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Red Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Red AleRed Ale

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Ale (March – May) is brewed with British pale and crystal malts, Sterling hops, and an ale yeast from California. This ale has a rich ruby color, lacy collar, and a pronounced caramel flavor.

30 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 74
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earlier in my BA days I have recalled really enjoying this brew. My most fondest memory is the nice floral hoppiness. I don't get that zesty floral note these days. Either the beer has changes or or me taste buds have. I'll presume the latter.

It's medium red in color with a khaki head. Nice retention. Bready malt, caramel sweetness dominates, but there's a fain't floral hop note.

Slightly bitter with a light caramel edge and maltiness. Could fit the Irish moniker.

Drinkable and perfectly carbed. Almost sessionable.

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Photo of colbytallen
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AlexBassBerger
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AsburyParkJMH
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a blah looking amber colour with a thin head that has some stickiness but not as much as expected.

The aroma is somewhat dirty and very malty. Rubbery at times even, with hops way in the back and not very noticeable. There's a bit of general sweetness here as well. Bland at best.

The flavour is essentially more of the same. Hops again take a back seat to the malt, although they shine through a slight touch more here in the flavour. Earthy once again but wit ha bit of sweetness, this time decidedly from notes of caramel, which didn't really show its face much in the aroma. Boring but fairly well balanced. Just very faint overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch flat/watery. Eh.

I was disappointed by this one, as Abita is usually solid. I think this is my first of their brews that I truly didn't care for. Not awful, but definitely needs a lot of work...

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Photo of stoutman
2.23/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was expecting a little more, and overall this beer sapped. Decent hoppy finish. Great reddish color. Very clear amber/red color in the mug leaving generous lace. Definitely a distinct caramel flavor with a somewhat hoppy bleed through in the aftertaste. I appreciate this aftertaste the most, but the flavor of the beer itself becomes tired quickly.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick, rocky white head that falls to a thin ring and minimal lacing. Color is not red so the name is misleading (it is an amber but they already have a beer with that name so all is forgiven.) it is amber-gold with some haze from dry hopping. Aroma is citrusy and caramel/toffee/biscuit. Flavor is lively and balanced. Good hop flavor mixed with a nIce blend of grainy/bready caramel and of course just enough alpha acids to offset the sweet. Mouthfeel is just right like most Abita products. Overall very good and I will have another.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear light amber color with a half-inch off-white head, which collapses to scattered islands of foam. Moderate streams of bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Rich, roasty malt aroma with nutty undertones, much like well-toasted homemade whole wheat bread, very pleasant.

Taste: Begins with a brief note of sweet caramel. Rich and nutty malt flavors dominate from the beginning to the end of the taste. Towards the finish, a distinct coffee note appears, as well as some slight metallic hops, these last linger on well past the end of the taste, quite subtle but omnipresent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very pleasant, appropriate to the style.

Drinkability: Quite nice, overall. I prefer to drink malty beers in the cooler months, but like Abita's Turbodog, this one is good anytime.

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Photo of joshlara
1.99/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

One of the only things that saves us in Pennsylvania is mixed cases. Abita offers six of their beers and I must say this was my least favorite of the bunch. The appearance is the best quality of this beer. Very bright light amber almost effervescent color with a white head that dissipates into a sticky thin lace. The aroma consists of light fruit and an odd yeasty character that is unpleasant. The flavor is extremely astringent. There is a cooked vegetable taste that is a definate drawback. I had a hard time getting the first one down, gave one away, tried a third which I tossed, and didn't even attempt the fourth that had been the fridge for months. Steer clear from this one.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with a big thick white head.

Smells of malt and hops are present, mostly malt.

The taste isnt bad, a little bit on the malty side. Nice roasted malt is used though, and there is a good toffee like sweetness to the beer and a slight hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is watery and there is a strange aftertaste to each sip.

Overall its a beer thats easy to drink, but not someone i would buy often .

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, don't expect a pretty-looking beer here. It has a tiny little bit of bubbles on the top that will die before you blink. It is golden, and it didn't have a deep reddish brown I had expected. The aroma is very bland.

Flavor, again is just boring. It is not a bad tasting beer, but it is not really a tasting beer. I have really gotten off on the wrong foot with red ales. I guess I can't really say this is a red, but I will need to grab a magic hat to restore my confidence in reds.

This one is crisp and pretty drinkable, but it simply bores me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden with an orange cast. Topped by a foamy white head that drops quickly but leaves a decent collar. The aroma is quite odd, nutty and very lightly fruity. The same nuttiness has appeared in most of the Abita beers I've had so I guess it's due, at least in part, to the yeast - but I'm not sure. It's kind of off-putting here. The body is medium with a very fine and somewhat effervescent carbonation that gives a light caress to the tongue. The flavor is malty, nutty and fruity with a delicately balancing bitterness. There's a mild tanginess in the finish that tends to linger. Unique, but not inspiring. Still a decent, somewhat enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of putnam
1.9/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Not red at all, more of a toasty orange color. The smell is of peanut butter, toasted sesame seeds, cracked wheat and honey.The flavors are rough and feature more peanut paste and wierd, sour yeast flavors. Barely drinkable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a hazy reddish-gold pour with 2+ fingers of pock-marked foam. Casual but busy bead from below. The head recedes and leaves a lacy network behind. It could use a little more color but all in all a nice start.

Aroma - nice rush of citrusy hops amid the initial frothiness. Some malt comes through as it settles. Ends up nicely balanced albeit a little light.

Taste - malt base is thin. A pretty good dose of hoppage makes a quick entrance with so little to stop it. Slight fruit, slight pine, a good choice of levels for the style. Good little hop bite on the swallow. The finish has some grain and hop residue.

Mouthfeel - needs work. The body is too thin for a red ale and undercuts when it could be helping out the flavor. The thinness and watery feel single-handedly waylay what could be a semi-contender.

Drinkability - despite the shortcomings, this has some limited sessionability for the summer.

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Photo of Morris729
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a foamy white head that has a decent retention. Nose is a sweet roasted nuttiness with some underlying notes of caramel. Moderate in body with a fine carbonation giving a light spritziness to the beer. Taste starts off with sweet caramelized malts soon followed by a yeasty nuttiness and a bit of an earthy woodiness. Tangy hops and a bit of black tea are present towards the finish. Decent but probably not a beer I’ll be having again anytime soon.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, dark-cream, bubbly head. Clear, red-amber beer. Quite dark. Small spots of lacing. Aroma? Peanuts. That's all. Nuts and grapes in the front. Middle fizzles, sours and gives up fairly dark maltiness. Grapes and nuts in the finish, with a sharp, bitter spike. This is pretty typical Abita: peanuts and grapes. A decent session, I guess.

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Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 117 ratings