Colorado Red Ale | Black Shirt Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
blackshirtbrewingco.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.56%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Haybeerman on 02-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,501
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
40
pDev:
8.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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9
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With its red-ish tone, you'd expect the ale to balance evenly, or maybe a bit to the sweeter side. Dead wrong, this hoppy ale pulls no punches even while delivering a maltier taste to the tongue.

Opening with that beautiful russet mauve hue, Its deep amber body is cast with a heartily diffused haze. A a creamy textured and cream-colored head releases, it simmers on top the ale with longevity and concentric lace- a certainly confident appearance.

As sharp grapefruit, dried orange peels and woody hops leap out at first, the beer's aromas are propped up with firm toffee, cashew and toast. Heavily toasted barley gives the beer a Grape Nuts cereal tone, equipped with a vegetative leafy tone.

Its taste, however, leads with the sweetness as the flavor of caramel and toffee layer upon the tongue. While holding on deep into the middle, a rise of hops is undeniable- pink grapefruit with all its sharp tang, acidity and fruitiness plays out with adjoining citrus peels, lemon verbena, sassafras and woody teas joining forces. Its late bitterness is crisp and broad as the citrusy American hops and a more British wood tone rounds out in finish.

Medium-dry on the palate, the beer's carbonated sweetness allows it to linger deep on the palate before finishing malty-dry and acutely resinous. Its bitter pang invites a light hop-derived astringency and a surprising peppery bite- as if employed by rye.

The clean and malty taste of "amber" allows the complex hop bitterness to take command in true American ale fashion. And I don't mind it a bit, as the hop tilts to the side of balance that ensures crispness, cleanliness and a high rate of refreshment.

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Colorado Red Ale from Black Shirt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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