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Spin Cycle Red Ale | No-Li Brewhouse

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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
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
23.18%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 133
Photo of brewercraig
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of our shipment from Liquid Gratitude. Beer poured very foamy and was cloudy. A very slight hop aroma with some malt. Flavor was initially malty followed by some hop citrus flavors. Finished bitter. Low carbonation, flat mouthfeel. An OK beer, however I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of tbeck
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep amber with a slight clarity. Very thin brown/white head that dissipated into a decent collar, nice laciness. Aroma was malts, very little hops. Taste was very bitter but the only flavor was cereal grains and some malty sweetness. Very watery and thin texture. This was not enjoyable, the bitterness without any decent flavor killed it.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy ruby amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin dusting that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malts with a little fruit and hops.

The flavor is sweet, nutty toffee and caramel malts with a medium bitter finish that balances it. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, this is one of the better ESBs I've had which is not usually a style I care for.

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Photo of maximum12
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the indescribable bfg75 for this extra. 22 oz. bottle from a brewery I've never heard of while watching a bit of Gladiator...this pleases me. Split with my wife.

Pour from the cool, minimalist glass is a vibrant, red-oak tinged liquid with scarce carbonation. Nose is past light slipping into naught, really, just this side of a cool glass of water.

Crystal Bitter Ale doesn't taste like any English Bitter, or anything else, that's ever passed the gates of my teeth. My first impression is of English tea vs. English ale, a very herbal, steeped quality. Mid-section is a light dusting of caramel, touch of citrus. Mild bittering flags down the aftertaste, & there's a bit of soap dragging this down, along with more tea. Very crisp, except for the anti-bacterials.

Strange beer that's kind of tasty, but not as clean as I feel ike it should be, & the soap scum really hurts as the beer warms. Decent enough.

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Photo of KJH
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle is slightly over carbonated.

Pours a loose head that fades quickle. Medium dark amber with very little hop aroma.

Very drinkable as there is moderate bitterness and balanced malt. The lack of hop aroma is appropriate for the style. Some peat flavors late in the taste.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: All beige compact head at first then the clear copper liquid rises. Nice lacings.

S: Butter, caramell malt - kind of bready, sweetness and fruit; red apples and pears. Actually it's butter galore!

T: Follows the smell, perhaps even buttery, though.

M: Smooth whipped-cream-like body, medium full. Carbonation is low and aftertaste is short.

O: If they'd toned down the butter extravaganza this would probably had been a better product.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first one from this brewery. Appearance is a dark brown amber with a nice stick around head, having fair lace. Smell of grainy light sweet malt. Taste is has a light grapefruit mild bitter, grainy malt that finishes a mild bitter sweet. mouthfeel has medium body with good carbonation. I am impressed with the head, it pretty much sticks around til the end. It's not a traditional bitter, but still a good local bitter.

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Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer under it's pseudonym "Crystal Bitter ESB". Reddish amber brown in color with light tan head, medium collar, good lacing and wisps. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is too bitter for a bitter in my opinion. I get some earthy hoppiness, burnt caramel, and wet wood. Medium body and medium carbonation as well.

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Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bigfoot Pub - where Madonna made her cinematic debut.

Pours the usual copper with a solid light tan foam and brilliant clarity. Smells of tea, light crystal malts, some herbal hop and noble, English character. Flavor is slightly bitter with a decent modified sweetness and some tea character. Just slightly sweeter and I'd be quire reminded of Fuller's ESB. Medium bodied with light carb and a semi dry finish. This is a decent enough offering. I spent many nights getting blasted on this beer when i first started drinking, and it is validating to know I have decent tastes.

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Photo of rangerred
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Reallyg great head retention and large clumps of lacing.

Lots of toffee and caramel in the aroma with some hints of dark fruit. Earthy hops sneak through along with a little bit of toast. No real faults but it is pretty weak all around.

Toffee and dark fruit in the taste along with a quick shot of alcohol. There is some hazelnut and toast with a touch of maple syrup. Some earthy hops in the background stay buried. Bitterness is on the moderate side and helps dry out the mouthfeel towards the finish.

