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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Zraly on 11-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,615
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
134
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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 StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, orange zest, lemon zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, light pine, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, orange peel, pear, apple, nuttiness, floral, grass, pine, herbal and floral/yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, orange zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness, malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice ESB style. All around good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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 rab53
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of imbibehour
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 GABF gold medal winner in the category Extra Special Bitter.

A real nice beautiful crystal clear dark chestnut brown, with orange hued edges for the body is on the pour. A light tan head forms creamy at first, four fingers deep, then keeping a real nice crown with some soapy retention. Light mixes of sized bubbled carbonation come up, some cola sized, most of them smaller. A real nice beautiful looking beer, best part about it.

Nose is a mild sense of dry malt, light toffee, and a sense of char. Slight tannic nut quality also more like a brown ale. Subtle but good.

Palate fills nicely with some good depth even with a very light body. Toasty malts and light sensing malts. Most of the taste hits in the back end on the palate in the swallow. Not much herbal or fruity estery character to this interestingly enough. Tannic dry not character comes through like a classic brown ale.

Drinks incredibly easy, and very enjoyable. A real good balance to this beer, very impressed with No-Li's line up so far.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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 DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going towards the bitter side. Out of a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This is a reddish amber colored beer with hues of orange. There's a thick head which sits pretty on top and leaves a few strings of lace. The nose starts off with a hoppy note, with piney and lemon peel leading the way before the malt (caramel and toffee notes) contribute their share.

In the taste, Crystal Bitter Ale starts off malt forward. The background is hopped up, which helkps make this beer fun to drink. There's a good toffee crisp note and decent diacetyl action while in the back, there's clean citrus and piney notes. A little of the alcohol spills into the beer, adding a small distraction to the harmony, but despite that, the beer remains a joy. Its medium body with a lingering sweet and diacetyl aftertaste cap off this good American bitter.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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