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Spin Cycle Red Ale | No-Li Brewhouse

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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
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
23.18%
 
 
Wants:
1
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 133
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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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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 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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Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, coppery amber color with an inch of khaki colored head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of rich malts and some nicely balanced hops. The flavor was very similar, with the flavors of the malt and hops playing very nicely together.

The body was full, smooth and crisp. Drinkability was very good, easy and smooth. Overall, a very nice beer from a brewery that hasn't overly impressed me. Worth trying when you see it.

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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 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 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 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 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 RedDiamond
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Northern Lights’ ale and I’m clearly off to a good start. They serve ‘em a bit too cold here, but I haven’t yet acclimated to the dry eastside climate so I’ll make do with a bit of cold for now.

Crystal Bitter is billed as a hybrid of British, American, and German styles. It is cold filtered and lagered, resulting in a beer that boasts a lively kick of bitterness and refined clarity. The body is ruddy-bronze with a velvet head and low carbonation. The super abundance of hops leaves fine lace on the glass and a faint hop aroma. A slight malty flourish protrudes but the flavor is primarily defined by a zesty sting of bitterness that damn near reaches out and slaps you in the face. The lagering process has kept the beer clean enough to allow a bracing surge of bittering hops that still drinks well. Crystal otherwise approaches the threshold of being overly bittered, especially for an ESB.

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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 Redrover
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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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 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 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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Spin Cycle Red Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
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