Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2016 schweiger7 (5) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An American red style ale that is pretty dark in color. Mesabi Red has a full hop character to it. Overall, I think it’s a good beer.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber color with a sly transparency about it. Slight carbonation could be seen rising to fill a one finger white head that dissipated immediately. Stringy sticky lacing.
The nose takes on rustic crisp nutty malts. Low amount of toffee, caramel and toast aromas. Light grassiness and some earthy in the balance of the hops.
The flavor takes the malts sweetly to run into the aftertaste and finish. It’s quite smooth in the entire flavor department.
On the body, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice smooth sessionable feel rolling about. Moderate carbonation.
Overall, did I have an old bottle? I don’t see any dates anywhere, but there’s nothing remotely robust about this. However, if I did, there’s nothing off or skunked about it, hard to say, but perhaps I may have round an amber ale that ages nicely. Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel and light earthiness with a smooth lingering caramel finish. HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a dark red color, with a medium sized tan head which dissipates into a thin layer that sticks around with a bit of lacing left behind.
Smell is very heavy on sweet malt, syrup, molasses, dark fruit, and hops.
Taste is rich with sweet malts up front, more dry bready in the middle, and finishes with some hop bitterness. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and medium bodied.
Overall, a nice red ale. Not my favorite style, but this is a good one. Ericular (1019) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a very nice dark amber. Aroma is malt heavy, caramel and just a hint of hops. Taste is more malty caramel, sugar, lightly bitter. A hint of stale hops as well. No date, so no way to know if that’s intended or not. tdubesq (14) - - APR 9, 2014
Pours red. Hoppy smell. Fruity hop taste. Very little malt. Not a bad little beer.
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle. Pour is dark amber with minimal head. Aroma is malty, caramel and some weak hops. Flavor is hoppier than anticipated, drinks very smooth. Nice amber ale. BeerKurve (520) - - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2013 Labelled as Fitger’s Red. Dark hazy ruby red with a thin transparent head. Nose is mainly caramel, floral hops, hints of chocolate, barley and oatmeal. Flavor is caramel, floral & minor resin hops, nuts and chocolate. Body is fairly light is the carbonation is rather mild; Easy Drinker. Decent Red Ale but it’s not Fitger’s quality sadly. bookman10 (1121) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2013
The bottle I had was labeled Fitger’s Red. Not a particularly memorable beer. It poured a darkish red-brown, with small head. Aromas of malt and grain. Flavor was a bit off--maybe I got a bad batch?--but it tasted largely of cardboard and wood. Very unpleasant. Nsanders (1144) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle labeled as Fitger’s Red Beer. Reddish orange with a thin cream colored head. Sugar, dried apples, light nuttiness and light alcohol aromas. Taste is medium to lightly sweet with a dry finish. Medium body with a light stickiness. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle @ Greg’s house picked up in the Midwest. Pours a slightly murky reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Nutty, a bit fruity, mild caramel, sort of strange aroma. Somewhat bitter, herbal, leafy, toasty caramel, nutty flavor. Kind of weird.