Redpoint Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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Redpoint AleRedpoint Ale

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 05-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Off brown colored pour. ¾ inch head which sits at a nice frothy rim for most of the beer. Leaves very little lace behind.

Smell- Very nutty and seems quite sweet. Lots of malt and possibly brown sugar nose.

Taste- This is one the sweetest english brown ales I have had. Ultra nutty with a large caramel malt backbone. Even some dark fruit notes poke their head into the frey. Maybe some dates as well as figs. Wonderful barrage of flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, and a fairly heavy and thick mouthfeel. Not quite creamy, but chewy for sure.

Drinkability- Yum is all I can say. I'll be seeking out this one again for sure...wish I had bought a whole six pack instead of one bottle. Wait a sec....American Pale Ale? What? Me not think so.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very nice amber and red color, decent clear and see through, thin head,

Smell- great smell of citrus hops and piney hops, yet a very strong present malt presence

Taste- great beautiful balance of malt and hops, a very refreshing flavor, nice bitter finish with nice malt balance, long enjoyable finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and very crisp and refreshing

Drinkability- To me this is what a session beer is all about such a beautiful balance of hops and malts, I love the flavor of these avery beers such a great great flavor, to me this is a session beer in all its glory

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Photo of benmiliron
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid 1.29 for a 12 oz. bottle.

I think this is what Newcastle is should taste like. Creamy taste, but not texture, with enough hop character in the background to support the toasty malts. This is a fine, fine beer, and would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $1.99...
An aggressive pour resulted in a ruby-red, mahogany brown colored hue with a decent-sized head that left lots of lacing around the head of the glass...
Fresh, red, amber aroma bursting with caramel, hops, and a slight touch of vanilla...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with obvious red and amber nuances including a touch of fresh florals, bittersweet grapefruit, caramel, vanilla, honey, hops, and a nice touch of malts...
Considering the price, this is defintely a flavorful, enjoyable, and top-of-the-line brew from a great American brewery...
Easily drinkable with an impressive rich, creamy, and tasty mouthfeel, this beer packs quite a punch in the flavor department and is a filling and satisfying brew...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of atsprings
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice ruby orange with a decent off white head that was slow to diminish and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma is dominated by a good citrus hoppiness with a slight caramel malt backbone. The taste is a good hop blend with citrus hops slightly overpowering a touch of earthy piney hops. There is a decent caramel malt backbone that shows its presence but lets the hops shine through. The beer was light on the palate and the carbonation was just not overpowering at all. This is one of my absolute favorite red ales, probably because it borders on IPA territory.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooked up a sixtel and poured for the men
Everyone agreed this is a nice brew
This beer pours a creamy off-white head fully lasting and lacing over an amber bright w/tiny bubbles
The pleasant aroma of malty doughy bread laced with a bit of pungent floral hops greets the senses
Initial flavor is a moderate blend of sweet grains/hops flowing through a malt and slight bitterness finishing a little watery after that subsides
A little bitterness lingers
Try this beer - it's good!

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Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber with towering, frothy head which leaves a creamy layer of foam. Smooth blanket of lace. Hazy.

Semi spicy aroma, nice hop character with hints of rye.

Awesome flavors. Assertive floral and pine hop bitterness. A little salty. Smooth cherry sweetness. A hint of nutty almond flavor. Overall, smooth and well balanced.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Dry finish.

Very interesting beer. Nice balance of complex flavors. One of the best red ales I've tried so far.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice copper color with a medium tone to its body. Nice capping of light tan foam sits atop in a firmly set smoothness. Dwindles down to a good skim and solid collar as the lacing is mid-light with some spotting and strings.

Aroma is well rounded and favoring a mostly fruity, apples, pear, those sugary malt juices thing with a caramel glimp and a light floral hop and leafy dryness.

Taste is not quite as broad as what the aroma gives way to, but still isn't all that bad. Rounded in more of a malty fruityness bringing an apple, pear, slight cherryish thing with a fair caramel lean along its front and middle. Finish has a floral hoppyness that closes in on some woody/cardboard dryness into the finish.

Feel is clean, and medium/light with a calm yet active carbonation thats smooth and favors the malt base well.

For some reason this stuff just glides right down with some amazing ease. Really nice to drink. Smooth and just the right amount of flavor and body to get its 'point' across. But an APA? I don't think so. I totally thought I was drinking an Amber. Styles aside, this one favored well with me.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a creamy, malty scent with some hops and a dry finish. The taste is good. It has a bitter hop flavor that is mellowed nicely by pale and crystal malts. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome brew. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a great drinker.

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Photo of stirgy
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bright and clear in appearance. The color had a slightly reddish hue, with orange and amber at it’s base. A nice lace remained on the glass from the sticky and creamy head of orangey-tan foam. Carbonation was barely detectable in this one. The smell is sweet and fruity and almost buttery. Sweet with soft ripe cherries and sweet floral notes. The taste is soft and bittersweet. Actually, this beer has some quite wonderful flavors. Very smooth and flavorful with fruity malts and pleasantly subtle floral hop finish. A slight tang with tiny bits of sour bitters comes out in the finish and tickles the tongue. Very pleasant and wholly enjoyable.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Tarnished copper with a tan head that shows good retention and some nice lace.

The nose has a nice balance of piney hops and sweet, slightly earthy malt. There's some yeast in the background.

Good dose of bitter hops up front with some caramel malts coming in the middle before fading into a bitter finish. It could use just a bit more malt for balance.

