Red Dawn Amber Wheat
Carson's Brewery

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American Dark Wheat Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #33,160
3.73 | pDev: 12.87%
Carson's Brewery
Indiana, United States
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My good friend and old neighbor from Oswego gave me a bottle of this beer. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had caramel malt bouquet. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-amber with a hint of fog to the transparency. Head is two fingers in height and khaki in color. Head retains well. Aroma is biscuity, nutty, bready, pale malts with hints of caramel and wheat. It's lightly bitter, bready malt through and through. Flavor profile is nutty, bready, biscuity, pale malts with caramel, wheat, and molasses on the back end. Wheat and straw qualities are pretty heavy. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a light fuzziness that mingles well with a crisp texture. Overall, refreshing and malty. It's on the slightly bitter side, but still well rounded.

Served in a 15.5oz tulip from a 12oz can.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The eradication of the pesky backlog CANtinues as The CANQuest (tm) racks 'em up, sets 'em down & generally does its own thing!

From the CAN: "The Red Revolution awakens with a copper sunrise framed by a firm tan head. Lucious wheat and caramel malt connect with earthy hops to form a firm alliance. One taste of this Dawn and you'll join our cause."; "30 IBUs"; "Siver Award - World Beer Cup"; "Great American Beer Festival - Gold Medal".

I wanted to see what would happen if I performed some light in-CAN agitation before Crack!ing open the vent since it was a Wheat Ale at its base. No problems, whatsoever, so I beCAN an aggro, although not inverted, Glug into the awaiting glass. The head rushed up to form three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny/-light-tan head with excellent retention that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced tea-like earthiness, both from the hops and the malt. I was not getting caramel, at least not on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste remained very earthy, quite tea-like, with a flavor like freshly-turned soil and vegetal matter. This may not sound terribly appetizing, but take it from me, it was good! Others mentioned "herbal" & I CANcur! Finish remained, light, dry & earthy even as the caramel malt began to assert itself on the extreme finish. I have said repeatedly that a little Caramel malt will go a long way & it is a good idea to be judicious in its use. I will be pointing to this beer as an example thereof.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information on the bottle.
A: Pours a hazy copper color with a no more than half inch, off white head, with low retention and no more than spotty lacing.
S: Aromas limited to bread, caramel, and black pepper.
T: Bready flavor with a strong helping or herbal and vegetal notes. Savory. Maybe a touch of McIntosh apple at the back. Very light, peppery bitterness.
M: Medium body with low carbonation. Chewy.
O: Drinks easily without being any sort of stand out.

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Photo of jkblr
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can bb 4/1/18 poured into a can glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV 30 IBU. The beer pours bright dark honey amber in color with a little off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is subtle caramel. The taste is burnt sugar caramel with an equal and off setting bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, ok. This local beer has won a couple awards, but it's hard to find fresh (even in the city where it's produced).

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass. This nice little wheat pours a
brilliant medium amber with red highlights and a fantastic off white
head of thick foam that lingers long and produces excellent lacing.
Nose of toasted malts and sweet caramel malts. Flavors exceed the
nose with toasted malts and caramel malts with a touch of herbal hop
that touches on the rear with soft wheat notes on the sides. Nice body;
medium mouth feel, sweet with medium carbonation to keep it lively, and
a herbal dash of hop bitterness that lingers.

Overall, an excellent little wheat ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed auburn with a pinky of sand colored head. Never quite clears, average head retention & above average lacing

S: A little breadyness & caramel

T: Bready, biscuitty malt, a little pine to balance it out up front, some dryness & herbal hops. Maltyness, a little caramel, & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with a little caramel & breadyness, plus woody & herbal hop bitterness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, nice balance

Drinks too easy, good take on the style, worth a try

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Photo of boxvic
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer. Period.

I am a big wheat ale fan, but this is the only amber wheat I've had the pleasure of trying so I'm not sure if it is Red Dawn in particular that I enjoy so much or just amber wheat ales in general.

Either way, I cannot recommend this enough. If Carson's ever rotates this out of production I'm going to be hurting.

This beer has just enough bitterness to make it stand out from other wheat ales without going overboard like Carson's Eville Wheat Ale does.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle, this brew is clear amber hue, capped with a white head. The aroma is not initially of wheat, but rather bread and toffee. Only underneath is a familiar wheat twang. There is a similar sensation in the taste...malty, followed by wheat, with a bit of toasted flavors as well. The beer is balanced, and the heft is medium. This one was surprisingly good.

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Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a amber in color with a big frothy off white head that falls slowly. Gets little darker and nice floaties appear on emptying the bottle,nice to see in an American wheat.

Aroma is light toasted notes and caramel malts, some very light fruity notes and earthy notes from the yeast. Aroma is light but not sure what to expect really, most american wheat beers tend to be light and unfavorable.

Taste is has more kick then the nose, nice malt sweetness with a good caramel kick. Some toasted notes, touches of fruit notes with a good herbal earthy kick in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good solid medium with good carbonation, not as peppy as the pour would have you think.

Overall not sure what to expect not sure if i have never had an American Dark Wheat Ale before. Pretty tasty beer not sure what i paid for it but worth a try no less, wouldn't pass on one that's for sure.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: hazy amber with a light tan head. some fairly thick lacing that mostly recedes.
smell: caramel malt with earthy, grapefruit notes.
taste: Drier than the nose. Grapefruity hops supersede the malt here, with a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Another new one to me from Carson's Brewery, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. 'Amber Wheat Ale' 5.50% abv listed on my bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice dark caramel / copper colored body with one finger of thick frothy beige head that leaves some sticky spotty fluffy lacing behind.

