2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish-amber color, hazy, active body, frothy light brown head. Mostly lasting head, fair lacing. Light bread malts, banana, and alcohol. Initial taste is light sweet, moving to a light bitter finish with short duration. Body is light, with a chalky texture, and active carbonation. After the carbonation subsides, the taste disappears with it.
Reviewed on February 12th, 2007.
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt and light citrus. Flavor of caramel, nuts, and mild hops. Makes an easy drinker.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A hazy reddy amber coloured beer with a nice off-white head. The aroma is nutty and a little toasty. Fruity flavours with more toasty bready malts. Reasonably sweet. Not much hop evident, but drinkable, if a little unexciting.
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from jjpm74. Thanks! Nose of caramelly malts and faint citrus. Semi-hazy amber with a small beige head. Flavor of caramel malts with a tartness added.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Light amber, off-white head. Aroma is fruity and caramelly. Strong sweet toffeeish malt aroma. Falvour is decent but way too sweet. Caramel and overdone crystal malt. Some sweet estery fruitiness. Low bitterness. Meh... way too sugary.
hopdog (11175) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!). Poured a dark and cloudy redi/amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, light caramel, and I’m getting faint banana. Tastes of citrus, nuts, and toasted malts. Tastes were like the body, on the thin and watery side.
LadySusan (760) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was a very goor find in Vermont. My first taste was enough to make me like this beer. It has a fruity taste it a rich dark amber color.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of jjpm74. Thanks John! Poured a dark amber with a thick tan head that mostly lasted. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, clove, and some hoppy citrus. Sweet flavor of dark fruits and a hint of chocolate in the background. Medium body with very lively carbonation. The carbonation was so strong in this bottle that it took away from the flavor.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle ink stamped on bottom 5315-pours a creamy light tan head with orangy-amber color. Aroma is smokey, dark malt. Taste is sweet, caramel, lots of dark malt.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer falls under the broad category of "American" Red Ale, which stylistically can have a very big range. To me, a good American Red or Amber Ale has to have some really good hop character, but also have some really good sweet malty character to balance out those hops. Rainbow Red is a great example of a very balanced, very drinkable, very tasty Red Ale with plenty of hoppy, malty, and fruity aromas and flavors. Trout River beers are unfiltered, and brewed with pure VT water, the best domestic and imported malts and hops, yeast, and nothing more. Rainbow Red is a great example of Trout River’s commitment to quality.
Rainbow Red Ale pours to a beautiful, murky, ruby red color with a thick and creamy off white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of vibrant citrus hop aroma, estery fruity aroma, and sweet caramel malt aroma. The palate is soft and full on the tongue with lots of sweet and stewed malt flavors that slide down the throat. This is paired with a nice under tone of plummy/estery fruit that is tangy and pleasing. Rainbow Red finishes with more sweet malt and fruit flavor, then ends with a burst of zingy hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness of this beer.
This is an excellent beer, from an outstanding little VT microbrewery. I was very happy to find this New England gem.