5. Mendocino Brewing – Red Tail Ale

Mendocino Brewing Red Tail AleMendocino Brewing Company’s Red Tail Ale says that, “this rich, inspiring amber ale is replete with refreshingly complex flavors and a delightfully smooth palate. It’s clean, dry finish makes this legendary ale outstanding!”

It has an amber color and a fairly thin head upon pouring it. The smell of caramel malts was immediately noticeable and the aroma was exactly what you should expect from an amber ale.

I smelled very few hops, but that changed as soon as I tasted it. The hop bitterness was very noticeable and overtook the caramel maltiness by a little bit.  For me, the balance was great for an American amber ale.

It reminds me a lot of some English ales, but in true American style, it’s full of flavor and ups the malt and American hops.

This is definately the type of beer I could enjoy any evening sitting out on the deck, especially in the fall. It went very well with the peanut based Asian lunch I was having, but I could enjoy this with almost any meal – grilled or BBQ chicken or brats.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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