Mojave Red
Indian Wells Brewing Company

Mojave RedMojave Red
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Style:
Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #161
ABV:
not listed
Score:
71
Ranked #49,632
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 22.11%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
84
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Indian Wells Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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Mojave RedMojave Red
Notes: A smooth red lager without the bite. We use four types of specialty-malted barley and two types of hops, Hallertau and Cascade, which are added at the exact point in the brewing cycle to create the ideal quality blend of aroma and taste. We use our own proprietary strain of lager yeast, and all of our beers are brewed with our own on-site natural artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring. Mojave Red is lagered for several weeks, then finished to our exacting standards.
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TheLongBeachBum from California

1.66/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: Single from Trader Joes. 12 ounce bottle with a single label that has a coiled snake on a black background with the words ‘Mojave Red’ above. No strength or freshness date noted.

Appearance: Deepish red-brown body with a decent enough looking cream colored head that rapidly formed. Lots of carbonation.

Nose: “Oh fuck” was my initial impression as soon as I popped the cap on this and got whiff of its odor. SWEET lager with the merest hint of that “chemically” smell that you get from Keg Lagers made in England. Simply Disgusting. What did my nose do to deserve this punishment?

Taste: Sickly sweet, cloying, unbalanced and undrinkable. Funky chemical tastes and little natural feel. Tastes like Draino with added malt extract. Better than two fingers down the throat for inducing vomiting.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue and teeth with a crystallized sugar feel.

Drinkability: I ditched ¾’s of the bottle. Is 3 ounce really enough to Review this beer I hear you say? Erm, for me, YES!!! It’s almost too much in fact.

Overall: I have already wasted enough words on this Review, but this is truly awful. Is it me or does this beer suck more than a Dyson??

**NB** I just checked out the website, quote “Mojave Red is FLASH PASTURIZED* to guarantee a fresh tasting brew every time” WTF?? Is this the Micro Brewers answer to Bud? And I note that they also “brew” an Irish Green Ale for St. Patrick’s Day. Oh Dear!!! As Lt. Columbo once said, “I think that closes the case nicely”. *They can’t even spell Pasteurize properly on their website, geez; guess the schools are poorly attended in Inyokern. Nuff said!!!

May 09, 2004
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Mark from California

3.82/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this beer is taken for what it is, it's not bad. This lager poured a nice red amber, head shrunk down to nothing and lacing was not even there. Still the color alone bumps up the appearance a bit. Sweet malty, bready aroma. Ultra smooth, malty refreshing taste profile. A tad on the sweet side, and that is to be expected of a beer from this style. Very drinkable and nice when in a lager mood. Good for a hot day or with lunch. A decent micro lager.

Mar 14, 2004
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beerguy101 from California

1.8/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Did not think much of this beer.Not sure if it was a bad bottle or just a bad beer, but here goes. Deep red color, medium head. Roasted malts, kind of spicy, no hoppyness, flavor a little weak. A watered down red ale. Finish is neutral. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Aug 24, 2003
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yemenmocha from Arizona

2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dec 23, 2014
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Dogbrick from Ohio

2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer is a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Light body with a sweet malt character and light caramel and hops flavor. The finish is sweet toasted malt with a hint of hops aftertaste. Pretty basic overall.

Oct 31, 2009
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tar from Bahamas

3.23/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, red amber, with a fluffy, cloudlike, thick (1 finger) head. The aroma is neither unpleasant or strong, its just sorta there. The primary smells seem to be nutty or maybe yeasty. Tastes fairly good, a bit bready or yeasty, a little sweet, and rather mild. Feels fairly smooth and the carbonation and maybe some of the sweetness tingle the tongue a bit. A decent beer, but not something I'd really look for again.

Sep 04, 2003
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Gavage from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark copper color with some mahagony highlights. A short 1/4" head lingers a bit.

Smell: caramel, fruits, and a general malt sweetness is easy to detect but a bit too sweet overall.

