Rum Runner Red Ale
Persephone Brewing

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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #115
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #19,665
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
25
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Persephone Brewing
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty brew that evokes images of Bruno Gerussi. Looks, smells, and tastes like an APA with a ginger bend. The caramel malt and citrus hop works for me. I would be very interested to try more offerings from Persephone!

Apr 08, 2016
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ZachT from Canada (BC)

4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Blood orange colour, clear, thin, white head
S: Bread crust, subtle molasses and caramel, slightly citrusy hop notes
T: Toasted bread, caramel, resiny and citrusy hop flavours (not too prominent), dry
F: Medium body, dry and pleasantly bitter finish, well carbonated
O: Excellent american-style red ale, nice malt flavours balanced by NW hops, worth a try!

Jul 26, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle - no indication of what exactly makes this red ale worthy of hanging with the rum runners of lore.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent spooky Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, muddled black orchard fruit, a clammy yeastiness, further candied orange and lemon esters, hints of cold coffee, and leafy, weedy, and slightly floral hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, ethereal coffee grounds, weird, but still pleasant blood orange bitters, weak pine resin, and more leafy, musty, and sort of perfumed floral hops.

The bubbles are fairly heady in their peppy and engaging frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, a small metallic edginess arising as things barely get out of the gate. It finishes on the sweet side, as the big-ass caramel malt maintains its gangsta pose, allowing the perky citrus and pine acerbity to run around like the non-threats that they eventually turn out to be.

An agreeable and worthy enough red ale, especially given the choice of name - no rum detected, sad to say - but they have at least amped up the ABV here, in an indiscriminate manner, so the moniker fits, as such. Not the best version of this generally underperforming style, but at least it's a sturdy step in the right direction, methinks.

Jul 07, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap & Barrel, Vancouver.

Deep, clear amber with parchment film.
Orange hard candy + toffee nose.
Follows the nose, plus a roasty bite and some resin.
Cranberry finish and tight rosin and Seville orange bitter linger.
Med, chewy, sticky.

Solid amber with good body and proper IBUs. The bitter linger is more than expected but the malts are still strong. No aroma brightness like Lucky 13, but a top amber.

Oct 23, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again Mike for bringing these growlers back!

Appearance. Pours a very deep red-amber, fairly clear when held to the light and topped with half a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Pretty big citrus fruits complete with oily rinds, some cocoa powder and coffee and a touch of caramel. Nice. Really nice for the style.

Taste. Bitter grapefruit rinds, cocoa powder, a little coffee and caramel, and some nice darker malts in the background. Nice lingering citrus rind bitterness and a touch of that coffee in the finish. Very tasty stuff here!

Mouthfeel. Medium body, creamy below medium carbonation.

Overall. The golden ale I had last night was quality stuff, but this one really blew me away. Best of the style that I've had to date and highly recommended.

Oct 09, 2013
Rum Runner Red Ale from Persephone Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 25 ratings