Frankenmuth Red Sky Ale | Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth Red Sky AleFrankenmuth Red Sky Ale

Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Beaver13 on 07-12-2010

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Frankenmuth Red Sky Ale yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I thought I would give the Red Ale from my local brewery a try, it has been a while since I had a good Red Ale so I hope this one doesn't disappoint. As usual with The Frankenmuth Brewery there is no bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer doesn't look that bad, the font fits the bottle nicely and it had a nice cap similar to their Oktoberfest cap. It poured a Dark and hazy amber red color with one and a half fingers worth of off white head that quickly disappeared. Not the greatest looking red.

S- The aroma is pretty much all lightly toasted caramel malts and biscuit malts, the biscuit aroma sticks out the most. I couldn't pick up any hops in the aroma of this beer which made for a pretty bland and one dimensional aroma.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, that's not a good thing. The taste is dominated by lots of lightly toasted caramel malts that have a slight bit of fruitiness to them, but not much. There are no hops to be found in the flavor of this beer, this makes for a pretty bland and boring flavor, there is just not enough there to hold my attention. The finish had no bitterness at all.

M- Crisp, clean, fizzy, and highly carbonated. The body was on the light side of medium.

Overall I was pretty unimpressed with this brew and I thought it was slightly below average. As a whole this beer was very one dimensional, it was pretty much all malts, it needed some hops to balance out all the malts. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, besides being a little too fizzy it was pretty spot on. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor, it was a one trick pony that only offered a bland malt flavor and nothing else. The lack of flavor hurts the drinkability a lot, yes I could drink another one, but with hardly any flavor to look forward to why would I want to. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there are many other better Red Ales easily available to me that I would much rather have then this bland attempt at the style, I'll take Samuel Adams Irish Red any day over this beer, I also wouldn't recommend this to anyone. This is a miss from The Frankenmuth Brewery and so far my least favorite beer I have had from them and the worst Irish Red Ale I have had to date. You guys may want to stick with the German styles cause this isn't working.

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Photo of BDIMike
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a completely clear dark red ale. There is very little carbonation and only the thinnest layer of a white head is created and goes away immediately.
Smell has a lot of dark malts to it. A sweet malt smell with some dark fruits, like prunes and raisins, a little plum.
Taste doesn't have a ton going on. Dark fruits and a strong plum taste. Not much beyond that.
Mouthfeel does not have a ton going on. Very thin with no feel.
Drinkability is okay on this thing. It is easy drinking, but not much to the taste, so not sure you would want to drink much of this beer.

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Photo of jale
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark cloudy amber with two quarters of tan head.

S: Minimal toasted malt and just a hint of hops.

T: Very light toasted malt leading into some fruity esters and a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Light body with decent carbonation.

O: Thin on flavor. One and done.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is the second time I have had this beer, and I was equally disappointed. Thankfully, I was not the one that brought this to the bottle share. The beer poured a dark red color with a very slight aroma that could best be described as metallic. The taste is also faint. Though there are some sweet malts present with a hint of bitterness, the taste does not create a strong impression. In the aftertaste, on senses the malts becoming somewhat sour but nondescript. In my personal notes, I wrote the word "boring" from the first time I sampled this beer. I would say that adjective still applies.

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Photo of masey222
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crimson orange and looked like soda the way the carbonation was sticking to the glass, had no head and no film so not that impressed...
the flavor and smell were reminiscent of a really malty brown, sweet, carmel malts and peanut brittle-esque flavor, to me a bit off for a red ale almost a stick to your lips sweetness...
the mouth feel was, full, sweet, and as I said before the sweetness makes your lips sticky...
To me the only thing that makes this red a red is the color if you gave me a pint with a blind fold on I wouldn't know it wasn't a brown, there is just no hop that I am used to coming in a red ale...

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of bluHatter
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice rich apple cider red with a giant foamy head that quickly recedes, leaving behind only minimal lacing.

S: Spicy hops and crisp apple malts. There's an old sharpness to it.

T: Sharp tart and sour apples, light maltiness

M: Nice foamy carbonation that really gives it good texture and helps to bring out the flavor more. Fairly well rounded medium body.

O: A distinctly tart irish ale that's a welcome change of pace from the average.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From a (very fancy) growler. Pours hazy orange amber with a couple of bubbles for a head.

The aroma is sweet nutty caramel malts and toffee.

The flavor is sweet nutty toasted caramel malts with a little balancing bitterness and a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very watery texture that washes out the flavors.

Overall, a decent nutty red. Nothing special...but a really sweet (but expensive) growler.

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2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours rust to copper with a fair amount of lacing. The aroma hints at some sweet malt flavors, perhaps honey or molasses. Unfortunately, none of these flavors make an appearance. The initial taste is metallic, gradually fading to a faint but unpleasant bitterness that lingers. Mouthfeel is standard for an ale. Red Sky starts promising, but ultimately comes up short.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bold, clear copper with no head or lasting lace. The aroma is caramel with some hints of wood and grass. The flavor leads off with caramel and nuts followed by bread crust and a mild hop bitterness. It's mouthfeel is light-medium, drier than most Irish reds. Frankenmuth Red Sky Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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