Red Banshee Red Alt Ale
The Fort Collins Brewery

Red Banshee Red Alt AleRed Banshee Red Alt Ale
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The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.34 | pDev: 15.27%
Apr 25, 2019
Feb 12, 2011
Red Banshee Red Alt AleRed Banshee Red Alt Ale
Notes: Formerly called Retro Red.
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3.5 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 25, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, and roasted nuts; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, and roasted nuts; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy, peppery, roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, roasted nuts, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very nice American amber ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very well rounded and nicely rich malt complexity, with balancing earthy hops against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering; well made, and spot on style example. No idea how old this was, but it held up great for the ABV.

Jan 12, 2019
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3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
by mactrail from Washington

Can't fault the attractive coppery color with some swirls of foam. Watery body. Some aroma of black tea and something grainy. Some astringency comes through in the first sips. Pleasant mouthfeel other than the increasing bitterness.

This is the classic Red/Amber ale flavor and not one I happen to be fond of. Too bitter, too resiny, with an anemic malt. Sweet and dishwatery. Good for a couple of gulps but I don't have to drink the rest. From the 12 oz can in the mixed Colorado 12-pack purchased at Grapevine LIquors.

Jun 28, 2017
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4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wasatch from Colorado

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by KLHBB from Arkansas

On tap at the Denver airport. Red-brown jewel tone, nice lacing. Sweet caramel malt in the smell. Taste follows with an earthy slight hop edge. Medium mouthfeel, altogether not outstanding but perfect for breakfast at the airport.

Mar 09, 2017
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3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothmanscott from Georgia

Pours a murky brown with a reddish hue producing slightly less than 2 fingers of shortlived, beige, frothy head that leaves small motes and streaks of lacing. Aroma is sugar sweet, toffee & caramel, yeast & faint hints of dark fruits & earthy herbal hops. Taste is a more robust version of the nose but with a roast and nutty quantity, especially towards the end: caramel malt, pumpernickel, yeast, thin fruity esters & faint earthy hops finishing with caramel, roast & nuts, fruit & an increasing hop bitterness. Begins malty and finishes somewhat well balanced. Tastes more like a brown ale or a watery Porter than an amber ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation, silky with slight spice.

Mar 08, 2017
3.25 by Big_Thirsty from Illinois on Mar 02, 2017
3.5 by BdM from Netherlands on Feb 23, 2017
3.41 by Timtac from New Jersey on Jan 08, 2017
3.43 by CreedeSon from Illinois on Dec 05, 2016
3 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Nov 14, 2016
1.81 by M_chav from New Mexico on Sep 19, 2016
3.81 by Eddiehop from Texas on Sep 01, 2016
3.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 27, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am plowing through some of my backlog of CANs, especially in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). These series of FCB CANs were procured at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

From the CAN: "A session-able ruby red alt ale true to its German roots with an approachable hop bitterness from German noble hops, subtle caramel malt sweetness with notes of biscuit and toffee. Release your inner Banshee."; "Family owned & operated since 2003"; "Pairs well with: Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese, Crème Brulee".

As we know by now, nothing happens without a Crack! & once that was CANpleted, I CANducted an inverted Glug. The foaming was not too severe & I managed to get 3/4 or more of the CANtents into my glass before I was forced to back off. It settled into two fingers of puffy, rocky, tawny head that fell quickly in the face of this evening's humidity. Color was a gorgeous Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a syrupy sweetness along with a slight nuttiness and a definite breadiness. When they speak of beer as liquid bread, this could be an example. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. The taste was (thankfully) not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. Instead, the nutty breadiness was prevalent and quite tasty. Imagine banana nut bread, sans the banana. There was a richness to its flavor that I could probably do without, but it is more than just a simple AmeriCAN Amber/Red Ale. The CAN now identifies it as a "red alt ale". Finish was semi-sweet, almost semi-dry, with a breadiness that simply lingered.

Aug 16, 2016
3 by tylerstravis from Colorado on Jul 30, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

Pours red with a short lasting head of foam. Best by November 2016.

Some caramel malt and light hops in the smell. Reminds me of Alaskan Amber, another Alt style ale.

