W'06 N.W. Red Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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W'06 N.W. Red AleW'06 N.W. Red Ale
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W'06 N.W. Red AleW'06 N.W. Red Ale

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Reidrover on 02-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Tupperwolf:
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dark red with a creamy, slightly soapy head of appropriate size that falls after a little while, and leaves thin rings of lacing behind.

Smells - kind of like a weak Arrogant Bastard, a medium-citrus-hopped malty red ale. Slight metallic, grapefruit, and slight mint scents dominate the hop aroma.

As the glass is lifted to my lips, the aroma of hops dominates the first flavors I receive when sipping; A bitter, grapefruity punch of hops begins the flavor, which quickly carries over on the palate to a very deep, rich maltiness, sweet and heavy. The finish transitions briefly back over to hops, with a metallic, gritty flavor.

Smooth, and very heavy are the words that I think describe the mouthfeel best. it's a very weighty, full-bodied brew.

Overall, this is a pretty thick, reasonably burly brew, with a slightly unbalanced blend of hops, but it's a good go at a strong ale from a brewery like Widmer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 3/21/06. Pours a deep reddish brown with a large fluffy light tan head that is long lasting and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is caramel malts and grassy piney hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet bready caramel malts initially followed by a good deal of piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste, but is balanced by a little residual sweetness. There's a little melon fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is medium to full with velvety carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. It's a drinkable, nicely hopped red (makes for a good IPA).

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to bennetj17 for the offering...
Clear, dark amber in color with a full two fingers of off-white head...most sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing.
Decent aroma...candy malt and juicyfruit hops balanced nicely in the nose.
Taste is a very unique taste on the style...pushed to the extreme in many ways. Sticky hops and heavily sweetened up by the malt...a bit cloying in the finish...not "ghostly" as the bottle would suggest. The alcohol is not totally hidden, but it is not distracting.
Mouthfeel very thick and the carbonation is perfect for me.
Glad to try this one...I like it, but could not drink more than one in a sitting due to the sweet factor.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger head which disappated quickly.
Aroma was malts, light pine....definately clean 'beer' aroma. Fresh and light.
Mouthfeel only slightly creamy...noticed mostly in the aftertaste/feel.
Taste is malty but heavy on hops....typical of an American brew. Light grapefruit fruitiness...again, overshadowed by the hops (not necessarily a bad thing).
Light carbonation but warm alcohol feel in the back of the throat.
Slight warmth and dry hops aftertaste.
Overall....a nice brew when looking for a hoppy red.
I could definately session this beer...very refreshing on warm days.
I wanted to update my review to state that I have now had several of these....well, a case anyway. I keep going back to buy another six pack and every one has been very enjoyable. This is a wonerful brew. I sincerely hope that Widmer makes this a part of their regular line someday. I love it's balance and nice hoppy profile. A great big hitting American red.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a garnet-copper hue topped by a creamy, slightly sticky half-inch of off-white head. Aroma of toasted medium-bodied malt, a touch of floral hops, and a bit of a phenolic, metallic tinge. A sweet, malty flavor dominates the palate, with some slightly bitter floral hops to balance it out. Finish is again a little metallic, with some warming from the considerable alcohol presence. Body is a little heavy for a red ale, but is appropriate for the amount of flavor in this assertive brew. Although it's tasty, I'm not sure I'd like to drink more than one of these. An interesting beer, and a branching-out effort for Widmer.

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Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral, citrus hop aroma with a huge malt backbone of sweet caramel. Copper body with a pinky thin, fluffy white head. Very bitter fore is full of grapefruit rind-like hops. Not as malty as it smells, but there are some sweeter malt undertones that run long into the finish and mark a clear delineation for the early bitter hops. This is a decent tasting beer, though for my personal palate it’s too bitter in the fore. Not a style I go for, but I’d have this again. Especially with spicy food.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown ale with a tan head. When held up to a strong light it is more amber than red in color. Viewed against a snow-white background this is still brown to dark amber in color and not red. Noticeably thick when you pour this.

Smell is strong and full of "C" type hops, strong enough to be in AIPA territory. Lots of grapefruit, pine and menthol in the scent. Malt is there as a vague sweet scent but the smell is all hops.

Taste is sweet and chewy in the mouth with a good strong taste of caramel. Hop flavors of pine and grapefruit and melon caress your tongue more than hit it, very silky and oily on your tongue. Sour hop flavors are there if you hold this on your tongue for a bit, quite lemony. Taste wise this is like Stone Double Bastard after a year in the cellar.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky; I like it a lot.

