Rainbow Red Ale | Trout River Brewing Company

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Rainbow Red AleRainbow Red Ale

Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rainbow Red Ale: our flagship brew. A well-balanced, easy drinking American-style red ale with fruity esters, nutty malt flavors, and a soft, clean finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of illpass78
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber with a very minimal head that is gone almost immediately. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Smells of caramel, candy, raisins, dark fruits, soy sauce, and sweet malts.

Taste: This beer has a weird flavor that isn't totally to my liking. It sort of tastes like a a Charleston Chew melted into a not-too-good beer. Also lots of those raisin and soy sauce notes. It gets slightly more appealing as it warms, but it's a little bit too sweet overall, with accents on the wrong notes.

Mouthfeel: It's kind of chewy and reasonably dense for the style.

Overall: This kind of feels like a rough draft of a beer or a home brew effort. The taste is inconsistent and there are some unappealing flavor accents that are a little too strong. I want to like this, because it's from a cool part of Vermont that I've always wanted to visit and has a cool bottle design, but it's just not there. I'll try other stuff from this brewery in the future in the hopes that they iron out some of the kinks.

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Photo of WMEugene
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle that a friend brought back for me from Vermont.

A - Pours a slightly murky and slightly bubbly dark amber color with little to no head.

S - Sweet and nutty caramel malts. Don't pick up much in terms of hops or any other complexities.

T - Slight caramel-centric amber ale. Picked up a little hoppiness, but the malty side definitely dominates. This is tastes pretty much as expected for the style - nothing offensive, but nothing really standing out either.

M - Ok carbonation levels and finish. A little on the thin side.

All in all, this is a mild, average amber ale. There's nothing negative or offensive but nothing to make me search it out either.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Very nice copper colored body with a slight haze and a hint of sediment. Slightly off-white head that hangs around as a thin layer.

S- Pale malts and bread with just a hint of a nutty aroma. Not much caramel malt and no sign of hops.

T- Pretty basic with just a hint of tartness and malty sweetness. Still getting some of the nuttiness in the flavor as well, similar to the flavor in some brown ales.

M- A hint of chalkiness and a hint a metallic. Pretty fair and drinkable though.

O- Not a great amber, but something that is approachable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle.

A: Ruby red color at the barrier of being light brown. One finger head that receded quickly into a ring around the sides of the glass. Clarity is good.

S: Sweet malts and a touch of floral hops.

T: Sweet caramel like malts so typical of the genre. Hops are also dosed accordingly and provide appropriate bitterness and balance to what would otherwise probably be a very sweet beer. The hops are some what floral and maybe a bit grassy but not all that powerful in flavor presence besides providing accurate bitterness. Quiet mild but still nicely done and well balanced. Perhaps a bit cidery and a touch displeasing as it begins to warm.

M: Carbonation is well done and the beer is quiet clean and easy drinking. Finish is dry.

O: Pretty good beer. I'd been waiting a while to get my hands on some as I always see it on trips to vermont but never get some. Might buy again and the experience was enjoyable.

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Photo of greenmountain13
3.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a sourdough-esk aroma, taste of the sourness is balanced well with a grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is on par for the style, well carbonated, maybe just a hair too much so for my taste. Overall, first time rating this beer, been drinking it on and off for 3+ year, so obviously I like it and return to it. Brewery produces quality beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark rusty mahogany color with a whispy bit of white bubblage on top and very little lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant citrus and cider malt with a hint of sweet brown bread. The flavor pretty well matches the nose though the sweetness is muted into more of the tart lemon cider. The hops really burst into more of a grassy deal. I get a distant suggestion of chocolate but nothing more than that. Grassy cider dominates. Not my favorite but definitely okay. It’s on the heavier side of light body with a bit of a watery feel despite moderate carbonation. Grassy stuff never wins me over so maybe others will like this more than me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 1, 2012. It pours medium amber to copper with a huge, fluffy head that lingers for the session. The aroma is pleasant with its combination of sweet malts, yeast, and grapes. The body is medium and chewy. Whereas there is an aroma of grapes on the nose, the fruity flavor is closer to that of an apple. It also brings out sweet malts and the finish is clean and lingering. A nice red ale.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Trout River Rainbow Red has a dark red body with a small off-white head that has decent retention, but doesn't really leave any lacing behind.

