Lake Tahoe Crystal Bay Red Ale

Formerly brewed at Lake Tahoe Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Crystal Bay, Nevada USA


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Lightly hopped with noble domestic hops. A medium rich maltiness with a very clean finish to create a well balanced "mouth feel".

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slowrunner77 (13413) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"this beer is way dark for an amber...but it’s not really a red either. i think they just did what they wanted with this one. it’s malty all the way, like a brown but sweeter. it’s actually an unbalanced mess (no hop presence whatsoever) but for whatever reason i’ve always really enjoyed it. the caramel malt flavors are great, and it is refreshing and highly drinkable, just not true to the style for an amber or red."

LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
On tap at Mammoth Brewing Company in mammoth lakes, ca, the new contract brewer of this beer. Appearance: Pours a perfect amber with an offwhite stripe of head. Aroma: No aroma what-so-ever. Taste: Modest bitter hops and slightly chocolaty Munich like malt. Mouthfeel: Thin with medium carbonation. Overall: Boring, lacking any sort of depth or flavor.

timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Must have held on to this one for too long. It was all messed up on the palate.

DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle from Booze Bros, in Reno, NV. Poured and amber color. Sweet taste with an almost metallic aftertaste. I don’t feel like I rated very fair because I bought the bottle almost 8 months ago. Looks like its retired so I may never get to try a fresh bottle.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
This amber ale pours a dark amber color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and sweet. A medium bodied amber. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are earthy. This amber is more caramel malt, than fruity and sweet. It is not as sweet as most ambers. Good carbonation. It is an amber, but not that objectionable. It looks like the brew pub is closed, but this beer is still being produced. This bottle was purchased within a couple days of sampling and seems fairly fresh, so where is it being brewed? Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle from Strawberry market, not sure if it is retired, does not seem to be the case. A hoppy amber ale,with a good balance of malts and hop flavors. Bitter finish. Pours with a nice reddish color. Nice example of an amber style beer.

bhensonb (16137) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Retired? Draft at NorCal Brewers Guild Festival at Raley Field as "Red Ale". Aroma of malt and light fruit and spice. Reddish amber color with a strong and lacing white head. Firm mouthfeel. Fruity start - balanced with some malt. Mild bitter finish. Very fresh and refreshing.

kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
12 oz bottle, via STEPHENDR. Pours a clear dark ruby body under a fizzy one finger beige head that faded quickly. Nose is sweet and grainy maltiness with a heavy husky note. Almost smells like rye a little bit. No perceptable hops. The flavor is very grainy as well, and that husky/rye note in the aroma is really just some over-the-hill flavor dulling age. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, watery in texture, with fizzy forced carbonation. This wasn’t all the way over the hill, but it’s certainly getting there. Everything just seemed a little dulled.

rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Sampled in Truckee. A nice brew. Aroma was fair but the key was the appearance. Was very dark red with a thick head. One of the best amber ales i have had. Mouthfeel is smooth and the flavor is nice and hoppy.

DYCSoccer17 (3719) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 12 ounce bottle courtesy of Grant. Peaty, floral, caramel, musty, malty aroma. Definitely different and quite aromatic. I also detect some chewing tobacco in the aroma as well. Transparent dark amber/light mahogany body with a light tan head that is rather small with nice lacing present. Mossy, peaty, strange swampy malty flavors to start. I also detect some band aids as well. Turns a bit more coffee-like in the mid-late area. There is a weird astringent sourness later on, which seems more like a flaw to me. I am not a fan of this beer.

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