Edenton King David's Red | Edenton Brewing Company

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Edenton King David's RedEdenton King David's Red

Brewed by:
Edenton Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by silver0rlead:
Photo of silver0rlead
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a small white head, and a light amber/copper color that seems slightly too light for an irish-style red. The smell is mostly a sweet caramel malt scent and a very light hop scent the hides how hoppy this beer really is. The taste starts with a slight hop bitterness then you get a sweet caramel malt taste the soon lead into a fairly bitter, juicy, floral hops taste that leaves a dry bitter finish on your tongue. A surprisingly hoppy irish red beer, thats quite drinkable and has the makings of an excellent session beer. Another excellent offering from edenton, though i do remember it being better (obviously) and hoppier on tap at the brewery).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy looking amber with a little orange tint to it with not much head to speak of here just a light lace.Big juicy fruity aroma it wakes up the nose,mostly big malt but a small dose of leafy hop lingers as well.Taste is really balanced compared to alot of reds,it does have a malty/fruity backbone but a hit oz zesty hop hits and lasts thru the finish.Nice caramel aftertaste along with a dry hop, nice mingling of flavors here.I was really impressed with this beer I hope more people try it down here.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first brew from Edenton, now available in Boone, NC. This pours a clear, red amber body with a sticky offwhite head that retains for a few minutes before giving way to lots of patchy lace.
Aroma surprised me with an interesting spiciness. Ginger or nutmeg is definitely here, but it's not mentioned on the brewery website. The caramel malt sweetness is prominent, but there is pronounced hoppiness to this amber. Pine cone and some bitter citrus rind actually overwhelm the malt aromas here.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a light medium body.
Taste is well balanced between malt sweetness and hops bittering, overall, but the spicy nutmeg and ginger push the bitterness over top of the malt character. Very interesting. The spiciness and lively carbonation make for a very bracing experience for an amber ale. The hops are Perle, Fuggles, Goldings, and Tettnang, according to the brewery website.
Nicley complex and very drinkable for an amber ale. Certainly one of the hoppiest American ambers I've tried. I still think somebody at the brewery tossed some Christmas spices into this batch.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #3 from AKSmokedPorter from the Edenton brewery. Saving the best for last.

Poured a vibrant orangish-red in color with a short-lived white head. Smallish amounts of lacing. Aromas are caramel sweet infused with some grassy hops. Flavor is more of the same. A tasty and well-balanced amber. Nothing out of whack. Solid. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is excellent. I'd love to try this fresh from the tap. Well-done.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately turbid red/brown with a small off white head. Little retention, scant sheet of lacing. Smellls hoppy with a fair amount of pine coming up. Very well balanced brew. Nicely sweet malts with a bit of brown sugar and candi open up the show. Sweetness ebbs a bit and the hops come to the front. Mildly resinous and nicely citrus in their presentation. Moderate mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the sample.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost a ruby red color. Beige head fades with a few clumps left behind-I'm not dead yet! Decent lacing all around the glass.
Aroma-Sweet malt with hops slightly dominant.
Tatstes great= medium malt body with some sweetness there with an earthy and mild hop profile. A good froth heightens the bitterness as it lasts through to the finish. Hard to find anyone really trying to duplicate a true Red around here. Great beer and represents the style well. Quuaffable and I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

King David's Red delivers a clear copper body beneath a frothy head of ivory that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose offers clean, caramelish malt with just a hint of leafy hoppiness in the background. It's smooth across the palate with a fine bubbled moderate carbonation and a dextrinous, medium body. Sweetish caramel soaked malt appears upfront but quickly dries as its spicy and grassy hop flavors and firm bitterness appear. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and smear of hop flavors. It's clean, well-balanced, and drinkable, leaving it a very good session ale. Nicely done!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Peace Street Market in Raleigh

appearance: pours a hazy light copper into a SN Celebration pint glass, light foamy beige head, little lacing

smell: very interesting aromas, big and buttery, flaky biscuit, big caramel presence, light grasy hops, toasted malt

taste: flaky buttery biscuit, sweet red apple, butterscotch, lightly toasted malt, smooth caramel, light vanilla, light grassy hop taste...interesting to say the least...I enjoy when american ambers turn towards the biscuit

