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Red Banshee Red Alt Ale | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Red Banshee Red Alt AleRed Banshee Red Alt Ale

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called Retro Red.

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Photo of Chaney
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a 3 Stars glass.

A: Poured a dark, ruby red color with a sticky mildly off-white head stuck to the glass.

S: Understated, but red velvet cake batter in spades. The malt was presence, but I could have used more hop presence.

T: Ugh... tasted almost exactly like cherry cough syrup. Malt and with a floral component, but who cares.

M: The mouth was serviceable here. It wasn't too sweet and it was bubbly enough for jazz. Once again though, if the flavor isn't there, it's kind of a moot point.

O: Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARENCE: Reddish amber colored brew with an off white head. Good clarity, retention is about average.

SMELL: Nutty, toasted malt and some floral hops. Comes off herbal and spicy. A bit of molasses and brown sugar.

TASTE: A firmly malty beer with a strong hop flavor. Roasted, nutty malts, and citrus hops. Some spice and pine chime in as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated which holds well.

OVERALL: An enjoyable American amber ale. Good balance of flavor and is easy to drink. Would go well with a pulled pork sandwich.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real nice looker. Very deep chestnut color out of the bottle, hitting the glass and settling to a real deep blood red with big brown mahogany colors. Head is fluffy kind of a yellowy tan with some clumpy retention, minimal lacing, and grows easily to three fingers. Settles to a very thick laced collar.

Real solid nose on this brew. Spicy cinnamon and caramel like malts. A sense of boozy heat strangely it seems, or it could be the spicy character going overboard. A little bit doughy too with some good malt thickness. Very nice.

Flavors are there but the body feel is just a little watery and weak, not much carbonation. Good malt richness with a large spicy hop like sensations. Large aftertaste of hop oils somewhere between grapefruit and some herbal tea angle. Garden green fresh with limited light caramel and some slow stronger milk chocolate sensations.

It's nearly a four overall but the mouthfeel is just not all there to give the beer some depth and added body. Still it's an enjoyable amber either way.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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 KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep crimson red with thick off white foam. Toffee caramel nose. Bready. Taste is nutty and sweet, caramel malt backed by a very tiny hop bitter. Light mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, needs a little more buzz. Liquid candy.

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Photo of Samp01
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red hue with a small short lived beige head, some light lacing. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, yeast and fruity esters with some good earthy hops. Palate is a medium body, slightly smooth mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Finishes with caramel malt, yeasty fruity flavors with some earthy hops bitterness for balance and a bit of a nutty ending. Overall a good amber ale.

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Photo of HerdNo1
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance was actually the best thing about this brew. It poured a nice dark ruby color with an off white head that dissipated but left a lot of lacing.

Aroma was strong in spices followed by malty sweetness and some biscuit notes. Still, the spice dominated.

Taste is where this brew goes far off the mark. Better beers exhibit a sense of balance. This beer doesn't. The spice nearly overwhelms everything else. I thought that it might get better as it warmed but the spice simply got more intense. I got some malty sweetness trying to cut through the spice but it was pure sweetness rather than a deeper toffee type of sweetness and it was a bad combination.

Mouthfeel: Someone else described the finish as cough syrup. I was looking for a good descriptor and this fits very nicely.

Overall: I rarely dump a beer. Hell, my neighbor handed me a Coors Light recently and I managed to get it down. I only got about a third of the way though this one before it went down the sink. It just didn't have any balance or complexity at all and the overly spicy character doesn't work.

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Photo of RTitus
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

First off let me state that in my early days of craft beer drinking amber ales were my preferred style. That being said, I like to take a break from massive hops and enjoy these sweet light ales.

The Red banshee was pretty typical for the style, I would have liked a little more pop on the carbonation.

Smell was good with a little sweet brown sugar and a soft toffee.

Taste followed suit sweet and smooth. There was a smoky almost coffee taste, think a Sumatran coffee.

This was an enjoyable beer, and in a mixed sixer it broke up a chain of IPAs nicely.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours fairly dark amber color with a nice sized off white head.

S- A big grain, a slight dark fruit. Very sugary and a touch of molasses.

T- A big caramel at first. This beer has a touch of toffee in it as well. Again, a big strange dark fruit profile in this beer, not sure what to think about it. A big grainynress. A touch of bitterness but not uch hop flavor to speak of.

M- A decent body on this beer. A bit on the thicker side and nice carbonation.

O- This is a pass...

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice clear orange hue with amber highlights and 2 fingers of still white head. Very subtle nose, perfumey with a little bit of caramel.

Nice but simple. On the lighter side of being medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Some sweet caramel honey flavors balanced by an herbal floral hop. But all the flavors are very subtle and light. Easy drinking, would definitely be a better beer if it was priced along the lines of full sail session stuff but for an $11 dollar six pack i was really expecting a lot more than an approachable amber ale.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's not a good one.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Red? More like dark brown. Was not expecting the body to be so damn dark. Dark khaki head really hangs around. Head is frothy and reliable. Good lacing too. ONly moderate light penetration. I am interested.

S-This really comes off as more of a Brown Ale. It even has some Porter elements to it. Roasted coffee and cocoa powder. Toasted dark bread and some respectable citrusy hops. A dark Red Ale. Impressed and surprised by both the nose and the look.

T-Maybe there is a touch of smokiness here, maybe I am completely wrong. Chocolate milk powder, toasted bread and burnt caramel. It all goes together quite well. Coffee and other underlying sweetness. Light grapefruit hoppiness on the rear end.

