Red Banshee Red Alt Ale | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Red Banshee Red Alt AleRed Banshee Red Alt Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called Retro Red.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
410
pDev:
15.27%
 
 
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Ratings: 410 |  Reviews: 108
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Standard 12oz bottle pours s clear burnt amber color with a dark khaki head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

This smells fruity almost perfume-like with alcohol and raisons. A slight herbal touch is also present.

The taste is herbal with mild fruity aspect and cardboard-like dusty grain flavor that lingers with some caramel/toffee.

This is medium in body and modestly carbonated. I appreciate my friend gifting me with a bottle of this - its ok but it tastes dated and I likely would not purchase it.

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Photo of tmryan21
2.57/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured a ruby-brown with a moderately sized, off-white head. Good balance of malts and piney hops in the aroma. Biscuity taste, sweet malts, balanced with a moderate amount of piney hoppage, grainy, with notes of apple and maybe a touch of citrus. Medium body, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Azeotrope
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tlazaroff
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Banshee has a wonderfully rich malty nose. I pick up burnt caramel, toffee, freshly baked bread and a light floral scent.

The beer looks great! It's a deep dark red with an off-white foamy head that dissipates, but not fully. Lacing is nice as well.

Upfront, Red Banshee is more bitter than it smells, I then get a hit of caramel which turns into burnt caramel with hints of light chocolate.

Carbonation on this is moderate, and it has a nice medium body with a dry finish.

This beer is supremely drinkable and overall not bad, but there are other Ambers that I would take over this one.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of KLHBB
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of J2t645
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Merticois
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A nice white 1.5 inch head which stayed there for a minute or two. The color is a pretty dark coppery amber.

Scent - Floral notes, a nice sweet caramel scent. A faint hint of herbs.

Taste - Up front a strong amount of caramel sweetness and floral note. This gives way to a finish of medium hops and a nice crisp citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium thick body, with a confusing finish, simultaneously dry and yet there is a sticky residue left over in the mouth. Nice carbonation and a crisp bite from the hops.

Overall - This is a pretty interesting beer. It's got a sweet caramel malt and herbal floral flavors and the finish is very hoppy and reminds me of an IPA. It's pretty tasty and if it wasn't for the mouth-feel, I'd probably rate it a bit higher. Overall, not a bad brew, I would drink this again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff goes through name and label changes like Ocho Cinco. Red beer, good clarity, average head. Aroma was grainy, faint malt sweetness. Par for the course.

Taste, a little more flavor along the lines of sweet, bitter and mild hopping in this. A little thicker viscosity than your average red, lending to the beer not having a crisp, dry or zesty edge at all. Malty is the dominant profile. Seems like one of those basic styles and efforts, something a homebrewer would rave about if it were his.

Cool label, average beer.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Nothing to do with anything, but coyotes are kinda creepy in person. At night. Just sayin'. Anyway, this brew pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a short-lived finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, clove, black pepper, toffee, and some light cocoa. The taste holds notes of orange rind, flowers, very light burnt toffee, and a touch of balsa. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an okay red at best, one that suffers from its overly thin feel and seemingly off flavors.

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Photo of TastyBeerConsumer
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of GratefulJack
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of M_chav
1.81/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An impressive dark amber brown with a minimal bit of head forming a decent layer of head only slightly sticky.

S - Smells of caramel malts, slightly earthy hops, and a touch of medicinal Sweetness.

T - Not the worst Red ale but not bad. Balance of hops and malts is noticed tasty.

M - Light to medium bodied I could have a few of these.

Overall not found locally but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of sohearn
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth easy drinking pool beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TeddyStriker
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Red Banshee Red Alt Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 410 ratings