Some sweet malts, and a dash of fruit.

The flavor features a dash of citrus from the hops, and then a mix of malts. I might be imagining the dash of citrus, but there is certainly something in there. Sweet caramel and lightly toasted malts. A bid dose of fruity esters round things out.

The body and carbonation are about where they should be, perhaps a little watery in feel.

Trout River Rainbow Red is about as basic as an American Amber can get; it has a few American hops, a moderate malt character and a good bit of fruity ale yeast. Decent beer, but I wasn't craving a second one after trying it.

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Photo of PhilMcGill
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pleasant reddish amber with off-white, wet head that fell pretty quickly. Unrefined lacing.

Smell: One of this beer's stronger suits-- a malty, inviting nose with the sweetness of a delicate black tea. Some nice, funky yeast there too.

Taste: Surprisingly little personality here. A very light caramel malt providing some sweetness, but begs for more depth. Hops are present but unremarkable. The entire experience occurs to me as slightly watery and unassertive. Starts and finishes fairly wet.

Mouthfeel: Feels almost thin. Below-average CO2 level.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed-- it's utterly drinkable, but lacks any commitment or complexity, and I expect a little more assertiveness from a red ale.

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

A: Amber / very reddish copper with a very light tan head that is sort of small, falls fast, and leaves little for lace.

S: Steely caramel, malt sweetness, and just a hint of a nutty edge. Faint & light fruit esters. No hops noticed. But there is a tea-like, florally aspect. Nose is a bit clean and shy.

T: Fruity esters are stronger – apples & stone fruit – and just a tad cidery. Nutty character to malt is more pronounced and a hint of roast comes in. Also a bit of caramel and some malt sweetness. Okay flavor, but lacking any real depth or robustness. Hint of fairly neutral (just slightly earthy) yeast. Tea note fades to more floral and some soft herbal hops appear just for balance.

M: On lighter side of medium with CO2 less than typical US ale. Semi-dry mostly from relatively thin malts. Not crisp or quenching but soft and easy drinking.

D: A very mild American Red. Quite floral, estery & herbal – mostly because of the restrained malts and soft hops letting lighter notes take the stage. Pleasant and easy drinking enough, but not remarkable in any way.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at La Festa Brick and Brew in Dover, NH. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it pours a deep, dark copper-auburn color with a thin ring of filmy head. Good aromas of nut and caramel, with a touch of honey. The flavor is roasted malt and creamy sweetness, but the heaviness of the flavors quickly dissipate with the increased carbonation. You end up left with a light sweetness into the aftertaste, with a few toasted characteristics kicking around. The finish is crisp, and the beer is mid-bodied overall, with a great lacing left along the glass while you drink.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, red in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and small hops

Taste: Big caramel, small grassy hops, and some earth.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a slightly dry bitter end.

Overall: An above average, sweeter red that still maintains its balance. Nothing horribly out of the ordinary, yet I find myself wanting more. Easily one to sit with a six pack of.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my brand new Northshire pint glass, straight from our stop at the brewery yesterday!

A - Pours a brownish amber, with little head

S - Honey and malts

T - Toasty malts, a little caramel

M - thin, decent

D - really drinkable

Clean and simple, very drinkable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at The Tavern at Essex, Essex Junction, VT

Poured into a pilsner glass, a hazy reddish caramel color with a couple finger of foamy white head that receded to a thin layer, leaving just a bit of lace on the glass. Sweet malty aroma laced with yeast, nutty, with a touch of citrus zest. Sweet malts in the taste, caramel, bready, a bit musty, with a bit of citrus from the hops coming through in a very mild way. Medium mouthfeel; pretty easily drinkable, though not overly flavorful.

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Photo of smcolw
2.46/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Good initial head which leaves very nice ring lace. The brew is a darkish amber and very cloudy.

Smells earthy with maple syrup trailer.

Very sweet flavor, stronger than even a typical Barley Wine. Without hop, this makes it seem closer to soda than a beer. The body seems strangely thin. I may toss this one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from notes 2/6/11.

A: Pours a hazy ruby color with one finger of foam that dissipates very quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Metallic with some nutmeg and a little bit of bready malt.

T: I get spices, the nutmeg returns as well as some cinnamon. No hops to speak of. A little bit of sweetness from the malts.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall it was very strange, not like an american amber/red I have ever had. It wasn't terrible...but not something I would go for again probably. Glad to have tried it nonetheless.