A super drinkable beer here that I had serious doubts about from the looks and smell. Damn tasty beer that I will go back and get some more of. Double Bastard after a year in the cellar that is what this tastes like, except this is ready for your glass right now! GO GET SOME!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear dark copper brew. Head fades slowly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is piney and lightly fruity hops. Taste is dominated by the piney hops from beginning to end, but the maltiness underneath is ample to provide a nice backbone. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing, this one was a nice surprise.

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Photo of guitarmage
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber ruby color, clear, few bubbles, nice foamy off white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Not especially aromatic, but a big dose of herbal hops, cascade, also some fruity esters, and sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet malt and fruit, also some molasses and coffee flavors, surprsingly complex, big warming alcohol, hops are present but seem to take a back seat in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied, almost nitroish, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer definitely surprised me. It has similar flavors to Arrogant Bastard Ale, of course not as big or alcoholic. It's good and complex, interesting brew.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New offering from Widmer..same simple styled label as the W'05.
Dark coppery red, clear, with a small tan head.
The aroma is rather on the subdued side, what there is is mainlly malty with a hint of piney hoppiness in the back.
this is a rather malt dominated ale to start off..semi sweet then the hops take over and leave a long lingering bitterness.
Not bad mouthfeel atg all..quite good in fack.
Not a bad beer at all from Widmer, i had three.
This is a good shot at a Red ale..but still nowere near as good as Deschutes Cinder Cone Red.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ozer thanks to zorro in the great race 06...go spring!!!!

pours a red...almost brown in color color. nice head retention. the smell is rather hoppy. hints of grapefruit and sweet malts as well. hops stand out...but not a huge aroma coming from this. taste is of sweet caramels.there are bitter hops in there as well. lemons and grapefruits. there is a somewhat burnt fruit taste in there to me. mouthfeel is is somewhat oily...not what i was expecting but a nice surprise. it is somewhat drinkable as the alcohol likes to rear its head. a very nice brew that i wish was more available to me. would pick it whenever it came it out in the winter

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm an IPA fan, and usually don't buy Red Ales. However, the 7%ABV on a red intrigued me-- thought I'd better check it out.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the beer poured well-- a nice, creamy head. As I drank, a slight lace appeared on the pint glass. My first impression was of hops-- a lot more hop flavor than I had anticipated. Definitely a welcome taste! The beer finished pretty smoothly-- no strong aftertaste.

I could make this a session beer, no doubt about it.

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Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kgotcher
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack. 7% alchohol, eh? Poured a darkish amber color with a thin off white head.

Aroma is earthy, pine, a sweet fruity smell and a little spice.

Medium to full body with a slight slickness that is hidden by a fair amount of carbonation.

Taste has spicy citrus and piney hops, a mellow but sugary maltyness and a bitter finish that dries up quickly. Fairly high alchohol content is hidden quite well.

A nice beer. Good flavor with an interesting mix of sweetness and bitterness that stand on their own. Lacks a bit in complexity and the finish is a bit harsh, For me this would be a nice option when I am looking for something stronger and more flavorful than an IPA but not quite as strong as an IIPA.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color of this brew is like the namesake, red for the most part, highly filtered, and a decent head that slowly fades with each pull, ring like lacing was persistant.

The smell was fairly laid back, some dark fruitiness to it, a bit of a bubblegum type sweetness and a hop twinger.

Wow! This is simply the best Widmer offering I've had a chance to taste. Hops come across strong enough in the taste to knock this beer in to place. Quite fruity...some might even say this comes across a bit to cloying and bubblegummy but I found it to be a good challenge to the other side of this fine brew. Roasted malts are present and neccessary. Very easy drinking, considering the abv and depth of taste. Not too rich, more of a spritzy splash of big flavors and then its gone.

Notes: The best beer I've had from the Widmer brothers. A true brewers selection, far from label hype, just damn good.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/18/06- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness dating. I is a 2006 brew though. Poured into my Steelhead pint glass.

Appearance- Darker caramel color, a thicker than expected slightly off white head. Medium lace left behind.

Smell- Really nice piney hops scent. Medium toasted malt scent. Smells like it’s going to be a sweet one.

Taste- Bette than expected. Very large hop blast right of the first sip. Sweet, sugary and pine flavored. Malt plays a nice role as well. As it warms, a very flavorful sweet caramel malt flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel- Thicker and almost chewy in texture. Medium carbonation. It’s all of it’s 7%.