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: pretty strong

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Photo of wcudwight
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark canberry red. Nice frothy head that dissapates slowly. Well laced.
Mostly a sweet fruity smell. Nothing special.
Very well balanced sweet at the beginning to bitter at the end. Hint of fruit.
Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is well balanced. Maybe could be a touch thicker.
Very drinkable. Good session beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Again as with the rest of Edenton's beers I've had, the head comes foaming out the top of the bottle and pours entirely too big into the glass. I don't know if it's a problem with yeast or what, but it's bad.

Smell: The smell is an appropriately hopped sweet malt smell with a caramel base.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is quite spicy. I don't know if I'd call this an amber ale really. It seems like it might be good mulled. I may have to find out. The malts are sweet, and the hops bitter quite nicely, creating an almost flowery taste mixed with pretty heavy spices. It almost tastes like liquid incense, but not foul. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Other than the head, this is a great beer. The spices really make it unique, but it's still quite enjoyable and quite drinkable. It may be a little too warm for this beer now, but in the winter, this would be perfect.

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a .25" off white head that recedes to a collar, and a thin layer of small bubbles coats the surface. The beer is medium, brownish red color.

smell: Moderately sweet caramel malt and a very slight nuttiness are first noted. Light fruity esters also. Hop aroma is light, but gives just the right balance and allows the subtle malt sweetness to show itself.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is smooth, pushing the border between light and medium. The beer is medium in body.

taste: Much of the same from the smell. A moderate caramel sweetness is noticed at first, joined by a slight nuttiness and a drying, moderate hop bitterness after the swallow. Everything is in good balance and tasty.

drinkability: High, a well crafted brew here.

Bottle from a six pack picked up fresh from the brewery last night.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice big 20 oz. glass filled with a reddish amber beer with small white head. The smell was good malt body with plenty of caramel notes. Taste was also very good caramel malt flavor that really got better with each sip. The mouthfeel was decently carbonated and moderately thick. Drinkability was great. I could have easily gone for a second.

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Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tan head that falls and laces lightly. The nose is mostly malt with sweet caramel present mixed with some light hop aromas mostly citrus in nature. taste is malt semi sweet some caramel flavors on the front end then the hop flavors kick in citrus mostly, with some pine hints mix with a lightly spicy finish. Mouthfell is almost medium. Drinkability is good a nice little amber ale.

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Photo of KoG
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hoppedup in BIF 21.

Amber red body with a small frothy foam head that laces very well and keeps a pillow on top.

Smell is a little underpowered. Some chocolate malt and a bit of hop in front of a bit of sweet malt.

Taste is pretty full. Nice light spicy bitterness on the front fading into a sweet malt and light chocolate malt finish. pretty good.

Doesn't dry out or have any off flavors. A solid red thats right in the middle of the style but still nails it pretty well and still stands out a bit.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" light tan head above the reddish amber brew. Head fades very slowly, and laces with havy foam here and there throughout. Aroma is malty with a tinge of hops. Taste starts with a nice level of malt sweetness, goes a bit bitter in the middle and has a slightly chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but seem like they could be good or better with just a little improvement. A pleasant brew, just seems like it could be a little more.

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Photo of Enola
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a decent head that tapered down to a thin coating. The color is like a cloudy glass of tea. The smell reminds me of vanilla and cinnamon. There is a sweetness to the smell too. The taste is a little like butterscotch. There is a nice sweet and bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Certainly a beer I will have again. A very good red beer. One of the best I have had.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle, no date information

Thick tan head of loosely packed small bubbles. Dimples fatly as it settles. Murky amber with ample carbonation streams. The smell is modestly of roasted malt, with a light fruitiness that is slightly sweet with a touch of caramel. The taste follows the smell with a light roasted note up front that gives way to a light spicy hop finish. There is a lemony tartness present as well that seems out of place. With just a touch of warmth, the finish picks up a sharp, almost metallic, edge. Light body with a slightly watery feel. The carbonation was on the soft side. The was an average beer that seems to have gone awry.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber-copper color with a nice creamy tan head, very active carbonation, and some spotty lace. Aroma shows signs of aging but signs of nutty malt peek thru. Nutty malt aroma and flavor dominate with some toasty biscuit character. Medium bodied and smooth.

