Matt's Red | Cumberland Brews

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Brewed by:
Cumberland Brews
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GuinnessSmurf on 04-28-2004

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 14
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a freshly filled growler. Pours with a deep brick red body that borders on burgundy. Head is a solid inch of golden biscuit beige that Leaves a wall of lace as it fades. Very classic visually for a red ale. Nose is Uniquely appealing for the style with yeasty tones that resembles a Belgium style and even some nice fruit tones mingled in. Very bright for the style but wonderful. With first sip I am immediately impressed with the depth and character of this brew. Starts almost fruity sweet with nice malt presence. Rustic woodsy earth tones quickly take over with dry malt nuttiness and some soft hop presence. Hops play with the spice characters nicely as well. Mouthfeel is on the dryer side with hops bringing about the fitter feel. This is an outstandingly drinkable red ale that hits on all cylinders.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color with a wispy head. Mild nose of malt and nut tones. There is a presence of nut in the flavor which was unexpected for me in a red. The hops presents itself just about exactly in the middle of the flavor, by that I mean between the initial attack and the finish. This beer is different for a red in my opinion. It is a touch bigger and maltier than I have come to expect from reds. This made it a little difficult to assess value, because while its drinkable it wasn't what I thought it would be. Some may love it, and some may not. Worth a try. I really didn't care for the nut tones since I am giving my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in a nonic from the bar. There was a fluffy finger of white head over a very dark red body. Fine lace clung to the glass.

Smell was floral and grainy. Fresh.

Taste was bright hops and not too sweet grain. Well balanced. Super fresh and refreshing. A somewhat hoppier amber than average (but I love the bitterness). Finish was drying but but not parching. Flavorful.

Mouthfeel was spot on carbonation and medium body.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sturdy and moderate American Red that doesn't push toward hops nor malts, instead strives for balance and drinkability.

The beer pours a rusty red color with a medium haze, solid albeit terse head character of lightly tanned foam, and a sliver of lace from time to time.

Balanced aromas of medium caramel, light bread crust, sun kissed barley, and the light toffee richness of malted milk and pecans. The offset of hops deliver a grassy, tea-like scent with some citrusy undertones but all keep each other in check.

Flavors do much the same with the malty richness of medium kilned grains giving the bread crust, medium caramel, and nutty taste while the offset of grapefruit, light pine resin, and grasses give a balance in taste while they develop into bitterness going into finish where the malt taste fades and the hops provide a crisp and nealry clean finish.

Again, moderate with mouthfeel, the beer's initial creaminess retains its weight far after the carbonation subsides, for a semi-dry finish and an aftertaste that claims a medium malty-sweet attenuation.

A good beer that's designed to appeal to the craft beer drinker but also not to offend those who are just comming to the party. In doing so, the beer is timid and confused. The recipe formulation and choicest of ingredients may be suspect.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerme343
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a standard pint glass. This beer has a beautiful red color and is fairly clear with a smallish head in an off white color. The head was made up of mostly fine bubbles that lasted for a few minutes.

The aroma of this brew is very biscuity, a little toasty with nice malt and a little vegetal characteristic. Very nice smell overall.

The taste is somewhat zesty almost like there is a hint of lime in there somewhere. A bit of cereal and bread - probably an oat or even bordering on a pumpernickel.

This beer is smooth with a slightly creamy finish that makes it go down easy. A nice red with a few unusual twists but very good all in all.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Matt's Red (named after Matt, brewmaster of Cumberland Brews) is, in fact, a nice red colored beer. Actually, it is more of an auburn color. When the beer arrived at my table, there was a small halo of head around the top of the beer.

This beer smells very nice - very refreshing. It has a little too much sweet in the smell - sweet as in Sprite or other sugary soda.

The taste is also very refreshing. This is a perfect "on a hot day" beer. There is a sparky quality about the flavor that seems to really excite the tongue. The source of the bitterness and sweetness in this beer is difficult to distinguish.

For my tastes, this beer was a little over-carbonated. However, that may have just been this batch.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Pint

A- Deep dark amber with a one finger head, rather clear.
S- not a very strong smell, reminds me of a nut brown, Earthy tones and malt but nothing really pops out.
T- A good example of an american red, Smooth malts and some hops to balance it out. A grainy nutty taste that's pretty common in reds. This is a good tasting beer but its flavors are all too simple.
M- Very easy to drink and refreshing, an average texture and carbonation.
O- This is a good drinking beer for just about anybody but it plays it a bit too safe in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of unclejedi
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this during a recent visit to the pub while hunting growlers for the Growling at the Moon growler exchange. Liked it enough to pick it as a growler for sending

Appearence: Very bright, light red with a nice creamy head. Very nice lacing

Smell: Floral hoppy and reminescent of what made me start taking more notice of red ales earlier this year. Very pleasing nose, this is as much a part of the experience as the taste where this beer is concerned

Mouth : Very nice medium body, about what I expect from a well made red or amber ale.

Taste: Hoppy but with plenty of malt balance. The hops start with the floral notes of the smell, then become citrus-like and finish with a good bitter kick

Drinkabiliy: This beer will bring me back to Cumberland for a time when I can sit and enjoy a few. Really drinkable and one that I will probably start getting growlers for myself when I visit.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium red color with one finger of head. There is a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and has a caramel maltiness mixed with some floral hops. A little candied apple even. The taste is sweet at first, with lots of caramel and honey up front, but there's a nice sharp bitterness on the finish that keeps it in check. The mouthfeel is incredible for a red ale, just so thick and smooth. The drinkability is fantastic, I want this beer all day. A superb brew by the people at Cumberland.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Matt's Red from Cumberland Brews
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 37 ratings