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:
408
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
14.96%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
50
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Eddiehop
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +17%
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 tylerstravis
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wizzle32
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hozersr
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of _ascags
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of telescifly
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Miami66
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TonyTwins
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azeotrope
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Beaver13
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Popatopagain
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parkcenterlounge
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BWED
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FickleBeast
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Red Banshee Red Alt Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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