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Spin Cycle Red Ale | No-Li Brewhouse

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Spin Cycle Red AleSpin Cycle Red Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
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134 Ratings
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:
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Added by Zraly on 11-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,307
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
134
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Photo of Radcpa
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DRk red appearance with dark white head and a significant amount of carbination. Fruity aroma. Taste is a mild fruity taste that is very smooth with no bitterness.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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 evergreen_machine
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like the red hook esb but better!

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dabone
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft beer at That Place in Richland, WA. Nice look. Not much for aroma. Malty and bitter taste, more so than other reds. Average for a red.

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Photo of South2NW
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 SeriousALEment
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thezach
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Non-assertive, yet otherwise very pleasing orangey-sweet nose is the first note that strikes, but the nearly-opaque chromatic profile is the really alluring and positively-portending characteristic—almost like a pus-café, its color is graduated in visibly-separated layers: pale yellow, red-orange, red-brown, and finally a deep-mahogany cylinder in the center. Meanwhile, the head is a bit meek, but but the lacing is very nice; a plenitude of sediment belies the smooth, barely-sharp yeast-bill.

Yet what perhaps strikes me most strongly is the fact that this ale is billed as an ESB in competition, despite clear labelling as a "red ale"—and yet I see it: it has the sorts of delicious malt/bitter proportions of an ESB, and just happens to employ deep-red, sweet Irish-like malts in that balance. The hops are muted, sure, but add a very nice bitterness throughout; these bitters grow to an acute, though still somewhat muted, puncuation at the finish. Moreover, it's simply extremely drinkable—an ale that'd almost be better served as a session-six than a bomber. If it loses points, it's a result of the only assertive quality being how unassertive, even unassuming, the beer is—a ding that's hardly daming in this case.

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Photo of LouZ
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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 souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

I guess I was expecting more hops, but this is very well balanced. Quite nice. Grassy, some bitterness, but well balanced with malts.

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Photo of afuchs78
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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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Spin Cycle Red Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 134 ratings
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