RateBeer
Lawson’s Finest Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale
     click to upload
overall
84
99
style
Serve in English pint

bottled
available

on tap
available

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our first collaboration brewed at Lawson’s Finest in Warren, VT features local homebrewer Steve Robbins with his talented use of specialty malts, a fine blend of hops, and a generous does of Green Mountain attitude. 5.5%alc./vol


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
on tap-pours deep red with qa tight offwhite head and trailing lace. Aroma is medium malt-roasty, spice hops. Taste is medium malt-roasty, spice hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
In short: A low intensity juicy fruity (berries and apples mainly) ruby ale. Bland.
How: Tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT
The look: Cloudy ruby-bronze body topped by a very small off0-white head
In long: Nose is mostly fruity with berries, bananas, tropical fruits, citrus fruits. The aroma is rather low in intensity (especially for a Lawsons) and most of the fruitiness is not hop-related. Just a mix-bag of yeasty/malty fruity aromas with some citrusy hops here and there. Taste is pretty much the same except with a bit more focus on red fruits and red apples skin and also a sensation of crushed fruit seeds. Some juicy hops with a timid bitterness. There was nothing offensive in this beer, but it was just very bland and lacked that lacked the attitude and freshness sensation that usually characterises Lawson’s beers. Lawson’s Finest is one of my fetish brewery, so obviously the Back Yard Red was a big disappointment. One of the rare faux-pas in Lawson’s catalog, oh well, you can’t win them all, unless you’re my wife arguing with me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2013
bottle, solid red ale. caramel malts, nice bitterness, citrusy, piney hops, touch of toffee nuttiness. Medium bodied amber pour, slightly cloudy. Hopped up amber

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Big thanks to Steve for sending this bottle my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a dark reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some amber and brown malt. Overall, quite malty for an amber. Some piney and resinous hops come along, plus a bit of citrus. Flavor loses those hops, and is a bit earthy and malty all at once. Not too much sweetness; more generic malt flavor. Medium body with moderate bitterness through the finish. A bit disappointing for a Lawson’s brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (3768) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2012
your standard rich malty red ale, for some reason lawson didn’t vermont it" here. Wouldve like to try this with an obscene amount of columbus and citra hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3764) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Poured a dark red amber color from the bottle. Aromas of nuts, malt, pine, citrus and hops. Flavors are the same as aromas, earthy hops, nut, malt, a nice litle amber over all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
22 oz bottle. Purple brown, clear at the edges with a beige skin. Nose is orange, caramel and grass. Brisk medium body, finishing dry with a dull tingle. Taste is orange and lemon peel, earthy grass and toffee. HInts of raisin and rye. Interesting brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3314) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft at pro pig, Pours murky red copper with smaller white head. Awesome lace. Taste is very malty and a touch soapy until the finish which showcases the bitter ashy hops you see in ambers. Lighter bodied. Not my thing. A little grainy and lacking juiciness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Snifter shows me a crimson color with brown highlights, soapy white head. Aroma is all earthy pine hops. Flavor start with caramel and malts that give it a nutty flavor. The hops in the finish start with a touch of citrus that then leads into the piney, earthy resinous bite. Carbonation gives a lively tingle on the tongue. Medium in body with a slightly drying texture. Overall it not going to be the best red ale you ever had but it is real easy to drink and I could down a good amount of this. Still pretty good all things considered.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - Pours ruby red-brown with a big foamy light tan head. Nose is nice...a good mix of grassy and herbal hops--a bit spicy. Dry bready nose, but the malt isn’t terribly bold. Taste falls a bit flat. Dry, mineral notes cover up some watery malt, and a sharp grassy note cuts a bit too hard. Carbonation is a little strong, and the whole thing is a bit watery. Just a little too dry and watery for me.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50