Spin Cycle Red Ale | No-Li Brewhouse

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84
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134 Ratings
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Spin Cycle Red AleSpin Cycle Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States
nolibrewhouse.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Zraly on 11-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
134
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.52/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of youradhere
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright copper, off white head leaves a cap of lacing. Smell is sweet mangoes, slight pine, booze and slight sulfur. Taste- kinda weird but in a good way. Initially I get the same mango flavor and some other fruit I can't quite place; nice crisp hop bitterness begins to drown out the flavors. Mouthfeel is light and airy, malt flavors are there but muted. This is almost like a light IPA; if the malt were more forward- which it should not be this is perfect- it would taste more like an IPA. Carbonation is medium and prickly. Overall a decent beer; the hoppiness would keep me from drinking too much of this, but I am glad I had it and will pick up more of it.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bomber into a pilsener sampling glass. With a moderate pour I needed to back off a bit to avoid overfill, and ended up with a billowing, frothy and creamy 1.5 inch head, pale tan in color. The beer itself is a deep copper color with light carbonation.

I really dig the aroma of this beer- I have a rather poor nose, so anything that I can really SMELL is a good bonus- as long as I'm not just smelling hops and nothing else...Definitely some grassy and herbal hops on the nose, but you can still smell some caramelly malt. The flavor is rich, complex and malt forward (without neglecting the hops entirely). I perceive notes of caramel, toffee, dark bread, nuts, and dark fruit, with a nice but not overpowering background of leafy and herbal hop bitterness. Quite a clean finish despite the fruity notes, with just a tad of lingering coffee-like bitterness with a bit of dank herb. The body is medium with a lightly creamy mouth feel that invites more sips.

I was afraid that this might be a crazy hop bomb (Spokane's getting pretty close to Seattle), but this beer is true to its style, and lets the malt characters shine through without neglecting the hops. An excellent example of the ESB style.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of bondjedi
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brew Festival.

Formerly the Northern Lights brewery. I kind of prefer the old name. The gal in the booth handing out samples was a hired gun, and knew little about the beer beyond that one factoid. A shame - this is a damn good beer with a chance for mainstream success if marketed properly.

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Photo of Berndt
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/22/2013, on draft at Pioneer Square Saloon, Seattle. Served cold - warmed it up with my hands

Aroma - malt dominated, hops below my threshold

Appearance - clear, deep amber with some red

Taste - very flavorful, malt dominated with some dark malt included, some bitterness at the finish

Mouthfeel - Medium body, low-moderate carbonation

Overall. Quite enjoyable, full of flavor. Definitely something I will buy in a 22 oz. bottle, though I'll let it set outside the fridge for 15 minutes to let it warm up.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Lets Pour last week week. Gotta love the two day shipping (from WA to CA). Poured into an Old Rasputin nonic pint glass this beer is reddish-copper in appearance, slight haze. Rocky light tan foam is persistent and sticky. Caramel and medium-toasted bread/nutty malt aromas taking center stage in the aroma. Some supporting hops are noted, floral in nature. More bready malt makes it's way through to the flavor as does an earthy quality which I'd suspect comes from the hops. Biscuits in the background, slight spiciness in the finish. Medium in body and carbonation.

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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a DFH tulip.

Pours a dark orange/red color with an inch and half thick white head with good lacing. Smell is malty, no hop presence detected on the nose. Reminiscent of an amber. Taste is unexpectedly good. Great malt flavors at first, like in an american amber, but with a slightly bitter aftertaste. I really like it. It's like a bitter amber ale. Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall thoroughly impressed by this one. I'd drink this all day.

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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Wegman's in Hunt Valley, enjoyed chilled in a tulip pint from the 22oz.

The color is dark ruby with light hazed look with three fingers of tan head with fine bead. The smell is very good light scent of tart cherry with floral hop and mix of woodiness from the yeast and light caramel in the malt aroma. The interesting this is the beer is nothing like the aroma in feel with light bitter quality and mild alcohol with gentle fruity element and subtle spice as it finishes dry.

The bitter has a fruity flavor with slight herbal hop in the taste and mild woody note with a caramel character from the malt and gentle yeast with apple and lightly fruity tangy element with slight grassy flavor and spice from the hops. There is a backing toasted taste in the malt profile with light alcohol in the finish. Overall this is a very drinkable beer with mild tangy yeast flavor but not sour with a nice balance of hop and malt as expect in this style

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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid copper body topped with a thick, chunky head; good carbonation bubbling up from the glass. Biscuit and caramel malt aromas; warm bread. Buttery feel with medium body. Taste is very malty with emphasis on the caramel; nougat and toffee; diacetyl notes are there; smooth hop bitterness.

This comes across as a very malt-intensive beer; rich and flavorful all around. Very well-done; very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Per the menu, this beer combines the best aspects of English, German & American brewing techniques. It is lagered and Cold Filtered.

The beer was served in a standard pint glass. It is a clear mahogany with minimal head and very nice lacing.

The aroma is slightly medicinal with a bit of herbs and pine.

The taste is slightly bitter and piney. The malts add a nice brown bread quality and the beer seems balanced.

The mouth achieves being both soft yet substantial. This is a very sessionable beer. This is one of their most popular offerings and 3 of the 4 people I saw getting growlers picked this beer.

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Spin Cycle Red Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
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