Red Tail Ale
This was in my first 10 pack from CPWM (Cost Plus World Market) and thought I would try it again to see if my taste had changed from 7/26/05.
Beer temp. 47.1F-8.6C. Using my go-to British pint glass I got a large 2.5 inch foamy off white head on top of a hazy amber orange body. Carbonation was soft and the head dissipated slowly with fair head lacing. Aromas were caramel, honey, roasted, toffee, floral, pine and earth. Taste were caramel, pine, resin and spices. The initial flavors light to medium sweetness from the malts and a light bitterness from the hops. Finish flavors were heavy bitterness and light sour. Finish duration was average to long and the mouthfeel was oily. There was almost no body lacing and on the malt to hop scale I gave it a 7 with 5 being balanced and 9 hoppy. I didn’t find it repeatable, drinkable, memorable and had no wow factor. I know I won’t be keeping this in my rotation.
This kind of reminds me of an IPA but without the malt depth. You might say “BeerFathers! This had 7 aromas and 4 tastes – what’s up with that?” I may have pushed it on the aromas and could easily have been 3 with pine being one of them, and pine and resin in the taste just doesn’t do it for me. I’m glad the finish wasn’t any longer than it was. By the way I didn’t care for it then and don’t care for it now. It was kind of fun though going through the old notes from 2 1/2 years ago.
Red Tail Ale Rating: 2 out of 10 (?)
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