Brewed by Fernie Brewing Company
Style: Amber Ale
Fernie, Canada


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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The Big Caboose Red Ale has arrived in town and shall soon be departing to come to a halt on many a shelf across BC and Alberta. And, if itís like the rest of our tasty little canned treats, it will undoubtedly pick up steam and have a whole load of party goers jumping on board the Big Caboose. Named after the train that rolls through Fernie, sounding its horn as it goes, itís an apt beer for the start of the fall. Sporting our new can design and look, it not only looks the part, but also tastes darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (600) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Can. Deep amber brown pour, clear with a light tan head. Aroma is light but quite nice - sweet and malty, caramel and apple notes, a bit of grain. Flavour is much the same - caramel malt and apple juice, medium-light body with decent balance and a dry finish. Boring, but as far as an easygoing amber goes, pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (6594) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Draft - Caramel, burnt sugars and some slight soured malts and citrus. Cloudy Amber with a nice beige head. Bitter citrusy, light amber malts and lots of peel. Not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanhunter_4 (47) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
355 ml can poured at home. Pours a red with minimal head. Aroma is strong malt and taste is the same. Enjoyable beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (2169) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
On tap. Pours a dark reddish amber light head. Aromas of dusty toasted malts, dough, and brunt sugar. Flavors of bready malts and copper with a hint of grassy hops. Bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RD400F (218) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Can to Grolsch pint glass, beer pours a transparent dark red with a slight off white top. Aroma carries sweet burnt caramel, vanilla, toffee and butterscotch. Not much in the way of hop aroma except for a bit of grass. Taste wise this beer is odd...burnt and sour notes dominate, no sweetness to back it up and the hop bitterness is pretty rough. Not to mention itís pretty watery as well. The beer is fairly palatable...itís quite fizzy, watery and on the dry side so itís quite drinkable. Overall...welll...boring and quite frankly not super good, though thereís nothing hugely wrong with it that makes it undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAndPonies (80) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
355 ml can from a sampler twelve-pack at Sobeys Liquor outlet. Love the ghostly train story on the side of the can. Served in a freebie lager/pint glass branded with Molson Canadian and the logo for the Arizona Coyotes. Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a copious, smoothly bubbled tan head that lasts and leaves an interesting variety of lacing. Didnít note carbonation. Aroma is light malt sweetness. Flavor is lightly sweet, dark fruits, caramel, hop spiciness/black pepper and a wee bit of smokiness. Pleasant body and mouthfeel with a speck of lingering pepper. A delicious red ale with more flavor action going on than others Iíve sampled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (8115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
On tap at Tap & Barrel Coal Harbour, pours a hazy dark amber orange with a small beige head. Aroma brings out bready malts and some dry caramel. Flavour is about the same, bringing out a good balance of dry bready malt and caramel. Nothing complex or overly enjoyable but certainly not as bad as the average rating suggests. Decent amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (2417) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Pretty good actually. Sweet, malty and flavourful. Nothing craft beer about this, but itís quaffable. Best of their basic beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7381) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Draft sample at Calgary International Beerfest 2014. Red amber colour. Aroma of fruity caramel with a touch of metal. Dark caramel, fruity and lightly toasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reimer96 (1427) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Pours a clear reddish amber color with a frothy and spotty off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and light fruit esthers. Taste is caramel, toffee, sweet biscuit and some fruity esthers. Nice American amber but too malt focused, needs more hop presence and less malt sweetness bit still enjoyable to drink.

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