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.
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 (709) - 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 (1377) - 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 (3256) - 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.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Small head, red color. Malty but has average red flavor. Nothing spectacular but a solid effort. Can taste caramel but aftertaste is a bit thin and watery. Hops are there but not more than just noticeable.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) Upon pouring this beer, I was greeted by a slightly sour aroma, and given the rash of infected beers I’ve had lately, I was pissed. But the flavor shows no significant signs of spoilage, so I guess the nose is just on the sour side. The flavor is pretty simple, somewhat malty and lightly roasty, caramely but only mildly sweet, and moderately bitter. As stated, it’s not sour tasting, but breathing in though the mouth while taking a sip yields a slightly sour sensation. It’s fairly well balanced, but the overall flavor is kind of wimpy and isn’t especially enjoyable either. The body is a problem, being pretty thin and watery for the style, on par with the body of some lighter styles. Cloudy, with many small particles suspended in the beer. Deep amber color. Light tan head isn’t very impressive on the pour, but does manage to show pretty good retention, holding a thin layer throughout the session. Only a few streaks of lace are left on the glass, however.