Ragin' Bull | Bolero Snort Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bolero Snort Brewery
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JMS1512 on 03-22-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 35
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of JMS1512
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Morris Tap and Grill. I missed the launch party for the brewery at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. I'm all for supporting my state's breweries if they deserve it. The following experience made up for it.

A deep red-brown hue sitting inside a crystal clear pint glass. This one had a nice amount of carbonation, but perhaps because of the bar staff, didn't have that much of a head (though what died away was a stark white). The smell gave me some spice, flowers, and a bit of bread. One sip gave me more of the same with just a hint of chocolate, maybe? Even though it was a red/amber I was pleased it lacked the "suck on a penny" taste that accompanies some of this style. As the beer warmed a bit, the caramel announced itself. Very balanced between hops and malt. Medium mouthfeel.

This is a perfect pairing with my fried calamari with hot peppers. I have a feeling this would be a great counterbalance to most spicy dishes, a solid sweetness to mellow out the fire.

Overall, very drinkable. I appreciate that the beer gets the job done without a big ABV, and I could see having a few with friends at the bar, and being able to get home safely.

If you want a "sessionable", drinkable American red/amber lager, then this beer is for you.

I look forward to trying their black lager, "Blackhorn" which they describe as "a hoppy kick in the mouth with a silky smooth finish!" (Their exclamation, not mine).

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Photo of dacrza1
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: March 26, 2016... OCCASION: Easter Saturday...Lent ends with a beautiful day... APPEARANCE: a strong amber body with sparse effervescence...the head retention is average, with a palpable ring and a lone island of off-white bubbles...no lacing, but that could be due to the clean glass.... AROMA: strong biscuit, caramel and toasted bread malts arrest the senses...some nice spiciness, like chocolate and cinnamon...the hops are earthy, with grapefruit and pineapple offering a bit of aromatic fruitiness...PALATE: mediun-bodied, moderately effervescent...at this ABV, a good mid-afternoon sipper...TASTE: much as the aroma suggests, a malty lager that is powered by toasted bread, biscuit and caramel....the flowery hops add balance and some small dimension... OVERALL: Props to a Jersey beer with an attractive label and a cool name...this makes a solid, reasonably flavorful lager...

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KTCamm
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

8/29...draft pours deep cherry red brow. Colorful. No foam. Light caramel nose. Light sweet taste, but a thin mouthfeel. Easy drinker. Fairly ordinary VL, but nice.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kingslotty
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts and earthy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of both earthy hops and toasted malts with some hints of chalk. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the flavors of the malts and the hops and doesn't seem that heavy on the palate. It reminds me of a hybrid between an Amber Ale and an ESB.

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Photo of rkcrozier
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of derst27
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of SadMachine
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Lilbeck23
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resembles a Rouge Brown hazelnut nectar. If you have not had that, it is amber brown in color. The smell is there but very faint of a nutty roast. The taste is toasty and nutty in finish. Smooth with a "hint" of hop. Overall a toasty beer and very very tasty!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a thin sudsy light tan head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film near the center of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of caramel and toasted malts along with some light amount of spicy and floral hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts along with some light amounts of caramel malt sweetness and just a touch of light fruit (maybe pear). Light to moderate flavors of earthy, floral, and spicy hops which contribute to a light overall amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall a very easy to drink American Amber with a very approachable ABV. A pleasant balance between the malts and hops - not overly sweet or bitter.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mikeg67
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with thin, short-lived white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, barnyard and bread crust. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of grain, herbal hops, bready malt and hint of honey. Finish is long and astringent. This brew is way overpriced.

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Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 1" head that lingers around a long time.

Smell: caramel and fresh bread aromas are easy to detect.

Taste: nice malt base with some caramel, brown sugar, bread, and a mild earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent amber ale that is malt centric with a mild bitterness.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall boy into a glass. Reddish-copper hue beneath a fluffy head. Aroma of roasted malt with an earthy/nutty component. Taste is malt, toasted grains up front which turns transitionsmto a citrusy hop-grapefruit and finishes with toast, light caramel and a little peppery spiciness. Great mouthfeel - creamy and slightly bitter. Easy drinker.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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