Taste: a bready malt profile here. Caramel, red plums, red apples, and a mild bitterness rounds out a standard red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Smooth from start to finish. Short bready and caramel filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a bad beer, but one that you may want to change styles from after two or three of these.

Apr 01, 2009
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Boilermaker88 from California

3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third times a charm for Indian Wells Brewery's mixed 6-pack I got from a buddy of mine. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle, this beer poured a nice clear dark amber color topped by a creamy off-white head that slowly faded down to a thin skim. Little crbonation observed.
Smell was of crisp ripe fruit, similar to a ripe Fuji apple, and hints of caramel and grain.
Taste is all sweetness, slight apple cider flavor with a touch of caramel and plums or prunes. Virtually no hops flavor detected.
Feel was medium bodied, slightly dry.
Overall, the best of the three Indian Wells beers I sampled. I tried this beer about five years ago and I remember liking it then. I still like it now and it would make a decent session beer. I'm just not ready for the nearly two hour drive to get it.

Sep 04, 2003
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surfmeister from California

3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm really up in the air about this brew.
A: red/bronze, clear, firm yellowish/tan head that was a little disturbing, hmm nice looking or weird?
S: good malty profile, somewhat sweet with some spicy hop content
T: malty and definitely sweet not offensive, a taste I have to call "butterscotch" lingers, is that diacetyl?, again, interesting or weird?
M: full, substantial, nice carbonation level
D: possibly a little sweet here, any beer competing with SABL has to do better, but I would not avoid this beer however

Jul 08, 2004
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Zorro from California

3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is malty and a bit fruity; it is a bit bready too.

Taste is good! It is malty sweet in taste. There is a plumy fruit taste here too. Hops are in there if you hold it on your tongue and let the bitterness build up.

Mouthful is good.

An easy drinking brew. Not terribly complex but a solid ale I would buy again.

Feb 29, 2004
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allengarvin from Texas

3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New beer in Texas, so had to try. Poured into a 12-oz mug, it's a dark red color, with a head that forms well but falls away within moments. The nose is very sweet malt. Flavor is malty, quite sweet, a touch of hops... wow, this tastes nearly exactly like a lot of kit homebrews, made with hopped malt extract. It makes a bit nostalgic for my first few brewing attempts. I'm not sure if I've ever had a commercial beer that tasted as much like cheap homebrew before.

Feb 12, 2009
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GClarkage from California

2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

02/26/05- Purchased from Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into a random glass mug.

Appearance- Amber-red pour with a quick dissolving head and no lacing.

Smell- I guess a mix of metal, hops and malt? Smells metallic....a bit scary.

Taste- Tastes like a sweetend red ale with added lead and extra hops. Very odd and weird taste. Fairly intense hops. Kinda burned my tongue.

Mouthfeel- My mouth is still dry after drinking this stuff. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- No thanks is all I have to say.

Feb 27, 2005
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KoG from Nevada

2.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just your typical red lager that really isn't red at all. No head beyond the fizzy foam produced upon opening, and really doesn't smell like anything.

Taste is watery with a VERY light hop profile on top of water, but it did go decently with the pizza and complemented the spicyness of the pepperoni.

Hrmmm... No sir, i didn't like it.

Dec 30, 2004
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sloejams from Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This came with 2 other varieties from Indian Wells from the Beer on the Wall, BOTM club - which sadly, has been kinda disappointing.

To start off, I'm not a huge fan of reds. Even still this was not passable by any standards. It looks just fine. The smell is where goes off - everything is relatively subtle. Hello is there beer in there? The mouthfeel was the worst part, it had a buttery slickness to it.

Skip this one, kids.

Apr 11, 2008
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2beerdogs from California

3/5  rDev +5.3%

Aug 22, 2013
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theopholis from California

2.22/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma: Fairly sweet malt. Just the barest hint of floral hops.

Appearance:Orange/bronze, very clear, tight yellowish/tan head that has NO staying power.

