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Lawson’s Finest Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamJackson (2535) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Had this at Three Penny Taproom. Paid $6 for a Pint on draft.

A - Half Finger head that was creamy. The brew itself was a red to brown deep stout looking beer but lots of red if you put up a light to it.

S - Some pine, delicious sweet malts, apples and bananas

T - Pecans, nuts and a lot of earthiness. The hops are really present but not in your face. The red lager certainly counteracts there. Nutmeg and vanilla were present with a hint of maple

M - Huge mouth feel. Lots of bubbles, about 90% carbonation on a swish. Lots of linger that’s just oh so pleasant

O - Fantastic beer that’s really only available in a small part of Vermont. If you can find it bottled, pick it up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (638) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Tap at Pro Pig. Pours amber with a big beige head that lingers. Scent is floral, pineapple hop. Caramel malt backbone, a bit of nuttiness, nice citrus hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 8, 2013
22oz bottle pours semi-clear reddish brown with big head. Nose is fruity, nutty, subtle pine, juicy. Taste is juicy earthy fruit with nice notes of roasty almonds, nuts, malt and subtle piney lemon. Finish is juicy, nutty malt, bitter, roasty, fruit. One of the better red ales.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (476) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Roasted malty aroma and flavor. Some bitter hops and a bitter finish, but mostly roasted malt. Full flavored. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
bottle courtesy of Reynolds314, thanks a ton! pours a very dark and somewhat opaque muddy red color with a nice head, leaves nice lacing. really nice spicy and caramel candy aroma, really digging it. the flavor doesnt hold as well, and then in the finish there is a weird drying soapy thing, but not in a super hoopy good kinda way. overall a decent drinker when fresh. irish ale is a pretty hard stytle in general, its a little different thanan american red ale, so i appreciate this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (2013) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2013
Malt biscuit délicat, houblons marmelade, finition en douceur. Rien d’exceptionnel mais facile à boire.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jool (183) - - OCT 14, 2013
Bouteille 22oz. Nez subtil. Bouche moyenne de malt biscuit et finale de houblon résineux. Finale asséchante. Bien.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1161) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date. It cost $7 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly opaque purple, but actually dark red. No visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly big, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Mostly piney hops and resin, though not extremely aromatic per se.

Taste: The red ale isn’t a style that’s really been defined. It tend to get lumped in with amber ales or confused with Irish Reds, but it’s not really either. Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale is a good example since you wouldn’t mistake it for either of these styles. It’s a fine beer that’s a bit simple, but makes it work towards its advantage.

The main flavor here is that found in the nose: resiny, piney hops. Not quite as aggressively bitter as an IPA, since it does have a noticeably malty backbone to it. I don’t really get any distinct malt character, though. Perhaps it’s akin to a Scottish or similar style but without any smoke, yet it’s not particularly sweet either. The piney hops are pleasant, imparting a strong, flavorful bitterness that doesn’t overwhelm. Balancing out this palette would probably make for an excellent beer, though I’m not complaining about what I have.

Drinkability: While Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale has a lot of hoppy flavor, I was surprised by how smooth the mouthfeel was. It has a texture that’s somewhere between that of water and cream (milk?). It’s easy to drink in larger gulps, but it’s not refreshing. At 5.5% ABV it’s pretty efficient I’d say, and ideal to pair with dinner.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3113) - 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.


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