Knickerbocker Red | Blue Pants Brewery

BA SCORE
82
good
54 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Pants Brewery
Alabama, United States
bluepantsbrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship beer brings the Irish Red into the 21st Century of American Beer. We started with a solid Irish Red as a base, and blended it with some of the concepts that make American beer great. This beer is bigger, richer, and more flavor packed than its inspiration. It’s rich and malty flavor is balanced out with an American hoppy taste.

Added by t0rin0 on 11-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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4.52/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of gerite
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Over all I would rate this as a great beer but it could use a little more head and a little more carbonation. The appearance is a cloudy reddish brown that looked more like a brown ale than a red ale. There was a nice balanced complexed flavor of toasted malt with a slight hops taste. This beer would complement any meal or be equally good by itself. I would order this beer again just for the sheer enjoyment of drinking it. A very good beer from a small start-up brewery in Northern Alabama.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light floral hop nose up front. Mild caramel backbone asserts itself as it warms. Very well balanced between the floral hop and caramel notes each playing off each other and providing varying points of emphasis. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Dense brick red pour with a low off white head. Head retention is good. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Firm earthy hop bitterness with more floral hop flavors coming through. There is a hint of honey and toasted malt sweetness that shines through but is well balanced by the firm bitterness. Burnt caramel notes appear as the beer warms up. I’m really enjoying the interplay between the earthy hop bitterness, floral and piney hop flavors, and toasted caramel malts. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol heat. Slight hop derived astringency.

Overall impression: Wow! This is big American Amber Ale. It has some “Bigfoot”-esque qualities about it. The malty character with the aggressive hops definitely push the envelope. I wish I had access to this all the time. Well done!

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of byrdman16
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the mellow mushroom in Auburn. It poured a cloudy brown. Nice cream colored head with moderate lacing. The smell was dominated by malts. Nice mouthfeel with a combination of sweet malts with a very slight hoppy finish. Decent beer from a young brewery. Also tried the corduroy rye ipa by B.P. which was different but very nice!

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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chizoad
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Randomly on tap at a restaurant in Auburn. Very happy to see a local brewery represented so I gave it a go. Pleased I did, as it turned out to be an enjoyable beer.

Murky brown beer (poor lighting) with a pillow of tan foam. Great looking head on the beer, odd color of the beer itself. I'm used to red ales being way more red.

Decent smell dominated by malts including some subtle chocolate aromas.

Interesting flavor for a red ale. I guess I don't feel like it's a red ale, more like a brown ale. Still, good malts and a muted hop balance.

Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a hefty beer. You will be full after a pint of this. That said, another pint was a good thing.

I would say for a new brewery, this is a fine effort and way better than the average beer.

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3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the bottle to a dark brown color with a hazy body, Knickerbocker Red serves up a creamy, beige- colored head of foam with tiny bubbles. The nose on this beer is one of sweet malt with a hint of chocolate. The foam looks good and leaves generous lacing as you drink.

With the taste, this beer has some interesting things to note. Flavors such as biscuit malts, caramel, and pine are most prevalent. There are some toasted malt flavors as well, plus some bready notes. The hops assert some subtle spice, but the beer remains malt- accented overall.

Blue Pants Imperial Red is a good beer overall with enough to offer that it should satisfy the beer geeks among us. The alcoholic strength is a little higher than I expected and the flavor is a little more one- dimensional than other beers of this style. More hop emphasis would help, but this is still a tasty beer overall and one with enough going for it to recommend.

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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the launch event on Oct. 2nd, 2010 at The Nook.

A: Very murky brownish-red, somewhat a rust color. Slow rising bubbles. Small tan head.

S: Very feint pine hops, notes of caramel, and a bit biscuity.

T: Balanced. Hops and malt are evenly woven. Not complex, as the flavor remains fairly constant throughout. Finish is slightly sweet caramel.

M: Medium bodied, but quite filling.

D: The balance to this makes it easy down. Not a brew with an overly dominant flavor. I'd personally prefer a little more aggressive hop. Could use some tweaking from this new brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Spectacular showing of head and lacing on top of this reddish brown brew. Very sweet and fruity nose with a thick layer of toffee and some booziness. Creamy thick medium body, some smoothness. Toasty sweetness, faint buttery tone, and alcohol are dominant on the palate. There is a sturdy hop profile and bitterness but the sweetness and alcohol seem to lay down harder.

Decent drinking.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Knickerbocker Red from Blue Pants Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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