Drinkability- Wildly impressed on this issue. Might be a bit too heavy for a session brew, but very flavorful and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of loren01
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into glass a reddish amber color with small white head and slight lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is malty with a slight hop spiciness
T: Taste is malty and sweet up front with a fairly heavy hoppy bitter bite at the end
M: Mouthfeel is fairly full with quite a bit of carbonation
D: This is a nice hoppy red ale, would drink this again.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Widmer Gasthaus.

A: Deep rich amber/red. One finger of fluffy, off-white head. Ver pretty consistant lacing.

S: Lots of Cascade & Simcoe hops, pine & citrus. A mild sourdough bready malt is tucked beneath the hop aroma.

T: Initially a big full mouthfull of citrusy bitterness, evolving into some sweeter malt. There's a candy & chocolate malt combo used which are very nice and lend great balance to this beer.

M: Medium body and mouthfeel. Moderately creamy with a decent lingering bitterness.

D: Good strong flavor throughout. A nice to drink, though sneaky, brew. ABV over 7% makes this well-balanced beer a bit beyond a session candidate, though paired with alot of the hearty grub at Widmer, having a second one should be doable. Recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date March 07, 2006, Sampled June 2006
Pours a brilliantly clear, dark, amber red color that is topped by a frothy, creamy, pretty well lasting, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is suitably hoppy with a raw herbal note that mixes nicely with citrus-like notes of grapefruit. Underneath the hop notes are some subtle notes of malt, including caramelized notes as well as a bit of toasted malt character.

Actually a bit chew on the palate, it tends to just coat the mouth. Sweet up front, which plays up the citrus hop notes, but aggressively hoppy throughout. Menthol-like notes of herbal pine mix nicely with notes of ruby-red grapefruit, sweet orange and perhaps a touch of lychee. Some notes of caramelized malt and toffee become noticeable towards the end of a sip, and in fact stick around for a bit even after the beer is swallowed. The finish has a nice, solid, yet smooth bitterness that does not linger all that much. What does linger is a sharp citrus note and the previously mentioned malt character. Quite a nice drinking beer, better than I expected, and that is always nice.

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck with the embossed W. Label is simple but has all relevant information (including production date).

Appearance: Pours a very dark orange color with a perfect two finger head, and just the faintest haze. Good lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops - mainly of the american variety. Citrus and pine, with a just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Just like the smell - lots of hops with just a bit of alcohol. There is a sweet malt backbone that actually holds up pretty well to the hops, but they win out in the end.

Overall impression: Very drinkable, and an interesting seasonal offering. Proof that Widmer can put out a great strong beer if they put their mind to it.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a six-pack of Widmer ’06 N.W. Red Ale to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nut brown color with a red hue when held up to the light, and is hazy. A thin quarter inch head dissipates quickly to a thin foamy film. The film produces moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly sweet and cidery. There is a fruity alcohol aroma.

The taste is like fermented fruit, a little smokey, with a faint taste of alcohol, like a brandy or rum candy. There is a faint malt presence and a bitter hop flavor as well

Mouth feel is smooth, but a little thick and syrupy.

This is a drinkable beer, but perhaps not more than a couple in a session. The taste is a bit strong, and I think this beer lends itself to the winter season more than summer. Not the most drinkable Red Ale I’ve had.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber color with a nice off-white head.

The aroma was of rich malts and some Pacific NW hops.

The flavor of the beer was nice and malty with light hints of chocolate. The hops were there in the right balance so as not to overpower the malt. The beer also had a subtle, but nice fruitiness.

The mouthfeel was medium and creamy. The carbonation seemed just right.

This is a solid beer from what has become a rather boilerplate microbrewery.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of frigginsatan
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was widely available in the winter, now a pleasant surprise when I still find it.

pours with a decent head, that doesnt linger too long.
it's not the usual hoppy beer that I drink, but it was a nice transition beer into the fuller bodied beers for me after ages of pilsners. Malty, but ballanced, the hops definetely come in as a supporting role. Caramel flavors and toasted malts definetely strong right from the get-go. A bit sneaky, though without that overly alcoholic flavor of barley wines, it's not a six pack on a schoolnight beer; enjoy one or two with a friend who's not a hop-head.
Really hope Widmer gets the message and does something with it other than a memory of a seasonal that was excellent. Myself, I stashed a bottle or two in the back of the fridge, just in case.

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W'06 N.W. Red Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 30 ratings