Back Street Rita Red Ale | Backstreet Brewery / Lamppost Pizza

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3.32 w/ 12 ratings

Brewed by:
Backstreet Brewery / Lamppost Pizza
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 06-15-2004

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Westsidethreat:
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Attractive amber mahogoney with a simple ring of sand colored bubbles around the glass

S: Cooked strawberries, stewed tomates, worstershire and toasted bran.

T: First sip is basic red fruits. Next comes minor caramel and toaster crumbs. Really simple cocoa puffs and some melon are present as well. Finished with nips of brown sugar simple syrup.

M: Medium body with carbo sting.

D: Very, very average.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nwajlg
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask @ Real Ale Fest
The beer pulled a reddish-brown with a nice light tan head with the lace a velum like sheet. Nose was mostly malt; sweet and clean, start was sweet with a light to middling top. Finish was mildly acidic, the hops fair to middling in their spiciness, dry and a fairly drinkable beer, albeit a bit light for me, or was that because of all the big hopped beers?

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Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Back Street (Irvine)

A: The pour is a nice amber color with a thin ring of off-white head.

S: There's a decent caramel and toffee sweetness with some light citrus hop aroma too. Unfortunately, a weird olive oil sort of aroma that doesn't belong in beer.

T: Not really sweet or bitter, but a bit of toffee to provide some sort of malty flavor. Again, the fruity olive oil character and somewhat chalky, too.

M: The body is medium, I suppose, but the carbonation is fairly low and there is the previously mentioned chalkiness.

D: Back Street does have some pretty decent beers, but this is not one of them, unfortunately.

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Photo of claytri
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich amber with an off white head. The aroma was simple but very pleasant of good sweet malt. The taste was light sweet malt at the start, and then just a nice crisp hop finish. The feel was medium and dry. This was just a nice solid amber ale, nothing fancy just let good sweet malt and nice bit of hops do the talking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a pitcher at the Orange location, on to the beer:

Darker amber in color with decent head formation that slowly goes away. This is a relatively simple beer, in both aroma and taste. The nose has some fruity esters, and the taste also has some fruity esters and a little toasted caramel. A little watery sometimes with decent carbonation. Still drinkable in fair quantities.

Decent, nothing to knock your socks off. But it does the job with pizza.

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Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange, with an off white foam head. Looks decent enough.

Smells faintly of caramel malt, and maybe a bit of pine. Taste is weak, and the aroma may actually be slightly better. Just some sickly malt, some almost vegetably/skunky pine hops, and a weak current of sweetness. Just not that great.

Thin, but carbonated. Avoidable.

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Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kiki3drt292
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Back Street Rita Red Ale from Backstreet Brewery / Lamppost Pizza
Beer rating: 16.7% out of 100 with 12 ratings
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