Overall, a nice ESB but it lacks some of the fruity depth of some English examples. Nicely done but it doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pretty run of the mill esb in terms of flavor, but it has a little something extra that i like quite a bit. it pours a redish coppery color, mostly clear, with a tan foamy head. the smell is caramely english malts and an oatmeal smell that works really well. the flavor is mostly malt forward, but not really sweet at all. there is also something clever about the yeast, imparting a mellow spice and warmth. the body is full but refreshing, and the carbonation is bright. this is an appropriate fall beer and probably damn good with a plate of chicken wings or something. i like the mealt heaviness without all the sweet.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

My first try of this eastern Washington brewery.Pours into an imperial nonic a rch clear amber with a billowing creamy light beige head atop that left one full ring of lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Aromas were very light with come caramel and dough notes,not much hop presence except for faint leafiness.A really creamy feel to the beer,low carbonation and it gldes down easily.Toffee and biscuit malts dominate the flavors,although sweet not to sweet,my problem is that there really isn't a real hop presence with again just a light leafiness in the finish.The look and feel are top notch,aroma and taste are average.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label this is a "hybrid beer"..lager conditioned and coldfiltered ..yet an "ale".
Comes in a 22 oz brown bomber.
A very nice looking beer, a dark garnet colour sort of hazy, a massive creamy tan coloured head that stays around.
The smell is rather subdued but it is fresh and malty.
Nice malt profiles hit the tongue first taste then the hoppiness can be discerned later..this beer finishes fast not too much after taste.
Nice , creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
Good drinkable beer from Spokane.

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Photo of brentk56
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper capped by a nice ecru head that forms from a bubble show; good retention that leaves webbings of lace

Smell: Caramel verging on butterscotch buttressed by earthy hops

Taste: Earthy hop forward with the malts building underneath; caramel and nuts through the middle; some fruity elements appear, after the swallow, but the finish reveals considerable diacetyl

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting hybrid, clearly not a traditional ESB; I would like this more without the diacetyl

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

A refreshing change of pace to run into a malt bomb and a very well balanced one to boot! The west coast is not all about ales with a heavy hand of hops. So robust for a beer this size and drinkable, a good reminder to all that not every beer has to test your palate to be good … it can just be good.

STYLE: English Bitter
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Bright deep amber, amazing looking head

SMELL: Herbal, woody, leafy, earthy, faint pine, mild hop resin, buttery, ripe fruit

TASTE: Smooth, malty, a bit creamy, caramel, bready, ripe pears, faintly buttery, balanced hop, light bitterness, very herbal, leafy, lightly spicy, woody, grassy, dry finish

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Photo of Zraly
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was purchased as a 22 ouncer. The bottle is your standard brown with a blue, green and pink-toned label with what is most likey Mt. Spokane as the backdrop for the label. Northern Lights Brewery assert that they use English, German, and American brewing methods to create "a hybrid beer of undeniably satisfying character."

The head didn't stay around long enough...but fret not (and the bubbles that did stay were big and beautiful). The left-over lace danced gracefully down the side of my glass. The color of this rich brew pours a deep amber with tones of brown in it. A real treat to look at.

As a whole, this is a very tasty, assertive beer. The initial notes hitting the nose are floral in nature. The flavor carries this onto the tongue, enveloped with a strong, caramel-malt gradation. It ends superbly clean with the exception of a faint hint of an odd "antiseptic" nuance. It very well may be a type of hop (flavor) I am not accustomed to. I also taste a trace of a yeasty hot biscuit-n-butter flavor. Pretty interesting dimensions in a lone beer.

I would have rated this beer much higher except for the odd, little flavor that emerges prior to the finish. That is the only critical point to be made about this ale. Because I wish to support the smaller brewers of the Great NW, and because I think this beer could grow on me...I'm going to buy it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5.8% per the label.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, biscuit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a lot of bread like aromas and flavors that work well with the citrus forward hops used in this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium brown-orange hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. I really like the depth of color here!

Smell: sweet caramelly aroma with a lightly bready character. Some toastiness and a light earthy hop character are also present. Nice, although a little sweet.

