Red Planet | Draught House Pub & Brewery

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Draught House Pub & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JDV on 02-22-2008

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

64oz brown glass growler filled at the Draught House a few days ago. Cost was around $18 USD. Expectations are average; as much as I've frequented the Draught House, this is the first time I've ever had one of their one brews. Reviewed live as an amber per the Draught House's beer screen.

Poured straight into the glass with much vigor on account of the growler's weight.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Creamy as hell. Thick and luscious, with stratospheric frothiness. Retention is quite good - ~8-9 minutes. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Translucent transparent copper. Definitely not an amber. Clean; no yeast or hop sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Amongst the frothiest beers I've ever seen, but the absence of any amber hues raises some questions.

AROMA: Toasty amber malts are prominent to the extent that it flirts with Irish Red territory. As welcoming as the malt bill is, the hop profile is a bit of a turn off: bubblegum dominates. A bit of biscuit malt and cream fills it out nicely.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: More balanced than the aroma might have suggested, but that bubblegum hop profile just isn't working. The toasty amber malts are lovely, though, and the complementary biscuit malt and toast notes fill out the body nicely. There's no yeast presence aside from a faint English character on account of the biscuity taste, and no alcohol or off-notes is/are detectable.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

It's a pretty straightforward amber across the board, and has a plain overt feel to it. Not an intricate amber like Nugget Nectar, or a subtle red ale like Smithwick's, but competent.

TEXTURE: Slightly overcarbonated. A bit too wet as well; more of a dry feel would accentuate the toasty flavours. The same goes for its smoothness/coarseness. Medium-bodied, with adequate heft and weight on the palate to complement the taste. This texture doesn't elevate the brew, but it doesn't drag it down either.

Not rough, scratchy, oily, hot, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: Fair play from the cats at the Draught House. This is a passable amber ale with a troublesome hop profile and a pleasant toasted malt backbone. I see potential here if they change the hops (both in variety and quantity), and I always like to see more ambers on the market. But this isn't world-class, and doesn't have me in any hurry to try their other beers. Certainly drinkable.

C (2.89)

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Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lboyer
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack from local store, blindly. Never even heard of this brewery. I've only had a few red ales so I thought I would try something new. Poured into a glass, its color is light red with white medium head. I found it to be biscuity with some fruits though slightly bitter. What a surprise.

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Photo of JeffSuttonTX
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mbs
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of redraider2323
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this is one of the best looking beers I've seen. The deep red color with the chalk white head is truly beautiful.

S - American citric hop character. West coast aromas.

T - biscuity bready malts nicely accentuate the citric hops. I love the malt character here, even though I'd consider it a fairly hoppy beer.

M/D - insanely drinkable. I could drink 4 or 5 with ease. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap yesterday.
Pours a deep red. Not much head here, barely 1 finger.
Smell is a nice hoppy floral with some maltiness.
Taste is a light roasty with a subtle hop bite.
Mouthfeel is ok, maybe a little less gas would help.
Drinkability: Very good. I could drink several of these.

A standout regular at the draught house. One of my top reds.

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Photo of BgThang
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites at the draught house.
It pours a deep red to dark color
It has a unique bitterness to it. the hopps are they but subtle.
Has a nice head on it.
This beer will sneak up on you and its very drinkable.
one of my normal orders when I go.
If they have it get it quick because it does not last long

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Photo of JDV
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep Red, maroon pour with little to no head. Smell was of nice fruity hops, and I believe I'm picking up the same fruity yeast smell as in their Wilson's ESB perhaps. Taste was fruity, sweet and nicely hopped and bittered with a creaminess about it as well. Nice mild bitter lingering flavor. I really like this one.

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Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 9 ratings