Paint The Town Red
Hoptown Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.77 | pDev: 10.08%
Hoptown Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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bonapartist1 from California

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wish I could still find this beer, I bought out the stock of four at Ledger's when I found them marked for 1.99 a bomber. This is a big, delicious, roasty, eminently hoppy red - the type that I love, and are all too rare. I was kind of surprised to find the average was only a B, because everyone I shared this brew with liked it just as much as me.

I'm reviewing this from memory, having just had a discussion about reds with a friend - I mention because I think the listed 5.5 ABV might be too low.

B+/A- territory, a noble effort.

Oct 31, 2010
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hophead247 from California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, malty and fruity with a slight hoppy note. Not all that great. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight caramel note and some hoppy grapefruit notes. Medium to full bodied, slightly warming and slightly dry. Thank you Hopyard.

Feb 14, 2010
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gisbrewmaster from California

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is pours a nice amber color with a good long lasting head. But due to it being unfiltered it was very hazy

Smell - This beer had i nice crisp hop scent. I felt nose gave off floral and grassy notes. The scent made me really want to try it.

Taste - This beer tastes a lot like it smells, fresh and crisp. I also felt that it was sweet yet hoppy at the same time. Its kind of like you wanted a malty sweet beer you could reach for this or if you wanted a hoppy beer you could also reach for this.

Mouthfeel - I think that since it isn't filtered it gave it a very nice mouth feel. I think if it was filtered it may have been a thin beer but by leaving in the yeast it gave it a little bit of chewiness.

This was a very enjoyable beer and if you get a chance to try it I would recommend it.

Jan 11, 2009
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barleywinebrewer from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So over dinner with the 'rents over I am looking for a lower abv beer to enjoy with a spicy dinner. I pick this up and figure what the heck. Well, this nice dark amber / red ale pours out with a solid off white head. Taste, hoppy, steady bitterness which goes nicely with dinner. Some caramel and base malt goodness supports the whole affair.

overall a nice brew with dinner and the 'rents approved as well.

Dec 30, 2008
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magictrokini from California

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber with some sediment and a cream-colored head. Great, fresh aroma of citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste was similar, and good, but had a little too much metal in the finish. Kind of like sucking on a penny in in the end. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Dec 09, 2008
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JDV from Texas

3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very surprised to see that nobody is pointing out how unique this beer was as it smacked me in the face immediately...
FAR from a traditional amber. Pours a gorgeous thick hazy maroonish, earthy red color with a giant of a lasting beige meringue like head. Dark caramel/amber notes in the nose as well as some rye-like zestiness.
Taste is big and tart plum like fruit flavors at first. Then blackberries, and berry pie come to mind, but in a largely tart rather than sweet sort of way. Nice hop presence as well, and definitely unlike any amber or any style of beer that I've had for that matter. Worth a shot, especially if you enjoy sour beers, even if you're not normally an amber fan.

Mar 01, 2008
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stephendr from California

3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle- color of medium copper , with a decent tan head - nose of dry hops , grapefruit , spruce , mild malt , and slight chocolate – taste of floral hops , resin , citrus zest (mostly lime) , some lemon , and balanced malt - body is dry , oily , and with medium low carbonation – aftertaste of malty , mellow , and lime zest

May 04, 2007
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DogFood11 from California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into a tulip. With some added aggression it forms a very loose bubbly tan head that falls to the outer ring. Lacing was sporadic and thin. Amber colored brew w/ minimal carbonation.

Bitter hop profile is fairly unique in that it really carries from the moment it hits the palate till long into the aftertaste. Its not particularly overpowering, its the opposite really. A steady mild hop presence from start to finish was nice. Lightly toasted malts give it an interesting balancer. A bit of a wooded backer.

Notes: I obviously like this much better out of the bottle as the cask version I tried it lost its backbone. This is a good brew for a good price and I hope Hoptown continues brewing.

Jan 20, 2007
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Westsidethreat from California

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Naja's....served in the ginormous mug

A: As always, the cascade effect from cask is nice. Sort of a murky reddish brown but quite clean once the carbonation subsided. Head remained a solid creamy, tan mass for most of the process.

S: Toasted grains with a faint caramel waft and a surprising hop attendance.

T: Very biscuity with a heavy amount of red fruits. Toasted grains are very apparent with a very sweet malty backbone to it. Then the hops hit...and they hit hard. Decent balance of pine and citrus hops with a very strong bitter backwash finish this beer out.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel thanks to the conditioning.

