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.

Added by jmkratt on 02-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
407
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head on a deep amber body with some mahogany hues.

S: wet caramel malt with a musty sweetness and light hops.

T: caramel malts up front of mild sweetness fade to herbal and earthy hops with a smokey and slight sharp, peppery note.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Flavor is fairly complex for the style. Its nicely bold as oppose to watery as is usually the case with this genre.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours a clear amber red with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, grapefruit, and biscuits. Taste is somewhat watery and is of bread, grapefruit pulp, and slight brown sugar. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average amber ale with a smell that is better than the taste.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice take on an american red ale. pours quite dark, the color of maple leaves in autumn, with a small tan head resting on top. smells like a fall beer too, mildly spicy, robust red malts, with a touch of smoke to it. flavor is rich and caramely, with notes of dried fruit and a decent hopping at the finish. feel is excellent, more body than a lot of reds out there, almost full bodied. average to bright carbonation keeps the flavors moving. overall a very nice red ale from fort collins, whose beers have been hit or miss with me so far.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear very dark reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of sweet toasted malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the smoothness of this beer and the strong flavors of toasted malts. There was some sweetness, but not enough to make it cloying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Toasty and with a sun-kissed sweetness, Red Banshee demonstrates an even-keel balance from sip 'til finish, and in moderate tone throughout. Designed for low offense, but also slight on challenge and intrigue.

Extreme clarity of deep mohogany redish brown hues elude to intense filtration. But the thick froath that builds from fine carbonation proves very strong and sturdy with lightly tanned foam and intermitten pockets of lace along the glass.

True malt scents set the aromatic tone, along with complementary notes of caramel, toffee, orange peel, and grass. Toasted grain and malts obviously govern the aromas without one commanding the other.

Toffee, grain, caramel, toast, and bread crust begin the flavor profile, with the malty-malt flavors providing an envelope that gounds the taste. A balance from grassy, woody, and citrus hops offer a needed variety of flavor aside from malts, along with the finish of grassy bitterness that offsets the sweetness and dries the beer late. With an emptying taste mid way through, the beer reveals a rather unappealing grainy and metalic taste just before finish.

A firm malty and creamy start waivers quite quickly and becomes thin and somewhat watery soon after, leaving a long lull in the mouthfeel. Somewhat grainy and astringency at that point, the beer recovers slightly for a minty-dry and clean malt finish. A somewhat peculiar procession with a pleasant start and finish with such a void between.

A nice American Amber that foots the bill in early creamy malty flavor, hop balance, and herbal finish. But the lack of soul at the crucial transition point from initial taste to finish really hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Slatetank
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap @ Cobblestones in York, PA on 3/16/11

The beer comes with a deep copper almost crimson shade and has good clarity with a thick pale cap of tan. The lace holds moderately well and the bead is tiny. The aroma is a mix of caramel and slight citrus notes from the hops which is ok, but doesn't really draw me in, just too mild. The feel is smooth with hints of maltiness and mild carbonation with slight toasted grain texture and slight 'green' yeast and hop quality.

The flavor is ok, but has some green tannic maybe acetaldehyde or could just be mild hop astringency with some caramel malt overtones. The light tangy bread yeast taste and subtle biscuit undertone coincides with a hint of hop bitterness in the semi-dry finish. The overall score is above average for it is not a bad example, just misses the mark slightly. It expresses itself as it warms and is drinkable, but just not something I see myself ordering again.

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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 paulish
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle caught my eye at the local beer store today, It must have come in a sampler pack. Pours bright ruby red with a light tan head. Fine speckled lacing layers with each sip, the Red Banshee on the label could pass for my wife (a strawberry blonde with a mouth). Aroma mild fruitiness with herbal/earthy background amongst the caramel malt flavor. This is a basic red ale so tip it back and enjoy, pinkies up. A bit of grain husks almost like a grain room with sourdough bread fresh out of the oven. Mouthfeel is medium bodied an overall interesting experience trying a new beer, sometimes the beer just isn't that interesting. Carbonation levels are on par with the norm, overall impression that this is a well made drinkable Irish red ale complete with house banshee.

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Photo of stakem
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Red Banshee Red Alt Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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