Red Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

Red AleRed Ale
117 Ratings
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

Added by kbub6f on 10-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to revisit. After some time away, a return to this beer brings better responses than I remember a few years ago. The pour delivers a sparkling clear amber color with impressive carbonation without fizziness. Aromas are sparply of well-attenuated malts, light caramel, and a touch of nuttiness. Flavors confirm the clean, well-attenuated malt character with a light, refreshing barley, caramel flavor. Low on the fruitiness, but agressive in the bitter hops. Light hop character in the flavor give a mix of citrus and tea-like herbs. Very clean in the texture with a medium hop bite and acidity in the finish. Palate cleansing for the next drink. Another nice Abita beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/orange color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and some clove. It also had a grassy/earthy nose.

T - It tasted quite malt with some hoppy kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. One of the better offerings from Abita.

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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 chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

gentle pour, yet too much head on the 12oz serving for a 16oz pint glass

A - slightly cloudy; orange (not red) with slight reddish tint. Head lasts considerably longer than average

S - hoppy & spicy; vanilla?; sweet

T - nicely balanced malts and hops; nicely balanced sweet and bitter, albeit a bit light; some complexity; fruity hops

Very good to excellent selection for price point.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red with a nice off white head. A bit of sticky lacing on the way down. Smell is a bit hoppy. I detect a bit of citrus and floral hops, although nothing terribly overwhelming. Also a bit of bread and a tiny amount of sweetness, although not much. Taste brings forward some bitterness along with some drier malt. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. This is not a bad representation of the style and there certainly aren't any glaring defects, which is one good thing I can say. However, there's nothing here to really draw me in.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-Review 4/01/05

Thought I'd re-review this one since my tastes in beer have improved over the last year of so. Abita Red Ale is deep copper colored with an above average-sized head. The aroma is of bready malts with just a touch of spice. The taste has the somewhat standard Abita bready malt flavor, however in Red Ale this flavor is laced with spicy hops and some bitterness. This is easily the most hoppy of the Abita line, but that isn't saying too much since Abita mostly produces lightly hopped styles. Still, I find this to be very tasty. Drinkability is great, I think this may be in the top two of their seasonals.

Original Review 5/10/04

For my second Abita beer of the weekend I chose Abita Red which is their spring seasonal brew. I liked this brew considerably more than their higher rated Amber. The beer pours out a nice deep amber and produces moderate head. The smell is about average, but the taste is a step or two above average. This is a good brew, but isn't anything mindblowing, still for $5.49 for a sixer of microbrew Abita Red is a good buy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassy, bronze-like orange with no hint of red that I can detect. A steady stream of superfine bubbles ascends to a good looking cap of palest orange-tinted beige. While not outstanding, the head's persistence and lace generating powers are more than adequate. A pretty good look that would be even better if the beer was actually some shade of red.

The nose is at least as hoppy as it is malty, always a good thing in a red ale. Citrus fruit commingles with gently toasted malt and results in a pleasant aroma. I don't know about 'a tad hoppier than our other brews', but then come to think of it, their other brews have never struck me as all that hoppy.

Even though more than a tad would have been preferable, I'll have to say that the brewery didn't lie. Abita Red is a hoppy ale. The crystal malt base provides plenty of toasted malty flavor and sweetness, which is (thankfully) overshadowed by flavorful, surprisingly bitter hops that almost certainly were grown in the American Northwest.

Grapefruit pith is right on the heels of bitter orange so I'm sure that at least one of the 4-Cs is in the house. A little more malt would have buffed off what (slightly) rough edges remain, but I believe the beer is just fine the way it is. This brewery needs to produce more beer that has a bit of an attitude (A-bit-a attitude, get it?). Simply by virtue of having my ever present hop itch unexpectedly scratched this morning, I'm gonna bump the score a half-notch.

The body/mouthfeel is passable and just does manage to impress enough to avoid being considered average. It comes dangerously close to thin, but only on the swallow. An ideal amount of bubbles helps too.

With the possible exception of Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale, I've never been impressed by beer from this brewery. Red Ale is pretty good though and is at least the equal of Fleur. Abita would be well advised to add more hops to most of the rest of their line as well. I'd probably drink a fair amount of this if I lived in the Crescent City.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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 InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded amber with little head. Nose is tangy citrus with a bit of hops in there for good measure. Flavor is a softer firm bitter with a slight sweetness that is leafy. Kind of a slight metallic tone to it. Feel is nicely bodied on the liquid and has a good carbonation. Overall pretty drinkable. Smooth and fairly even. Nothing earth shattering, but still pretty good.

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Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tone77
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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 WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale and roasted malt scent along with a mild hop nose. It does have some excellent bisquit notes as well. The taste is decent. It has a lot of different flavors going on here. It's got some nice hop character as well as a roasted/bisquity taste. It's not very balanced, but I like the attempt at upping their beers' complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is one of the better Abita beers I've ever had. Again, it's got a complex flavor, but the components don't seem to mix the best. Nice job.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jbaker67
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -3%
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 Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a light copper color with a 1/2 inch head that has very good retention before settling at an 1/8 inch head and boasts a resilient ring of lacing.

S- Well-balanced hop aroma that's a bit piney with a sweet malt balance.

T- Metallic flavor (actually tastes like copper) with some hops trailing behind. Upon second sip, the bitterness starts to set in but only in its own mild way. Malt is only truly sensed in the aftertaste and is a bit dull and ordinary. Pine is the main flavor when all is said and done but doesn't really bring with it much depth or power.

M- Watery but slick. Medium carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- Another dud from Abita, I think I'm just gonna stick to Purple Haze, Turbodog and Jockamo IPA from now on.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a reddish-copper body with a slightly sticky yellowish-cream colored head that last for a sip. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles supporting it.

S- The smell of dry caramel malt is soft and doesn't have much depth.

T- The dry light toasted malt flavor has notes of biscuit malt with a slight sweetness to follow. The dry finish has a slight tartness and green bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has some ok malt flavor and a hop bite but there isn't much flavor or aroma at all.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.26/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Man the head just flowed out of the bottle I was pouring when opening! Anyway a decent amount of head along with a dark red amber color
S - As said before slight malt and hops
T - I haven't had many reds but this flavor mostly with malt taste sweet
M - Creamy and malty hops. Loved it
D - If I see I sixer it will be mine! Great brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper color with a thick layer of sticky foam that has nice retention and excellent lacing. It's a good looking beer.

This one smells finely balanced with both citrusy, grassy hops and a strong earthy-sweet malts having a bold presence. Smells really nice and complex.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell, but it is still a pretty good beer. Toasty and sweet caramel malts mingle with a mild hop bite to make an interesting interpretation of the style. I like it, but not as much as some of the sweeter, hoppier west coast versions. This one is more like a revved up amber ale. Overall an enjoyable beer and one of Abita's better offerings.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Lots of head, foamy. Light, clear copper colored body.
It has a strong malty hay smell, some bread dough too.
Bigger malt bill in the taste, milder bitterness. Lends a little sweetness at first and then dried out by the hops in the latter half.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Nothing fancy but good and easy drinking.

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Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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