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 tone77
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -37.7%
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 +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parkcenterlounge
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BWED
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FickleBeast
3.66/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of kovfer
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 craigbelly
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hashmads
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maddogruss
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark red body with small white head with some lacing, no real retention.
S: sweet, dark toffee smell
T: sweet toffee taste with a earthy, burnt toffee aftertaste
M: smooth and medium bodied
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty good red ale

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Serenitynow20
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tmryan21
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Red Banshee is a solid if not spectacular beer. It poured a clear rich amber with thin white head and no lace. The scent was faint with some bread. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of DougT
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the artwork on these six packs. Pours red, good clarity, pretty color, thin head. Aroma was void.

Taste, you get some of those peaty red malts, a little bit of probably chinook and cascade hopping. Mouthfeel more of the same. Solidly average says I.

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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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