Taste: Not nearly as malty and sweet as it smells. Has a weird soapy taste. Some bittering hops in the background and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level. Appropriate body for style. Not syrupy.

Drinkability: It's okay. Nothing great. I'm getting a weird aftertaste. Not a beer I would recommend, but I wouldn't steer people away from it either. I'll never buy another sixer tho.

Nov 30, 2006
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nach0king from Texas

2.02/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Didn't finish it.

A: Nice colour but pretty dull otherwise, nothing going on here head-wise.

S: Quite appealing with caramel and grains.

T: Downhill. When I first sipped this I started a bit and had to reach for the bottle to check the label. Yep, it's red, and it's a lager... so why does it taste like I threw up in my mouth 20 minutes ago? Overcooked brussels sprouts are the aftertaste.

M: Honestly, I was so off-put by the flavour that I barely noticed. Medium-bodied is about all I can say for it.

Overall, I wouldn't drink this again, and I won't be seeking out other Indian Wells efforts.

Oct 22, 2011
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rab53 from Washington

2/5  rDev -29.8%

Dec 01, 2011
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DogFood11 from California

2.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer at trader joe's since I'm always hunting for a brew I haven't sampled this caught my eye. I'm on beer #4 of the sixpack and I think I have a good idea of whats going on with this Amber Lager.

Every brew poured a gracious tan head. Copper / reddish hue.

This is where the brew starts to fade to mediocrity. I pick up some caramel, and an odd hop presence that is slightly sour, metallic rounds it out. I'm not sure how this is going to mold together and work.

alot of "tin" that actually rattles the attention of the fillings in a couple moulers. Caramel is overshadowed and the hop presence struggles to come through if at all. Finishes extremely dry. So dry that it leaves a powdery coating on the palate.

I haven't had much success with random finds at trader joe's. I'm starting to wonder who the bigshot is that samples the brew before they sign them up for distribution. At any event this beer is not reccomended with a bullet.

Nov 10, 2005
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IntriqKen from California

3.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a full tan head that lasts a long time.
Aroma of bread and biscuits...very soft on the nose.
Tingly sharp on the tongue, however.
Very dry flavors and mouthfeel. Amber malts are very subdued.
Interesting lager to say the least. Flavors are really reminiscent of a swartzbeir.

Jan 04, 2007
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brheuer from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Mar 24, 2013
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A dark amber color with a small tan head and a bit of lace.
Very little aroma. Faint caramel and hops.
Very little taste also. A tiny bit of caramel and a little late hit of hop bitterness.
Not a particularly good beer.

Apr 06, 2016
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BretSikkink from Mexico

3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish tint with a foamy tan head, tight bubbles, clear body. Good lacing left behind.

The nose is malty sweet, strong but one-dimensional. Body is full and smooth, but the flavor is too sweet for me. Tastes as though it should have much more booze, but only comes in at 5.5%.

Finishes watery, overly sweet, with brew salts left over. Not high on my list, but here in Mexico I take my American microbrews where I can get them.

Mar 20, 2012
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jeffjfindley from California

3.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red with a very satisfying head. Nose is malt, malt, malt, and a touch of sour fruit. Taste is functional, but unimaginative, conststing primarily of caramel, with a dash of hops, and an unfortunate bit of cloying metallicism (Band name!). Mouthfeel is predictably rich, but sticky and unispiring. Drinkability is fair. Probably won't pick it up again, but wouldn't make it a point not to, either.

Jul 26, 2007
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BucBasil from Rwanda

2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: poured from the 12oz bottle into the pint glass. Average all aroun

S: faint malt backbone with some fruity tones of berry

T: very mild. Pretty much a bready malt center with some citrus notes around. A bit of hop bitterness balanced by some fruity berry sweetness.

Overall nothing special but not bad. Wouldn't turn this down but wouldn't seek it out or buy from a store.

Aug 02, 2013
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