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 pezoids on 05-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thain709
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a reddish amber color...little head

S - Very strong nose of hops...some notes of roasted malts

T - The taste follows the nose...hops really come through at the end

M - Smooth and creamy

D - Pretty good...not Avery's best...but I really enjoyed being able to have a bottle

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Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Goliath
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is clearly NOT an APA. Who tagged this?

Pours a very cloudy mid brown/red color with a thin yellowed head. Poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. A bit of hops, kind of citrusy and a load of sweet caramel and some grain. Nothing exceptional.

The taste is ok. Plenty of grain and caramel on the malt profile with some mild citrus hop notes throughout. A slight bitterness on the finish. Nothing exceptional.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. It's boring, and not that tasty. Would probably pass if offered another.

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Photo of smc143
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tonight we're sipping on some Avery Redpoint Ale. Neither me nor my husband can face more drinking any more of the pumpkin beers in the fridge, and we had more than a few Octoberfests lately. We needed something different, but still fall-appropriate.

The Redpoint is a filtered, coppery ale that foamed up out of the bottle as soon as I flipped the top off, but resulted in a relatively thin head when poured into a glass, and disappeared entirely shortly there after. The nose is malty and nutty, with the promise of some kind of hoppiness to compensate. It is an APA, after all. The first sip is caramel and toastiness, and then with a slightly dry bit of hops. Maybe something sweet and fruity? It isn't terribly complex, but it is good. I dig it. The husband digs it.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a shaped pint glass...

This beer poured a deep red amber color with a fast falling off-white head. Minimal lacing and not a lot of retention. You can smell the caramel malts, a bit of toast, molasses and a slight trace of floral hop aroma... slightly out of character for an APA. Redpoint has a sweet malty front with a subtle hop bitterness and spice. A semi-dry finish with a short lived hop bitterness. A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. This beer was an easy drinker, however it may not be complex enough to stay interesting over an extended drinking session. Just my humble opinion... decent beer, but not something to search for.

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Photo of thartman
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep orange color with hints of red and brown. A tight tan head is stays consistant. There is noticable carbonation. Malty, nutty smell with some hidden hops, bread and yeast. Initial taste of malt, some caramel and nuts, with the hops subdued a bit. There is some sweetness, and some hop bitterness on the finish. Very tasty, but it reminds me more of a brown ale or nut-brown ale.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Ruddy russet-amber ....almost glowing deep orange in the light. The head is a thick two finger affair that leaves a lot of really nice crusty lace all over the glass. The head is tight and long lasting, and looks quite dense. The lace looks like it might take some scrubbing to get off of the glass when I'm finished!

S - Fresh caramel, vanilla, honey, and mandarin orange. This nose is surprisingly malty and sweet for a pale ale from Colorado; a region not known for hop subtlety. Toffee, caramelized baby carrots, and vanilla flavored taffy. Has a note of French vanilla coffee creamer (liquid).

T - Some notes from the nose carry over into the flavor, but with less complexity and more straight forward hop power. It's an odd, but good, mix of citrus fruit and vanilla sweetness. Dreamcicle pop?

M - Medium bodied with some sugary slickness and a bracingly dry finish. I mean DAMN, this is dry. I like it! Silky carbonation creates a false sense of security before a Sahara dry finish rips the moisture from your mouth. Bye bye, silky softness and hello Baghdad.

D - This is a damn good APA! The flavor is a little bit odd, and that's the only thing keeping this from being eminently drinkable. I would have several of these with pleasure. The mellow carbonation and the killer dryness are a one-two punch that has me reeling...good stuff.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the Avery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Very carbonated. It poured a transparent brown body with a dark egg-shell large head. The retention was great and left decent amounts of lacing.
Smell: Slight hop, and perhaps some roasted malt (I'm not so sure about that one).
Taste: American hops, piney.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Zadok
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice amber appearance with little to no head and minimal lacing.

S-Hoppy at first smell, maybe some fruits present.

T-Smooth hoppy flavor, maybe a hint of malt present.

M-Smooth with little carbonation.

D-Although not overly spectacular, has a very nice drinkability and enjoyment quality.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful clear ruby-orange with a tight off-white head that doesn't stick around too long and then settles in a thin layer for the duration. Aroma consists of faint smells of malt and resiny hop. Could use more of both. Taste makes up for it. Lots of great malt with some esters of cherry and plum and moderate hop flavor of resin and pine. Hop bitterness is moderate enough to sustain the semi-sweet malt, but the finish is dry which allows the hop flavor to shine. A fuller mouthfeel probably doesn't make this one a session beer but very tasty. Incidently, I disagree that this is an American Pale Ale but rather a hoppier version of an American Amber Ale.

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Photo of keoki182
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red/brownish color, basically auburn. There was a small offwhite head, that went away pretty quickly leaving a nice ring around the outside of the pint glass. The nose was quite hoppy with some minor bread notes mixed in. The first sip was quite fine. Very nice balance of bitter hops and toasty malt flavors. I really enjoy the prominent hop profile in this amber. I would say this beer is most similar to Honker's Ale in my limited experience. Overall, this is a beer I would like to try again.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish golden color with a about a finger and a half of foamy tan head. The head held up pretty well and provided a fair amount of lacing.

First whiff is sweet and malty with a hint of hops.