The mouthfeel is a nice balance between the body and carbonation. Very drinkable, good beer on a hot night like tonight.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a decent low tan head, decent carbonation, and sheets of lace. Nice hoppy aroma but also good malt notes. Tastes as it smells -- Great balance (a bit citrusy). Medium bodied and smooth with a slightly bitter finish.

A solid session beer. I remeber this being much more citrusy a while back but will be having again at some point for sure...

Per Avery website: 5.1% ABV

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange body, head is not a whole lot, a thin layer of off-white bubbles. Very noticeable hops in the nose, also sweet malt. The taste is excellent, Avery has decided to let hops steer this beer, and it was a good choice. Also malty, this is a very good beer, nice and hoppy (very comparable to Santa's Private Reserve). Definitely one to go back to.

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Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, the Redpoint Ale is a clear brownish bronze with a thin ivory head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is on the sweeter, softer side, crystal malt and some citrus hops.

Taste is nice and clean, very well balanced with just enough malt sweetness before the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is good, this is a fine session amber.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice beer that seems not to fall neatly into a category. Pours a nice amber with some scattered yeast flakes drifting about. Aroma is both hoppy and malty, rather ESB-ish. Nice punch of hops, followed by strong malt that finishes with some brown sugar and a touch of molasses. Finish is clean and moderately bitter. Very drinkable, an interesting beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured deep amber. The head was off white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was pure caramel, deep and malty. The aroma had almost a candy sweetness to it. Slight hops resided in the background.

The flavor was malty and sweet with a delicate balance of hopping. The hops and malt work well together in the beer and it has great drinkability.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter, but pleasantly so. The body was medium and well done.

12 ounce bottle. I would classify this as an amber ale...

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Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.69. No freshness date. It's description on the label made me think this was an amber/red ale, but the taste is more in line with APA style.

It looks like an amber ale, however, pouring a dark amber shade with a big, off-white head that exhibited some staying power and left lots of lace. A good looking beer.

The smell is fairly malty, but with a good, floral, slightly citruisy hoppiness that makes it clear this is not a malt bomb.

While the malts are first to hit the tastebud beachhead, they are quickly joined by a supporting hoppiness that blends perfectly. There's a mild, grassy note at the swallow.

Decent, slightly oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

While not a huge flavor bomb in any direction,this is an excellent session beer, one I could drink all night. I'm getting to be pretty impressed by Avery.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Fantastic lacing & head retention

S: Caramel & citrussy hops hops

T: Caramel & piney hops up front. Biscuitty malts & grapefruit hops follow as this warms. Finishes with a slight metallic/grapefruit hop edge that actually works for me

MF: Medium bodied with like carbonation. Chewy for the abv, great balance skews just a tad too hoppy for me

Drinks very easy, not the best APA, but really sessionable

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Photo of suretolose
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tanish brown color, not as much of a red tint is I would have expected. It has a cream colored head on it that disapates quickly.
It has a slight carmel aroma with a hint of lemon. It leaves a fairly thin coating in the mouth and a pleasant taste. Carmel and a sour flavor that I can not quite come to grips with. Very good beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber color with a finger of off-white head that maintains intself pretty well over top of the brew. Nose is pretty nice, with notes of caramel, toast, with a moderate american hop crispness on the end. This really is a nice smelling brew. Flavor is much more hoppy than the nose let on. Imidiate flavor is a citrusy and herbal/green hop overlaying a moderately caramel and moderately toasty maly base, finishing with a mild citrusy and peppery hop bitterness. I like it. I think the hops being so forward and carrying through to the finish in flavor and with the bitterness. Feel is solid moderate with a moderate carbonation, keeping it an easy drinking beer. This is a solid APA. I think the flavors are really solid. I could see this in my fridge again.

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Photo of nick76
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It exceeded all expectations and that's saying a lot for an Avery. Sweet maple syrup aroma with herbal hops and some yeast. Nice red brown color and a good head. The flavor is great. The malts have a very sweet taste and also there is a toasted bread taste that really develops in the aftertaste. Very good Ale!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head with impressive retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is pure American Amber with toasted malts, caramel and citrusy hops. The taste mimics the aroma with a nice toasted malt base and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, this is a very refreshing and highly drinkable amber that I will certainly revisit in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous clear deep reddish-copper in color with an off-white head. Soapy lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma consists of fruit (slightest hint of berry), malt and plenty of Cascade hops. Soft and creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Caramel malt and slight fruity initial sweetness is subdued by the flavor of piney hops. Some citrus emerges in the middle and finishes with a lingering bitterness. A peanut shell "saltiness" is also detected in the finish. A very enjoyable, but rather hoppy amber ale. Seems to follow suit with the typical "West Coast" affinity for hops. This being the first Avery beer that I tried, I must say I'm impressed. In some ways the flavor profile reminded me a lot of Speakeasy's Prohibition Ale. These two seem to be "cut from the same cloth", so to speak.

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Photo of beerinator
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber, dark tea colored. Rocky off-tan head with lacy retention.

Aroma: Hoppy. Sweet bready aromas blend with citrus and pine notes. Smells full, and bready.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, with a full body, leading to vegital hop bitterness, and a slight lingering finish. The hop bitterness leaves a slight tingle on the tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice and full. The carbonation seems good.

Notes: This beer could easily be a staple in my fridge. It's got a nice body, and an easy drinkablity. The flavors seem pretty balanced, and full of depth.

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Redpoint Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 227 ratings