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 (11002) - 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 (1024) - 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.
BeerBellyT (15) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at Mulligans in Barre Vt.
Cloudy red pour, head fades quickly. not much of an aroma has a decent taste, little thin
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle on a locals trade from jjpm74 (John).
<P>Pours a cloudy brown with a nice fluffy tan head. Pleasant nose of darker fruits and malt. Flavor is pretty light. A bit sour. Lightly sweet malt, virtually no hop. Quite carbonated (urrp). Fairly light flavor. Not bad, probably not something I’d have all that often tho.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2005
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Cloudy reddish pour, decent head. Very little nose with a malt and slightly chemicaly odor. Flavor is, um, crappy. Skunky flavor, when you GET flavor. Some malt in there somewhere. Watery body. Poor. I finished it, but barely.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Couleur brune rouille, apparence trouble, faible mousse blanche concassée. Arômes de beurre et de malt brûlé sous une forte et déplaisante signature de levure. Extrême présence de levure en bouche sur des flaveurs de grains hautement torréfiée, voir même de brûlé, de cire à crayon et de vernis. Finale encore une fois levurée et vinaigré ne semblant pas propre du tout. Une impressionnante collection de défauts de brassage.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Just an average red. Pours a good, average, cloudy red. Nose and mouth of a little malt and a little hops, but not an American hop taste and not much malt. Not much sweetness, not much complexity. Small beer, literally.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 3, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer poured nicley with a smallish head and a malty aroma. Drinking brings out sweet citrus and malt but the mouthfeel falls flat and dry, bordering on skunk. You are left with a bitter, sour aftertaste. Not to my liking.
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber-orange hue, with a shy head, grainy, cereals, nutty, malty aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate, with a fruity, vinous note, malty, leading to an acidic finish. Not a pleasant one to drink.