Red River Ale | W. J. King & Co. Brewers

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Brewed by:
W. J. King & Co. Brewers
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bog on 12-27-2002

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by sfprint:
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4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes 5/29/2012, and now 4.8% abv

A: transparent on the orange side of amber, short fuzzy head, zero rising carbonation except after a sip.
S: Amber, wood stain, some winter spices. very very nice.
T: Mild sourness, amber, moderately hoppy, little bitterness
M: Smooth, slick, slight tartness. Funny but natural combo between mouth puckering and dry.
O: Nice natural, somewhat sour amber.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/2/04...murky oxidized copper color, 1/4 inch yellowish tan head that laces thickly and attractively. About 20 large dark chunks. Fruity apricot aroma, pleasant. Nice medium body, a sweetened fruit theme continues in the malt, fresh and peachy with an oily lingering quality. Only a slight hopping but no distinct bite. Lower carbonation lends a creamy impression. Not a lot of complexity to this Ale but the established flavor from start to finish was one that was agreeable to my taste buds.

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Photo of Jredner
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet, slightly chocolate tinged, malt aroma. Cloudy brown in color with a diminishing pinky sized tan head. Fore is very cocoa tasting, like powdered cocoa and sugar and water. Some spicy chewing tobacco notes. Feels a bit porter/oatmeal stoutish though of course much thinner of body. Very low hop levels. Basically sweet and chocolate tinged with just a touch of spice, fruity ale notes and tobacco and not much else.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up for half off at Beers of the World. I was surprised to find one that hadn't expired. Woohoo!
Appearance is pleasant, with a nice mahogany color, with little bits of sediment floating everywhere. It's hardly carbonated at all, only a few bubbles rising up here and there.
Malty and spicy aroma not unlike other amber ales, I'm not able to really pinpoint anything.
Mouthfeel is extremely light, I was definitely expecting something more substantial. Thats not necessarily a bad thing.
This one tastes a little bready, with a subtle hint of spiciness, but after reading a previous review I cant shake the thought that it tastes quite musty. Damp cellar musty, that continues through the tasting. Not the most pleasant quality, but hey.
I doubt I'll be drinking another one of these anytime soon.

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Photo of John
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle, bottle conditioned. Amber color, moderate head that fades to a steady layer. Aroma is primarily bready, sweet malt with some musty yeast notes. Flavors are mostly typical of the amber style ale - raw grain and sweet wort, toasted malt and semi-spicy hops. A tolerable but rather unpleasant, unique musty yeastiness remains present. Things did come 'round as the temperature came up, seemed to blend together better. Consume at cellar temp.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer reminded me of something you get in a brewpub. Nice, fairly enjoyable, but certainly not world class. Nice appearance and taste, but overall, too thin. Certainly weighted towards the malts, but weak in that regard. I had a Belhaven Wee Heavy tonight, also. Not that's a malt beer to reckon with! I don't think this is really worth getting. Too many others are far superior.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Gorgeous scarlet red hue. Thin, bubbly light brown head. Soon it becomes a bubbly edging. Fruity and estery nose. Like grapes, figs, plums, raisins. There is very little carbonation in this beer. It's like drinking Kool-Aid that tastes like beer....mouthfeel wise. Body's hovering around medium. The flavor profile doesn't stike me as anything overly impressive either. Some caramelized maltiness. Some of the sweet fruits and figs. Not a lot of anything though really and it's actually pretty bland. I wouldn't need this one again.

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Photo of bog
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this is my first review here. I decided to review it not because of its taste, but because it is not reviewed otherwise. On first pour, I noticed that this beer does not have much of a head. It's bottle conditioned, so I expected a little more. It's reddish amber in color and smells of malt, though not too much. The taste while not bad is not spectacular. It's malty with a bit of hops and lightly spiced and finishes slightly sweet and then bitter. If you're looking for an upgrade from Killian's Irish Red and have this beer readily available in your area, this would be a good substitute.

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Photo of Chaz
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty red-brown in color, with no head, and only a white lacy
ring around the glass. Clear but not brilliant, and if you're not careful it will end up pouring very opaque (the bottle instructs the drinker to "pour carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle", but I was taught by drinkers of real ale to pour vigourously, leaving the yeast right in - whichever way you prefer Iguess!) I personally prefer it a bit opaque. Either way, it offers a piquant aroma to be sure, and one that reminds me of Sarah Hughes' Ruby Mild. A wonderful sweet/sour on first gulp, with some nice, dry hoppiness. Reminds me a bit of Bell's 'Deb's Red' also. Carbonation is chracterized by a neverending stream of small, fine, bubbles. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, but punctuated by the pungency of the yeast and bitterness of the hops. Medium-bodied. Not a fabulously strong ale at 5.5%, it has nonetheless held up well even though it's a month or two past its best-by date.

Not easy to find in the U.S., and it ain't cheap, either, but I still have to give it props. Good luck finding it!

P.S. For those of you who missed out on the great beers once offered as imports from King and Barnes, here's a link to an old article regardin their sale:

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, nearly opaque violet hue...quite pretty, with a nice, 1/2" tapioca-like head. Aroma, creamy, soft, a little sweet, but otherwise empty, with minor notes of fruit (grape, cherry, peach).
Very mild and meek entry on the palate...I nearly forgot it was there, wondered where it went. Fruit flavor is generous, though, bright and tasty.
Surely the reddest-tasting of red ales I've let slip down my lips in all my beery days.
Beyond that, spectacularly light in body and texture, astonishingly smooth and utterly untroubled by anything...such as hops, malt flavor, spine, backbone, grit, gumption, what-have-you and all-that.
Far too mild for my taste, and maybe yours, as well. I you like your beer with get-up-and-go, skip this.

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Red River Ale from W. J. King & Co. Brewers
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 10 ratings