Tastes malty on the front, nice and sweet with a bit of a hoppy finish.

Good mouth feel, medium body and carbonation.

Smooth and easy to drink, definitely a session brew.

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Photo of WillClark
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle, this poured a translucent reddish amber with a medium head on it. Aroma of balance: can smell the sweetness of the malt nicely along side the hop in this ale. Upon first sip I can say with conviction that this is a very clean beer. Little more malt in the flavor than any sort of bittering hop. Tad sweet on the finish.

I like this beer a lot, but I'm not going to crown it or anything. It's a solid amber, and I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of hoppiness considering it's an Avery Beer. This would be great with spicy food.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redpoint pours out a light burnt red copper color. Head is very nice light tan, fluffy, leaves a good amount of lacing. Warm hops, breads, a slightly spicy bitter-orange-pineapple fruitiness,malts, slight cherrylike sourness. flavors are much like the nose, dryish malty sweetness, grains,very much like a good english brown ale, flavor reminds of a combo o Samuel Smith with a little German Altbier in the mix. Good, enjoyable, I will be looking for this one during the fall months.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle with no freshness date, poured into a tulip yields a golden red body capped by a fluffy sheet that quickly recedes to darned-near zip and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with pale malt and a juicy tartness.

Taste features juicy rich caramel and sweet red apples, with a flash of dry white toast, bitter citrus, and a wee note of alcohol. A nice bitterness lingers in the finish, as does a sedate mineral note.

A light-medium body with good carbonation that didn't show itself at all in the pour makes this very easy to drink. Very refreshing after another long, hot day.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy brown with a thick head that managed to stick around for a while.

S - Caramel, malt, nutty and sweet.

T - Big malt flavor with a nice bitterness from the malt. Tastes more like a brown ale mixed with a scotch ale than an APA, but still quite pleasing.

M - Full and lush.

D - Sessionable and satisfying.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly thick and cloudy brick/falu red color. Puffy head that leaves a smooth film of lace. Looks very thick and murky; splendid.

Toasted malt aroma, but with some sweet sugary notes. Has the toasted quality of a red amber, and the brown sugary sweetness of a brown ale; the brown half of it wins the duel.

The taste is a sweet beginning, with some bold liqueur flavors and an alcohol burst. Roasted malt, tempered by slight sweetness. Bold red/amber flavor with an added sugary sweetness. A tad saccharine, but not enough to ruin the flavor.

Feel is full-bodied and creamy. Leaves a lasting thickness. Mellows out nicely halfway through. A substantial, complex, balanced beer. Quite soild. Might be too thick for repeats.

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Photo of sml505
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium-dark amber. Large initial head disappears. Laces glass

S - Toasted grain, doughy. Light hint of citrus hops.

T - Moderately sweet and hop bitterness. Caramel malt. Light grapefuit and spicy hops. Medium body.

O/M - Strong hops for style. (Avery says amber ale). Good bitterness. Very good, but definitely closer to APA.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +28%
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 rye726
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good session beer, Redpoint is well balanced and easy to drink. A copper color with a decent tan head. Some mild malts are followed by a mellow hop structure. The flavors are hoppy up front but finish with a bready malt presence. The body is fairly light and has good carbonation. Like I said, a good session brew.

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Photo of whynot44
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice reddish mahogany color with ruby highlights with a decent foamy tan head that has moderate retention and produces some nice lacing.

The aroma is slightly toasted, caramel malt with hints of smoke and pine needles.

The flavor is similar, nice toasty caramel malt up front, slightly sweet. The hops come out toward the middle and finishes with a refreshing graprfruit and pine note.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and easy to drink. Very nice, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. Aroma is toasted and caramel malt, toffee and a bit of citrusy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the hops come out more in the finish. Nice balance between the malt and hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a bit of oilyness and average carbonation. Drinkability is good, I think it's a decent choice for a session beer. I think this is a good overall brew. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty APA with a rusty, brown/amber color. The light tan head holds its shape reasonably well and leaves some solid, spotty lace.

Caramel malt and a mild nutty aroma. Dominated by malt, this tasty brew's aroma is mellow but lacks any significant hop character in my opinion. Some toasty toffee lingers toward the end. Pleasant but basically average.

Again, primarily malt with a surprising hop character that didn't seem to be present in the nose. More nice, nutty toffee and a great deal more caramel malt. Overall well rounded.

Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a buttery, slightly juicy finish. A very solid, slightly better-than-average APA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep slightly hazy copper color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some notes of light dry hops. Taste is also dominated by some nice caramel malt notes with a light hoppy touch at the end. Medium body with good carbonation. I didn't taste anything incredibly complex here but a very well done session ale.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle without date, into a pint.

A: Pours a nice amber center with lighter edges and a nice fluffy thick white head of tiny bubbles you could chew on. This stuff sticks to the glass and leaves rings.

S: A pretty evenly distribute mix of hops, malts, and fruity strawberry sweetness.

T: Malts and sweetness hit the tongue first then slowly give way to the transitioning hop bitterness. Great on the palate with more complexity then it leads on with it's nose. Very well balanced as well.

B: Medium bodied ale with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy going down.

D: Yes please! A great representation of American Pale Ale. This will be a summer go-to brew in my fridge.

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