Ruby Red American Ale
Fat Bottom Brewing

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #459
Ranked #40,796
3.66 | pDev: 12.3%
Fat Bottom Brewing
Tennessee, United States
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gentlystewed from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber red body, giving up a fluffy off-white head.

The nose is grainy and bready with a smidgen of caramel.

The flavor is all biscuits and and buttered toast followed with a mild hop bite.

The mouthfeel is light to moderate.

Overall a solid brew. I'm a big fan of this style and I appreciate every brewery that produces red ales.

Apr 09, 2021
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Batch #1082
Canned on 04/16/18
08:50:55 BOTTOMS UP!

Dark crimson-hued amber, with a small head of off-white foam that sits on top in a thin layer. Cold pour, not too much sticking lace.

Definitely an older can, over 7 months old ... caramel comes out on the nose, but struggles to fight through the heavy malt presence.. it envelops most of the deducible aromas.

Again, a malt predominance. However, the hops and caramel fight through and have a nice balancing role in the flavors. However overall, with the major I’m getting being malt and a metallic finish, I’m gonna to ahead and say that this one shouldn’t be cracked open in the “late innings”.

Still got a decent mouthfeel, medium carb and a smooth finish.

Nov 30, 2018
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Nashville airport. Pours a pretty amber, and the aroma is a little bland. Good carbonation and a smooth blend of malt and hops. It's just fine.

Jul 30, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can into a Fat Cat pint glass. Jan. 2018 canning date on can. Batch #1004.
Nice reddish-amber colored body with an eggshell head that has good retention.
Hop forward aroma with caramel malts.
Flavor: well balanced and good complexity but not particularly harmonious mix of grains and hops. Spicy-earthy hops and caramel malts are most obvious, with more subtle rye.

Jun 30, 2018
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RockySasquatch from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is probably my favorite ale that is available year-round. It has a nice, coppery color (I always pour into a nonic pint glass) and a head that is about 3/8" and off white. Carmel and yeast aroma. Very good lacing. The feel is very good and it finishes well.

Mar 08, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a semi clear ruby colored beer with a small white head. The aroma is light hops and malt. The taste is similar to the nose.

Dec 08, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 16oz can into glass. No ABV marking on can.
Dark bourbon colored body, slightly off white head, fluffy three finger head settles into thin cap.
Bland, dusty, and off-putting smell and taste. May be oxidized.
Not a fair test as the beer was canned more than a year ago.

Oct 01, 2017
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TerryMills from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark almost bourbon brown color with 1 finger white head, some lacing.

Smell is a little bit of a hint of fruit behind some nice medium malt and hop aromas.

Taste is very smooth, sweet with a tiny bit of bitter hops to clean up the finish and make it not overly sweet.

Little thin on the mouth feel for me but I don't drink this style beer often so it may be on par .

Overall very smooth beer that goes down almost too easy and could get you in trouble if you don't take it slow lol..

Would buy again.

Dec 27, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No date appears on can. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a coppery-orange color with two fingers of fluffy, ecru-colored head and thick lacing. It smells of malt and caramel. The initial taste is rye malt with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. It has a rather creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The 6.10% ABV is extremely manageable. Overall, it's a very nice American Amber/Red Ale. It's not at the level of Flipside, Nosferatu or Nugget Nectar but it would work well at a barbeque or for casual drinking.

Aug 27, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Run-of-the-mill amber, thanks Mark. Some hop flavour. Meets the style and serviceable. Light rye contribution. Light amber colour with a touch of lace.

Apr 15, 2016
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FriarMickOnThePlateau from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A beautiful dark amber that is crystal clear. Appropriate head, dissipated moderately.
Smell: The burnish aroma of aromatic malts, slight floral hop.
Taste: Plenty of flavor and a slight burnishment from the darker specialty malts. This is no gateway amber ale. Nice malt backbone with an American craft beer hop finish.
Feel: Great washing down a burger or steak!
Overall: A very good American Ruby Red Ale - very versatile.

Mar 31, 2016
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Cory_Brown from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In Nashville for new years. First time having a local craft brew from Nashville. Impressed by this one for sure. A nice malty taste with just enough hops to keep it balanced.

Jan 01, 2016
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly murky ruby red with big billowing goofy beige head and good lacing 4

S - slightly hoppy reminds me of a rye ale. Dry hopped and almost caustic. 3.25

T - pleasant but simple. Hoppy aftertaste balanced well with sweet slightly citrus notes, earl grey tea and toast. 3.25

M - a touch watery but otherwise the right amount of burn and smoothness. 3.25

O - a very American beer, a love child of an IPA and a Rye and a American adjunct ale. Smooth and sessionable. Great name. 3.5

Oct 19, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fat Bottom "Ruby Red American Ale"
$6 on tap at Acme Feed & Seed - 5 April 2015
$ ? on tap at The Hop Stop - 8 April 2015

Appearance: Deep amber body beneath a short but creamy off-white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Caramelish malt backed by some leafy/grassy hops.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests with some delicate middling caramel sweetness upfront, a healthy smear of leafy, grassy and subtly piney hops across the middle and into the finish. It leans just slightly towards malt sweetness at first but a firm bitterness then leads it to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light in body with a median, gently bristling carbonation.

Overall: Clean. Well-made. Basic American amber ale with a little bit of an extra kick.

Apr 09, 2015
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kd45-music from Tennessee

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I live in Nashville, so I've been trying all the local brews. I love its hoppy taste, not overpowering with a slight bite at the end. Looks syrupy but not so think when tasted. Maintains a half inch head. All in all, given its 6.1 ABV, I'll rate it a 3.8. I'll buy it again. The four packs make for a nice after dinner beer snack.

Dec 18, 2014
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Brought home a 4 pack of 16 ounce cans directly from Nashville.
Reddish amber color, with a slightly off white head. Good retention, thin lace strings.
Smell of sweet caramel malt, some earthy/leafy hopiness.
Taste starts with the same caramel sweetness, some slight pine flavor but not overly hoppy. Malt base, but not overpowering sweetness.
Medium mouth feel, crisp, average carbonation.
Good flavor, enjoyable, drinkable. Pretty average Red Ale.

Oct 27, 2014
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MikieV from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.
I admit I am a bit of a hop head. That said...
Pours a nice clear copper with almost no head.
Smells of floural hoppiness and some malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Not overly carbonated. Sufficient thickness to prevent a watery feel, but not thick or syrupy.
Flavor is pretty hop forward with some citrus/floral hops. No pine.
Crisp dry finish is not overly bitter.
Makes you want another drink.
A very good example of an APA. One of the better I have had lately.

Feb 12, 2014
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Volsdawg10 from Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer apart of a sampler flight at the brewery.

A: Amber/Red in color. Pours a medium to heavy white/creamy head.
S: Sweet caramel with some earthiness to it.
T: Some caramel, slight citrus flavor. Malty but not overpowering.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Chrisp, average carbonation.

Good flavor but nothing separating it from your normal Red Ale, however, it was still an enjoyable beer.

May 06, 2013
Ruby Red American Ale from Fat Bottom Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 113 ratings