Red Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Red AleRed Ale

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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

Added by kbub6f on 10-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of putnam
1.9/5  rDev -44%
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 joshlara
1.99/5  rDev -41.3%
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 stoutman
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
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 schoolcb
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an awfully pretty beer. It's too bad it doesn't tasted as good as it looks. Pours a reddish/amber, with a lacey head. I don't know if it's a bad combination between the hops and the malt, but I'd say they missed the boat with this beer (there is an astringent flavor). I hate to be hard on this beer because their other offerings are so dang good.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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 webbcreative
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orangy color. not too much head. smells of hops, taste of malts but not very sweet, hoppy but not bitter, there is a peculiar flavor that i can't quite pick out, still on the fence about it. seems like it would be a good spring time/summer brew. might have to try it again an re-review it during that time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

What can I say? This stuff pours a clear pale bronze topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. You know it's a bad omen when a red ale doesn't even look all that close to red... The nose comprises lightly minty pine, sweet caramel, and a touch of earthy greens in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, but everything pretty much dies near the middle of the palate, leaving a vague earthiness cold and lonely for the duration and a my tongue confused and abandoned. This is kinda sad. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a mediocre, limp little red ale. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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 tone77
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some hints of citrus. Taste is pure hops, not much else. Feels light in the mouth. Not really a beer I could spend the evening drinking. Overall this is a mediocre brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting reviews on this one, no one can seem to agree what it taste like. Some say a malty aroma, some say a citrus hop aroma. Here's what I say

Amber with a large, white head. Great retention and splashy lace. Aroma is lackluster fruity phenols. Taste is B-L-A-N-D: bland. Fruity phenols everywhere, but never really immersive. Lil' toasty, lil' bitter in back. Juice-like mouthfeel.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
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 tmoneyba
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle as part of party pack on 02/27/05.

Poured reddidh amber color with large rocky head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium balanced aroma with hops and malt. Medium sweet flavor and light to medium bitterl hops finish of average duration.

Average drinkable beer.

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Photo of jovy1097
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, rocky head that stuck around a long time. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling from the bottom. A nice, copper hue to it. Very transparent liquid.

S: Toasty smell mixes about half-and-half with citrussy hops. Not much else.

T: Some sweetness up front, but a surprising amount of hop bitterness kicks in quickly. You can still find the toasted malts in the background. A reasonably balanced brew.

M: Nothing special here. Medium to high carbonation and medium to low thickness. Middle of the road.

D: Certainly not bad. More hops that I expected, but not in a bad way. I think this is a nice west coast style amber. This is NOT what I'd call an Irish red. More like an American West Coast red.

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Photo of Morris729
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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 cvfish
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a copperish red color that produced a white foamy head which had no retention and left minimal lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were not complex at all, just malts

T - The taste of this beer was not overly complex either, some caramelized malts with a slight bit of splenda sweetness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer has a light to medium body with a high level of carbonation

D - This was not a very drinkable beer to me, way to much carbonation to be something sessionable

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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 notsoprobeer
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color with an off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. It left a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of mainly malts with a smell that reminded me of a pale lager. Flavor of toasted bread-like malts with a touch of sweetness in the finish. Light to medium bodied with carbonation that provides an effervescent mouth feel.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass for review. Appears gold in color with amber hues. Nice long lasting foamy white head. Good carbonation. Smells a little one dimensional with caramel malts overpowering all else. I don't really get the hops except for some subdued spiciness. Tastes much like the aroma with the malty caramel notes taking stage. Feels nice and even balanced with some bitterness at the tail end. A decent beer, but nothing really stands out. A good one for someone new to the craft world.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A deep orange or copper beer, with a decent medium foam that faded quickly.

Smell was very nice. Smelled like hops and a bit of fruit. However the taste seemed very muted compared to the aroma.

The aftertaste was dry and nonexistant. A dissapointment for me.

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Photo of pBRale
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Hazy amber-orange pour with a delicate, creamy, extra pale tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. There is a mild, thin head that is retained throughout, and the lacing is very faint-a few delicate streaks here and there.

Smell: Deep toasty malted grain is the dominant player in the nose, along with a nice, light hoppiness and a bit of grassy hops. However, don't be fooled--the rich, malty backbone is the signature aroma here.

Taste: Pretty dark, toasty flavor up front, almost a nutty taste in the middle, and a refreshing hint of grass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, carbonation on the higher side of medium, and the finish is fairly smooth and dry.

Overall: A nice beer that sits fairly heavy and is filling. Can stand on its own but would also pair well with a big roast beef sandwich or some fire-roasted triscuits and spinach artichoke hummus.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright copper color, with some hints of red. Just a light head. Slightly sweet aroma, a little biscuity. Just a light hop bitterness is noticable. The taste is really well balanced. It's slightly sweet from the caramel and biscuit from the malts and there is a subtle grassy hop note. Nice medium mouthfeel. This would make a pretty nice session beer.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*On tap at the Abita Brewery*

The beer is a nice red/copper color, with a decent amount of creamy foam.
The aroma caught me off guard. I was expecting a malty, biscuity aroma, but instead, it was a pleasant piney, citrusy hop aroma, with hints of sweet malt, nutty malts, and slight spice.
The taste was ok. Mainly hop forward, citrus and pine, with light malts in the background. Not bad, just average.
The beer felt fine, with good carbonation, and medium body.
Not a bad quaff. Not something I'd explicitly hunt down, but I'd definately drink it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, red/orange in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: hops, bread, caramel, and brown sugar

Taste: citrus hops and caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter

Drinkability: Besides the smell, this is a super average beer for the style. Not bad. Hits all the style guidelines, but just kind of there. I have had way better from Abita.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours coppery, reddish brown, minimal head. Scent leads with toasted grain, lightly nutty, some citrus and pine in the nose, grassy. Taste leads with a faint splash of grassy hops, light malts dominate the taste, grainy and nutty, light toast. Lighter sid eof medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly husky. Another mild flavored, light bodied beer from Abita.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours up hazy amber with a medium white head that lasts a long time.

S - Roasted and caramel malts dominate the aroma, which is faint.

T - Flavor is grassy with the malt flavors coming in behind, and the hops finishing. The grassy taste is a bit harsh, though

M - Nice mouthfeelk.

D - Not more than one or two.

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Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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