Beerbrewer85 (5) - Portales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2007 does not count
I had this beer at the Saloon in Durango, CO, where they shot the movie National Lampoons ’Vacation’ with Chevy Chase. The scene where he and Christie Brinkley are sitting in a bar before jumping in the pool together was shot at this exact saloon. The beer was very delicious and I drank several glasses to fully enjoy the beer. Enjoy it if you can find it at a store or bar near you. Peter4Beer (12) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2012
This is a great beer, brewed by a good bunch of guys in Durango. This should be the flagship beer bshotbox (12) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2012
caramel, herbs, red, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, thin feel, lively,
a well balanced all day beer
Bludwig (31) - USA - APR 29, 2010
Aroma: The nose on this beer is not what I expected at all. I’m surprised, there is a definite brightness to the nose which is reminiscent of dried apricots and a slight hop aroma blended with a nice rich smelling mild malt biscuit.
Appearance: Well it’s called a red ale and red it is. There are some hints of an amber/brown around the edges of my glass, but that could just be the light messing with my brain (certainly not the alcohol). Although the head fades quickly there is a "thick" lace and still some bubbles up top, which in this case will keep me satisfied.
Taste/Palate: This is a very mild ale. After tasting such abominations as New Belgium’s Fat Tire and Cottonwood’s ESB, I am pleasantly impressed with the very light body and smooth character of this ale. There is no cloying sweetness or terrible foot sweat character, but a nice fruity tasting malt up front which becomes slightly spicy in the middle and finishes dry. I am always impressed by a quality session beer that will stimulate the palate, not offend and leave me refreshed/ thirsty for more.
Overall: Considering the aforementioned abominations, one from NC, the other from CO, it begs one to consider how such beers as Fat Tire can be ubiquitous among the bars and drinking holes of CO when wonderful, easy drinking, unoffensive ales such as this get hardly a nod. Try this ale and surprise yourself.
keesimps (2) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2009 does not count
This is a very drinkable malty beer that pours a nice copper color. It has a nice flavor of roasted malts & finishes with a hint of the Liberty hops, but isn’t too overpowering either way. A perfectly balanced beer that can easily be drunk one after another.