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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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 80
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
2.82/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice Amber/Red color, with slight lace of bubbles clinging to the glass.

Aroma has hints of biscuit, no hop aroma to be found.

Taste is slightly malty, with a bitter essence at the finish. Hints of sourness also in the finish.

This beer is very light bodied and thin, almost watery.

I probably wouldn't drink this beer again, it's very average. Nothing stands out wanting me to consume more of it.

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More User Reviews:
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 helmdog525
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle, this beer was a cloudy amber color with a small white head. It had a sweet aroma, nothing standing out. Some hops, some fruit in the taste. Again, nothing striking. A very unsubstantial beer, thin. Would probably be a decent session beer. Not bad, but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap @ SmokeJack's in Burlington, VT.

Roasted red/amber beer, touch of haze with a tight white cream lace -- nice stick and retention. Nose is grainy, hint of flowers. Malty, leaning towards a grainy mouthfeel and flavour that stretches the experience. Dry and crisp. Fruity sweetness. Raw floral hop flavour turning into a thin rind bitterness. Mineral flavours are evident, as is an underlying astringency that defines much of the brew. Dry grainy finish.

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Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Very hazed with lots of very tiny yeast particles in the liquid. Creamy looking tan lace stays for the duration.

Smell: Sweet malt, musty yeast, lemony hop, faintly metallic and a touch of hops are ways to describe the aroma.

Taste: Moderate body with a semi crisp mouth feel, a bite from the tip of the carbonation and the beginning of the hop bitterness shows some liveliness. Touch of musty diacetyl in which the yeast flavour wraps themselves around this. Mild citric note from the hops. Faint alcoholic esters and a toasted grain linger middle to end. Finishes dry with hints of yeast and grain.

Notes: Not a bad American red ale, it is the excess of yeast that is perhaps bothersome. In other words there are better ales out there unless you like them real raw.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brewery's flagship beer, according to their website. This bottle pours a murky, red chestnut body with a one finger, beige head that leaves some moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma reveals plenty of malt flavors, including caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Hops aren't noticeable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.

Taste is malty, and echoes the aroma, minus the chocolate. The hopping is soft, with hints of apple, and balances well with an adequate bitterness. Very well balanced, overall.

I liked this one. An above average, American Red Ale.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 kingcrowing
3.61/5  rDev +14.2%
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 PretzelsNBeer
2.75/5  rDev -13%

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

Pours a very nice medium red with a small white head that left town fast.

Smells of yeast, bread, and hops. Very floral. The taste is quite nice. A little bit of butter/biscuit followed by a nice mild dry hop finish.Medium bodied. A decent red that I'd drink again, but nothing super-memorable.

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Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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 JustinTauscher
4.5/5  rDev +42.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
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 NJpadreFan
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Trout River- Rainbow Red Ale

Appearance- Hazy cloudy red with a moderate size and lacing head.
Smell- Light caramel malt. Flat!
Taste- Flat as well. Light sweet caramel malt but otherwise lifeless.
Mouthfeel- Watery up front with a meek malty finish. Slighty sweet but mostly flat and watery.

Overall- A waste of time. Very little flavor, not horrible tasting just no taste!!
Probably 1 of the few bad beers, out of dozens, I had while up in Burlington, VT.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish orange honey color with a very small head. The smell is sweet malt with some "bisquity" aroma.It is a nice smelling beer. The taste is a chewy sweet malt with some floral and earthy flavors, honey? The m/f is light and the flavors are well balanced, although there is a hint of a metalic aftertaste. This isn't a bad brew,but I did have higher hopes.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BillyB
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy red/amber color with a nice thick beige head and decent lacing.

Aromas of light caramel malt with a slightly citrusy, zesty hop note.

Taste is mainly medium maltiness but with a slight bitter hoppiness and a bit of fruitiness from the yeast.

A good session beer and a better than average american red ale.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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 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 edchicma
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm....don't know if it's me or what, but I really liked this offering. Sampled it slightly cooled down. I found the smell to be nice and malty with an initially nice, creamy head. Taste was slightly sweet initially, with a decent aftertaste with a slight bite. Mouthfeel was very light, which went well with the hot humid day I drank it. Extremely easy to drink, kind of reminded me of a lighter draft style brew.

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