Big Sticky Red
Woodland Empire Ale Craft

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Style:
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #21
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #20,444
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 8.33%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
16
From:
Woodland Empire Ale Craft
 
Idaho, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
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Gots
  3
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of the most popular woodland empire brews from what i can gather. its really solid and widely available. to call it an irish red though, as its listed here, i think is incorrect, as this is very much the definition of a red ipa, nice and malty at the base sure, but hopped to high heaven, it doesnt drink anything like a traditional irish red, dont be misled! a rich and fuller copper color to this, medium body for what it is, and a nice frothy head. aroma is piney and dank, really woodsy and somehow autumnal to me, less sweet than the color had me thinking it would be, but the grain is bready and toasted, just fermented out pretty dry, which i like with all the hops. some grapefruit on this, some bushy outdoor weed, pine pitch, spruce tips, and honey. delicious. the balance is there, even though this is really hop driven and kind of big, its past old school malty ipa to intentionally a red at the base of it all, full commitment. the hops have some resinous character, some oil in the feel, a slickness, and really are quite intense, maximally fresh here too. i really thought this was a nice beer, did well with spicy food, was fairly priced, and is a nice example of a style i dont think we see enough of. woodland is killing it, all of their hoppy stuff is this good!

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely sticky: clinging mouthfeel that nonetheless isn't cloying; big dry-grassy and wet, inside-of-grain-tower aromatics, redolent of malt and tinged with a note of damp tarragon; resinous red background that serves as a clear-eyed vessel for the sage, prairie-grass, thyme, and almost junipery leafy bittering characteristics. Puts on a nice show in the tulip, as well, flaunting strong turbidity under the moderate but long-retained head; buffed-and-burnish auburn hue.

I wouldn't say smooth, exactly—but challenging in the right way, with tasty but likewise parsable complexity. Existing somewhere between the empires of sessionable and sip-only, it seems both true to name, style, and a Woodland spirit.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, this was a pretty good RIPA. Good amount of caramel malty sweetness to balance out the nice blend aof grapefruity hops, great feel, and easy to drink. Cheers!

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Photo of MFMB
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thick tan head. The Forrest awaits your nasal passages. Big pine, woody resin on the nose as well as first taste. There is a bit of grapefruit rine in there too and you even catch a little bit of sweet malts in there. Well balanced medium to heavy mouthfeel. Finishes with some light stickiness (hence the name) but quickly dryers up and leaves you reaching for another sip. Great beer

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Photo of ibrubeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft @ Woodland Empire BOI. Citrusy aroma with a touch of sweet. Dark copper color with thick, very light tan head and great lacing. Nice balance of hops and malt in flavor, citrusy hops. Full bodied. Overall, a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Jbagel1
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I am giving this red Ipa a low score for what this beer is. First off you don't run into a hoppy red ipa as good as this one. Yes, other breweries do red ales all the time but, this one I like more then most. Its a got a dark red color this very clear and has a great red look in the light. This beer has the malty taste it should have with a nice hop kick to balance it out. With a nice smoothness in the beginning with a little bitter kick in the end. Woodlands for sure know how to brew a really good red ipa. I would say its the best beer from Idaho that I've had.

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Photo of Spikester
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brown with one finger of off white head. Head recedes after about five minutes leaving rings of lace.
Smell is bread crust malts some hop notes.
Taste is malt forward with a good bass note of hop bitterness for balance.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and has good carbonation. Finish is lightly bitter and mostly dry.
Overall a giant of an Irish Red Ale. Really enjoyed this beer. I hope to have it again.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There’s nothing not to like. Big, bold, beautiful ale, reddish in hue, small, tight creamy head. Wonderful hop nose, taste, even more so. For me, this was love at first taste. Excellent.

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Big Sticky Red from Woodland Empire Ale Craft
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 16 ratings