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 NODAK
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma here is of a bit of creaminess and some citrusy hops. Pretty standard for a red beer, although more hops than in most are present.

And the taste?? Well, let's just say I got a whole lot more than what I bargained for. A little bit of creamy malt, and a ton of citrus hops. As far as hops go, this could pass for an IPA in my book. It took me aback a little bit, because this is somewhat strange for style. For me, it decreases drinkability quite a bit. And the finish is looong and drawn out, with bitterness slowly sliding back on the tongue and making itself at home.

To be honest, this isn't a beer I'd drink again.

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Photo of JBogan
2.27/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice looking dark amber with a creamy one finger head which stayed around a while and left a large amount of lacing. We're off to a good start.

However, it was all downhill from there. Smelled of very sweet malt above all else, with a hint of butter. Not awful smelling but not all that pleasant either.

The taste was not very impressive. Dominated by sweet malt, with a nutty background. However it seemed extremely watered down, like someone mixed half a bottle of beer with half a bottle of water. Very bland.

Mouthfeel likewise had a watered down feel. Very thin as it goes down. It was smooth, I'll say that for it.

This beer sure makes me wish the local stores would sell single bottles. Instead I now have 5 bottles of beer I'm really not looking forward to drinking. This is a poor effort from Avery. They can do better.

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Photo of sevineyes
2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with a label featuring someone scaling a mountain.

A: Medium brown with a little red. Head dissipates very quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Musty hoppiness.

T: I don't get much of anything from the flavor but there is some malt presence. Ends with a nice little bitterness. Some hop flavor presence in the end. Finishes nicely dry.

M: Watery with some tartness.

D: Probably could drink several of these but I don't think I would.

Overall: Really don't get much of anything out of this beer. I find in to be fairly unremarkable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean copper color with a tan head. In the nose, grapefriuty hops and a malty sweetness backs that up. It has a swwet and smooth taste that makes it almost bland. It really does not have an aftertaste. It is a very easy to drink, I was expecting more hops in taste from the nose.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clean, clear beautiful dark red-copper liquid pours with an orange head which quickly dissipates into colonies of small bubbles, leaving a wisp of head on the glass. Aroma is initially sweet malt with moderate aroma hops (which tend to become more predominate after tasting) and apple notes. Moderately carbonated. This beer has a unique tang to it that I haven't tasted before, but it's subtle. Starts out with sweet grain and ends with medicinal notes and pine/cedar. Firm body. The flavor hops are a little too emphasized here, and the bittering hops could be a tad more dominate. I am a hophead, but this beer just isn't balanced enough to be highly drinkable.

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Photo of jackndan
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Redpoint Ale from Avery: deep, very attractive reddish color. Tossed off a nice head initially, but then dissipated down to a thin skin on top, with some lacing. Hops very prominent in the aroma. Hmm I anticipated much, much more in terms of hops in the taste, but rather this beer has a very prominent taste of malts, dried fruits in particular. Some raisons and maybe a little bit of rum as well. Dry, very clean finish. Alright, but I would not search it out the next time.

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Photo of sopor
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not overly impressed, and I also don't agree that this is an APA, although the malts are a little light for an amber.

Deep amber with ruby tint capped by a finger of tan somewhat uneven thick looking head. A note of strawberry leads and is quikcly overcome by caramely malt.

Sweet fruit esthers with caramely malt, perhaps a hint of Munich or Vienna in there? Hops come on with a hint of citrus then some resinous tar bitter notes. Tries to wash clean but leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Balanced, but I think thats it's best characteristic.

Light body with almost watery viscosity and middling carbonation. Could toss them back, but only if somebody else is buying!

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Photo of magictrokini
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An average amber. Copper pour with a frothy white head. Disappointing release in the aroma. Malt and hops with a medicinal overtone. Astringent bite right off the bat, with the biscuit maltiness (nice call talon). Thin and watery, almost like a Sierra Nevada lite. Good, but Avery has proven they can do so much better.

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Photo of daaru
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer starts off with a wonderful fruity aroma (poured into a glass), with a strong note of raspberries, and at first it seems like a perfect fruity aroma without a fruity taste--which is malty and mildly hoppy. however, a strange thing happens with the bouquet. after a while it becomes nauseatingly sweet, and then if you leave it a little longer it begins to smell like a busfull of people with very sweaty armpits. i don't know if this is just me--i have a couple of bottles leftover from a party and will try again.

the taste was decent throughout, and the beer is drinkable enough, but i had to hold my nose for the last 1/3.

it pours really well--a nice head for a beer of this kind, which holds for a respectable amount of time, and a lovely red-amber hue. too bad about the deteriorating stink.

