BottleTree Red | BottleTree Beer Co.

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BottleTree RedBottleTree Red

Brewed by:
BottleTree Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Earthy hops, English floor malted barley,leading to a very complex malt profile.

Added by thagr81us on 04-06-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +26.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma has notes of caramel, cloves and horehound. Pours a dark translucent chestnut with a fairly thick light cinnamon-tan head. Rich flavor has a malty and woody hoppy core with notes of caramel and cloves and some hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has a good amount of fizz and leaves a woody, somewhat bitter finish. Drink no evil indeed!

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +19%

$4.99 for a 4 pack of 12oz bottles at BevCo. Priced to move. Wonder why? Per the rather odd website, brewed with Maris Otter, Magnum and EKG, Irish Ale yeast, 7.5% ABV, 83 IBU. Contract brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery out of South Carolina.

Pours out to a very dark red?...really this is dark brown, mahogany, forming a creamy poofy light tan head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. The nose is quite peculiar...there is dark fruits like dates and prunes, with vanilla, and a fruity hop charge. This smells like an extract brewed barleywine that has been sitting around for a while...kinda vinous, know what I mean? Mouthfeel is dense and rich...big bodied owning to the Maris otter. The taste is a recap of the nose...lots of dark fruit up front, some nice crystal malts in the middle, some slight roast in the middle with black tea character and a well balanced woodsy bitterness with lingering notes of tea, toast and leather. Very earthy and woody. Finishes quite dry.

An interesting beer, and heck, for the price, it's a good buy. Enjoyable. No problem drinking this up.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber, bordering on pale brown producing 2 fingers of soap foam frothy, tan, somewhat lasting head that leaves a chunky, weby coating of lace. This is a beautiful beer. Aroma is toasted malts, toffee, dark fruit & some chocolate with a background of thin of floral hops. Taste is similar to the nose but heavy to chocolate for the style with pumpernickel & some cracker maltiness & dark cherries. Finish is toast & tootsie roll chocolate with some hop character in the form of a nice bitterness that's accentuated by the intense roast of the malts. Aftertaste is is bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation, creamy & somewhat chewy with low pepper spice & faintly astringent in the aftertaste.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real gorgeous amber. A super dark copper brown, with giant deep ruby reds throughout. Clear. Head is a creamy slightly soapy tan with about four fingers tall, and about a one finger settling puck. Gorgeous looking beer.

Real nice malt presence on this. Creamy toffee, and a little bit of warmth. Big sense of chewy grains and pleasurable malts. Faint chocolate. Maybe even a little bit of brown spiced character too. Very nice.

First sip is a little bit of a let down. Just a hair of light body, but a muted malt sensation only comes in. Hop angle is a bit more obvious with a little bit of herbality and grass bitterness. Slight roast coffee in the aftertaste, with some creamy piping warmth. Lots of ripping grain on the finish. Some toffee and caramel warmth a little but a bit subdued.

Overall a decent brew, but I was expecting a bit more from the wonderful start.

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Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

Pours a dark copper and flavor is caramel with some spices. Sort of a mix between a strong ale and a winter warmer. A malt bomb but one that i enjoyed.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep red with a small white head. Smells of dark grain, slight caramel, and slight molasses. Tastes of roasted grain, grassy hops, and slight molasses. Beer is full bodied but a very drinkable, slightly undercarbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: Pretty much what you expect from a red ale: Hops, caramel, and malt.

T: Tasted of caramel, an average amount of hops, malt, a little citrus, and an earthy quality. A solid, but not spectacular flavor. Easy to drink, though.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a bitter, yet smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A likeable, drinkable beer. Doesn't necessarily wow you, but is pretty good nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short beige colored head that left wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of malty sweetness and clumpy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of malty sweetness along with notes of clumpy yeast and hints of dark fruits and hop bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount
O: This beer reminds me a lot like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale given the maltiness and yeastiness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, and herbal/floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial red ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This is borderline on being a brown ale; but is still really tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of TomMahan
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust, deep reddish brown with a two-finger head that dissipates quickly. I'd never heard of this brew or the brewery, just thought I'd take chance. The nose reminds me of a scottish ale, like a "wee-heavy", and the taste matches that for the most part. Caramel, malt, maybe some brown sugar or molasses. Where it makes it's departure is the bitter floral hop finish. I'm a hop head at times, but really just couldn't get behind the hop profile in this brew. It simply unbalances it. Most reds have a similar, but more understated malt character with a bigger hop finish. This one is the opposite of that. To my tastebuds, this is reallly solid scottish ale with misplaced hops that kind of mess it up. It's still not horrible by any means.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker while at Thomas Creek, so direct from the source. Poured red-orange with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, caramel, earthy hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, earthy hop, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I think having this one fresh on-tap at the source really made the difference on this one. Bottle Tree brews aren’t known for being my favorite by any means, but this one really wasn’t too bad. Lots of nice flavors going on here for the style, but nothing really stood out among the others I’ve had unfortunately. Worth trying fresh, but unfortunately I don’t know how it translates over to the bottle, yet. Tick.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says it is contract brewed for Bottle Tree at Thomas Creek Brewery in South Carolina. Pours a medium density reddish brown color. Lots of reddish light comes through the glass. A hard pour gives off a medium size light tan head. Head retention is about average. Some thin rings of lacing on the glass.

Standard Red Ale aroma of sweet caramel malt and some balancing bitterness, in this case it is piney hops.

Taste is standard Red Ale fare as well. A nice mixture of caramel malts and piney hops. The maltiness shows up first with a more bitter follow-on.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sweet. The alcohol level is higher than many Red Ales but is not that noticeable. The bitterness is the finish is welcome to keep the beer from being too sweet and cloying

A bit sweet and high abv to be a session beer, but I could still swill a few of these in the evening. Not a bad Red Ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this bottle

A - pale, translucent amber; carbonation bubbles rising to the top; no head

S - bready, apples, caramel

T - sugar, caramel, apples

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a rather mediocre beer. It has a strong apple character with an intense, sticky caramel character. I will avoid this in the future.

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