Favorite Red Ale

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Beertsipper, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. BirdFlu

    BirdFlu Jun 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Flying Fish's Rutgers-themed Exit 9 Scarlet Ale (now, sadly, tamed down and just called "Red Fish")..
     
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  2. rholmes

    rholmes Sep 11, 2012 Florida

    CCB Tocabaga is where it's at.
     
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  3. Moose90

    Moose90 Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    Hands down:
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    Far away 2nd:
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  4. lsummers

    lsummers Jun 21, 2010 California

    Levitation ale! It's my favorite session and it's a red ale.
     
  5. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Mar 13, 2011 Illinois
    Subscriber

    Heretic Evil Twin.

    Hadn't realized until this thread how important reds (and ambers and ryes) are to me. Always though of myself as a garden variety hop head, focused mostly on IPAs, with an occasional Belgian diversion, but... Founders Red's Rye, Green Flash Hop Head Red, Troegs Hopback Amber, Two Brothers Revelry, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, Heretic Gramarye, Hilliard's Amber, Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, etc.
     
  6. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    I'm not big on red ales but my gf is, I got a bottle in a trade and she loved it. Ranked it right up there with Nosferatu.
     
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  7. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Tocobaga for sure. Are they not bringing this to the south Florida area anymore?
     
  8. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    GL nosferatu. also, really surprised no one's mentioned FFF brian boru. delicious​
     
  9. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Mar 1, 2009 California

    Lagunitas Imperial Red
    Maine Brewing's Zoe
    NN
     
  10. seplo

    seplo Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Hop Head Red
    Tongue Buckler
    Red Rye PA
    Nugget Nectar
    CHEERS
     
  11. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy May 6, 2010 Illinois

    I'm generally not a big fan of reds, but I loved Bells' This One Goes to 11. That's the best red ale I've ever had. Two Brothers' Revelry is damn tasty, and Great Lakes' Nosferatu on tap was excellent. Bear Republic's Red Rocket and Green Flash's Hop Head Red are solid and I'll pick them up occasionally too.
     
  12. saburky

    saburky Dec 10, 2011 Ohio

    It's been a while since I had one but Smithwicks would be my favorite
     
  13. SenorHops

    SenorHops Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    I don't consider NN a red, so I'll go with Maine Beer Co.'s Zoe, even though it's more brown than red. Runner up goes to my homebrew, "Da Vinci's Code Red Ale".;)
     
  14. nikbullet

    nikbullet Oct 8, 2012 Tennessee

    zoe from maine beer company.
     
  15. RangnaR

    RangnaR Dec 17, 2012 California

    I missed out on the Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, but I did enjoy Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness...
     
  16. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    If we're speaking about "American style" red ale, I guess I'd go with red rocket as well, but that's a pretty loose categorization. I would go with something like maudite or rare vos if we arent' talking only about american style red ales. (even red rocket is loosely based on scottish style beer)
     
  17. tx_beer_man

    tx_beer_man Jan 22, 2013 Texas
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    Definitely tough choice between the Laguniats Lucky 13 and Sam's Tasman Red...hmmmm delicious red malts.. Oh yeah, how can I forget Sam's Brick Red --- so malty, so good.
     
  18. RyFikes

    RyFikes Jan 3, 2013 New York

    Lagunitas Censored rich copper ale was the beer that opened my eyes to craft beer. So in a way it saved my life. Although we haven't always kept in touch and I've had sexual relations with many other beers since then; Censored will always have a place in my heart.
     
  19. Lantern

    Lantern Feb 27, 2011

    Lagunitas Imperial Red is my favorite.
     
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  20. Errto

    Errto Oct 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Forgive me if this is a joke and I'm missing the humor but: this is ridiculous. I admit I don't drink as much Red Seal as I used to but that's mostly because it's not as frequently available. True it doesn't have the hop punch of a Nugget Nectar or Cascazilla, but bigger isn't always better, y'know.
     
  21. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    I can't believe we haven't had a mention of Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn.

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    I'm a huge red fan and this is probably the best I've had.

    Other honorable mentions go to:
    Bells - This One Goes to 11
    Lagunitas - Imperial Red
    Green Flash - Hop Head Red

    Sadly Red is a style that often produces mediocre results that are more of an Amber.
     
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  22. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Nugget Nectar and G'night, hands down.
     
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  23. norcalhophead

    norcalhophead Jan 28, 2010 Wisconsin

    Bell's This One Goes To 11 - almost reminds one of a red variation of Hopslam
     
  24. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew May 29, 2011 Florida
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    Naples Beach Brewery Rojo Especial
    &
    North Coast Red Seal
     
  25. Maxwell

    Maxwell Apr 2, 2012 Massachusetts

    Maine Beer Company's Zoe, it may be my favorite beer period... Also Lagunitas Imperial Red is pretty damn good too.
     
  26. pvllbum

    pvllbum Sep 4, 2007 Illinois

    I was at the release party for this beer and I was floored by how good it was. I like Two brothers because they have very solid beers with nothing crazy but the Revelry was just an awesome beer. Also someone else said G'Knight. I was able to have it last week from a cask double dry hopped and it was even better.
     
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  27. redblacks75

    redblacks75 Oct 29, 2010 Iowa
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    Any Red Ale prefaced by the word Flanders.
     
  28. mymasterpiece75

    mymasterpiece75 Jan 7, 2010 Texas

    I haven't had it in a while, but I really enjoyed Half Acre's Ginger Twin.
     
  29. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Jun 18, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    YES! this one caught me off guard as I generally don't like red ales. I love it. It is an easy one to trade for as well (I don't get it in Washington DC)
     
  30. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
    Beer Trader

    If Nugget Nectar isn't a red ale, then neither is Tocobaga.

    Or Zoe, Hop Head Red, Nosferatu, or . . . a shitload of the other responses people have come up with. That said, Nugget Nectar and Nosferatu are my favorite reds.
     
  31. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Dec 11, 2006 California

    Just personal preference. I can't stand red ales anymore. Cheers.
     
  32. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Jan 13, 2011 California
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  33. morganmcd

    morganmcd Oct 5, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Another vote for Ithaca Cascazilla. Helped ease the pain and suffering that was law school.
     
  34. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Jan 13, 2011 California
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  35. cam07ds

    cam07ds Nov 30, 2007 Colorado

    For me its Oskar Blues G'Knight
     
  36. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    I wish we could just call it Gordon again... lol
     
  37. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Jul 22, 2011 Ohio

    Conway's is an irish red, but boy is it good. Three Floyds Brian Boru is Irish style but excellent as well.
     
  38. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Jul 22, 2011 Ohio

    I enjoy GLBC Conway's Irish red and FFF Brian Boru for Irish styles, but when talking American red/amber ales I'd have to say Cigar City Tocobaga, and Alesmith yulesmith winter and evil dead red. I had the tocobaga when I was in Florida and it was excellent. Alesmith is an unbelievable red ale brewery. They have 3-4 that are class. For just a flagship ale though Bell's amber ale is a solid beer. Can't go wrong with that one either
     
  39. nrs207

    nrs207 Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Last year I didn't think I had one. This year, it's Nugget Nectar. Last year was the first time I had it and I was like "meh, hoppy Yuengling". I swear it's better this year, just tastes more tropical and better overall.
     
  40. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Nov 18, 2008 New York

    Sam Adam's Red was OK. But this was more an Irish Red. Hopback was really good. I've tried G'Knight but got some onion and garlic in the taste. Anyone else have gotten onion/garlic from OB's G'Knight??? And what do you think about Hopback??
     
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