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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale is a Red Ale/American Amber made by Petaluma, California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company. It’s a solid beer all around. It pours a ruby orange color with a creamy off white head. The nose is full of pine and citrus hops and bready malts. The aroma is a bit misleading because it tastes more on the malty side than the hoppy side. You still get pine and citrus (mostly grapefruit) flavors, but it has a nice bready and malty backbone. There’s a little sweet and spicy caramel flavor and maybe a hint of wood. Throw in the decent 7.8% ABV and you have a great Red Ale. I’m more of an IPA drinker, but this beer hits the spot. Lagunitas is a great brewery and this is a great brew.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale

Shark Attack Double Red Ale is an American Amber/Red Ale from California’s Port Brewing. It pours a dark red color (as you should expect) with a thick creamy head. It has a rich caramel malt scent with traces of citrus, pine, resin, dark chocolate, raisin, and toffee. The taste is mostly hops with citrus, pine, florals, caramel, raisin, and dark dried fruits. It’s pretty well balanced with a lot of flavor and tons of carbonation. It’s bold, smooth, and drinkable. It has a hefty 9.0% ABV so you should be slightly cautious when drinking it. A very delicious, flavorful, and exciting beer that I can’t wait to try again.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Cinder Cone Red Ale

Cinder Cone Red Ale is a craft beer made by Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. It pours a dark rusty red color with a thin off-white head. The nose is floral and citrus hops, toffee and caramel malts, and dark fruits. It tastes of citrus and floral hops with a little resin, bready malts, caramel, toffee, and spice. There is a lot of flavor and personality in the brew, so it’s kind of surprising when you find out that it only has a 5.3% alcohol content. It’s a great choice for when you want to enjoy a microbrew without getting too fucked up. All in all, this is one of the better red ales that I’ve experienced. I’d get it again.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Betrayal Imperial Red Ale

Betrayal Imperial Red Ale is a limited series beer brewed by San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. It has a nice balance of toasty and caramel malts with piney and citrus hops in the nose. It has a very sweet flavor, mostly of chocolate and caramel malts with a little bitter pine hops to even it out. It’s not too carbonated, making it very drinkable and smooth. The 8.2% alcohol content makes it a well-rounded red ale, and worth trying for anybody who enjoys quality craft beers. The artwork on the label is cool too. There’s a seductive young flapper gazing over her shoulder and it seems as though she’s looking right at you. It seems innocent enough, until you notice the silhouette of fedora-wearing man in her hand mirror. There’s something scandalous going on, and you’re going to have to buy the beer to see what the betrayal is all about.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Heroine India Pale Ale

Heroine India Pale Ale is an IPA from Petaluma, California’s 101 North Brewing Company. This is a pretty standard IPA with a nice malty aroma with resin, pine, floral, and citrus hops. It has a nice bitter taste. It has a good balance between toasted and caramel malts and pine and citrus hops. It vaguely reminds me of a red ale. It’s very drinkable and goes down creamy and smooth. The 7.2% ABV isn’t too impressive, but it will sneak up on you. All in all, it’s a typical IPA but the label art makes it stand out. There’s a picture of a sexy, athletic chick that has a little bit of a Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix thing going on. It’s eye-catching. People will notice it in your hand and ask you what you are drinking. I’ve already had a few people approach me out of curiosity to see what I’m sipping on and I just cracked it a few minutes ago. It’s not the best IPA, but it’s solid and satisfying and makes you look cool. What more do you need?

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red is Anchor Brewing’s fall seasonal. It’s a red ale brewed with real maple syrup. It has a toasty malt scent mixed with pine and citric hops, and a hint of maple. It has a nice caramel malt flavor with a decent amount of hoppy goodness as well. There is a little bit of maple syrup flavor, but it’s hardly noticeable. It’s got a 6% alcohol content, which is about average for Anchor’s brews. It’s alright, it’s slightly better than your average red ale, but I was expecting a little bit more from Anchor. It’s still a satisfying beer, but it’s a bit of a letdown for their fall seasonal.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Heretic Evil Twin

Evil Twin is a bold West Coast Red Ale from Pittsburg, California’s Heretic Brewing Co. I just cracked it open and my nostrils were instantly hit by a strong whiff of grass, grapefruit, and hops. It tastes malty, with caramel, banana, toffee, and bitter hops to balance it out. You can also get a bit of grapefruit and apricot flavor as well. It has a crisp, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It’s a nice red ale, with a decent 6.8% ABV. It would be better if it was stronger, but it’s still a very well-rounded brew. They should rename it though. It’s nowhere near as malicious as it sounds. It’s quite approachable and very drinkable. Give it a chance if you can.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Black Diamond Fracas Red

Fracas Red is a Red Ale from Black Diamond Brewing Co. It has an aroma of hops and caramelized malts with citric undertones. I can smell grapefruit, oranges, and orange peels. It tastes of floral/herbal hops with a roasted malty backbone with caramel and citrus flavors. It starts bitter and finishes sweet. It says on the label that there are also hints of raisins. I’m pretty sure that they are lying. I taste no raisins. It has a solid 8% alcohol content, and it’s pretty drinkable so you might need to watch out and pace yourself. It has a cool label design. There’s a picture of a gnarly looking bull with eyes of flame staring directly into your soul. The bull knows your secrets. The bull knows your thoughts. He challenges you, daring you to try Fracas Red, to tame the beast. And you should. It’s a damn good beer.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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