Mojave Red | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by PorterPounder on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
78
Avg:
2.77
pDev:
29.96%
 
 
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0
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 78
Photo of LXIXME
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big off white to light tan head with a thin lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Rich roasted to almost burnt caramel malts aroma.

Heavy caramel malts that almost verge on burnt caramel malts taste.

More heavy caramels in a light dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A little heavy on the caramel malts for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was served on tap in a pilsner glass from the Brewery. The beer has a good red coloring to it with a light head. The smell was typical of most reds, with a light, malty tone to it. It smelled similar to most reds. The initial taste of the beer is good, but unfortunately the flavor is off your tongue before you swallow it. The beer is light and crisp, and easy on the finish. Almost a hint of apples in the aftertaste. It would be an easy beer to sit back and drink for a day, but I can honestly think of better ways to spend your time.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.09/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a nice white head, good retention.

S: Sweet caramel, but rather light in the nose.

T: Has some sweet caramel malt, with a lot of metal/penny to it and a noticable sour twang. Not good tasting, but not appalling.

M: Good carbonation, nice body, twangy and off feeling in the aftertaste.

D: Not a well made beer. A definite pass on this effort for me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The color of the beer fits its moniker, it is in fact red, dark red and brown. Flimsy head, not much in terms of head, no lace, retention. Aroma, ugh, smells like someone found some discarded used oil somewhere in the mojave desert and used it as an aroma adjunct. But that's not all that is there in the aroma, there is a discernable red malt and caramel component, so its not a total loss.

Really bitter taste for not having a perceptible hop presence. Tastes like some bad homebrew recipes from brewers who like to cheap out or do hodgepodge type of batches. Has that weird dark fruit raisin/prune kind of bitterness maybe, maybe thats what it is I'm tasting I don't like, brings out the alcohol and flavors of a challenging quad, without the belgian yeast.

Not recommended. If you want to make a red ale without hops, fine, make it smooth. But why make a red ale that is nasty bitter without hops? It just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Dark brown and red, thick. Head doesn't amount to much. Aroma was very much of alcohol, a bunch of burned caramel notes.

Taste was way too bitter, lacking 'good' flavors, dark fruit bitterness like a russian imperial stout, what the hell is going on here. Poor example of style and otherwise.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.66/5  rDev -40.1%
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!!!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
1.8/5  rDev -35%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
2.61/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sent as part of a mixed six-pack for a 26th birthday gift from my sister in April '09. Thanks, Cara!

A - Pours reddish-amber with a small creamy white head.

S - Malty with caramel, red berries, and mild citrus hops.

T - Caramel malt, some cherries, roast, and mild hops on the finish. Tastes a bit like a bad homebrew.

M - Palate is reasonably smooth with medium-light body.

D - Decent. This is pretty unexciting, but not too bad. Beats their pumpkin ale, which I had side-by-side with this.

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Photo of charlzm
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed June 13th, 2010. Bottle obtained directly from brewery on May 30th, 2010. Consumed in "special" Samuel Adams glass.

Beer pours a clear coppery caramel color. Adequate carbonation but inadequate head; a splotchy film that doesn't completely cover the surface and a tiny little ring of none-too-clingy foam around the edges.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts and minerals. Uh-oh.

Flavor is off in what I am coming to suspect is the Indian Wells "house style"; mineral water overwhelms the caramel malt flavor. I didn't pick up any hop flavor other than a barely noticeable bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a tiny bit dry.

I finished about half the bottle and then shared the rest with the drain.

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Photo of Offa
2.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is probably my least favourite Indian Wells beer, a dud version of a style that I often find to be disappointing unless done really well.

Red copper, it has a huge tan head steadily shirnking to thin ring.

Aroma is dusty old pine bark and sap, hints of citrus and barley (a bit like Napa Smith Amber Ale - which I use as a benchmark for the unpleasant version of this type of character - but better mostly because it is not as intense.

Taste is candied bitter orange peel, juicy spice, light toasted grain, all thin and a bit watery.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.16/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a friend of mine bring me a six pack from California when he went to visit family.

A: The beer poured fromt the bottle a deep redish brown color, with a tan head, that was about half an inch thick then disappeared to about a quarter of an inch.

S: The smell was strong of malt and even a little bit of honey.

T: The taste was pretty fair, can taste the malts and the hops stand out quite nicely in the end. There is a nice sweetness to this beer not quite like a honey, but somewhat similar. Sadly though, it did seem a little watered down, and could be a little more intense.

M: Nicely carbonated, smooth in the mouth with just a bit of initial bite. Very nice.

D: It is by no means one of the better beers I've had but I can easily enjoy a few of these while watching a movie or a football game, but I'd tend to reach for something a little more robust to sit and enjoy as an overall beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +31%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
2.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into an Indian Wells Brewing pint glass

A: Pours reddish copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to light layer and laces reasonably well.

S: Grainy, butterscotch, fruity, and some dark caramel malt.

T: Fruity, plum and cherry, buttery, plenty of butterscotch, a little toasted malt, and a kinda mineral like tone.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've had this one before and I remember it being at least drinkable. Maybe I just got an old bottle that didn't fare well (no date to be found). As it stands, this is pretty unpleasant.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.99/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Mark
3.82/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

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Photo of theopholis
2.22/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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69 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.
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