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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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 227
Photo of NoahSYGG
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of the beer was average, a dark color representative of red ales but nothing spectacular. Smell comes across malty, not much hops with a slightly skunky undertone but it's only from one bottle.

Taste is average for a craft beer. There are somewhat weak copper undertones with a big malt backbone. Very mild for my hop liking, but not bad for a red ale.

Overall I would say this beer is average, I am a big fan of Avery and I personally feel it's a bit below their standard. The bottle that I had didn't taste it's freshest, and I feel it may have tasted better when it was younger.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
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 hosehead83
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English "pot" pint glass
Dark copper color with a rather thin head
Aroma-Definite malt with subtle hop undertones
Taste-Noticeable malt up front, with a nice hop infusion that comes in to balance ot all out pretty well. Some spice notes and subtle caramel appear upon warming a bit. Overall rich and full-bodied flavor. Nice.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber color with a one inch head and good lacing.
The aroma a simple malts and caramel.

The taste was simple. Sweetness followed by caramel and malts. Mild hops with an overall creamy feel with medium body and low carbonation. Just a hint of bitterness.

Notes: An o.k. beer with decent qualities.

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Photo of demuzik
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an unusual Red Ale. Not bad, just not what is to be expected from the title. I'd almost consider it an "Amber Red", or something of the sort - expect malty complexity, followed by a sweet floral finish. Was enjoyable while it lasted, but I'm good to move on to another. Definitely not a session beer - but worth a shot once, if you're looking for an unusual red.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Nice malt profile. Fruit esters, notes of honey. Floral and citrus hop aroma.

Appearance - Slightly hazed deep copper. 1/4 finger width eggshell color head. Good lacing and head retention.

Flavor - Very aparant citrus hop flavor. Mild malt backbone for a good balance. This beer is balanced more toward the malt. Low bitterness.

Mouth Feel - Medium body. Low carbonation. Low bitterness. slightly astringent. Somewhat clean finish.

Overall Impression - This is a solid beer, but nothing spectacular. Good for a casual beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this one is miscategorized. It shows American Pale Ale on the site (as of July 09) but the brewer calls it an American Amber Ale and with a name like Redpoint I think this should be in Amber Ale / Red Ale style. So I'm going to review it as that and not an APA. If you look at the other reviews, most comment on the lack of hops.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a rich ruby color with a few stray carb bubbles. Some sticky lace. It had a large beige head that settled into a thick collar and foam.

The aroma was caramel malt with some hops in the back. Standard from the style which IMHO is kinda boring aroma wise. The taste was also standard amber/red ale. Malty with a touch of hops. I prefer more flavorful beers these days but for an amber/red it's right on style.

Overall, a good solid beer that will refresh but won't bowl you over with flavor. That's just the trait of the style. Recommend. For me, it would be a rare buy as stated above.


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Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium tan head. Smells slightly of toasted malts. Taste is toasted malt upfront, earthy hops, a bit of juicy, fruit-like malt middle, and a bitter hop finish along with a hint of tartness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation. Pretty drinkable, a good pick from Avery.

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Photo of stephens101
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-brown. One and half finger of tan head slips away quickly. Smells bold with citrusy hops up front which are quickly followed by some sweet malts. On the palate the hops and malts mix together, with some sweetness revealing itself in the background. The beer leans toward dry, and has a medium mouthfeel. There's a good amount of carbonation. A very nice "smaller" beer from Avery.

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Photo of hardy008
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Copper color with a one finger light tan / off white head.

Smell - more malt than hops. I find this surprising.

Taste - Sweet malt, almost no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - smooth and light bodied. Maybe a little to light bodied.

