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Red Springs Ale | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with nice clarity, a thick white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing. The smell is of caramel, bready malts, and some bright fruity hops peeking through. Hints of peach and spice. A peppery note in front of a caramel, and pale malt middle with fruity, bright peach and citrus on the end. One of the better beers at the restaurant. Silky, but bright and crips. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild hop aromas of floral and citrus. Dark amber/copper color with a white head. Head retention was poor (only beer that had poor retention); this could have been a dirty glass. Good hop bitterness with pronounced malt; very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Smooth finish with obvious hop astringency. Overall, an inviting beer with a nice balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine Tenn. Brew sampled en masse at the Schlafly Repeal festival. Pours a hahogany brown, almost cola-like, with a small ivory head.

The rye and wood resin really come across in the aroma, and a rich biscuit malt cuts into the chase with the quaff. Some hints of caramel and spice really round this guy out well.

A rich and robust brew, but with a delicate and smooth finish. Just a top notch beverage that I enjoyed. Fine job Blackstone.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, thank heaven! I had been jonesing for some cask-conditioned beer since I began the ten-day trip in late December 2006 and it was almost a week into it when I had this beer.

It came with a JacktheRipper-style tawny head. It had NE-quality clarity in a deep red ale. The nose was faintly hoppy and the mouthfeel had that subtle near-creaminess that can only be achieved from a hand pump. It had a maltier taste on the tongue, but a hoppier presence on the finish. This really had me licking my lips. Mmm, mmm, good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A terrific beer recommended by a gentleman at the bar who knew that this beer was available as a Real Ale, on hand pump and everything. The pint came to the table expectedly with a less carbonated, but silky delicate appearance. Brighly ruby colored with a solid froathy foamstand and terrific retention and lacing. Aromas are lightly toasty, robustly hopped, and ultimately sweet. The flavors take on a nice blend of toasty malts and sweet pale malts along with estery fruits of berries, apples, pears, and a hint of cherries and nuts. The beer is sweet, but held in check by big American hops that stood well above the light carbonation. The body was moderate, and stood up well with a hearty creaminess and more weight due to lighter C02. Finishes with an amber malt, sun-kissed flavor and piney hops. Certainly a standout of the evening.

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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OF = 1.050, IBU = 29. Had this on tap at the brewpub. Pours a light red color with a small head. Very clean. Leaves a little lacing on the glass. Not much aroma here - a little hops and a little crystal malt. A floral hop is present in the flavor. The taste seemed to have a slightly soapy taste to me. Smooth. Crystal malt is strong in the flavor. Not bad at all, but nothing too wonderful.

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Photo of John1985
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is served in a pint glass with an amber-yellow hue and a modest head. Aroma was faintly hoppy with some malt in the background. Nice firm taste of malt and hops that were well balanced. The hops lingered pleasantly in the aftertaste. This is a well made amber ale that added alot of enjoyment to my reuben sandwich (at the brewpub). I've tasted several of their beers over the years and although none are over the top, they are tasty, drinkable and dependable beers of good quality.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an American Amber Ale. The aroma is hoppy caramel/crystal malt in this light brown/ruby beer. The head is large and lasts leaving belgian lace on the glass. The flavor is crisp with hoppy bitterness and sweet crystal. The malty flavor lasts into the finish.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler: Pours a rich amber color with a medium beige head and thin lacing. Floral hops and malt aroma. Medium bodied with an interesting hops and berry flavor. I'm not sure if this an Americanized ESB or what, but I liked it. Finish is rich and nicely malty.

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Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Represented as an American style amber ale with roots in the Brittish bitter style. I'm not sure what that means, but they wound up with a well hopped amber, in line with an American pale ale. Slightly sweet and floral, with well balanced malt to hold it together. If you get the chance to visit this brewpub, this is the beer to order.

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Red Springs Ale from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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