D: Overall, this beer is a bit boring. Very straight forward but still enjoyable.

Nov 14, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe strawberry-bronze topped by a thick, circular slice of toasted, shortcake-like foam. The head is impressively persistent; so much so that I'm getting tired of waiting around to see if any lace forms in its wake. After a fashion, I spy a thick, sticky collar at the very top edge of the glass (a good sign). It's a quality look that foreshadows a fair amount of hoppiness.

As does the nose. Forget foreshadowing, da hops is here! It isn't a megaton hop explosion, but it is significantly more hoppy than the vast majority of red ales in existence. It smells like Chinook to me, but Cascade is the one and only website advertised hop. A toasted caramel maltiness keeps it squarely within its stated style and keeps any IPA comparisons at bay.

Paint The Town Red tastes like the sort of red ale Hoptown would brew. In other words, a hoppy one. There's no shortage of malt in terms of flavor, although I could use a more full mouthfeel. The beer is exquisitely balanced between toasted grain and bitter grapefruit pith, with an underlying spiciness that I'd swear comes from a handful or two of Chinook cones. Pine needles come in through the front door rather than sneak in through the back door, but they pause to ring the bell.

Beer this hoppy (IPA low-average) usually asserts its bitterness on a long, lingering finish. PTTR stays evenhanded throughout, which makes it accessible to a wide range of drinkers. I'd have guessed slightly higher than 25 IBUs, but attempting to guess IBUs is a fool's game anyway. Let's just say that all 25 have been put to good use.

On the one hand, I want a bigger mouthfeel. On the other, the one that has been provided (a few clicks short of medium) is leading to what I call gulpability. Maybe it's because this is my first beer of the day or maybe it's because I haven't had even a semi-hoppy beer in a while, but this one is disappearing in alarmingly short order. Good thing it's a bomber.

After enjoying Hoptown IPA and Oatmeal Breakfast Stout, I expected good things from Paint The Town Red. While it doesn't quite rise to those heights, it's a very good red (a hop lover's red) and was a delight for the short time it resided in my pint glass. I can't wait to try the Double IPA from these guys. My tongue is starting to twitch at the thought of it.

Nov 20, 2005
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poluti from Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a tan head. The color was a deep red (closer to brown) mahogony. The smell was of sweet malt. The taste was okay, just a tad bit mediocre. It felt average in my mouth. It was a sweet in the from of my tongue a tad bitter on the back (which runs the course for this style). I didn't find anything special in this beer so I found this beer to be average as was the IPA from Hoptown (IMHO). I do not think I will have this one again.

Oct 29, 2005
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germaniac from California

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color. Has an unfiltered, hazy look to it. small flecks of yeast are present in the pour, sinking gently to the bottom of my glass. Smells of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Fairly hoppy, but still manages to be on the light side. Malt flavor blends in nicely. Very drinkable. I've had decent luck with Hoptown brews, and this is no exception.

Aug 31, 2005
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Troyone from California

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a Root Beer color with a red or amber hue, minimal head and average carb action.

Has a roasted caramel malt aroma with a citrus, grapefruit and orange, smell.

Lightly sweet, moderately bitter, and almost burnt caramel malt taste with a resin, grapefruit, and lemon/lime hop flavor.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic finish.

Very drinkable, I had this at Cato's one time on nitro and it was the best they had that night.

Jul 31, 2005
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rkhaze from California

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish amber color with a big, dense, foamy tan head. Great retention and coated the glass with chunks of lace. When it finally fell a bit it settled into a thick, creamy cap that lasted throughout. Outstanding looking beer!
Smells of a good balance between sweet malt and fresh grassy and citrusy hop aromas.
Tastes of rich sweet malt, caramel a bit of chocolate and herbal and grassy hops with a bit of citrus and spice in the finish.
Medium bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Good drinkability and just a solid Red Ale all around.

Sep 20, 2004
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mickeymac from California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After passing this many times, I finally bit. It's dark brownish-red. On pouring the end of the bottle, the glass is filled with little bits of yeast. Hop aroma is rather pronounced: the label says it's dry-hopped. The taste is a bit of caramel with slight hop bitterness. It's very pleasant tasting but not a knock-out. It goes down well.

Jul 31, 2004
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watermelonman from California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good. I wasn't expecting much, but I got something that is pretty balanced and pleasing.