Taste: much more toasty and biscuity than the aroma. Drier up front than the smell, but sweeter toward the end. Hop bitterness is actually good: both balanced and bitter enough for the style. Pretty decent!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mild carbonation but a decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a pretty tasty example of an English bitter. Some of its biscuity/toasty notes just don't happen to suit my palate. If those flavors don't bother you, then this beer is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Talisker
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased on a lark at Rocket Market on a trip to Spokane, WA.

The label description makes this sound like a Frankenstein beer with respect to style, but it holds together well. To my SF Bay Area palate, this is like a pleasant hybrid of Anderson Valley's Boont Amber and Anchor Steam.

Pours a deep reddish brown, medium-sized creme-colored head. Nose of very clean malt, sweet but not too sweet, not too dry, some slight pleasant dough. Taste is beautifully integrated - starts off sweet, but not at all cloying, sort of like a typical red ale. Turns a corner with some extraordinarily crisp English-style bitterness (is this the lagering?), maybe too much, since the sweetness doesn't really return on the finish, leaves a too-lingering dryness afterward.

But I like this beer. Would happily make it a regular drinker, like I already do Boont Amber and Anchor Steam. I'm now going to try to find out more about this brewery!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - good to see more of this Inland Empire brew coming north to Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some pleasant webbed tree branch lace around the glass as it rather slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a decent earthy dark orchard fruitiness, and herbal, woodsy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy, and still fairly sweet caramel malt, mildly biscuity toffee, muddled black fleshy fruit, a low-key hard water flintiness, and more floral, herbal, and softly grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive, and occasionally flirtatious frothiness, the body a solid middleweight for the purported style here, and genuinely smooth, as the hop presence leans towards its fruity side in this regard. It finishes well off-dry, the lingering biscuity caramel maltiness, and subservient grassy/herbal hops leaving little to question.

Overall, a pretty approachable and well-rendered ode to the venerable English ESB - no west-coast American bravado or overblown apery on display here. Easy to drink, with just the right amount of that little extra something (less than an additional point of booze) to make everything seem like it's gonna be all right.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Northern Lights Crystal Bitter Ale at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nut brown color with a red hue when held to the light, and is clear. A foamy one-finger, beige head forms which is somewhat resilient, but dissipates to a creamy thin film on the surface of the beer. The head produces moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly mild but fruity. There are floral scents, citrus, and hops.

The initial taste is of malted grain, with a nutty cereal flavor. There is a mild hop finish, and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel is smooth and weighty, with very little carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer. According to the label it’s a “hybrid” beer, and I would agree it’s not what I would expect from a true English bitter. It’s darker and not as bitter as I expected, but a very nice brew just the same. I think Northern Lights Crystal Bitter would be a good fall and winter beer, and I’ll probably have it again some time.

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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jtd1969 for opening this bottle

A - orangish amber with a soft, off white head

S - very faint aroma; hints of caramel

T - caramel, mildly bitter, faint citrus

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather simple though quaffable beer. It has a nice, subtle flavor that keeps you interested but also doesn't make you over think. This is definitely a nice, lighter offering that is worth trying.

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Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1pt 6oz bottle at Huckleberry's (only place I've seen it sold in bottle).Has an ok head, with nice lacing. Brownish amber in color. Odor was citrusy with a little caramel - probably going to be hoppy. Hops are most noticable taste component, but there's a little caramel maltiness in the background. I'd have preferred it was a little more assertive in that regard. I wouldn't call this a great beer, but its still a pretty good bitter. Its also very local, so I just have to support it

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with plenty of foam. Quite attractive and the suds last well. Spritzy on the tongue with a light mouthfeel. Slightly fruity hop notes in the aroma.

I'm not sure this is any kind of English Bitter, but it's a very drinkable and pleasant beer. Warm toned with bright malty flavors and just a hint of dark roast. Finishes with a bitter edge. Somewhat earthy with less of the fruity flavor than you might want in the English style. But as a dark-toned hoppy brew, it's way better than many amber ales and the like.

Totally drinkable and nicely balanced. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rock solid red ale. This would certainly make a visit to the laundromat much less painful. I'm a big fan of this brewery, and Spin Cycle helped solidify that opinion.

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