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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1/5  rDev -66.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

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 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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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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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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2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant reddish amber with a foamy one inch khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Caramel malt, grain, and plastic form the initial aroma. There's a bit of subtle floral hop character.

Flavor echoes the aroma, with a band-aid phenolic note dominating initially. Lightly roasted and deeply toasted sweet specialty malt forms the backbone when the phenols subside. There's a fruity character attributable to the malt, which carries into the fairly bitter, dry finish.

Body is moderate and slick, with moderate to low carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

Would be much better without the phenols. Can't get past the band-aid. The malt character is fairly complex, but the finish is more bitter than anticipated.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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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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Rager Red from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 50 ratings