Heartland Brewery Old Red Nose Ale | Heartland Brewery Union Square

Heartland Brewery Old Red Nose AleHeartland Brewery Old Red Nose Ale
27 Ratings
Heartland Brewery Old Red Nose AleHeartland Brewery Old Red Nose Ale

Brewed by:
Heartland Brewery Union Square
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Boto on 12-05-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by bultrey:
Photo of bultrey
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow -- twice in a row now the Heartland crew has impressed me, and this one might now be my favorite beer from them. From the Heartland menu:

"This deep mahogany winter ale is rich and fragrant with tones of orange and ginger, a hearty malt nose, and full-roasted chestnut flavor."

And you know what? They're spot on. A nice deep copper-colored beer with an attractive tan head and a really nice aroma -- a little bit like holiday egg-nog spiked with rum, or maybe a little fruitcake. The taste is really fantastic -- a candied, rummy sweetness up front that is quickly dried and bittered out with bitter orange peel and ginger. There is also a fleeting earthy flavor -- almost as one would expect in a pumpkin ale -- and I wonder if actual chestnuts are used in this beer. There isn't a whole lot of detectable hoppiness, but enough to keep this from being too sweet a beer, which lends it fantastic, balanced drinkability.

Have not been a fan of Heartland's beers traditionally, but have to give credit where credit is due.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Minotaur
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at Radio City Location.

On Tap into a pint glass.

The pour was a dark orange-amber. The head was about half an inch and was unobtrusive.

The aroma was a spicy ginger and orange with a touch of floral hops. The aroma indicated a density that did not seem present later in the taste.

The taste is less of the "deep and sweet" winter warmer and more of the spiced and tangy variety. My preference is for the former and this being the latter took me unexpectedly.

The taste IMO wavered between slightly flat and uninspiring to having the quality of a pale ale with just enough malt and orange, coriander, and ginger to qualify it as a Winter ale. I would try it again but did not find it the most compelling example of a winter ale.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Radio City location on W. 51st Street.

A: The ale has a brown color, looking amber with a slight tinge of haze. The head was thicker than any other beer that I've been served tonight and it laces nicely.

S: The nose is caramel and toffee malts with a spicy finish of a winter warmer.

T: A sip reveals a strong malt body that serves as the bready backbone for the spices. Atop that backbone, a profile of spices emerge, including orange peel, ginger and cinnamon. The spice profile is strong but subtle, never overwhelming the palate with sweetness.

M: This ale is quite drinkable and enjoyable when served cold, but I wonder if mulling it would take it to a new level.

D: A solid sipper, a nice way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of NYC just before Christmas.

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Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of plaid75
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep amber hue with a quarter inch foamy white head. There was no retention or lacing.

The smell featured a good caramel malt and subtle ginger aroma.

The taste consisted of a solid biscuity malt with a mild caramel malt element. Mild flowery hop as well.

The mouthfeel was mildly chewy.

Overall a very boring brew.

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Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork-caged 750 ml bottle, 2007 edition - bought at Heartland, this past Christmas holiday season:Pours hazy brown with a thin head that appears then almost disappears.The smell is of brown sugar, plums, chestnuts, with a hint of orange and ginger.The taste is malty with the spiciness that was in the nose mixing together - spices are balanced.  A touch roasty, though not smoky.  A touch of warming alcohol comes through.  Finishes with a lightly spiced sweetness.The body is a bit understated, esp. for a winter/Christmas brew, but it is smooth.An easy-drinking winter ale that might not be overly impressive, but has enough going on to make it interesting.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heartland Brewery Old Rednose Ale...

Appearance-small to medium head, dark red to light brown color, minimal lacing.

Smell-subdued toffee aroma, light malt and spice flavors.

Taste/Mouthfeel-warm dark taste, spice appears but very balanced. Smooth drinking, and fine taste.

Drinkability-light, smooth, very drinkable

Overall-a subdued winter ale, but one that tastes fine and probably tastes better to the touristy clientele this place gets.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Bogdawg
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
1.25/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of Pjev11
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one, 2011 Special Edition.

a - Pours a murky dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, spices, raisins, figs, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Pretty nice and fruity.

t - Tastes of raisins, figs, fruity malts, toasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose plus alcohol. Though it would be more than 5% ABV.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, full of dark fruits. Worth trying.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A murky dark red colored body. A thin white quarter inch head faded to a coating rapidly. Microscopic carbonation bubbles rising quickly. Minimal lacing.

Rich malt background with a nice blend of orange zest and ginger. Very slight hop bitterness plays second behind the spice. A nice balance.

Dark malt flavors are quickly joined by a chestnut taste. Ginger and citric aromas are much more subdued on the tongue. An overall sweetness with just a hint of spice and bitterness.

A decent feeling on all surfaces of the mouth. Carbonation is a bit subdued, but allows taste to pop.

An OK brew. Would work well with bread pudding for dessert. Definitely not a brew for every palate. Worth checking out for a twist on a spiced winter brew.

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Photo of bobv
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrentW
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of gshackles
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of HimerMan
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

23oz at the brewery.

Pours a deep orange, slightly brown with a copper-overtone.

Weak smell; but taste comes up for a very middle of the road beer. Nothing remarkable about it, but easy to drink. It is rich with malt, slight molasses, mild spice - no hops, very thin flavor.

Overall - I would suggest getting a pint of this rather than the 23oz. And, of course get the 23oz of the oatmeal stout, as per my other review.

Definitely worth a shot, clean beer - easy to drink, just not outstanding.


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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was impressed by this beer. It was a dark brown color, with hints of red to it. Minimal lacing down the glass. The nose was rich with nutmeg, orange and malts. Good malt backbone to the taste, with a good balance of the spices and orange. Not overdone as some of these seasonals can be (see Petes). A very good beer for the winter months.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jinxxor
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Zimm
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Kishel23
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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