Rager Red | O'Fallon Brewery

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Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rager Red is a medium-bodied red ale, a malty brew with hints of caramel and toasted bread. It’s smooth and balanced, with a subtle earthy and spicy flavor and aroma from the hops and peated smoked malt. It’s the perfect beer to transition from the heavy dark beers of winter to the lighter more quaffable beers of summer.

20 IBU

Added by barczar on 01-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
1.92/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured this Irish Red Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Poured clear red-amber with a small tan head that soon reduces to a thin partial coat and left only small rings of lacing.
Aroma: looks fine but has a pronounced smell of a Band-Aid; yes, plastic/rubber band-aid dominates, with some malts in the background.
T: Unfortunately, the flavor is, at best, no better; the band-aid impression is even clear in tasting.
O: Avoid!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rwilde
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of secondtooth
3.46/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours, naturally, a ruby-amber tone, with fair carbonation and thin, wispy lace.

Aroma is caramel, toffee malts. Not bad.

Taste is sharp, toasty grains. I also get a hint of fruit and a little hop tinge at the finish. Really, a deilghtful, eminently drinkable session ale that's both accessable and flavorful. Nice one!

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Photo of McCright
5/5  rDev +66.1%

This is one of the better Red Ale's I have tried! Great flavor!

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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up as part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent amber with three fingers of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Cereal notes, metallic notes & pears, plus apple blossoms

T: Wet cereal notes, a touch of cooked co rn, dryness & vegtal notes. Cloying sweetness, wet cereal & vauge leafy hops as this warms & more pears. Finishes with cooked veggies, apple skins & a bit of leafy hops. Got a little better as this warmed up

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation, some balance but not great balance

O'fallon can make good beer, this is not one of them. There seems mutiple bad examples of this style, & not many I truly enjoy. Avoid unless you're really curious

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a rich burgundy top while the bottom stayed clear and bronze. The head was a bright white layer of fizzy yet dense foam.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, toast, pecan and roasted nuts. It is a tad weak or it would be higher.

The flavor has tons of roasted pecan, sweet caramel, toasted bread and a sticky bread like finish. Faint tea leaf like undertones support the sweeter flavors.

The feel is a bit slick, very crisp, very light and easy to drink.

This is my second attempt at this beer and found it much more satisfying this time around.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a smooth straight up malt tasting beer. It doesn't have that Irish Red bitterness that you expect to accompany the malt profile. While not bad, it is sort of one note and slightly disappointing. Still drinkable, just not a go to for the style.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of Joey-bags1990
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of enelson
3.89/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Different, seems smoked, interesting, worth a mix-a-six.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jmccullough108
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of Packman4IL
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a pretty nice deep amber color with just a 1/4 inch of head.
S - Doesn't smell very sweet has a sort of herbal hop smell and dry yeast.
T - Wow this is pretty bad. I knew it was bad when I had to choke the rest down but very green bean vegital forward with a touch of herbal bite. Very little malt sweetness, biscuit flavors, or hops. What the hell am I drinking?
M - Light to medium, ABV should be sessionable but its such an odd flavor.
Overall it's kind of like a skunked amber lager rather than an Irish Red. Man I was kind of psyched for this since most of there beer rock but this begs the question of why this is brewed and bottled every year...

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Photo of Biff_Tannen
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of MarshMan71
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is a clear deep copper color, as a foamy off-white head calms to film. Light lines of lacing cover the glass. The aroma is slightly spicy and malty, with cinnamon faintly coming through, somewhat metallic. Taste is somewhat sweet from malts at first then a general smoked-meats flavor comes in. Roasted malts and grains fill out the body, with a metallic tang finish. Overall, not the purest red ale I've had, but it's got character.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- clear rusty copper with golden highlights and an unimpressive, nearly nonexistent beige head. No lacing to speak of.

S- very mild aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Herbal hops in the background. Beery.

T- weird effed up smoky bandaid taste. Similar to smoked almonds but in a plastic rubbery sort of way. Smoked almonds are tasty. This is not. The other reviewers are correct. Not cool at all. Aside from that, woodsy and dry with a hint of salt.

MF- medium bodied and medium bubbled. Nothing special.

D- idk what's up w the phenols or whatever is causing this taste, but down the drain it goes.

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Photo of TheBeard89
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love how only the O'Fallon seasonals seem to show up around here, while the regulars are nowhere to be found... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight copper topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose is nearly non-existent, with but a faint whiff of toffee off in the distance coming through. The taste holds notes of caramel tinged with light hickory smoke, light earthy and spicy greens, and a hint of rye toast. Normally I'm all for smoky-ish brews, but this time it's just awkward and ill-fitting. A vague eddy of hard water runs through it all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, this ends up being a confused example of an Irish red, one that seems to wanna think outside the box, but one that just ends up coming across as a douchy punk wannabe.

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Photo of Tone
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of adjunct, pale malt, hops, sugar, hint of sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of smoke, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight adjunct, and slight hops. The smoke is quite unusual, but helps mask the adjunct flavors and aromas. I wish the carbonation level was lower, as it cuts the smoke flavors and seems to enhance the adjunct flavors.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GossageBrewery
1.58/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Poured this Irish Red Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear red color, produced an average tannish head, average retention, average lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of sweet caramel malt, and floral hops. Medium bodied, this ale contained a foundation of malted grain, some toasted malt, caramel and strong taste that can only be described as "plastic". It is not pleasant. Plastic/Somewhat Bitter/Somewhat Dry- I read the previous review and it was compared to the taste of a Band-Aid- ...I just went to my medicine cabinet and licked a band aid - Yes that is it- tastes like a band aid ...- ;) - I can't see this brew lasting very long.

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Photo of justinp
2/5  rDev -33.6%

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