Lizard Head Red
Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #911
Ranked #45,392
3.48 | pDev: 11.78%
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
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Pegasus from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep red in color, with a moderate tan head, which retains well. The lacing is somwhat thin and patchy, the carbonation moderate.

Aroma: Lots of caramel and toasted malt, with a definite toasted dark bread note. Modest herbal hops round out the aroma.

Taste: Opens with robust, slightly tart malt notes, toasted bread, biscuit and caramel flavors are present. The Munich malt offers its notable, slightly tangy, sour note to good effect. As the taste progresses, a moderate herbal hop presence ascends, although against the malt, it serves as an accompaniment, never dominating. The taste finishes with a long, lingering tart malt note, with a mild herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, with moderate carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: Very well done, a well-made, quite malty example that showcases the Munich malt quite well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-ounce (650 ml) brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

Jun 05, 2014
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alleykatking from Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of my Secret Santa package from OakedCanuck. Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks once again Colin!

A- Pours a medium colored amber color. One and a half finger white head shows light retention. Spotty lacing which was light on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma on this is lightly staled bready caramel malts from the front onward. The ending of this is muted citrus hops and nothing really else. Interesting..don't know if I like it but it's not bad at all.

T- Sweet caramel malts give way to a chocolate light toasted malt combo. Very weird for the style but digging it. Medium part of the beer was a light grainy bready taste. Ending shows light alcohol mixed with some herbal earthy hops.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Toasted malts with light chocoalte sweetness left on the palate. Aftertaste was stale grain, earthy hops, and faint alcohol hints. Balance was alright for the style I suppose which was very much malt forward. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Kind of a stale taste to the overall beer itself.

D- This beer was good don't get me wrong. It was a smooth drinker but there was something that didn't give me the push I was looking for. An above average drinker which I would drink again any day of the week.

Jan 08, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark red with a white head. The aroma is very malty, but nothing really stands out. The flavor is biscuity and caramel malt with some light hop flavor, mainly pine and citrus. Still, this is a very malt forward beer. There is very little to no hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Feb 22, 2010
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loveingminor from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my official Wilkes University beer mug. It had a very dark color, and a nice head. It also smelled good. I was looking forward to drinking it, and having a lot of flavor... but that did not deliver. Perhaps its the type of beer that it is (do red ales not have a lot of taste?). I was hoping for a stronger taste than was presented me. Overall, I'm happy I only got one. I doubt I'd want another.

Jan 16, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A finger's worth of deep-tan head with decent retention. Nose had a strong caramel-sweet scent. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was rather thin with a sugary taste in the mouth. Finish was reasonably sweet for a red. Not bad, although I like other of their beers better.

Dec 22, 2009
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear red/amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to an even ring on the outer edge. Laced inconsistently in spots. Lightly decanted continually.

S: Herbal hop note, slightly sweet caramel malt and crackers. Citrus aroma well in the background.

T: Roasted caramel malt most prominent; sweet, almost milk-chocolaty. Sweet, earthyy grain flavors linger to a nicely balanced bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Front to back sweet and bitter.

D: Flavorful and balanced in a category that can be pretty average.

Dec 06, 2009
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treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the variety case, which I bought from Bryn Marw beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a thun brown color. The head is 2 fingers tall, a light tan color, poor retention, thin and sticky lacing and medium size bubbles.
S: The aromas are wild flowers, candy sugar and bubble gum.
T: The flavors are bubble gum, off citrus and pale malt.
M: The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, but crisp around the edges.
D: This is a very good beer.
Don't drink and review.

Jul 22, 2009
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly clear ruby red brew is topped by a tight two-and-a-half finger light tan head. As the head diminishes a wide sheet of lace is left behind. Smells of caramel malts with some earthiness mixed in. Some floral hops float around. Tastes malty and spicy and a little weak in body. Some bitterness exists underneath. For some fluffy and indistinct might describe this beer, whereas others might say that its tasty and drinkable. Either way it's not a bad beer under any standards.

Jun 04, 2009
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htomsirveaux from Texas

2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber tried 13 Apr 2008.

Medium sized tan foamy head. Almost flat. Clear oaky brown color. Aroma of brown sugar followed by minerals. Tastes of caramel and bananas, moving to a nutty dry finish. Medium light body. Light alcohol.

