Rare Breed: Blind Salamander | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Rare Breed: Blind SalamanderRare Breed: Blind Salamander

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by allengarvin on 11-14-2008

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 37
Reviews by Bagman007:
Photo of Bagman007
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.41/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of wnh
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of crusian
1.8/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of bigwillystyle
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Atlas1
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Fnord
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
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?

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Photo of csfcmitchell
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of fjordhook
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of JD_Gattis
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of allengarvin
4.37/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this into a pint glass. It's a very nice dark reddish-amber color, though the head formed was small and faded quick. The aroma features a good malt backbone and a lightly flowery hop scent. Excellent flavor: solid toasty, lightly sweet, malt providing a great palate for a earthy, floral hop flavor and plenty of bitterness--on the high side for an English PA, though not quite approaching APA levels. There's a good fruity yeast character that's more appreciable when the beer warms up a bit.

Very good drinking beer--arguably, the best session beer Rahr has produced so far. Looking forward to more releases in this series.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of cmkendrick
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of Techichi
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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