Light sweetness, mild bitterness, more earthy than anything else. Doesn't stand out but is quite drinkable and enjoyable. I wish that I remembered how this stacks up to the old original from H.C. Berger.

Jul 16, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dcscientist from Colorado

Yep, it's a red. Pretty much tastes like most other reds. Not too inventive, just a good representation of the style. Didn't really stand out in any way though. I know this brewery is in the process of changing some of their recipes so I'll be curious to see what, if anything, they do with this one.

Jul 08, 2016
3.7 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jul 05, 2016
3.49 by Squire from Mississippi on Jun 27, 2016
3.33 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Jun 25, 2016
3.48 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jun 24, 2016
3.34 by _ascags from North Carolina on Jun 16, 2016
3.27 by telescifly from Colorado on Jun 11, 2016
3.2 by Miami66 from Nebraska on Jun 07, 2016
3.21 by SamuelMiller from Montana on Jun 06, 2016
3.6 by TonyTwins from Nebraska on May 29, 2016
3.34 by Azeotrope from Nebraska on May 28, 2016
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3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is malts, subtle hops, sugar, some caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing beer.

May 28, 2016
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2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz can. Pours light reddish amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is nutty malts and vegetables.

The flavor is sweet cola malts with some bitter roast and a little stewed vegetable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, I remember liking the original and the Retro Red a lot better.

May 20, 2016
4.33 by Popatopagain from Iowa on May 19, 2016
2.97 by parkcenterlounge from Colorado on May 17, 2016
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3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

I didn't get a real chance to review this properly as it was out of the can, and 2/3 of the way through it was taken from me by a Nazi bartender who said they didn't serve that there (which was true, I just wanted to have one before I ordered taps).

Overall though, it was neither too bitter nor too malty, a touch metallic but not overly so, had a medium body that followed through to the finish; it was not bad but not particularly memorable. A typical boring alt ale with not much redemption going for it. Maybe someday I'll review it again in detail, but I think for now this is a solid pass in the future.

May 08, 2016
2.78 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on May 05, 2016
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3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by BWED from Colorado

12 oz bottle poured into wilibecher.

A- Dark amber. Tan head is foamy and retains at about one finger. Good lacing.

S- Caramel malt, with subtle spicy hop. Very, very light dark fruit notes.

T- Mild sweet malt. Hop flavor a bit earthy.

M- Mainly sweet, strong medium body. Mild dryness in the finish.

O- Very mild all around. Wish there was more of a hop presence.

May 05, 2016
3.41 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by FickleBeast from New Jersey

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 9/2016 on bottom of can.

Pours a clear ruby red color with a finger of off white foam that fades quickly. Aroma is a touch minerally, without too much sweetness or hop presence.

First sip as a nice sweet munich malt flavor, with a very clean finish. Not a whole long going on here, but a nice solid and enjoyable brew.

May 01, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by kovfer from Colorado

Nose has a hint of hops. Malty syrupy feel, more than other red ales I've had.

Apr 22, 2016
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3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by TheSixthRing from California

Appearance - Pours clear and brown with ruby highlights and a light khaki, finger width head. Fair retention, then fades down to a thin, broken layer across the surface. Lacing consists of broken sheets and a few spots here and there.

Smell - Caramel malt sticks out like a sore thumb, along with a lightly floral and spicy hop aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mostly a basic caramel malt flavor with a touch of hop spice. A bit of grain comes through in the finish. Simple.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, then a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Fair drinker, but kind of boring. It's well made, but there's nothing here that excites the taste buds and begs for another sip.

Apr 17, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz can with more appealing graphics than seen earlier on bottles. Served at about 50F in a lager glass.

Brown-ruby body with excellent clarity and an above average dark beige head. Sticky patches of lacing are left behind after a full sheet slides back into the body.

Aroma: markedly hoppy for style.
Flavor: malt dominated but by a thin margin with more spicy hops than usual for style. Excellent balance.

Overall: a very nice sessionable red ale with added interest from spicy hops and an excellent appearance and mouthfeel. Approaches 4.

Apr 13, 2016
Red Banshee Red Alt Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
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