Red Leader | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mjl21 on 05-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BR brewpub. This beer is described as their version of a Baltic porter. Poured into a pint glass and comes in at 5.9%.

A-Pours a very dark red with a one finger tan head. Lots of lace is left.

S-Biscuity malt is the predominant smell when it first arrives. As it warms, I pick up on some red cherry.

T-Has a very mellow taste. Sweet malt hits after taking a sip followed by the red cherry and other stone fruits. There really is no roasted malt flavor in here. Reminds me more of a Scotch Ale than a Baltic porter. Really no bitterness to speak of in this one.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and low carbonation.

D-Quite an easy drinking beer. Low in abv.

As mentioned above, I felt this was a lot closer to a Scotch ale than a Baltic Porter based on appearance and flavor. I still found this to be a pretty good beer though.

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Photo of Offa
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly tasty beer but not really fitting a Baltic Porter in strength or character.

Deep, dark red-brown, it has a small off-white head soon shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, leaving a little good lace.

The aroma is very subdued and very simple, mostly lightly malty with stewed plums.

The taste is better and more interesting, mostly malty but with a definite light hop presence. It is fruity-toasty with some stewed plums and grapes and hints of milk chocolate, anise, pepper, and a faint grapefruitiness in the finish, plus a definite rosey-floweriness primarily reminiscent of rose Turkish Delight. It mostly lightly sweet but a light bitterness builds toward the finish and lingers afterwards. It's fairly smooth and has a nice, frothy feel.

The taste somewhat reminded me of Third Street Aleworks' Stepchild Red Ale but not as good.

It's good, just not really a Baltic Porter and not great.

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Red Leader from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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