Chopper's Red Ale | Georgetown Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Georgetown Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hoppy Northwest style red ale. Lots of late addition Crystal hops give this malty red ale a floral and spicy aroma. Finishes with a subtle malty sweetness.

Added by xoqx on 10-23-2006

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by xoqx:
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new beer from this elusive Redmond, Washington brewery! This beer arrived a garnet brown with a one finger off-white head that exhibits moderate retention. There is little other than malt in the smell – there is a late crystal hop addition in this beer, but it just doesn't survive in the nose, I'm afraid. This is an impressively malty, sweet, yet not cloying beer. There is a nice balance from the bitterness of the Centennial and Crystal hops – more bitter than a typical Amber. There is a hint of toffee taste. It has a fresh and crisp taste with maybe a touch of overcarbonation, but this actually lends a snappiness to a very malty brew. Drinkable, and deceptive at 6.5% abv.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Wgwrigel
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and smooth, absolutly perfect Red!

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Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Telestic
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Draught at Runway Cafe in Georgetown on 06.16.14.

A: Mostly opaque amber/red. See through on the sides. 1/2 finger head that stayed.

S: Sweet bready malt. Flower also.

T: Caramel and sweet bready malt are dominant. Flower is subtle.

M: Crisp. Very bubbly, maybe too much so.

O: This was very carbonated, but that made it easier to drink than other ambers. There are better amber ales, but this one is good.

Rating: B, 85/100.

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Photo of BKast409
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Krinkle
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Best Red Ale ever!

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Photo of pjr
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler at the brewery; poured into pint glass.

Appearance: very nice amber with a light tan head, two fingers' worth. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: earthy hops with a little spice thrown in. Quite nice.

Taste: malt is sweet at the beginning by dries out toward the end. Hops are balanced at the beginning but get more prominent as malt flavors fall away. Truly an interesting and dynamic flavor; this might be my favorite amber/red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: this stuff is highly drinkable. I look forward to finishing the growler with some pizza tonight.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strange how this is retired yet on tap. Reddish brown with decent head, this is a malty start with the hops coming through as the beer warms up. I really loved the drinakbility of this beer something that seems to be a hallmark of this brewer. Sad to see this new found beer retired

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Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint consumed on-tap at Hill's in Spokane for $4.50. Last month Hill's put on a brewer's dinner with Georgetown, so the keg currently on may be a survivor of that.

Pint was a dark, russet color, light unable to penetrate it. Creamy-looking 1 1/2 inches of off-white foam. Thin sheets of lace.

A bit more hoppy in the nose than I would have thought, but I like hoppy ambers. Bready malts in the background, but they are not as dominant as the hops.

Like in the nose, the taste sees moderately piney hops as the dominant player. It wasn't IPA-hoppy, but was still assertively so for the style. Malts, while present and not exactly meek, are definitely taking a back seat, providing a restrained, mildly sweet, slightly nutty backdrop for the hops.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

I personally like hoppy ambers, so I wasn't bothered by that aspect. It's a little robust in the abv department for session drinking, however, and the body was just thick enough to where I didn't want another one to go with my rather filling Philly Cheesestake on a warm summer night.

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Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RJLarse
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Pours a chestnut brown and is clear. A small resilient head tops off the beer, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is typical of a red ale, a lot of malted grain aroma and some pine scents.

The taste is sweet but not sticky. A nice malty flavor, with some mild hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is smooth and buttery.

This is a very drinkable beer. The keg ran out after my first one, or I would have certainly had another.

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GingerSnappin
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of dnichols
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was served a 6 ounce sample from a growler filled at the brewery.

A: It poured a thin chocolate hue similar to an oolong tea or Dr. Pepper. IT had a nice rich one finger off-white head that produced a fine even lacing.

S: Plenty of caramel malts, herbal hops and a distinct aroma of alcohol.

T: There was an initial burst of sweet malts followed by a zesty hop induced purge of my taste buds. It finished with a clean slightly dry aftertaste that left my mouth ready for the next sip.

M: Light to medium bodied with a pleasant character and respectful aftertaste.

D: Oh ya. For an amber ale this one doest the trick. A decent well crafted beer.

Comment: We sampled four beers from this brewery. Two of the growlers had been previously opened, but the amber and porter had remained sealed until the tasting. The amber was a good solid brew that I will eagerly try again.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of gandres
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Tap Growler to wine glass,
Appearance: Pours reddish against the light, lacing and minimal head
Aroma: Very aromatic- strong smell of hops
Taste: Balance bitterness, delicious
Mouth Feel: Slightly fizzy
Overall: Very good beer, excellent for the price

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Chopper's Red Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company
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