M-Feels fuller than the ABV it holds. Bubbles are pleasant and noticeable. A bit dry, with subdued bitterness. Drinkable.

O/D-Here I was expecting to like their IPA better. Nope, this was much more unique and just better. A cool take on a very broad style. One of the best brews I had during the weekend.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with crystal and wheat malts, Willamette and Tettnang hops. 5.3% ABV, 34 IBU. Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack for $14.99. Pours out to a clear dark ruby, forming a modest soft dark yellow head with good retention and lacing. Mild to mod carbonation, ~2.3. Nice aroma of fresh grain husk and a floral soft hop nose with suggestions of biscuit, dark bread crust and tea. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium-light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...nice husky grains, biscuit, more of an earthy malt bitterness which is mild but well-balanced. Leather and a touch of dry roast in the finish. Nicely balanced and well done with no appreciable off-flavors or aromas.

Probably the best of the bunch in this sampler pack. This is one I would buy again.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a nonic, pours a nice mahogany with a caramel-ish head with nice varying bubbles. Patchy lacing. Good retention.

S - Grapefruit, caramel and sweet roasty malts. Sort of faint, or my nose is screwed up.

T - Sweet, maybe a little too sweet. Kind of roasty, with very faint cirtus.

M - Dry, with some good carb. Smooth finish.

O - Not that bad, but the taste is just a little too sweet, to be honest.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is nice and malty with a lot of sweet caramel notes. A very nice malty aroma.

T- The taste is very malty like the aroma with malt, caramel and some hops in the finish creating a mild-medium bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad brew with a good amount of malt and just enough hops to balance it out. 

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Red Banshee has a thick, creamy, beige head and a hazy, reddish-brown appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, caramel, brown bread and a little hop sting. Taste is very similar, and one gets some mild hop bitterness and even, unfortunately, some rotten flavor. Mouthfeel is slick and medium, and Fort Collins Red Banshee finishes semi-dry and relatively easy drinking. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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 korguy123
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint. No date.

A- Crystal clear dark ruby pour with brown highlights. Finger width sticky off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Sweet cookies, brown sugar and a touch of coffee.

T- Digestive cookies, sweet malts, brown sugar and a light floral hop.

M- Almost medium bodied, creamy with a touch of carbonation.

O- This is a very easy drinking no frills amber ale. Clean, simple and just an all round good beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a rich, deep mahogany color. An off-white sea-foamy head sits on top and dissipates to a film. Thick sticky lacing paints the glass at first but eventually thins out. The beer smells both of sweet caramel and bitter hops. The taste is awkward. It is overpowered by bright, grapefruit rind hops, blended with a sweet caramel taste. The final taste is that of cough syrup. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp finish.

Overall, I'm really disappointed with this. I like Fort Collins Brewery, but not this beer. The sweetness and hops don't mix well. It tastes like medicine.

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Photo of ajanesz
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a deep amber red color with a two-fingered head of yellow gold foam that slowly faded. Nice lacing with almost no carbonation.

Smell - Malty notes with a very feint estery scent, but nothing overwhelming. Also caught a slight hint of cinnamon.

Taste - Good balance of malty grain flavor and floral hoppiness. Very tender bite, not overwhelming. This one is tough to interpret. Can barely taste the Willamette hops. Very light.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a nice amount of crispness. Extremely smooth. Almost has a "light beer" quality. Very drinkable with a pleasant oaky characteristic.

Overall - A nice, if not underwhelming red ale. I was looking for something more, but this is a very light 5.3% red ale. You could easily drink 3-4, but the lack of distinctive character detracts this otherwise pleasant beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured a rusty brown color with a fluffy beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty with caramel, toasted malt, slightly bready. Tastes are mostly malt and similar to aromas: caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, with a slight herbal hop presence, albeit mild. Mouth-feel is average with ample carbonation. Overall, not too bad but nothing special. Could have used more hops for balance; seemed overly sweet and malty.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nicely textured foamy head that doesn't really ever fully disappear. Dark red, almost brown in color.

S: Caramel, malts, caramel. Mostly caramel.

T: More caramelized malts. Very heavy malt character. Small bit of hops on the back of the tongue. Bitter after, but not too strong unless you're searching for it.

M: Thick and creamy despite its amber appearance. Really silky and creamy. Loads of carbonation in here.

O: A really interesting amber. It's a good Killians alternative.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red Banshee pours an appropriate shade of ruby and is absolutely clear. In fact, this is probably the clearest red/amber ale that I have ever seen. The head is beige in color and while it is very attractive, it fades all too quickly and leaves moderate lace.

The aroma is predominantly that of crystal malts with their bready and caramel aromas taking center stage. I do pick up a slight amount of floral hop character, but they are pretty muted.

The flavor is a bit on the boring side. The crystal malts from the aroma that smelled so alluring do not come through as richly in the flavor. There is certainly more hop flavor with a floral, earthy and slightly spicy character, but it does not seem to meld well with the malt components.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter rend of medium and seems a bit watery. Carbonation is also a tad higher than I would like, though the beer finishes very cleanly.

Probably the least appealing of all the FCB beers I have tried so far. It has a decent aroma, but the flavor is all over the place. It is a drinkable brew, but I really have no desire to ever drink another one.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Shumj
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish brown with a good sized head and fair lacing

Aroma - Strong carmel malts

Taste - Coffe and Chocolate flavors come through the toasted malt. Carbonation is balanced and the flavor is smooth and consistent.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium

Overall: Found this at Binny's make your own six pack rack. It's a good ale, I would have again.

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Red Banshee Red Alt Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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