Red Headed Step Child | Tall Tales Brewing

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Red Headed Step ChildRed Headed Step Child

Brewed by:
Tall Tales Brewing
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark red Irish red with roasty overtones and a subtle, apple, fruity finish.

17 IBU

Added by MrBoh on 06-11-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 70
Reviews by MrBoh:
Photo of MrBoh
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I had tried this beer a couple times before. It was pretty good then, I remembered a little bitterness. So, I tried it again at the brewery. I kepy getting a flavor that just reminded me of grain extract. It didn't really taste like an Irish Red, so much as a poorly crafted brown ale. As I said though, I had better experience before, so I am open to giving it another shot.

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Photo of dbl_delta
1.89/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Out-of-control carbonation, starting with cap removal. Poured half the bottle, then had to wait 10 minutes for the head to subside enough to pour another quarter. Meanwhile, thick, light-orange foam is extruding from the mouth of the half-empty bottle. Not good. Not good at all.
Appearance is murky brown - kind of like coca cola that was used for an ash tray. Taste is on a par with appearance. Sour citrus, musty, spoiled fruit. Alcohol, at 6.2%, is more evident than some with three times the ABV.
Altogether a thoroughly unpleasant experience. Closest I've ever come to a drain pour, and I've had some pretty bad beers. This is my third beer from this brewery, and they have all been awful.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge fan of the style, but this one is very good. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. This one has layers of flavor that I do not typically associate with the style. If I want an Irish Red Ale, this would be a go to beer.

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Photo of wander4
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kgammell1
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Beautiful, a dark ruby red with little to no foam head

Smell: Smelled dark and woodsy, very rich and almost cherry in smell. Smelled like it looked, dark and luxurious.

Taste: I'm not a huge fan of Red Ales that don't taste like Red someone else said, it tasted much more like a poorly brewed Brown Ale. Too syrupy sweet for my taste with lack of dominant hops.

Mouthfeel: Little to no carbonation, went down smooth, didn't pair well with meats like I thought it would or as it was recommended to me. However, I can see this good as an after dinner beer in the colder months.

Overall: Decent, not great and certainly not my personal preference. I can see why others like it and recommend it but it was not my favorite.

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Photo of Skabiski
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of hophugger
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hard toget over the small, musty, funky and smells bad. Look is a little deeper than other red ales I have had. Taste is not the best, funky, bad and overly sweet malt. A good try but not what I am used to in a red ale. Old bottle ???????????

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is caramel malts, considerable sweetness, a light hop presence, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer I could easily consume several of.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gopens44
2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I'd there supposed to be coriander in an Irish red? Once I power through the odd tart, that's what I get. It's like a thicker, slightly sour, muted Shock Top. This isn't good.

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Photo of drtth
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into Duvel glass a lightly hazed brownish color without much redness so it looks like a deep mahogany color. The 1/2" head is ivory and color and soon recedes to a thin cover with an irregular island of foam. As ti recedes there is a ring of foam on the sides of the glass with a bit of lacing to it here and there. Sipping cleans the side of the glass but leaves lots and lots of tiny patches and slender legs of lacing. By midway through the beer the island is much smaller, much thinner and surrounded by lots of liquid. There is still a ring of foam and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aromas have a fruity and floral like character along with some malt in the background.

The flavors include a hint of fruitiness and a bit of toasty sweetness from the malt. For me the fruitiness comes across as either being mild cherries of a red apple.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and only lightly prickly with faint but persistent carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the light sweetness starts to fade and the fruity character becomes more upfront before slowly receding. While it doesn't quite end dry and some fruitiness remains to the end I don't find it unpleasant, but it doesn't really invite another sip. There is no hop bitterness showing here.

This is pretty much just an OK beer for me. While I wouldn't go out of my way to have a second one it is something that should be just fine when sitting around a table with friends chatting, etc. Nothing really challenging here to serve as a distraction for a social event. However, there are others I'd choose over this one.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark almost like a stout but a hint of red/purple in there. 1 finger head. Smell is a little scary. Like sour cherries? What's going on here. Weird taste, some roast and some artificial fruit flavor in there. Not sure what this is. I really didn't care much for this beer. Just not well made.

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Photo of Jay-malt
4.94/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have always loved Irish Reds since I was old enough to appreciate good beer. I was introduced to Killians and drank that for a very long time. When I had Red Head for the first time I was shocked at how good it was. The color is dark but the body isn't heavy. You can pick up a rich toasty flavor of coffee. It finishes slightly sweet and clean.

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Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.96/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Dark ruby color with a decent tan head. Pretty dark indeed.
Smell - Sweet and malty
Taste - Sweet caramel and very light roastiness with a hint of apple and slight alcohol warmth, overall very nice even though I'm normally not partial to reds. This one has a lot of flavor!

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4.4/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of kWesterlund
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice taste, sweetness balances the bitter just right.

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Photo of leckart
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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