Rare Breed: Blind Salamander
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #279
Ranked #44,883
3.5 | pDev: 16%
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Rare Breed: Blind SalamanderRare Breed: Blind Salamander
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Pegasus from Texas

3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep amber in color, with a massive, dense, and persistent cream-colored head. Profuse streams of carbonation rise lazily to the surface. The lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Abundant notes of caramel, nuts, grassy hops, and some vegetal notes.

Taste: Opens with lots of caramel and nut notes. As the taste progresses, grassy and earthy hop notes appear. The taste concludes with a pleasant wave of earthiness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a little stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite interesting, it is reminiscent of an amber ale, with even some porter characteristics.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Jun 26, 2011
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cmkendrick from Texas

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well portions of all sales are donated to help protect Texas' endangered species, so I had to try to save the animals.

L - Clear amber color that has a decent amount of off-white head

S - Sweet caramel, a little hoppy

T - Well it's not unpleasant, but it doesn't taste like it smells, so that part let me down. I would say diluted is a good word.

F/D - Pretty fizzy and little dry. Smooth drinking for me but probably not something I'd regularly go back to.

Nov 23, 2010
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - almost clear copper color with a white head that stayed as a layer and left small trails of lacing.

S - light caramel malt aroma.

T - toffee malt taste with a little bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D - it was just ok.

Nov 18, 2010
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champ103 from Texas

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an amber/orange color. A small white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace as well.
S: Toasted malt, grain, metal, and vegetables. Some musty, basement aromas going on. Odd and not very appealing.
T: A little better. Plenty pf toasted malt and grain which I like. Though a metallic and chemical flavor detracts a bit.
M/D: A light to medium body. Fairly high carbonation as well. A little to much of a light and fizzy feel. Not hard to drink if I had to, but nothing I am going to come back to soon.

Just blah, and a little blew average as far as I am concerned. There are better examples available. I love to support Texas breweries, but more of a dud than anything.

Oct 18, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours and orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is not too great. I get some caramel, but I also get some nuts, corn and something musty. Definitely not what I expected and somewhat disappointing. The flavor is definitely better than the aroma, but it is still just average. I get a lot of nuttiness, along with some bready and toffee malts. To help keep things in balance, there is also a good amount of earthy and grassy hop characteristics. The beer is very balanced, not being very bitter or sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Disappointing overall.

Sep 21, 2010
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crusian from Oregon

1.8/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

have tried to update this as it is not retired... just bought a fresh one.

pours a great looking burnt amber color with a tiny tiny head. Looks awesome... and thats where it ends. smells of caramely malt. smells ... o...k. smells, honestly, like a cheap pale ale.
tastes... the same. cheap pale ale. very thin, very lacking in what I want from a pale. It is hop absent, a pale needs to have a lot of hop presence. this one is very weak. bad example of a pale ale. while Ido like that it is over the 5% abv make, which is a big thing for rahr... this one is an epic fail. Dont buy it. One of the worst representations of a pale ale I have had. Tastes really diluted.

Sep 04, 2010
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fjordhook from Texas

3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just found this at the Central Market in Plano, was rather surprised since I haven't seen it sold in a long while. It poured with an amber color with a light beige foamy head. It has very earthy smells, almost nutty. The taste was mostly a blend of hops and malts, wasn't anything special. I felt it was a little bland, because of this I felt the drinkability suffered which was disappointing. I still look forward for more Rahr beers, however, most definitely.

Jan 25, 2010
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wnh from Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, reddish-amber, dark for a 'pale' ale, with a large, foamy, sticky off-white head.

Aromas of earthy hops on top of caramel and toasted malt. To style, perhaps, but uninspired. Damp and earthy hops on the palate, with an unpleasant wet-cellar-like funk on top of a subtly toasted malt backbone. Light bodied and quite highly carbonated.

A decent enough beer, but uninspired and frankly kind of boring. Not generally a style to get excited about, but there are plenty of other earthy hopped pale ales that outweigh this.

Nov 01, 2009
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brownbeer from Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more of an amber than a pale. The nose implies more of a nutty amber ale. The flavors aren't much either, nutty with a generic malty/hoppy balance.

Drinks more like a mediocre American Amber than an English Pale. Easy to drink but doesn't stand out or taste great. Maybe mine wasn't fresh enough.

Oct 23, 2009
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Delirium tremens tulip. A portion of the purchase goes towards protecting endangered Texas wildlife...very cool, Rahr & Sons.

Pours with a bright, ruby grapefruit body that shows off a decent clarity beneath a soft tuft of khaki head. Decent retention, and some sticky lacing, although generally I like my Pale Ale's a bit lighter in color and no so IPA-looking. Interesting aroma, with the malts very English in nature and throwing off scents of toasted toffee, brown sugar, and cereal grains. Could use a bit more hoppiness, but there is a light floral presence behind all that malt.

