A full flavor, fine reddish hued color, and a clean light finish characterize Raptor Red Lager. First produced in July of 2003, Raptor Red is now packaged in 12oz. bottles, six-packs, and kegs. This lager has been produced to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the brewery, and is named in honor of the Mendocino Brewing Company’s affiliation with birds of prey. Raptor Red Lager is a traditional red lager, brewed with Mendocino’s Lager yeast, 100% malted barley and using classic noble hops for finishing. Raptor Red Lager has a rich refreshing flavor with a smooth light feel and a crisp dry finish.
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden in color with a light foamy off-white head. Malty and dusty aroma. Smooth light lager with a hint of fruit at the finish. A fuller body than most lagers, but it fails in many of the same places.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange gold color. Small quickly disappointing head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Medium bodied amber. The malts are mild, nutty and sweet. Hops are slightly bitter. Has a definite lager like quality to it, with small bubbly champagne like carbonation. Mild flavors. Fruity and dry. This would make a nice summer session beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It looks more like an amber than a red. Almost no head. A bit hoppy aroma. Really not much aroma. Hoppy taste that has a good bitter bite. I don't think this is a lager. It's more of amber/pale. Definitly different. But it's good.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a clear golden color with an amber hue. I didn't see any red in it. Thick white head (small bubbled foam on top of large bubbles). The head lasted for a bit then faded out. Aroma of faint noble hops that quickly disappeared and malt (toasty grains and toffee). First flavor was of sweetness, then grainy malt, caramel and a faint taste of honey. Well balanced hoppy bitterness in the back end. Sweet, dry finish. Light to moderate mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
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