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Big Caboose Red Ale | Fernie Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Big Caboose Red Ale arrived into town November 2011 and has not stopped chugging. A popular and flavoursome Red Ale named after the train that rolls through Fernie sounding its horn as it goes, it's fast picked up steam and has a whole load of party goers jumping on board the Big Caboose. An easy drinking red ale, lightly hopped, slightly sweet with a roasted dryness in the finish, it makes a great new addition to FBC’s current year-round canned line up.

Added by wordemupg on 10-15-2011

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Reviews:
7
Ratings:
22
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
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Photo of hreb
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in pint glass. Beer pours blood red in color, and forms a substantial dirty, dark tan and reddish head. Excellent clarity in the beer, too. Aroma is malty and even a little roasty. Flavor is classic red ale: mostly malty, slightly crisp, biscuity, with secondary bitterness for balance. This is a solidly enjoyable red ale. Not only is it a better red ale than Fernie's brown ale is a brown ale, it's (appearance aside) a better brown ale than First Trax is!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has everything I really enjoy in a Red. From a rich nose to slighted roasted caramel malt to an off-dry finish, Big Caboose nails the style in my books. As Freddie Mercury once observed, big caboosed girls, they make the rockin' world go round.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Red Racer pint glass. Clear bronze color with a finger or so of quick-breaking soapy beige head. Leaves a small spattering of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts with a hint of grassy hops ... Toffee, raisin, biscuit, chocolate, a whiff of orange perhaps.

Palate is similarly sweet, malt-forward with subtle hop notes. Vanilla toffee is the main element I can discern, along with biscuit, walnut or brazil nut, more low key orange, a pleasing absence of cardboard or other off-notes.

Sturdy medium body with low key English style carbonation. Finishes more dry than expected given the early sweetness, with some grassy hop notes apparent. Like many of Fernie's other offerings, workmanlike, solid, no clear flaws, little in the way of sexy factor but that's OK. This is how some of the low hop microbrewed red ales ought to taste.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Point for this style, good malt balance with the hops working in concert, nice thickish mouthfeel and a great drinkability. The facts it is in cans and you have a great session beers that should find some new friends. Fernie seems to be on the move with a nice Pale Ale and decent IPA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nearly clear amber brown, thumb of tan head dissipated to a thin cover with fairly consistent lacing off the bat
S - big sweet and woody malt flavours, light leafiness with a tad of artificialness to it
T - sweet molasses, cedar wood, notes of leafy greens, finishing sugary
M - medium body, stick to your teeth sweet, finishes slightly dry
O - its above average but not by a lot for the style

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can. Red train engines, red cabooses, and red ales - a romantic nod to mountain exploration lore.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick brown colour, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a decent grotto pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of nutty caramel malt, a bit of semi-sweet chocolate, some middling citrus cream, and musty floral hops. The taste is edgy, mostly dry vanilla pods and caramel malt, a moderated oily nuttiness, and some soft earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and more silky than prickly, as the body works it with some healthy, solid medium weight curves, further enshrined by a sturdy smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, the nutty, sweet vanilla and caramel ceding hardly an inch.

Again, a new-fangled Canadian amber ale that raises the oh-so-low bar for this typically underwhelming regional style. Tasty malt, no off-flavours, and a subtle, honesty-enforcing hoppiness. A canned offering worthy of six-pack wasteland planning, for mountain and lake excursions alike.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into pint glass 14/10/11

A clear reddish brown with just a few bubbles feeding a finger of tan foam that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S quite nutty, mild chocolate and some herbal leafy hops

T mimics the smell quite well but even nuttier

M fairly light with more bubbles then expected based on what I saw in the glass

O OK beer, more of a nut brown too me but what do I know

nothing worth searching for but the brewer has nothing to be ashamed of either

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Big Caboose Red Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.
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