It poured to a very dark red but it isn't overly malty or heavy like other such reds. The head went shrank fast but it's still leaving a great web of lace. The smell is plain but good and fairly potent. The taste almost leaves some amber malt up front but is very quickly taken over by hops. The hop content stays fairly mild.

Jun 08, 2004
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beerguy101 from California

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep Red color, medium head, very hoppy aroma. A very hoppy ale, roasted malts. Lots of hop flavor. Dry hopped. Maybe a little too intense, hops flavor sort of overpowers everything else. Not bad, but I don't think I will drink it again. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

Aug 24, 2003
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22ozs & crown capped. It was the only example of its breed on a recent visit to the Wine Country in Long Beach. The traditional looking Bomber, has an equally familiar looking generic Hoptown label. Looks like the bottle may have been around a while, but there is not Sell by Date on the Label to back up my suspicions.

Appearance: Deeply turbulent dark auburn color. Looks like red sludge when back lit. “we never filter our beer”, “so there may be a slight cloudiness” proudly says the label. Blimey you’re not kidding! This looks like a Mud Pie from Mars. The Tan colored head benefits from the solid dark colored body of the beer when viewed from overhead. Laces the glass with sliding spattered sheets, but all too soon the head settles to a thin broken cream colored covering.

Nose: Strong hoppy aromas mixed with sweet malt. Closer examination reveals a curt cut-grass aspect that grabs your attention and distracts you from the chewy toffee hints that add to nose when deeply inhaled.

Taste: A yeasty introduction phases through grass cuttings, hop pellets, sweet malt, some toffee, caramel (?) and a dry finish that has some cloying feel at the end after a few mouthfuls. As I worked through the bottle, I found that the malt strengthens as the beer gets warmer and nicely balances the hops and bitterness. In fact this beer is not all that bitter at all really. Nice juxta-position between the ‘yeast’ tastes and the hops.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, **very** smooth mouthfeel. Is this the yeasty body maybe? – I am not sure but something gives this beer a “well-rounded” feeling when swirled in the mouth. Not bad for a 5.5% Beer!

Overall: Nice offering, I enjoyed the beer very much, but I feel the sample may have been a tad dated. Is it really from a place called Pleasanton – how appropriate!

And all this for just $3.49 – but this was the last bottle in the Store as well. Damn. Oh well, maybe I can get me a fresher sample next time for a Re-Review.

Jun 10, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a slightly-hazy deep-copper with a reddish cast. The final pour, however, brings it a full haze that's almost equal to that of a hefe-weizen (and the yeast seems to help smooth the flavor). The short, creamy light-tan head holds fairly well at first, but soon drops to a decent collar with a very thin surface covering. It leaves some nice lacing, with partial sheets along the glass. It's actually quite attractive! The aroma expresses fresh hops (grapefruit/citrusy, grassy, floral) over a caramel maltiness. The body is firm, and it's quite creamy and smooth in the mouth due to a very fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor delivers the hoppiness indicated by the bouquet, wrapped in a softly sweet caramelish maltiness. It's grassy and floral with a juicy hit of grapefruit. The bitterness is submissive to the maltiness, but it's not underplayed; and it finishes dry but dripping with fruity maltiness and hop flavor. As it warms it it rounds immensely; yet still yields a supple, lightly sweet maltiness against contrasting sharply fruity hop flavors. It's not really complex, but there are several things going on that keep it interesting and work well together. It's a nice beer with a very good drinkability. Surely worth trying.

Apr 01, 2003
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BeerManDan from California

3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a very hazy brown with medium light brown foam and very little lace. The smell of citrus and hop's was a pleasant suprise, but the taste was of grapefruit and hops. The big set back for me was the acidic, sour, bitterness in this beer. Acidic and sour from the feel of the grapefruit on the palate was the big turn off for this beer, for me.

Mar 01, 2003
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Mark from California

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never paid much attention to the Hoptown beers, maybe it's the cartoonish labels? I will now say, shame on me! This beer poured a deep reddish brown, head retention was fantastic, and lacing was in cask conditioned like sheets. Some cloudiness in the body, but could have been chill haze. Nice fresh yeasty aroma and hoppy. Solid toasty, hoopy taste yet smooth. Not overdone in the least. Very drinkable and I'm glad I finally tried this very nice red ale.

Feb 02, 2003
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