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Photo of Kinsman
2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ligher shade of red with a mix of orange hues. Foamy white head, about a finger thick to start and decent retention.

Aroma is notably fruity with a definte aroma of fruit and some bready malt character. Not much from the hop department except a little bit of a musty herbal aroma.

Taste initially malty with a caramel like sweetness showing off a strong malt backbone. Hops tend to linger on this one with a bit of an earthy or herbal flavor but seem rather subdued.

Mouthfeel is light but crisp and enjoyable. Overall, not a bad beer but it seems rather uninspired. Easy enough to grab a 6 pack of this and bring to a party (drinking straight out of the bottle) because it sure beets macro lagers.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trip to NH. First brew from this brewery. 12oz bottle...

A: a murky medium brown / bronze color with a tiny offwhite head that fades quickly. Decent.

S: hints of spices and cinnamon upfront followed by a slight breadiness. Hints of sugar malts on the backend. Decent.

T: a watery spice upfront with a hint of grassiness in the middle. Almost like soapy water on the backend. Eh.

M: light body with a medium carbonation. Kind of a watery finish. Eh.

D: goes down easy because its like water. Not much flavor. Decent.

All in all, this is not a good way to get me psyched about a new brewery. Like a watery higher end bud. Don't worry about this one at all.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, fire-ember red, with a decent off white head that leaves some lacing behind as it dissipates to a skin.

The aroma was a little off for me. As described by the previous reviewer, I got a "soggy" malt character that dominated. Hints of dry hay and caramel sweetness are barely detectable.

Fortunately, it was more pleasant on the tastebuds. White bread malts, caramel, and a nice light sweetness.

Mouthfeel was thin, watery, with moderately high carbonation that leaves a crisp feel.

Overall, an average session beer.

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Photo of gregalobeer
2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Honestly, there's not much going on with this beer. Appearance is very dull, the color of light maple syrup, virtually no head, and barely any lacing. Smells like soggy malts left over from a batch of homebrew. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, thin bodied, low carbonation, sadly reminiscent of a domestic lager. The very first taste was pleasant, a touch of raspberries and general fruitiness, but not sweet at all. Then, the bitter metallic aftertaste, which was uncontested for a rather disappointing finish. The more I write about this beer, the more it disappoints me.

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Photo of BeerCon5
1.97/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a hazy, dark amber color with almost no head.

The scent was of lemon and sweet malts mostly, some notes of yeast.

The taste was dominant of alcohol, there were some light notes of toasted malt and grains, very, very watery.

Light bodied, crisp and very thin, moderate carbonation.

I didn't enjoy this beer at all, there was almost no flavor not to mention way out of balance. I would avoid this beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

No sure why this has such low reviews. Poured a nice reddish brown with a small creamy light brown hea that slowly fades. Nose is malty and bready.

Mouthfeel is super rich and creamy it's phenomenal. Taste is a bit irony but it's not bad, there's a decent makeovers to it with very little hops. Really easy drinking beer.

Review #700!

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark, copper color with thick tan head that fades rapidly leaving no lacing. It has the aroma of raisins, brown sugar, and hay. The flavor has notes of toast, vanilla, and dates leading to a plum-like fade. This has a medium mouthfeel. Trout River Rainbow Red Ale is a curious but well balanced beer, it's a good representative of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a ruby red pint with some off-white head and little lacing. Decent clarity, some rising bubbles.

Light malt aromas and some light hoppiness. Some caramel notes. Fairly faint.

Lighter flavors, almost watery. Yeast, some light bitter bite, caramel, toasted malt. A a bit too over- carbonated. Quite prickly and seltzer-like in body and flavor. Run of the mill. I had one pint and really didn't want another.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle during a CT visit. Poured into a pint.
Nice ruby highlights in low light revealed as muddy copper in the evening sun. A quarter inch of dirty cream foam collapses into a thin ring.
Smell is pleasing if straightforward. Ashen dry malts. Opening slightly as it warms.

Prickly on the front of the tongue but not much else going on. Some raw tobacco on the middle, combining some dry and sweet notes. Creating a bright finish. Caramelly and ashen but also some cream corn

not bad mouthfeel. At points I'm getting a sticky film. Despite the nice carbonation

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