Drinkability - a fairly decent drinkable beer.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful amber red. Had a quick falling off white head. Minimal lacing and not a lot of retention indicating a lack of co2. Hops are there but not overpowering. Had a crisp malty front with a just enough bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This beer was an easy drinker, and a better introdutory beer than Fat Tire for newbies. Not an extreme beer like a lot of the other Avery's, more of an everyday beer.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice copper / red color with a short off white head, stayed around for awhile

Smell - Not as much hops as you would expect, more malted smell almost like bread, a few spice aromas in there also

Taste - Not at all what I expected. Much more malt then hops which is contrary with what I have experience with this style. Nice caramel flavors also, very bready the hops finally show up at the end

Mouthfeel - Not harsh or bitter like some APA's I have tasted, fairly nice in the mouth, simple

Drinkability - Very nice beer. Could easily have some of these on a warm spring day. Not to harsh like some APA's I have had, might be a good introduction into the category

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Photo of JBogan
2.27/5  rDev -37.1%
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 donteatpoop
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber red color with a decent amount of off-white head. The head didn't last more than a couple minutes. Not at all hazy in my glass, don't know what a few of the other guys who reviwed this were drinking...

Smells of sweet malts and notes of hops.

Taste is hops up front finishing with a nice sweet malt taste.

Carbonation level seems adequate and no unpleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkable for certain, but I've had better APAs.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Spidey13
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
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 LeftyBWS
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Hazy amber/copper color. Full head 1.5 inches, whitish color. Some fingery lacing.
S: Oily/citrus hops, tiny sweet caramel malts.
T: Caramel malts lead into a citrusy hop nip. Finish is grainy, rye-like, with a touch of sugariness at the end. Pretty good.
M: Good. Nice blend of malts and hops.
D: Good. Goes down easy, no alcohol feel.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a copper
eddish hue,nice 1" thick tan colored head with good lacing.

S-Very faint hop aroma but the sweet malt scent helped.

T-Like the smell a faint hop presence with a good malt back that had a nice malty finish.Tastes more like a amber.

M-Medium bodied with a nice sticky feel.

D-This is a very good beer,heavier than most APA's,more like a amber but either way is very tasty.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 HeroJH
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

* Appearance - Nice redish amber brown, clear. Nice soft head, great beautiful lacing, moderate retention.

* Smell - Light hops, some lightly toasty malt.

* Taste - rich and balanced. Medium malt and balanced with nice hop bitterness and hop flavor. Medium amount of flavor overall, not over powering.

* Mouth - medium dryness, clean, bitter hop linger.

* Drinkability - I'd say I could have a few of these. One note though, was that yesterday I tried this after a Flying Dog Pale Ale, and this beer didn't taste good at all as a follow up, well I don't think anything would after that Pale Ale, but I didn't take notes on it and waited until today. So, always good to not review beers in conjunction.

**Nerd Notes: (from Avery's Site)
Beer Style: American Amber Ale
Hop Variety: Columbus, Crystal & Sterling
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, caramel 75L, caramel 120L, Munich 100L
OG: 1.052 Alcohol By Volume: 5.1% IBU's: 25
Color: Amber

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/28/08. Bottle. Pours a light brown with a white head. Aroma and flavor is very fruity (apple, pear, dark fruits like plum and raisin) with some Belgian-like qualities. Sweet malt and hardly any hop bitterness. Very refreshing and enjoyable. One of the better examples of the style.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of magictrokini
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
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 nick76
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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 hopdog
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark amber (almost copper) color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of mainly caramel with some citrus in the background. Tastes of caramel and light grapefruit. Starts of sweet and ends on a nice bitter note. Decently balanced amber ale.

Notes from 6/5/05

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, murky amber-orange with a 1 finger frothy medium beige head that was laced with bubbles and displayed excellent retention. A full band thick lustrious lacing lines the circumference of the glass.

S: sweet pine and caramel with a beautiful maltiness balancing it out. light evergreen needles and pine sap compliments this rich nose.

T: sweet dry caramel, with a big breadiness. A sticky sweet pine resin hopping and dry citrus hopping is well balanced against the rich caramel backing. There is a toasted malting, a nice flowery hopping and a light boozy nature rounding things out.

M: light with a medium carbonation. The texture is creamy with a citrusy tang and caramel lacing teasing the tongue.

D: Nice drinkability, a rich dry sweet malting balanced nicely with a flowery citrus hopping makes this drink more like a red then a apa but makes still for an enjoyable session.

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Redpoint Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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