Fort Collins Red Banshee (Retro Red)



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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A striking ruby hue and spicy floral nose punctuate the pleasant sweetness of this brew. Crystal malt coalesces with the earthy flavor of Willamette hops. A hauntingly beautiful combination.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1617) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
June 9th, 2011 - I often complain that ambers don’t exhibit a lot of variance, but sometimes you find one that is exceptional, and in a good way. One example is Fort Collins Brewery’s Red Banshee - a fair looking woman but promising a dark howl, hue and cry of flavor. Like the woman on the label, the beer is a deep ruby red, with a loose, tan head. Caramel and maraschino cherries sweeten up the aroma, topped with a hint of apple - curiously rich for an amber. Finally, the flavor has abundant deep caramel tastes, almost as dark and sweet as a dark chocolate, with a deep hint of sweet, ripe fruits, almost like the merest (basso) peep of raspberry jam. All in all, this is a deep and satisfying brew, readily available and pretty cheap, and showing off everything an amber can do.

fidemaster (333) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2017
YUCK. Not sure if I had a bad can or not. I read some other reviews and mine tastes nothing like that. Not much aroma. Dark brown ale color. starts off with no sweetness but a bitter coffee taste. Burnt and Bitter. finishes like an ipa with a horrible bitter grapefruit taste. PASS!!!

alexsdad06 (10580) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Bottle picked up locally from notes. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have lightly toasted bready malts, hints of caramel, herbal and earthy hops, slight off not, equals a pretty average amber.

Dal9000 (654) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pours dark brown red with a minimal head. Immediate almost sweet malty slightly banana bread. Thin mouth feel. Taste fades fast ---Rated via Beer Buddy

kevinator (2395) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Aromas and Flavors of spicy hops with a mild earthy sweet ending. Both were somewhat muted though. Golden amber color with a light/medium weight. Good carbonation.

ajtrupp (340) - Broomfield, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2015
An interesting banana sweetness prevents this from being a bland beer. Not bad, just not very big.

hockey9930 (303) - - SEP 20, 2015
Dark ruby red. Malty aroma with caramel and toffee. Also a malty flavor at first but more noticable hops later. Kinda bland and not as hoppy as other red ales.

TorbenJensen (1534) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Very nice dark beer with a glow that resembles red wine. Foam is rich, but quickly falls into a continuous layer of about 3-4 mm. It smells of toasted malt and sweet ripe fruit. The taste is spicy something indefinite, but it also carries on a good mellow flavor of roasted malt which to a certain limit tangential it burned. Ripe fruit like plum and peach mixes lively with a great rich flavor of hazelnut and large amounts of caramel malt. The hops I can read as Willamette and it is precisely known as its slightly spicy taste, so I think it’s the aroma of hops which are encountered in the beginning. As amber ale is probably a little too pushy, but since it is an American I might easily expect a little excessive type correctness. It is quite tasty and lovely amber ale which I like.

nuplastikk (6358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2015
12oz bottle. Filtered copper-burgundy body. Thin, creamy, off-white/beige head. Pretty solid on the malt side, but the hops give it a kind of an odd earthy feel. A pinch bigger than medium bodied, pretty easy going. An OK example of the style.

N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Drank from a nonic pint glass, poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of a craft brew pack of eight. Pours a beautiful mahogany, brown color with a bit of beige head. Has a slight roasty aroma with something musty. Has a decent initial flavor that just drops into an off putting complexity, reminds me more of a couple of vienna lagers I’ve drank in my day. Expected more from this amber by FCB.

Clarkdvm (516) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Draft at brewery. Looked, smelled and tasted like an Amber. Resembled killians. Average tasty beverage

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