Hale's Red Menace Big Amber | Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Red Menace Big AmberHale's Red Menace Big Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States
halesbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by freed on 09-23-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
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0
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6
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hawksfan79
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wbillw
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Murrhey
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of benbjb
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of adkieffer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of strongaf
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased through LetsPour.com. Chilled and poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a light tan head that does not last long.

Aromas of toffee and caramel.

Flavors of light toffee, caramel, sweetish maltiness. Light on the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent amber ale. Nothing to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of Irrationalist
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tall kitchen glass. Nice slightly uneven foamy heady with a mixture small and medium laced bubbles. Almost frothy.

More a fraction of red than brown in color it seemed in some vantages. Aroma was hard to track, but seemed relatively balanced between roasted malt and bubbly citrus. Texture was drier and coarser than other amber's I've had. Flavors my taste buds caught were faint, but almost fruity at first, that led to sweet and spicey pine I enjoyed. As the beer warmed up the fruity flavors faded and more of the malt flavor kicked in.. mostly tasting of toasted multigrain bread, and maybe flavors of hemp as well.

Overall enjoyed the flavors of beer more when it was cold vs. warm. Wished their was a little more aroma in the first pour though.
Not a bad beer in retrospect though... I'd have it again.

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Photo of Zombiepaper
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of evilkorova
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear, just very slightly hazy, medium dark red with about 1/4 inch of light tan head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, solid, slightly sweet, malt base with just enough hops floating around for a bit of a citrus tingle. The story on the tongue is similar, solid malts with a little sweetness, a nice blend of hops for contrast and a tangy citrus hop finish.

The body was also averageish for the style, medium bodied and for the most part smooth. Drinkability is very good, this could easily be your sixer for a cookout at the neighbors.

Overall, a solidly decent brew. Worth trying if this style is what you're in the mood for.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a copper red color and slightly hazy. Frothy bubbly stark white head.

Smell is faint with citrus notes

Taste is a mild citrus flavor. It's a hoppy red ale. Reminds me a little of the Deschute's Cindercone red.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated on cask.

Very drinkable very sessionable hoppy red ale.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a hazy deep amber color with an off-white head that quickly diminished. The aroma is moderately hoppy -- citrus, grass, and some pine along with a bit of warm alcohol. The flavor is moderately hoppy -- mainly citrus with some underlying caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderate. The body is medium-thin and moderate carbonation. Overall this beer comes across as a bit too thin and rather one dimensional generic hop. Join the party? Not so much.

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2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours suitably red with a moderate to light amount of carbonation that produces an off-white head that falls rather quickly. Unfiltered. Lots of stuff at the bottom of the glass. Odd metallic aroma. Touch of cedar hidden behind the metal. Sweet malt, light caramel flavors mix with earthy hops which leads to slightly powdery, slightly tart finish. Kinda weird...tastes like a beer I had at a brewpub that served English-style ales in Augusta, Georgia many years ago.

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Photo of Offa
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a fairly typical, heavy-handed, west-coast red ale, rather similar to Napa Smith beers in particular and not a very auspicious introduction to a brewery about which I'd heard a lot.

Hazy red amber, it has a medium orange-tan head soon shrinking to a foamy ring. Aroma is caramelised citrus, very flowery, pungent, with an exceedingly perfumy character that i find hard to pin down, and mixed citrus, dust and pine needles, but overly strong and rather unpleasant. It's specifically similar to Napa Smith Amber Ale but also broadly similar to many other west coast beers of this style which I have had. It's unbalanced and unpleasant.

The taste is similar, if not as unpleasant as the aroma, It's sweetish up front before bitterness moves to the fore at the finish and aftertaste, but overall sweetness-bitterness are at least pretty balanced at first. Caramelised grain and perfumy, grapefruity citrus dominate the character and esp. the aftertaste. The balance slowly destabilises and drinkability, never high, soon plummets.

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Hale's Red Menace Big Amber from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
3.42 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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