Lizard Head Red | Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 06-26-2005

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper to ruby red with a 3 fingers sand colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

Smell: Slight caramel notes that gtrow stronger as the beer warms

Taste: Malty biscutty notes followed by fruittiness. Finishes fruitty & quenching, no real bitterness

MF: Medium to chewy with good carbonation

Drinks really easy, just slighlty askew as reds go

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Photo of BeerZack
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium-dark brown with slight reddish tinge (mahogany). Light but complete head with little or no lacing.

The smell of this thing is not only the best part of this brew, but the whole reason I had to review it. First I get a sweet fruity malt impression then in comes a perfectly roasted carameliness- I can pick-up almost any fruit I think of- apples, bananas, oranges, pears and more.

Sweet malt, apples, roasted malt, not much else; hardly anything in the way of bittering, more drying or tannic.

Kinda bubbly, not quite stinging with the aggressive carbonation.

I would much rather smell this beer and drink a different one, but its not bad if you don't need the hops (or a funky sourness) like I do.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon its release from the 22 ounce brown bomber, the color appears a burnished copper, the head decent in size, frothy in texture and off white in color as it dissipates the surviving lace forms a thin yet concealing blanket on the glass. Nose has a crisp clean freshness, comprised of sweet malt and a touch of hops. Start has an adequate malt presence with a light to medium feel. Finish has decent hop spiciness, slightly sweet, dry aftertaste, a nice drinkable beer; I’ve become quite fond of this brewery’s brews

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First, I dig the Steamworks logos. They're cool, they have depth and information, , and yeah, they do it for me. Anyway, this 'un looks like a hazelnut, a clear hazelnut with a nice thick tanned foam that resides as though it were a proud overlord. Man, that smells sweet and malty. It smells like fruit syrup at the waffle house.
I find this to be pretty smooth, pretty light. I taste fruit essence, roasted grains boiled up with a little brown sugar in the water. It's nice and chewy. There's a little green tea to cleanse the palate, or try. I didn't hate it, but it's not really my style. The maltiness was bared by a thin mouthfeel, I found the beer to be a bit stripped in the interest department.

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Photo of Determined_021
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type Sampled: 22fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date.

Appearance: Pour into a 20oz. Pilsner glass. Nutty brown with red hue. Crystal clear. Rocky 3 finger head with great retention.

Smell: Malty, strawberry, clean yeast and noble hops.

Taste: This beer starts with a dry maltiness. The Munich malt gives this beer a chalky edge that’s kind of unusual. But overall the malt balance is very nice. Hop bitterness is also fairly balanced however a hoppy flavor is quite mild. I also get some fruitiness in this beer; I particularly taste strawberry probably from the strong malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, as well as carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, This beer is quite refreshing and tasty. A little on the bitter side for me but I could see buying this to change it up a little. I also have to say that I obtained this brew from the local brewery rep. after I had a bad bottle of their beer. Steamworks customer service is A+.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of kosmoraios
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.21/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Bobhoya
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.91/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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