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 Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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 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 MrHassellYaHurd
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a clear yellow-orange with a thick off-white head that seems to hold for a few minutes.

Smells of thick syrupy caramel and citrusy hops, as well as a faint roasty characteristic.

The roasted taste is a lot more prevalent than the smell would suggest, and plays well with the perfect level of hop bitterness. The citrusy hop tang balances the sweet caramel notes very well.

A little lighter-bodied than I feel it should be, but the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.26/5  rDev +25.7%
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 kshankar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a thick head that recedes to a cap. Lacing is moderate

Aroma is malty with some citrus, pine, hops

Taste is mild on both the hop and the malt front. It's pleasant. Balances well.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Drinkability is higher.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Red/Copper with nice head, not a lot of lacing.

S: Some malt with a nice hop aroma

T: Not balanced per say, but balanced to my tastes meaning 60/40 hop over malt. Not much sweetness, but similar to a overly malted american pale.

M: Average, good for its type.

D: VERY. I can really down this stuff.

I drank this at the Abita brewpub on tap right after it was released so I enjoyed it immensely. It is a sort of conundrum as I mentioned it is more like a malty american pale ale than a traditional Amber in my mind, but very drinkable for this hophead.

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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 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 jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/25/2009 (bottle dated ??):

Pours a very clear, red rusty color body, with a big rocky whitish color head, somewhat lasting. Malty, hoppy aroma, sweet and citrusy. Subtle, and enticing. Watery taste, some nutty aftertaste. Some nuttiness in the taste. Sweet tasting.

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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 WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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 sliverX
4.21/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light copper, clear big white head that jumped down to a thick film quickly, but left decent lacing
Smell very nice hoppyness mostly citrus that I can figure reminding me of a weak Ithaca Flower Power smells absolutely amazing
Taste is very hop forward but rounded out nicely with some malt backbone very citrus and pine resin hops
mouthfeel is my issue with this beer its just way too watery very thin... if only bottled water tasted so
very drinkable red ale if it werent for the water quality it would be top notch

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid drinker, clear red/copper color, with a nose that's very citrusy and slightly reminiscent of Oberon. At first the taste hits soft, slightly fruity with a tinge of coriander, then adds with a nice little punch of hop bitterness and a slight dryness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
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 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 bmwats
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Light amber in color. Pretty light carbonation leaves a half finger bubbly white head which settles quickly leaving only a smattering of bubbles. A bit of spiderweb lacing remains.

S: Medium malt, with a chocolaty and nutty nose.

T: Malt is light bodied but roasted. Medium hoppyness, and a subtle sweetness.

M: Light, but hearty. Hoppy aftertaste lingers. A little bit of a carbonated/diluted texture.

D: Good drinkability. Light body, nice flavor.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice appearance, but nothing to write home about. Pleasant, but subdued, and pretty simple nose. Flavor also, is not complex, but charmingly refreshing. Light body, but fulfilling. Overall, solid quaff.

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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 Jablonski
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see the Red Ale out on the shelves even though the Carnival season isn't quite over. It's poured into a pint glass. It pours a burnt orange color with a large cream colored head and great lacing. I was surprised at the volume of the hop aroma coming from this beer as I poured it; it's more apparent in this beer than in Abita's Restoration Pale Ale. There are also some notes of pecans in the smell. This combination makes me feel like it's a variation of the Jockamo.

I don't know if Abita has changed the recipe, but this beer is much better than I remembered it being in previous years. It's possible that it's just better early in the season. The taste is pretty solid. The first sip of this beer brings a small amount of tastes to the palate. A malt taste holds on the tongue for a second or so; at this point, the bitterness comes on in the taste. Neither taste is particularly strong, but it's not made to be a hop bomb or malt bomb. None of this is displeasing at all, it just leaves me knowing how much better this beer could be. Like many Abita's the thinness of this brew is a small problem. Overall, this is a solid beer from Abita, and I'll probably be buying a few more six packs while this is being brewed over the next few months. It it was brewed year round it would work it's way into my rotation due to it's low price.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Onslow
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

came to my store after mardi gras but what can you say ... has some good foam attributes ... delicious stuff, caramel and other retro red flavours .. very rock lobster ... sure to be an absolute people pleaser... niggles? ... if you want a simple but pleasing beer, this is recommended..

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Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this at the Abita Brew Pub. It's a copper/light reddish color with a thick beige head. It smells of malts and a little bit of chocolate. The taste is malty, and there's a sort of chocolate/caramel finish. Thick, buttery mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, but probably more appropriate for early spring than June.

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Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out very light amber with a slight red tint. Lots of white foam attack the sides of the glass. This one looks better than it tastes.
Smell is corriander and a malty fruityness that I can't put my finger on. Smells better as it warms up.
Taste is weak for the style but drinkable nontheless. Slight hoppiness but almost non-existant.
You could drink a bunch of these at a sitting but it might be too bland.

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