Anyone love Red Ales?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 19etz55, Jul 14, 2014.

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  1. Rob315

    Rob315 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Kentucky

    I really enjoy them. My favorites would be:
    Troegs Hopback Amber
    GL Nosferatu
    Bells Amber
    Stone Levitation
    Rogue Amber
    Also used to like Southern Tier Big Red.
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  2. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    No love for Killian's? Sad...
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  3. DieHippieDie

    DieHippieDie Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2012 North Carolina

    Red Rocket!
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  4. Jeff17

    Jeff17 Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 Illinois

    I really like 4 Hands Reprise Centennial.
  5. pjvie

    pjvie Initiate (0) May 30, 2014 Oregon

    Karl Strauss's Red Trolley FTW. Smooth and balanced, but still a caramel malt bomb! Just saw some guy post the imperial version on WBAYDN, and it sounds sweet!
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  6. ironchefkook

    ironchefkook Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 California

    You're speaking my language. Their Electric Tower IPA is also one of the most delicious IPAs I have ever tasted. People need to know.
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  7. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    I like Scottish ales, if they count. Hoppy reds are good and all, but malty reds are where it's at, especially wee heavys.
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  8. Spiral517

    Spiral517 Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2013 Maryland

    i loved nugget nectar. i recently tried bear republic red rocket ale and was hoping it would be as good or better. but i was pretty let down. i thought it was very bland with almost no flavor of any kind.
  9. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Grand Pooh-Bah (3,424) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Most of my faves have been mentioned, but for the locals, I have always loved Triumph's amber ale. That might even be my first amber.
  10. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Wonder if you got a fresh one out there in MD. Bear Republic has been going through some water shortage issues, which has affected production, and I've been seeing some old stuff on shelves, sadly. Fresh, though, I love Red Rocket. Of course, I also think most fresh BR stuff is just killer, from Hop Rod to Racer 5 to Big Bear and so on.
  11. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2008 New Jersey

    Nugget Nectar is in a class all by itself.
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  12. Spiral517

    Spiral517 Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2013 Maryland

    it was definitely fresh. the only other bear republic beer i have had is Racer 5 and i think that is great.
  13. Kanger

    Kanger Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    Green Flash Hop Head Red
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  14. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,884) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Absolutely. While I like the hoppy ones, I full-on love the big juicy malty ones. Everyone and their brother used to have one 10 years ago, but they aren't all that common these days. Luckily the big flagship versions are still tasty and affordable.
  15. BeerBeast

    BeerBeast Pooh-Bah (1,835) Oct 9, 2012 Florida

    Absolutely, Cigar City nailed that one. Too bad it's basically only available in cans at the brewery at this point. Tocobaga has pretty much disappeared from store shelves, and they won't do growlers fills at the brewery (though you can drink as many pints at the bar as you like!).
  16. BeerZar

    BeerZar Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2014 Ohio

    I love this blurred line style. AleSmith Yule Smith Winter is an awesome "Imperial Red" that I don't think has been mentioned yet. I may be in the minority here, but I also loved Sierra Nevada's Flipside Red IPA. That and Nosferatu were my go-to beers for the fall last year...perfect for that time of year.
  17. Donco

    Donco Maven (1,453) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Only one I ever tried was Kona Brewing Lavaman Red Ale on tap and it was terrific! Of course, it could have been the fact that I was in Hawaii drinking it...:wink:
  18. Kinger86

    Kinger86 Initiate (0) May 16, 2014 Maine

    Welcome to BA! Cheers!

    I'd have to say Red Wheelbarrow from MBC is my favorite Red. Cascazilla from Ithaca is decent as well!
  19. FinchSCF

    FinchSCF Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2013 Michigan

    If you're in their distro area, Brewery Vivant Big Red Coq is definitely a fave of mine.
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  20. puboflyons

    puboflyons Grand Pooh-Bah (4,153) Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    "Love" seems like a very final word!

    Maine Zoe is pretty decent.
  21. peteboiler

    peteboiler Zealot (654) Dec 16, 2010 Florida

    Summit makes a kick ass red ale.

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  22. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,493) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Oscar Blues G'Night, Green Flash Hop Head Red, Nugget Nectar get my top votes.