Overall kind of blah.

Mar 02, 2009
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Zorro from California

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark red colored beer with a light brown head. The shade of red could be called brown in this case.

Smell is malty with an herbal hop notes and chocolate. Leather, wood and a faint citrus aroma.

The taste starts out strongly of chocolate and malt, unexpected for the beer style. Definitely on the sweet side and with caramel and chocolate flavors, really tastes a lot like a Milk Stout. The hop element here is completely herbal, not picking up any Grapefruit or pine at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty tasty ale that breaks the mold of the C Hopped red IPA and is actually something different for the style. Worth trying at least once.

Jan 10, 2009
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flexabull from California

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice clear deep amber color with a solid off white head.

Aromas are mostly sweet, and of bready malts.

Tastes of brewed tea up front. Settles into some slightly sweet malt flavors, very dry feeling, with a heavy roasted malt taste. Quite bready, with a rye like spice taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel is ok. A litte too dry for my liking though.

All in all, a nice amber ale. Tasty, and session worthy.

Dec 30, 2008
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good amount of Steamworks beers are now available here in San Antonio, so I guess it's time to start checking them off my list.

Poured from the bomber to a barrel pint glass, the Lizard Head Red is a pretty beer. Bright and orange/red, but also clear with a decent head, some lace. Nothing spectacular, but nice enough. The nose is sweet and malty, with light fruits (apple, strawberry, maybe some pear) and grassy earth tones. Again, nice, but nothing fancy. Taste follows suit as well. Lightly sweet and malty with light fruit flavors up front, but kind of bland and dull in the finish. Mouthfeel is underwhelming and a bit watery.

A solid, totally drinkable red ale. I would be more than content to sit on a stool in southern Colorado and down a few pints of these. It's a solid brew, but not showy. Not great, but good.

Dec 16, 2008
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz bomber this beer was a copper color with some ruby highlights. The head was a finger of thick, off-white foam that left pretty good lacing. The aroma was a good clean blend of toasted malt and fresh hops. The flavors were at first very malty, mostly toasted malt again but this then was balanced by a spicy, slightly citric hoppiness that leads to the dry finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/full and the carbonation ok. Nothing amazing but sessionable.

Dec 05, 2008
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kgotcher from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with offwhite head.

Aroma is light some buiscut malt and earthy hop notes.

Taste is big buiscut munich malts balanced with a floral hop.

I think this beer is focused on the malt but there is a good amount of "flavor" from the hops, not really bitter but you can really taste the flavor of the hops.

Frankly this is not a typical "amber" as the flavor is much bigger than something like a fat tire. I would not really put this in the same catogory as most ambers.

Nov 17, 2008
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WesWes from New York

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice complex malt aroma that boasts of pale, crystal, roasted, and bisquit malts. The malts dominate the nose, but there is a definate hop aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has a huge malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight hop bitterness. I love the grain bill on this one. It's got some crystal malt sweetness, yet roasted enough to balance it out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really flavorful red ale. I wasn't expecting much from this beer and I was pleasantly surprised.

Oct 09, 2008
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Bevmo in late April for $3.29. Best before March 2008.

Beer poured a deep copper color with a thin white head. Nose is very rich with caramel malts. Not detecting any floral hops. Taste is heavy on those malts with no balance from the hops. Later sips leave a nutty taste on the palate. Mouthfeel is thinner than usual for the style but slides across the palate fairly well. Over drinkability is pretty good. The lack of hop balance will not have me seek this out but it is not bad to try once.

Aug 31, 2008
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briman from Texas

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a reddish copper color. Clear, with about a quarter inch beige head. Average retention, settling into minimal lace.

Aroma is mild toasted malt, maybe a hint of sweetness.

Flavor is the same, mild toasted malt, with a hint of sweetness. No trace of a hop note in the finish, and no bitterness into the aftertaste.

Medium body at best, maybe leaning toward being a bit watery. Medium carbonation. Balance is fine. Overall a prety basic red. I would drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out on purpose.

