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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 80
Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dbalsock
2.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I've had this beer numerous times since coming back to Vermont, both on tap and in the bottle, but this review is focused on what I've had from the bottle. I found the head quite disappointing, as usual from trout river, but the color of the beer was nice, and quite what I expect from an american red. The smell was the best quality of the brew and consisted almost entirely of sweet malts. The hops didn't make a strong presence in either taste or aroma, but they did add a bitterness that I found to be a little too overpowering. There also seemed to be a hint of roasted malts that put me off to the taste, but nobody I've talked to has noticed this... my imagination? maybe.

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Photo of Severum27
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried a Fat Tire in Texas and really loved it but can't get that in NH, so I went looking for a similar beer. After going by the brewery many times this year I decided to try a bottle.

The beer pours a nice red with little to no head. Had a mild fruity smell with a hint of nut. Taste is pleasant and smooth with a nice aftertaste. This would be a nice beer to enjoy with dinner.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this on draught over lunch. Nice red color, light carbonation. Taste is light, some hint of fruit with a definity yeast sour flavor coming in. Not strong as in a lambic or sour ale, but definitely there.

Had this with a new englandized german sausage plate. The beer worked well with the dish and provided a nice complement. Depending on the order next time I would try this again.

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Photo of JMD71
2.52/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ap: Medium strength pour produces sudsy, bubbly head which recedes quickly. Little carbonation evident.

Ar: Prominent aroma of sour cherries & hard candy. Little malt or hop presence noted.

Ta: Slightly malty, chalky flavor with hints of cherry. A slight bitterness in the middle & finish fades immediately. Very bland.

Mo: Thin. Smooth, but watery. Not a lot of body. Refreshing, but so is water....

Dr: Its easily drinkable, but not a lot to draw me back to it. Its crisp, clean & smooth, but not remarkable in any way.

Comments: Very plain IMHO. Not much going on in the flavor profile. The only thing that stands out is the slight sour cherry aroma which may not even have been intended. I would not go out of my way to find this one again.

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Photo of flexabull
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy and dull dark red color with a decent head.

Aromas are of sweet cereal, grain, and a touch of citrus hops.

Flavors up front are a bit muted. There is a slightly sweet and creamy malt like quality to this one. Finish has a sweet and tart gingerbread like taste.

Mouthfeel is ok, kind of weak up front, but there is a decent and somewhat full finish to this.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not overwhelming, or overly interesting. But this is an average and drinkable American Amber.

Thanks for sending this bottle my way jpagewatts.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kevgod
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased at Barb's Beer Emporium. Pours a hazy but translucent copper body with a good persistent quarter inch of off-white head. A fruity caramel characterizes the aroma. Tastes fruity too - a tinge sour, probably not intentionally. Moderate in mouth-feel and carbonation. The flavor doesn't make this one too easy of a drinker. As I said, I wonder if this sample may be a tinge infected, but there seems to be a decent beer underneath all that.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a cloudy, hazy dark red. Light passes through, but lots of tiny specks of sediment. Kinda cool-lookin'.

Bitter malts in the smell, tinged with a sweet caramel. A surprising amount of toffee and mocha coffee. Cinnamon too, like a cola or winter ale.

The malts give a bittersweet taste, like a Scotch ale. Bitter and dry like a German beer, but also sweet toffee, cinnamon. Still, more like a Scottish ale than an amber.

The mouth is thick and dry. Not chalky but you can feel the sediment in the swallow. Overall, it's like a rich Scotch ale mixed with just a kiss of amber malt. Good and different.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a trade recently, I ma not sure I remember which one though, but it was still one of the coolest looking bottles I have seen in quite a while. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 09/28/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich amber color with a good amount of reddish tint mixed in for good measure. Nice carbonation, well abundance of at times, made a big three inch head of white foam leap up off the glass and nearly careen over the sides. Some really nice, and very thick side glass lacing as well.

The aroma was very nice, full of bready malts and a decent hint of some bitter fruits. Carried this over well into the flavor. It started out with a decent rush of malts, some light grains and mostly bread like flavors, but as it finished, it had some nice touches of apple and almost a bitter fruit like flavor. Very interesting and different I have to say. Nice medium bodied feel was more the adequately carbonated and really had a strong sensation on the tongue. Easy and a really smooth drinker I had no issues at all with going after this one right away.

Overall this was a rather nice and unique ale. Much unlike anything I have had in the style before. I would have no issues with trying this one again, very solid and underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of paulmcm
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Brad007
2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a reddish color with a decent head. Scent reminds me of spiced apples and gives a good hint as to what lies within the glass. The beer goes down smooth with more of an alcohol flavor taking over the rest of the beer. There's a subtle malt backbone but for some reason, it's overshadowed by the alcohol. There's still some hint of that spiced apple but not enough. Still a very drinkable beer for its style and better than Hoppin' Mad Trout, even though they are different styles.

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Photo of mltobin
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this when I had the chance last weekend to stay at a friends house in Northern Vermont. He had a six pack of these.

The appearance is a middle amber tone with a one finger head.
The smell is average, some cinnamon, some hops, nothing too complex.
The taste is pretty good, with accents of barley, hops and even a tad bit of pine.
The mouthfeel was solid, a good balance all around.

Overall, the drinkability is good, I am still thrown off by the hippy style label to tell you the truth.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Durge
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
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 EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BDIMike
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is more brown than red. Head quickly dissipated.
Smell ain't much. A slight smell of malts and barely any hops.
Taste doesn't have much. Kind of bland, not much hitting me at all, except a little maltiness.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Smooth and semi-thick.
Drinkability is ok, but you wouldnt want to have a lot of these because of boredom. I had this beer yesterday and have already forgotten about it. Uneventful.

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Photo of madjr80
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer when I found it. It smelled and looked alright when i poured it into the glass. However there is something missing from this brew. Its a good session beer, but not the sipping beer I was hoping for. It was just alright. It is missing something.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.38/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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 scootny
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A quirky one this. A nice looking brew with a good head and a very cloudy burnt orangey brown. Bits of lace.

Smell is roasted grains and a fruity aroma with a metallic edge. A light sweetness and a faint touch of banana. A little light.

Taste starts out fine with toasted grains and malt sweetness. Then it falls apart. An off kilter fruitiness with the metal from the nose combine to punch a hole in the flavor. Faint coffee/chickory out of nowhere. Hops are earthy and and lightly grapefruity. Taste does come together a bit more as it warms. Feel is somewhat spritzy and effervescent. Mellows out as it is warming up as well.

Drinkability is hurt a lack of cohesiveness of the flavors. Not bad but it seems to be bordering on so much more. The good reviews of this beer make me wonder if this is just old as it comes close but just misses the mark foe me.

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Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

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Rainbow Red Ale from Trout River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 156 ratings