Red Menace Big Amber
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #384
Ranked #28,561
3.43 | pDev: 15.16%
Apr 29, 2021
Sep 23, 2004
Notes: None
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Reviewed by Goliath from Illinois

2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Pours a rather dark and hazy amber color, almost brown, with a one inch slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Decent retention and some traces of lacing.

The aroma is a bit of a disappointment. Certainly a bit of hops, spicey and earthy, with a bit of grainy malt and caramel. For some reason this one is reminding me of tomato soup.

The taste is terrible. A washed out musty malt with basically no hops. A little bitterness with metallic notes on the finish. Muddy flavors, and poorly constructed.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.

Drinkability is low. Flavors are just wrong. The alcohol is low making for a sessionable beer, but the flavors are horrible making for a poor drinking experience.
Sep 20, 2008
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Rated by bv51 from Washington

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
fresh taste, not much carbonation - enjoyed and will buy again.
Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
12oz can served in a tulip. No date on the can. Gift from a friend, received last night, but I think he'd had it for a while.

Pours a dark amber with a smallish head and not much carbonation. Smell is light toffee, toasted bread, tea and grain.

Taste is a little toffee and toasted bread, a lot of tea and grain, and metal. This metal flavor, hopefully not in my imagination, is why I stopped paying any attention to Hale's like ten years ago. I'm sad it's still there, but it makes the beer unpleasant to me.

Mouthfeel is medium, more carbonation than it looks. Overall, I don't want to drink it. It's not terrible, but it's not good.
Nov 23, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by AmitC from New York

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Oh Seattle, you funny, always trying to follow in San Francisco's footsteps and calling it originality or individuality, just like Portland tries.

Pours something that looks like it could be brown as much as it is amber/red. 2/5" off white head. Average retention. An aroma of red ale like malt, wood, pine, smells like the dirt around a camping spot. Bring the cooked malt.

Taste is a metallic bitterness accompanied with a dark roasted malt industrial complex. Honestly tastes like it is 7% abv, not less than 5. Caramel/toffee/dirt notes. Carbonation is where it should be. The maltiness doesn't provide the heft or viscosity I was thinking it would. Almost more for the coloring aspect than the mouth feel.

At the end of the day, this stacks up to similar step dad tier red ales with a dose of bitter C hop. Kind of crazy how similar it is to great beers like SNPA, but in reality, this is the barely serviceable generic bagged cereal version of what you really wanted to get at the store.
Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 3.64 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by MugC from Washington

Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by DoctorEvil65 from Washington

Apr 15, 2018
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Reviewed by gandres from Philippines

3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight: dark amber color minimal head, some lacing
Smell: malty aroma
Taste: very Good, but not a lot of character
Mouth feel: low carbonation
Overall: very good beer, but not something to look forward for the price
Oct 09, 2017
Rated: 3.24 by evergreen_machine from Washington

Jun 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Superjimbob from Washington

2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Minimal head that disappears quickly, nice colour though. Smells tinny and as expected, has a hoppy bitterness.
Mouth feel is watery and dry aftertaste. Didn't really get me excited. The remaining 5 will outlive other beers in my fridge.
Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 4.81 by ench from Washington

Mar 02, 2016
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with light red notes and a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and light caramel malt, light citrus and grassy hops with a hint of fruit. Flavor follows with biscuit and mildly caramel malt, citrus and grassy hops with a light note of sweet citrus fruit that comes forward in the later part of the taste to provide a pleasant introduction to the light citrus hop finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice amber ale that has enough fruit in the flavor to be in red ale territory, although it is not a distinctive red. I'm a big red ale fan and am ambivalent about ambers, so this one tasted fine to me as a more full flavored amber if a mild red ale. Plenty going on here for an under 5% ale, I'm pleased. I've found Hale's to be a solid brewery and this is in that category. I'm surprised by the relatively low rating for this one.
Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 3.27 by Donkster46 from Washington

May 28, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by cherche from Washington

May 23, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 04, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by nhirsch04 from Ohio

Jun 30, 2014
Rated: 5 by Dcbelkot from Washington

Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 28, 2013
Rated: 3 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 24, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington

Oct 31, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Oct 30, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Aug 14, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by jmccraney from Washington

Aug 04, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by SMITHAND from Oregon

Jul 04, 2013
Rated: 4 by TommyLiam from Arizona

Jun 23, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by ColdOneKev from North Carolina

Apr 27, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by hurdjg from Iowa

Apr 21, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by powdersoldier from Washington

Feb 09, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by leedorham from Washington

Jan 25, 2013
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Reviewed by Hawksfan79 from Washington

3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Glass: Nonic pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber ish orange. Thin white head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: strong grapefruit with a slight sweetness underneath. Not much going on in the aroma.

Taste: Strong hoppyness initially. Nice balance of hops and malts. Hops flavor comes in and out, starts off strong then fades into malts, and then comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel: thin almost watery, very light bodied.
Jan 23, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by rfreed from Washington

Jan 21, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by RoryOMoore from New Jersey

Jan 21, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by wbillw from Washington

Dec 19, 2012
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Reviewed by Murrhey from Washington

2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger head that leaves very quickly. Amber body with high clarity.

S- Amber malts, subtle smells. Nothing great though.

T- Stale malts, caramel flavors, some earthy hops. Average.

M- Light, watery. Semi-dry finish.

O- Not an impressive beer.
Dec 17, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by t0rin0 from California

Nov 19, 2012
Rated: 3.25 by benbjb from Washington

Nov 04, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by adkieffer from Washington

Oct 05, 2012
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