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Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in a mixed 6-pack from Abe's in Bethlehem. In my Sam Adam's glass, it appears a clear orange-red with a white head and lacing.

The aroma is not so good. It's a rubbery caramel malt without any hops. The flavor follows the same with a touch of dry biscuit and balancing hops. Maybe this beer is old, maybe it's just mediocre. Either way, this beer disappointed.

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Photo of Spidey13
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redpoint pours a very hazy, kind of murky brick red color. Very little head showed up from a fairly agressive pour. The smell is mainly sweet malt and a bit of fruitiness.

There didn't seem to be much going on in the flavor. A hint of malt sweetness leads to a slight bitterness that quicly fades and leaves a bit of sourness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium with a medium/high amount of carbonation.

Overall, I was not impressed with this beer. I'm afraid I may have had an off bottle, but it was still drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scarlet-infused shadowy golden with a trim and lasting ecru head.
Scented of toasted biscuits, lemon pith, and a curiously strong solvent-esque alcohol.
Up front, it's all biscuits, and burnt toast, and walnuts, waning towards toffee as it warms. A green apple presence materializes and rapidly gains strength until it becomes fairly obnoxious. Hops shear through it all with lemon peels and crushed dried herbs. Bitter alcohol comes through at the swallow with a cheapened gin impression.
It's a pretty bold stab, big in flavor, but they don't quite mesh as they should. In some ways, it drinks like a dilute barleywine. As such, the body is thinnish and fails to gain control.
This one is a miss (and amiss), but it's a lot closer than my numbers might indicate.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

*did not mind would not buy*

app: great lookin. ruby copper. no real head.

smell: malts malts malts, no real hops. smells sweet.. good.. but simple.

taste: good not bad not intresting. just a smooth easy cup of amber malt juices. lil bitty hop christmas like spice.. but just a bit.

mf: normal, good.. nothing wrong i guess. refreshing for how sweet it is.

drinkable?: for a sweet 1D malt drink sure, it is nothing i would want lots of. a bit to sweet to give lotsa points.

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Photo of kynap55
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House On Manhattan's Upper West Side. Overall I was not impressed. The color was cloudy and, like the color, the flavor was somewhat muddled. No real distinct malt flavor or hop aroma. I think Avery is great at making high alcohol beers or extreme beers in some way but I'm not impressed with this one.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Hoppy/malty nose. Starts sweet/hoppy and finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste - brewer got what he was after with the balance of hops and malt. $1.49 for a 12 oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Clear copper in color, with a medium, light tan head which faded very quickly. Aroma was hops at first, seemed to be floral and pine. The malt came next, in a caramel-molasses scent. Flavor was primarily hops (lemon-citrus), a hint of salt, followed by a low key maltiness. This flip-flopped as the beer warmed. The finish had a light acid/hop bite to it. Beer was light to medium in body, carbonation was low and it was quite refreshing. This was a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this one on 4-28-09. This beer poured a nice shade of amber with a tan head. This beer has a welcoming aroma to it of sweet malts and hop spicy hops. The flavor was semi sweet with a good balance of hops to keep it in line. The mouthfeel of this brew was medium bodied and fairly smooth. I'm surprised they retired it, but I guess they needed for some better stuff.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jsisko01
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of orangemoustache
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich reddish amber with a two finger tan head that doesn't retain for more than a few seconds, and leaves very little lacing. The nose has touches of citrus and floral, with a decent amount of caramel malt aromas. This is almost as balanced as the nose hints. Leaning ever so slightly toward the hops this APA has a lot of bready malts to offer, I prefer more hop depth in my APAs. I can see this for drinkability or with food or just wanting something with a little more flavor, but that's not going to make me remember this run of the mill offering tomorrow. A tart and bitter finish is one of the few things I do appreciate about Redpoint. The body is medium and soft overall. This is a fine APA, just expected a bit more creativity from Avery.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Jan 2008.

Small white-pinkish head. Slightly cloudy rosy copper color. Light aroma of cinnamon and vanilla. Reminiscent of watery chocolate milk with a hint of cinnamon. Some vanilla and almonds but again, faint. A mildly hopped, bittersweet finish and aftertaste. Medium body.

Overall seems kind of washed out and not really to style.

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Photo of Jredner
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ample hops in the aroma. Poured beautifully with a lush bubbly brown head atop an amber body. Something off-putting in the taste. Almost like licking a battery, but mixed in with hay flavors and overboiled hot dogs. I couldn’t drink much of this because the flavor just turns me off big time. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Flavor kills an otherwise beautiful beer.

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