The flavor of Blind Salamander is a bit lighter than the aroma would suggest, but the malt notes are satisfactory with roasted caramel and toffee adding some sweetness. Out of nowhere rushes in a hoppy and resinous, although fleeting, bitterness with a slight medicinal edge. The medium-light body is well carbonated (a bit overly so) and has that classic English bite to the finish. A solidly built EPA, bends the style a bit, but ultimately succeeds. Drinkable, too, and there's that whole "Save the Wildlife" angle that makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside...or was that the alcohol?

Aug 03, 2009
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ice maker died yesterday. I guess the beer gods were tired of seeing me sip on nothing but iced tea all week.

Bottle part of a birthday gift package sent to me by BigTex. :) Poured into my DFH off-centered tumbler. 254 8 A1P 09:21

Straight down the middle, the immediate feel of condensation reminds me that I haven't been drinking nearly enough fluids. I can't help but compare the body's color to that of a chill-hazed, cold brewed iced tea. As the half glass of cream-colored head begins to settle, I start planning my next beer. Sticky ridges of lace from across the room look like a still full glass, delaying it's consumption further.

Back on track with a suitable candidate in the wings, I dive in. Smells of caramelized malt & toffee front & center, with crusty brown bread behind that. There's butter here, but it's pierced ever so slightly by a scent of oxidized apples & a fresh leaf herbal quality.

Taste is a mix of quite herbal bitters, & dry grain. Sweetness, if any, is underneath dried out saltines. A quick hit of sharp lemon rind almost near the end, with just a peak at some toastiness. Long lingering dry & bittergreen(almost metallic) finish.

Carbonation is strong. Feel is a bit grainy, again dry, but still quite free-flowing.

Quite thirst quenching, but drinkability suffers only because English hops are so stuffy & boring. :P

I can't wait till it snows.

Jul 02, 2009
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had one of these a while back, at a party, and didn't think much of it. I figured it was time to sit down with another bottle and really give it my undivided attention.

Pours a pretty copper-amber color with a healthy two-finger head that dissipates over time but leaves a nice lace in its wake. The aroma is strong and kinda funky. Fruity, but dirty. Very herbal. And the taste carries with it a slightly medicinal flavor to contribute to that funkiness. Herbal spiciness creates an interesting taste, but it lacks the requisite hop punch to make this a true pale ale in my opinion. It's lightly fruity, like some British pale ales, but oddly so. Mouthfeel is fizzy and metallic.

I don't really know what to make of this beer. I love that Rahr has teamed with Texas Parks and Wildlife to contribute proceeds from this beer toward blind salamander protection. But the beer itself is odd and funky (again with the funky!) and may very well be destined to hit the endangered species list itself.

Jun 12, 2009
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whoneeds8 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass amber color with a nice two finger thick off white head that stays around a good time. The smell has alot of hop fruits and suprising grape or grapefruit smell. The taste doesn't live up to the scent. However, there is a suprising amount of a oak taste to it from a good amount of malted barley. It is missing a good hop bite on the back end of the taste, which is dissappointing. The mouthfell is perfect amount of carbonation and thickness.

Overall, this is the best Rahr beer I've had. But there is still room for improvement.

May 19, 2009
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angelmonster from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger off white head. Body is copper brown in color with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of some sweet caramel malt and slightly piny hops. There is also a raisin/ dry fruit smell with a faint bit of metal

Taste is a bit more malty than most pale ales. Its similar to a brown ale but more hoppy, Finish is a little dry and piny. There is also a slight metal after taste but it is barely noticeable and not that big a deal

There is a small amount of creaminess to the head, which is always good. Beer is light but not to the point to where its watery. Carbonation is a bit too much though

Over all beer is pretty good and sessionable, plus buying it helps a good cause. Portion of the profit from this beer is donated to the Texas Wildlife and Parks Foundation. This would be a good beer for when you want something slightly hoppy but not overly bitter

Apr 06, 2009
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JDV from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a medium lived beige head. Smell is malty more so than hoppy and has a toasty malt nose, in fact. Taste however is slightly more hoppy than the smell would lead on and helps balance the toasty caramel sweetness. The hops are earthy and just a hint metallic perhaps. Medium to slightly full body with crisp carbonation. Overall, a solid, sessionable beer, I thought, but nothing too outrageous.

Apr 01, 2009
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pwsoldier from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber with a touch of haze and a creamy off-white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving a modest amount of lacing.

S - Very earthy with some notes of wood thrown in there. Grassy hop aromas are present as well, staying in the background for the most part.

T - Fairly brash up front, with harsh grainy notes and hop bitterness dominating. Very earthy and a bit off-balance. I was hoping for a little bit more malt presence to provide some balance. Overall though, not too bad.

M - Medium-bodied, finishes clean. Carbonation seems a tad high for a beer of this style. Some earthy notes linger on the palate just slightly.

D - Not bad, but nothing to write home about either. Pairs well with Cotswald cheese, as expected. I probably won't be having this one again.

Mar 01, 2009
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htomsirveaux from Texas

2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Feb 2009.

Poured in pint shaker glass. Large off white tight head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy ruby brown color. Aroma is light with hints of molasses, oak, raisins, prunes. Starts with a bit of malty sweetness which quickly fades to a whole lot of not much. It is as if the taste simply evaporates a few seconds after the beer is in your mouth, returning in the finish with a bit of unpleasant astringency. Slight almondy aftertaste.