    I don't think anyone has mentioned Finch's Fascist Pig, that was decent.
  23. Harnkus

    Harnkus Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    Full Sail Amber is a stone cold classic. Red ales were more common in the early days of US craft
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  24. garuda

    garuda Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Do Flemish Reds count in this? Love me some Rodenbach.
  25. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    Agreed, although I haven't had it since I moved from the SF Bay Area back in '05. I drank a ton of it when I lived there.

    My favorite Reds are:

    Evil Dead Red
    Lucky 13

    I wish that I could get any of these regularly.
  26. slym

    slym Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2014 North Carolina

    A-B made a good one a while back called Killarney's, one of the few A-B products I ever liked (the Budweiser American Ale being the other notable one.)

    Aviator Brewing Co. makes a good one called Hot Rod Red Ale, but they are not the widest of availability.

    I figure a "red ale" is... well, beers like NB's Fat Tire I'd call a civil slap in the face with a glove. A good red ale is a fist right to your mouth.

  27. Telly13

    Telly13 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 California

    Dirty Hippy from Kern River is amazing
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  28. tbaker397

    tbaker397 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 West Virginia

    I'll bring up Fat Heads Bonehead Red. Seriously amazing, had it last time I was at Fat Heads in Pitt. Truthfully I liked it just as much or maybe even a hair more than Nugget Nectar. And my god do I love my Nugget Nectar
  29. ceeg

    ceeg Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 New York

    I love 'em!

    Hop Back
    Fixed Gear
    Nugget Nectar
    Red Wheelbarrow

    Give them to me!!
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  30. Foyle

    Foyle Maven (1,445) Sep 29, 2007 North Carolina

    I enjoy Red and Amber ales (Red and amber lager as well).

    Looking at ones I have rated thus far, I enjoy (taking the liberty of including ambers):

    Sick N Twisted Imperial Red Ale
    Highland Gaelic Ale
    Odell Levity Amber Ale
    Grand Teton Teton Ale
    Freedom's Edge Wrangler Red Ale

    There have been others (which I tried before I did reviews) and there will be many more in the future.
  31. BreweryRun

    BreweryRun Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2013 California

    Really surprised no one has mentioned Evil Dead Red or My Bloody Valentine from Alesmith yet, granted they are very hoppy but both are really great. My bloody Valentine in particular is one of my favorite beers period, and definitely my favorite Amber. I also think that Ballast Point Calico is a great amber with more of a malt forward burnt bread kind of flavor.
  32. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    Evil Dead Red has been mentioned by a few people, including me.
  33. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Florida

    CCB Tocabaga Red will BLOW YOUR MIND! And Red Trolley is one of the more underrated brews on this site. Those two are very different, but both excellent!
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  34. jimmyfishkin

    jimmyfishkin Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2008 Wisconsin

    Man I forgot about Nosferatu - adore that beer
  35. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    Love Nugget nectar, SN flipsyde is also an extremely under appreciated beer IMO
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  36. cck5

    cck5 Initiate (0) May 11, 2014 New York

    gret lakes nosferatus.
    love love love.
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  37. HoppyBastard

    HoppyBastard Pundit (983) Sep 6, 2013 Nebraska

    India Style Red Ale from Zipline Brewing Company Lincoln, NE.
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  38. j_nees

    j_nees Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2013 Washington

    Ginger Twin from Half Acre is a great hoppy red - annual release in the spring. I also really like the Green Flash one.
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  39. EcurbTheProphet

    EcurbTheProphet Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Washington

    I used to think Killian's Irish Red was incredible! Of course, at the time I was living in Georgia and it was difficult to find anything other than Bud or Miller long necks (and occasionally a PBR)... so go figure!

    That said, I have the hunch the RED ale style is a very good compromise for the couple whose tastes are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I will be reading through these posts for some recommendations. In my case I like the real hoppy double IPA's and rich Belgian-style brews. My Missus likes wheat beer! Can you imagine that... wheat beer? Have I taught her nothing?!!!

    So, I need to find something we can both appreciate - and I am reminded (thanks to this thread) of the red ales. Thanks boys n girls.
  40. BreweryRun

    BreweryRun Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2013 California

    My bad, my powers of observations have failed me again. But anyway, I agree!
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