S - A fairly tame aroma, mainly comprised of cereal grains, caramel, wheat, & some yeast. Some light indistinct fruitiness.

T - Again, the flavor is fairly bland. Simple red malt / wheat grains. Maybe it's just me but I'm finding a slightly off-putting cherry cola sort of flavor in there as well.

M - A fluid and easy-drinking feel. Medium-bodied, with slick carbonation. Felt like it had a bit more alcohol than it did.

Overall, a mediocre offering at best. Wouldn't try this one again.

Carson's Brewery Red Dawn Amber Wheat Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear brown color with small white head that left no lacing. Smelled of wheat, toasted caramel and clove. It tasted strongly of wheat, light chocolate notes and some clove.

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the keg at "Just Tap'd" in Warner-Robins, GA. This is an amber colored beer with a small white head. It has a malt flavor that is very pleasing. I would drink this again. A good beer.

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Photo of adamkeen_beatlanta
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer Name: Red Dawn Amber Wheat Ale
Brewery: Carson’s Brewery
Available locally at: Ale Yeah in Decatur (
ABV: 5.5%
Glassware: Pint Glass
Appearance: Amber, cloudy copper
Scent/Aroma: not a strong aroma. Some sweet notes.
Taste/Flavor: light and easy going on all aspects
Body/Mouthfeel: light to medium, flat, balanced
First Taste: I’ve never had a beer from this brewery so I was pretty excited when I saw it at the store. I got it in a mixed 6 pack. Its a highly drinkable beer that goes down light. Its good but subdued across the board. Easy balance, easy carbonation, easy body; this beer is easy. I get the amber-wheat thing in the flavor profile and the beer is called Red its going for a Red, Wheat, Amber mixed deal and all 3 styles are equally represented if you ask me. You get slight sweet notes of caramel and candied malts. You also get a slight bitter after taste that balances the sweet. I sort of got a Red/Brown thing in my mouth. For what its trying to be - a drinkable, well balanced, lightly presented brew, its great; but if you’re looking for bold and exciting, or something heavy, this might not be it. You gotta try it though.
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Food/Dessert: Good with almost anything.
Scale from 1 to 10: 6.25

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Photo of stewart124
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark copper to red with nice thick off white head.

Fairly subdued nose. Some spicy phenols along with peppery notes.

Carmel chewiness with medium to light body and spicy/herbal hops. Plenty of carbonation. Mostly caramel and a viscosity I would attribute to wheat.

Nice beer overall. Interesting caramel and wheat characters. Nothing wrong with this but it doesn't really have a style to hit on.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look - slight disappearing head that ends before you know it. Has a amber color and slightly hazy with ok lacing.
smell - not a strong smell. slight caramel malts
taste - sweet caramel malt but also kind of bitter. possibly some dark fruit taste hiding back there.
feel - slight carbonation on a lighter body.
overall - not sure where I see the wheat in this beer but I do get the caramel amber taste. It's ok but nothing Id get again.

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3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Both ambers and wheat ales often come off a bit underwhelming, lets see how this one pans out.

Pours to a deep ruby amber in tone. Head is an off white quick fading foam that struggles to achieve an inch in height. Nose comes with soft woodsy malt as well as a candied sweetness that is also noticeable. There is even a bit of cola on the smell. Taste is surprisingly bold with a rich malt backbone. The balanced sweetness of this brew twirls with the smoothness of the wheat. This is a very very drinkable brew. I could easily drink this one all day and not miss a beat.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Here's hoping for the original, rather than the remake... This stuff pours a partly cloudy amber-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light dried maple syrup, light toasted rye bread, caramel, grass, light candied orange peel, and a hint of resin in the background. The taste does indeed lead with the caramel and bread, but this pairing is immediately undercut by strange, resinous fruit peels, bitterness abounding and clashing with the dry sweetness already present. Wow, this just plain doesn't work at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this was a pretty good-sounding idea, but the execution clashes on the tongue to the point that I hope never to have another drop touch mine again.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear amber with a small lingering cream head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and toasted breadcrust, along with floral and earthy hops, grapefruit, and fruity specialty malt notes. Wheat is subtle, in comparison.

Flavor reveals a slightly sweet, toasted, nutty, caramel malt backbone throughout, with fruity malt tones adding complexity. Fairly rich malt profile. Muted grapefruit is a subtle contrast. The finish is earthy and lightly bitter. A metallic note surfaces late.

Wheat provides a nice fullness in body, but is overshadowed by the malt. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Caskaway
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

The best amber I've had in a long time. Not my favorite style, so it was a pleasant surprise. The wheat overcomes the bitterness, resulting in a crisp and unexpectedly full-bodied brew. Decent lacing, good finish. Thumbs up.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A different take on a wheat beer. Not sure how exactly I feel about this one. Nothing really stand out about this one.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of homebrew311
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with fluffy white head, nice lacing and decent retention. Nose is malt forward with heavy caramel and wheat character. Light hops with some earthy and herbal qualities. Taste is smooth and light on flavor. Mild bitterness at the end, plenty of toasty malt character. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall , pretty mild, no off flavors but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, nearly-opaque caramel-amber, with a fairly large head of fine bone foam. Lovely lattice-style lace.

Nose is a malty caramel and toffee. Very nice, and exemplary for the style.

Taste is tangy and toasty malts, with a touch of light citrus hops that comes in at the finish. A perfectly palatable, enjoyable, and drinkable amber ale. Solid and worthy!

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Red Dawn Amber Wheat from Carson's Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 100 ratings