Not sure what was wrong here, as this was pulled from the same sixpack indiapaleale tried, only a few weeks older...

Feb 22, 2009
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HardTarget from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A) Pretty dark amber for a Pale, holds a tan head that is impressive in it's rocky texture and finger high froth.

S) Um, no hops? Well, no American hops, very earthy, almost peat smell. I get some leather.

T) Ok, that's different. Some metallic flavors at first blush, pretty heavy actually. The malt is pretty firm, but doesn't go sweet testifying that there are hops in here, even if you can't taste them. Again, earthy, almost musty leather taste that isn't unpleasant. As it warms I get a fair toasted malt and toffee flavor that helps things out.

M) Pretty fizzy, medium light body, dry finish.

D) An English Pale Ale. There's nothing terribly wrong (the metallic note is disconcerting) but this just isn't a style I enjoy much.

Good on Rahr for helping the Salamander, and putting a different style out there.

Feb 20, 2009
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dwpiercetx from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a very smooth pale ale. Lighter on the darker side of amber tint to it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes PA's and is looking for a lighter flavor.
+Sale's proceeds go to Texas Parks and Wildlife to help with endangered species...to me it's a win-win situation.

Feb 03, 2009
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ckeegan04 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhewes for this one.

A - Clear and clean dark amber color with bright ruby highlights when held up to the light. Classic appearence of a well malted pale ale. One finger head, khaki in color. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - Strong aroma of caramel and toffee. Very sweet to the nose. Presence of classi earthy hops as well. Right on for an English PA.

T - Very strong toffee sweetness initially with some caramel coming in as well. A floral and earthy bitterness is present, but not at all overwhelming.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp and smooth. Easy drinking for the malt enthusiast out there.

While English Pale Ales and IPA's are far from my preference, this is a very nice beer. Classic malt tastes and very drinkable.

Jan 25, 2009
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BrewerB from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jackie for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into a North Coast nonic pint glass. Great clarity. Medium copper in color, the beer formed a two finger off-white dense head that trickled down to a thin height and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. After a few minutes, the foam is still in place.

S - Toasty malt, fruity esters, and earthy hops hit all mingled together in my first whiff. A touch of caramel.

T - Malt forward with a dark brown toast-like flavor and an earthy hop presence. Slight caramel. Not particularly complex or overwhelming. Finishing dry with a light lingering bitterness. Moderate level of hop bitterness. Missing out on more layered malt flavors and the buttery type feeling seems out of place.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Let a slight buttery feeling on the roof of my mouth.

D - I always enjoy trying beers from brewery's I lack access to. While not a stellar example of the style, the beer has a decent malt backbone and a proper mouthfeel. Missing out on some of the malt complexity that would help render it a more interesting beer.

Jan 22, 2009
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indiapaleale from Maine

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours much darker than expected. Almost auburn in appearance with about a half inch of thickly clinging white head. The head is however quick to slink away. Overall its quite a nice looking beer.

Smell is actually quite fruit and not the hops I was expecting. This beer keeps tricking me. My first impressions are those of prunes and apple cider. Their is some faint malt toastiness coming through as well.

Taste is quite flavorful. Lots of toasty/biscuity malt flavors coming out. The fruit flavors I smelled don't appear in taste, moreso this is toasty with only a slight bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer, I am guessing the ABV is fairly low, maybe around 5? I really think this is a great candidate for a cask beer. Very good offering from Rahr and Sons out of Texas.

Thanks to htomsirveaux for this one via a recent trade!

Jan 10, 2009
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Fnord from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark for a pale ale. It has a good amount of bubbling, leading to a creamy, off-white head that clings to the glass.

Smell - Nice, hoppy aroma, with some malts behind it. Is that a tart note?

Taste - Very pleasant hop taste throughout, balanced by a toasted, buttery malt profile. The English ingredients really come through. That tart note is lurking in the background as well.

Mouthfeel - Creamy smooth, great head, carbonated just right.

Drinkability - Very good drinkability. A good, sessionable pale ale.

Overall - I'm impressed. This is straddling the line between an EPA and an ESB. I hope Rahr makes this a permanent addition to their lineup. As an added bonus, the proceeds help an endangered species! Beer... is there anything it can't do?

Dec 29, 2008
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Bagman007 from Texas

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep reddish amber coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- A very hoppy smell with a slight hint of the malts.

T- Has a very hoppy and extremely dry taste to it. Can't really taste much of the malts.

M- A very dry, bitter feel to it.

D- You can have a couple, but anymore than that would be hard to swallow.

Overall not that impressive of a beer. It has too dry of a taste to it for me.

Dec 18, 2008
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elniko from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep ruby amber coloring, head quickly dissipated. Lacing apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Clean maltiness on the nose, possible toffee tones as well.

T & M: I was very impressed by this beer. Very good EPA example. Mouthfeel solid. Finish just bitter enough.

D: This is definitely the best Rahr beer that I've had. I would like to see this as a standard offering.

Dec 03, 2008
Rare Breed: Blind Salamander from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 37 ratings