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Gypsy Red | Crooked Ladder Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RblWthACoz on 11-18-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 22
Reviews by cosmicevan:
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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 16oz fill of this earlier today at lake ronk. Always like to check out newish stuff that is local. Enjoyed from a snifter.

a - brew is a dark amber and poured with a thin bubbly off white head that bubbled away fairly quickly leaving nothing more than some tiny bubbles clinging to the glass, although dark amber, still transparent when held to the light. Nice ruby highlights.

s - nose is earthy crystallized malt with hints of toasted brown sugar and some powdered chocolate. Smells quite nice.

t/m - taste is earthy and light on flavor while the body is fairly full for the style with light prickly carb. The scents in the nose seem a bit watered down on the flavor and nothing really shines through as advertised in the nose. There is a surprising boozy tingle to the mouth at first that I got used to fairly quickly. Mostly bready malt flavors on the palate. Even as I drank through my16oz and the brew warmed and flavors became more pronounced, it was still lacking some pizazz to make it memorable.

o - overall, a bit of a let down. I really enjoy a good amber and the nose was really promising on this beer but the flavors just aren't there. Only slight hints of brown sugar but washed over with just breadiness and hints of toasted crystallized malt. I wish I could crank up the flavors on this one as I think there is good promise here, but if I was to go with a local amber, I would have to take barrage's fairy tale red...to me, that is the benchmark on an amber locally and even beyond. For a style like this, you really have to kill it or why bother since most beer geeks I know don't favor this style in general. Very average. Not sure how old this batch is but I know it was put up at lake ronk not too long ago. I have heard a lot of good things about this brewery so I will probably give this one another shot down the road, but glad I only got a 16oz pour of this one today.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I didn't get to Crooked Ladder, but I got to try a couple anyway. This was my first; notes are fresh.

Between amber and red, this falls closer to red, more of a dark orange-red with deep gleam and clarity. The head is very close to white, about half a finger tall with soft but tight foaming kept up most of the duration. It shows some pretty good lacing.
The smell offers caramel up front, just a whiff of grains, a classic sort of malt-forward version of the style with just a bit of earth and herb to balance. A hint of cocoa comes in off the end.
Very much following the aroma, it comes together more strongly as the malt sets a firmer backbone and the cocoa comes out in the finish of every sip.
The medium body is crisp and stays clean. It could use a little smoothing out, but it gets it pretty well down.

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Photo of kmbeer
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean earthy caramel with herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a chewy earthy grain and a balancing herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a decent drinkable amber.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Gypsy Red from Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
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