Jul 02, 2008
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 ML bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
First-ever beer from this Colorado brewery...
Pours a deep, dark, amber, ruby-red hue with no head and very minimal lacing...
Unassertive, malty aroma dominated by amber grains, a hint of vanilla, and caramel nuances...
Earthy, bread and butter, caramel flavor... Taste was overall mild, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel that could've definitely been more fuller and less watered-down...
Overall, a good level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Nothing above and beyond...
Mediocore at best...

Jun 29, 2008
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SuperWhite92 from Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber bottle, March '08 date.

Appearance is great, with a deep, deep red color that is somewhat brownish at the edges.

Smell is almost non-existant. Any sort of detectable smell is merely mediocre, and mostly uninspired.

Taste is decent for the style. Very sweet and very smooth, although lacking a lot of character or uniqueness to it. A solid, albeit average, red ale.

Mouthfeel is below par. While it isn't the worst ever, it's somewhat fizzy and somewhat resembles soda. Very uninspired and not welcome in my mind.

Drinkability is there. I could knock back a few of these no problem if it weren't for the fact that the beer is so downright boring.

I'm not real disappointed in the beer, I'm just unimpressed. I don't regret spending the money, but I wouldn't do it again.

Apr 24, 2008
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BgThang from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a deep copper brownish with some red tint to it.
A little hoppy for a red, but the drinkabilty was very nice
The head does dissipate after a brief while.
I will buy this again along with their conductor IPA

I wished they did sixer instead of bombers.

Apr 09, 2008
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PhxHorn from Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason, the bar in question (Old Chicago in Mesa, AZ) uses chilled mugs for all their beers, and yet they advertise a "world beer tour" and they brag about how many beers they have. I let it sit for awhile to warm up. Oh well, Lizard Head is a dark red, almost brown in color, not much foam. Not much flavor, either. A little bit of malt, the slightest hint of cinnamon, and that's about it. I guess I could have had another, but I'm not sure why I'd want to.

Mar 26, 2008
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roblowther from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At the brewpub. The glass shows up dark red copper, with a nice thin head & lacing. The smell is caramel, honey, and wood. The taste is sweet malt, vanilla, and a sharp aftertaste. The mouthfeel is watery, but with nice carbonation. The drinkability is good, although the sharp aftertaste is limiting.

Mar 22, 2008
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kosmoraios from Washington

2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep mahogany color with a small head that is gone in seconds, leaving almost no lacing. Carbonation is minimal.

Sweet, dark fruit evident in the nose. Alcohol is also very present, with some caramel tones.

Taste is big raisin, dark fruit. Overpoweringly sweet. Caramel and bready yeast follow it up. Alcohol is too much along with the cloying dark sweetness.

Mouthfeel is oily and alcoholic. Not very carbonated. Lingers on the tongue with an astringent feeling.

Not a very drinkable ale. I did not enjoy this one.

Jan 13, 2008
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Ryanbob from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark red with little head. This beer's aroma is somewhat sweet, but does not stand out much. The thing I noticed first was a clean, metallic taste followed by maltiness. While the label advertises complexity, I do not taste much complexity here. This is a fairly straightforward red ale. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, but hoppiness is negligible in this brew.

This beer is not bad. Though there are certainly better beers in this style , this is a very drinkable, decent ale. Not challenging, but still pretty good.

Jan 06, 2008
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MiguelMandingo from Texas

3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't thrilled by this beer. It didn't do anything for me. This is my second brew from Steamworks, but from now on I think I will be sticking with their Conductor DIPA.

Poured part of bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - it is a transparent deep brownish red - mahogany. It produced a quickly dissipating one finger head. It didn't leave any lacing.

Smell - It smells okay. I can pick up a lot of different fruits along the lines of raisins and apples. There is a scent of deep caramel and burnt sugar.

Taste - The initial flavor is slightly sweet malt which is followed by fruit flavors, primarily apple, and a slight roastiness. There is a thin hop backend, but its presence is disappointing - there isn't nearly enough.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. It goes down fairly smooth, but the carbonation is a tad thin for my taste.

Drinkability - The drinkability is just okay. The flavor is too lacking for it to be drinkable. The smell is nice, but it doesn't do enough to save this one.

While this isn't a terrible beer, I don't see myself buying this one ever again.

Nov 19, 2007
Lizard Head Red from Steamworks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 49 ratings