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Stallhagen US Red Ale

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Brewed by Stallhagen
Style: Amber Ale
Godby, Åland, Finland

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Our brewmaster, Mats Ekholm, was inspired by the red brown granite of the Åland islands when he developed Stallhagen US Red Ale.

Before Prohibition, American Red Ale was a popular variation of the Irish Amber ale in the US. This top-yeast beer was made of domestic, American raw material. The ale is relatively light but clearly hopped with definite aromas of dried strawberries. The full bodied taste has notes of coffee with smokiness from roast coffee.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NallePalle (474) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2016
Draught @ Buddy’s, Uppsala. Decent amber ale, not too hoppy which I find an advantage. Refreshing, went well with seafood pie.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SvanteL (241) - SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2016
Vackert röd, lite disig med krämfärgat, fast skum. Fin doft av röda bär både syrliga och lite jordgubb och i bakgrunden aningen gräs. I smaken finns mycket frukt och bär åt det röda hållet, en god fruktsötma och en fint balanserande beska, rejält humlig. En väldigt trevlig och välbalanserad red ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2016
Finnish interpretation of the classic American amber ale style, historically an American version of Irish red but today coming in all forms and flavors. Bottle from Van Eetvelde in Lokeren, which has a number of different Stallhagen beers for sale at the moment (as a result of the fact that they are licensed to sell Stallhagen’s recreation of a historical Belgian beer). Medium thick and stable, off-white, regulary shaped, nicely lacing, moussy head over a deep, pure, coppery amber coloured beer with light mahogany hue, clear with very quiet, sparse fizz, turning lightly hazy and a shade darker with deposit. Aroma of butterscotch, dry cookies, spice nuts, pink grapefruit, candied orange, caramelized sugar, roses, toasted brown bread, roasted vegetables, dried mango, roasted peanuts, ’natural’ and undisturbing yet unmistakable iron, black pepper, gingerbread, hints of dried basil, honey and fried apple. Restrained dried fruit sweetness in the onset, some candied orange, dried red berries and dried banana with a ’silent’ and basic sourish undercurrent, medium carbo, lightly oily, supple, smooth mouthfeel, a tad resinous. Caramelly but, more than anything, very nutty malt body, a bit toasted in the end, bittersweet, lean, supporting a spicy, long, drying hop character with mild mango and grapefruit hints retronasally, peppery as well, with firm bittering power sufficient to balance out the initial - subdued - sweetishness. A nutty, toasted malt bittersweetness lingers along with a resinous, deep, long, peppery hop bitterness - in other words, bitterness gets the last word here. After their IPA last week, my expectations for this one were on the low side to be honest, but this is alright: it has the ’cleanness’, nutty and toasted maltiness and, eventually, long-lasting, spicy, aromatic hop bitterness one can expect from any ’ordinary’ American example of the style. The style as such is not my favorite to begin with, but this is a good, clean-cut and well-balanced example of it. I will recommend this to friends as a mere, but suitable introduction to the style, but I will equally recommend them to build up to the truly appealing examples if they like this, such as AleSmith’s My Bloody Valentine or Speakeasy’s Prohibition Ale, which clearly show more complexity and intensity. Nevertheless: enjoyable enough.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brandman (2818) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Just the numeral ratings due to heavy drinking and social interaction. I also didn’t bring a ledger with me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
taunusmies (348) - FINLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Cloudy, amber color, frothy head. Sweet malts. Notes of dried fruits, grass and citric hops. Medium to strong carbonation. Full bodied ale with thick mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Peter_L (1237) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2015
Mörkt bärnstensfärgad vätska med tjock och lite gulaktigt skum. Skön karamellig, kakig doft. Riktigt bra maltkropp med precis lagom mängd kavringssötma. Bra balanserad beska. En god US amber.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirLimpsalot (3564) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2015
@ Basunen 15-8-15: ganska standard Pale ale. Lätt med små humletoner. Funkar bra till mat.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (630) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle @ home (from viking line). Almost clear amber colored with medium off-white head. Fruity and somewhat herbal aroma with dried red friots, toffee and malt. Smooth texture. Medium body. Malty, herbal and fruity taste of toffee, bread, red berries, some tropical hops. Balanced bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 8/8/2015 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle @ home (from viking line). Almost clear amber colored with medium off-white head. Fruity and somewhat herbal aroma with dried red friots, toffee and malt. Smooth texture. Medium body. Malty, herbal and fruity taste of toffee, bread, red berries, some tropical hops. Balanced bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 8/8/2015 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle @ home (from viking line). Almost clear amber colored with medium off-white head. Fruity and somewhat herbal aroma with dried red friots, toffee and malt. Smooth texture. Medium body. Malty, herbal and fruity taste of toffee, bread, red berries, some tropical hops. Balanced bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
klas (403) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle bought on ferry to Åland. Cooper red color. Some bitterness and maltyness. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeTheRocker (18) - Gävle, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2015
Bought at the Stallhagen Brewery, Åland, Finland sep-14. USA-bitter but anyway smooth and rich of taste. Nice bitterness and aftertaste. The bottle says it’s has strawberrys and coffe in the taste. I don’t know... A good beer, specially since the Stallhagen beers ofter are a bit dull.


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