perfect balance of spices, and I would recommend this beer to everyone (whether they like beer or not).

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3.36/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

If someone told me this was a pumpkin ale I would have believed them. Aroma of yams with caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is malt forward with intense brown sugar roasted squash and a sweet cinnamon finish. I hope Prism can produce more brews as good as this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.56/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(best by 12/25/14 - poured into a balloon)

L: deep reddish, ruddy brown in color... not quite as cloudy as some of their others, more of a mild haze... tight, dense pad of tan foam

S: mild, candy/gum-like cinnamon and perhaps dried sweet orange peel... potpourri and light brown sugar... good bit of fresh-cured leather... overall, very potent

T: tastes like it's more suited to be sipped warm than cool like this... luckily, it's not terribly sweet... the cinnamon and ripe dark fruit flavors are most dominant, the blend of spices being a muddled one, as none other than the cinnamon really stick out... the ginger (powdered?) and a bit of musty phenols emerge in the aftertaste... the overall taste can be likened to a malty, bitter-sweet leveled toddy

F: big, medium-thick, smooth, with a sly suggestion of roundness... moreishly soft and dry in the finish like the rest of their beers

O: they market this as a fall beer... Nov. through Jan. is probably when you'd be in the mood for something like this - maybe even through Valentine's Day... taste it and see if that makes sense... again, an interesting brew from Prism - keeps me looking forward to the next new sample, though

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3.04/5  rDev -13.9%

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2.36/5  rDev -33.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

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Red Zone from Prism Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 81 ratings
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