Red Ale | Tundra Brewery

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Tundra Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Ralphs66 on 08-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Ralphs66:
Photo of Ralphs66
2.58/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

New offering from the kid at Tundra, selling his beer at the Rockefeller Plaza green market. Again, a cool story (see review of Tundra's other beer - Ma Pale), but this beer needs to stand on it's own without the back drop...and well, it doesn't. Standard red ale, all ingredients grown by the brewer. Best I can say, is that it has a decent mouthfeel. Other than that, it pretty much falls short on taste and drinkability. I realize that he needs to make some coin, but $14 for a six pack of mediocre beer is just not right...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (sample at the farm market at Rockefeller Place): Poured a light amber color ale with small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of light dry cereal notes with some light bitter hops. Taste is a mix between some dry unrefined grains with some light bitter hoppy notes. Body is about average with lightly low carbonation. Great initiative to grow all the ingredient by himself but beer is very average at the end of the day.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Union Square market. Came for the free wine tastings. Hey look, beer.

Rave Vos tumbler. Pours out amber, encroaching on brown color. A bit darker then expected. Solid inch of oatmeal head. Filtered, but still a bit dull looking.

Solid inviting scent of cereal, light chocolate, & just a twinge of dark fruit.

Taste is a bit of a disappointment. Bland, toasted grain, metallic bitters, & a very empty feeling overall. Touch of oxidation(no dating on the bottles). Body is incredibly light & carbonated, but a bit itchy as well.

Twice the price of Killian's. Not a fair comparison, but I'd rather drink that.

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Photo of LarsBrekken
3.25/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of phattysbox
1.42/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought a mixed sixpack from the man himself at Isham farmers market. Cool art work for beer label! However, no freshness date.

Pours a light copper in color and crystal clear in clarity. Not so much a red ale in this department and leans more towards a brown ale. Just an OK head and minimal lacing. Not starting out well.

Smell: UGH. Whoa. Not good. Very apparent DMS qualities. Cooked corn and cabbage laced with ample mineral notes. Grainy malts and dank hop profile. I'm really concerned that the brew will not taste good at all.

Taste: Even worse than the smell, I could only take a couple of sips before I drain poured it. More cooked corn and a metallic snap that clashes with oddly placed caramel malts. Also, diacetyl is rampant and is evident of a poor fermentation. The backend is astringent and very dry with a medium to low carbonation. its possible that the brewers extracted too much tannins in the sparging process. The mouthfeel is water thin.

Overall I cannot recommend this beer to anyone. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for supporting budding new brewers that have taken their hobby to the next level, but you have to make some palatable beer. Quite upset that I spent 12$ for a six pack actually. I also like their idea of growing their own malts for the beer but the quality of the malt really shows in the product. The should seriously consider moving on to commercial brands.

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Photo of lhinckley
1.16/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Red ale from Lincoln Center farmers market. Over carbonated with thin, quickly disappearing head, medium amber. Bitter without pleasant hoppiness, weak metallic taste, thin mouthfeel, very little aroma. Homebrew looking label. I wish I could say something good here, but this should not have been bottled or sold.

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Photo of JxExM
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.59/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle, no freshness date.

This has a slightly sour malty aroma, though not unpleasant. It poured headless with a thin oily film, absolutely no lacing. It is a very dark red almost brown. The taste was a surprise, based on the appearance and "nose". It is a slightly more hopped version of Killian's Red, not very much like traditional Irish Red Ale . Good choice for a session beer, especially in warmer weather. Worth a try.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.06/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ralphs66 for sharing this unknown brewery with me. 12oz brown glass pry-top. No date. Looks like homebrew...

Pours a hazy/murky deep brown with very very little off-white head. Nose is just terrible. Smells like a bevy of brewing issues. I get butterscotch and creamed corn, both flaws if I'm correct. There's also a weird aroma that I associate with homebrews...something to do with using malt extract maybe, or perhaps it's just too yeasty.

The palate is syrupy as the carbonation is not really dissolved into the liquid. Flavors of olives, both black and green, dance with what I presume is dark amber malt and maybe a red malt. Finish is astringent and unpleasant.

I'm sorry to break this kid's heart, but this is down right terrible. Cool story, and keep practicing because I think it could work, but this one is headed for the sink. Sorry man.

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Red Ale from Tundra Brewery
Beer rating: 2.42 out of 5 with 9 ratings