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Cherokee Red Ale | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Tennessee, United States
coppercellar.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,970
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
100
pDev:
15.17%
Bros Score:
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Buried deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains lies a beer with the crisp, clean, and balanced taste that satisfies any occasion, and cuisine, and any mood- their Cherokee Ale is it!

The beer comes alive with a medium copper, clear appearance with a sheet of white froth that proves long lasting and leaving spotty lace in its wake.

Aromas of candied grain, sweet confectioner's sugar, floral hops and mild cereal become the balanced aromas that side slightly toward the malts. Its an appetizing scent that conjures up comparisons to Yeungling, except better.

Much more balanced in taste, the grainy-sweet upstart joins with the taste of bread crust, acorn, dry caramel. candied apple and a mild herbal taste with a balanced, bitter, citrus hop finish. It's a delicate and rustic ale that's uncomplicated in its taste, through and through.

Medium-light in body, its crisp and clean texture finishes grainy-dry with a mild minty herbal warmth and fleeting sweetness.

Cherokee is the perfect beer for a wide range of events, foods, or attitudes. Where it won't blow you away with its strength, complexity, or uniqueness- it satisfies the palate on all fronts and with ease.

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Photo of zeff80
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, reddish amber color with a very small, off-white head of bubbles. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and some subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of bready malts and caramel. Next to no bitterness or any hop presence.

M - It was soft and maybe a little watery. A very light bodied ale.

D - Meh. Might be better on tap. I was not impressed with this bottled offering.

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Photo of atrocity
2.24/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Wasn't a fan of this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucent orange-red-amber (in that order) capped by an insubstantial, short-lived head of light tan froth that achieved a maximum height of two fingers after a high altitude pour, but was nearly gone at the two minute mark. A thick, short collar of lace is the extent of the glass coverage.

The nose is strange in that it doesn't fit the style. It's caramel malty and weakly cocoa-like, almost like a porter, with no hops to speak of. It isn't bad really, just odd.

On the palate, Cherokee Red tastes like a cross between a weak porter and an underhopped red ale. Perhaps the brewers toasted the malt a bit too long and some mild chocolate flavors were the result. The website says that four malts are used in this beer's creation and I have to wonder if chocolate malt isn't one of them.

The flavor is overly mild, but decent. Again, the hops have left the building. The body is firmly medium and the mouthfeel is acceptably creamy. That combination makes drinking a cinch even though my taste buds feel slighted.

Cherokee Red Ale is a strange brew that just might have defined a new style: Red Porter. It isn't bad beer really, it's just forgettable.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My parents brought a mixed 6pck home from their trip down south. The beer poured a clear amber with thin white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had hints of bitter hop. The taste is a little sharp but decent to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, amber in color with no head. Taste is toffee, toasted malt, and light earthy hops. Medium bodied and sweet. Makes for an above average tasting true to style malty beverage. Nothing to rush out for but easy to drink.

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3.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date. but bought at the brewpub

pours a clear medium amber color, the head fades. malty aroma, no hop flavor. fairly sweet taste. thin body. overall just pretty boring.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrfrancis
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, fizzy white mousse that recedes quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S: Aromas of butterscotch, brown butter, caramel, toffee, nougat, honey roasted nuts, and mild, lemony hops are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, grass, herbs, lemon, brown butter, butterscotch, caramel, toffee, almond nougat, honey roasted nuts, dates, and overripe apricot in the mouth. Finish is sweet and mildly toasty with notes of brown butter, caramel, nuts, toffee, lemon, and apricot.

M: On the lighter side of medium and quite dry. Carbonation is crisp to the point of being intense. Goes down fairly easily and quenches thirst quickly.

O: I have not tried many beers from this brewery, but so far nothing has impressed me. This ale, unfortunately, is no exception. It is not bad by any means, but lacks the depth and complexity of many of the better amber and red ales out there. I would not turn it down, however, and could see it being a good accompaniment to a simple meal of grilled meats and vegetables. I think it could also be a good gateway brew for those just getting into American craft ales.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of argock
2.59/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Received as a gift.

A: Leaf brown with 1-finger of off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Metallic aroma with some sour hay and cardboardy malt aromas

T: There is some herbal hoppiness which makes this beer palatable along with some caramel malt sweetness. Not much else to suggest it though -- it is underattenuated and overly sweet.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O: Not much good to say here -- there is no way to know how long ago this beer was made but it's certainly not good in its current state.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.47/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Props to johnrobe for this. Once again I am let down by a Smoky Mountain brew. I have tried different samples from different trades and so far they have all been sour/vinegary. Pours a weird amber/butterscotch color with a medium light beige head. Light lacing. Aroma is malt and vinegar. Flavor is really too harsh to enjoy at all, you can tell it wants to be malty and smooth but fails. The finish is again sour and fruity. A disappointment.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught in one of their Calhoun locations: The first problem with this was the heavily frosted mug they served this in. There were chunks of frost in with my beer. The beer itself was a fairly clear amber color, after the frost subsided. Mine had almost no head and no lacing. The aroma was a mild, slightly sweet caramel malt nose. The taste was decent enough. Slightly sweet caramel malt with a slightly dry finish. Pretty east drinking. Non-descript, average, and uninteresting, however.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PorterLambic
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden copper color with a 1" light tan, creamy head. No lace.
Smell is hops, malt, a hint of citrus (lemon).
A fairly big hop note to start, faint note of celery or lettuce.
Slight aftertaste with hops and some malt. Medium body and effervescence. A decent brew but a little too hoppy for the style. Additionally, the balance is off.

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Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

According to the brewery blurb, this beer was "inspired by the famous Red ales of Ireland." Must not have been too inspirational. Overall flavor profile was flat, with none of the robustness that characterizes a good red ale. Needed something, more hops, more malt - something - to punch things up. Okay, but boring.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.78/5  rDev +17%

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Cherokee Red Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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