Slightly off but certainly drinkable.

Edenton -- Talk to your distributors about old brews (assuming it's old based on the bottle codes below) or bone up on the Quality Assurance.

Per Label: "Irish Style Red Ale"

Per EBC website:
Pilsner and 3 types of Caramel malts.
Perle, Fuggles, Goldings, and Tettnang hops.

'3256' lasered on bottom ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 12/25/05

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

after having a several people recommend this beer to me, I'm hoping that I just got a bad bottle of this beer, and that my friends aren't losing it.

It poured with an inch tall head in a mug with decent lacing as I drank it. It was the color of iced tea.

The aroma was a bit off, IMO. I could tell this was a red-ale, but there was some smell I couldn't identify that was neither hops nor malt.

Taste was off a bit as well. I don't know how to identify what I didn't like about it, other than to say it it was neither hops nor malt that I was tasting, but something else. There is another review by BuckeyNation that seems to describe the off-taste pretty well.

Mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated, but not bad.

Overall, I didn't care for this beer, but may give it another try in hopes that I just got a bad bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It's breadlike with a light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth and malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet with a slightly bitter edge. It has a dry quality that comes through in the aftertaste, proboably from the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Irish red ale. I like the malty aroma and flavor. It's very tastey and highly drinkable.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy apricot color with midest alightly off-white head. Head rapidly fell to a thin ring leaving no lacing. Smell is sweet and malty with a touch of caramel. Taste is strong on malt with a nice caramel presence. A pleasant dryness begins to assert itselt to provide an excellent balance to the beer. Very easy drinking. Nice session beer. Less hoppy than many other beers in this class but very enjoyable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ice tea brown with a small head and a bit of lacing

Smell: Nice citrus nose from the hops

Taste: Wonderful balance between the malt and hops. Starts out with a caramel malt flavor that is immediately joined by the bitter hops. Unlike many brews where the malt bows out letting the hops take over, in this beer, both flavors continue to build in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Nice body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: Wow, this one really hits the spot. Another impressive effort from Edenton.

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Photo of beerinator
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber. Mostly brown when the beer is not well lit.

Aroma: Bready. Malt caramel spread thin over toasted bread. There are hints of fruity sweetness.

Tastes: Malt sweetness leads down to a nice citrusy hop tinglyness. The hopping isn't very bitter, but it is more bitter than many ambers. The body is nice. The beginning of the taste is a bit of sweet caramel with tinges of toasted bread. The finish leaves oa bit of sweetness on the tongue.

Notes: A good beer. Definately very drinkable, a good offering from Edenton's.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the bar with a slight haze in it's amber color and a low persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was malty and hoppy with a caramel presence.

The flavor was caramel and malt sweetness in good balance with the hop bittering and flavor.

The finish was dry and crisp with bittering lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

Pint at 42nd Street Oyster Bar. Unsure why the haze was present, but definitely an enjoyable pint of beer!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Released a la bottle, pours a steep russett rusty red into a pint with a scant layer of tan thin collar topping off the party.

Modest yet effervescent standard red aromas of apple malt and sugary esters.

First swigs: Red apple soft malty cushiony flavors with sweet malt almost toffee backing. Well, balanced with some dryness imparted by the hops. Some root beer twinge in there as well. Dry clean quick finish with virtually no aftertaste.

Medium body with gentle carbonation. Clean aftertaste especially for a red which seems to have a cloying aspect usually.

Last swigs: Light apple juice notes and cola. What Irish has to do with the appelation, not sure but red has never been a favorite. My buddy's wife loves them and usually any reds in a mixed case go to her. This one was saved for me and it's not bad. A notch above average overall.

Ber is good. Happy beering.

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