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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Creamy, fruity finish, not a lot of hops though you wouldn’t know it given the high alcohol. Wheat Belgian ale yeast, coriander, bitter orange peel, ginger root, Fuggles and Goldings hops​

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3.4
ben4321 (6677) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2017
Rating # 6300! Bottle from Half Time. Murky darker reddish color with a fizzy, quick dissipating head. Caramel, dark fruit, raisin, some light booze. Fairly sweet, a little sticky. Solid mouthfeel. Decent stuff.

3.2
alobar (3884) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Reddish orange pour with aroma of caramel, tropical fruit, and some bread. Caramel and fruity sweetness with bread backbone. Rather nice beer.

3.2
jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange gold off white head. Overcarbonated. Nose/taste of orange peel, tree bark, ginger root, coriander, wheat malt, medicinal notes and white grape fruitiness. Medium body.

3.8
Mep3222 (1615) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Malty spicy Belgian yeasty aromas. Banana, nut, sweet spice. Slight cloudy and dark in color. But of a sweet fruit aroma in there as well. Very full flavored and complex. Almost get a bit of a fig aroma or date aroma, maybe that was the fruitiness? The carbonation is very low and does out fast. That detracts from the beer. Fix that and this is really a nice complex great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
BrewBoxer (2657) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep brown reddish color with a foamy head . Taste is fruity and hoppy with a malty backbone. Very flavorful awesome beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.9
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy red pour with a white head. Orange peel and coriander dominate the nose. Bitter citrus rind. Flavor is orange peel, maybe some slightly spicy hops. King of flat tasting on the palate and over spiced. Not good.

3.2
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Golden in color light head with a good aroma of alcohol, Light belgian yeast and nice wheat flavors this was a nice beer.

3.7
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2013
22 oz bottle at Rich’s goodbye party hosted by Dave. Pours a lightly hazed amber-red with a tan head. Pleasant aroma of caramel and malt with a bit of fruity Belgian yeast. The flavor is caramel and malt but is not sweet along with some fruity Belgian yeast. A bit of orange detected as well. I didn’t pick up the ginger in the aroma or the flavor. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. Solid.

3.9
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date but I assume it couldn’t be too old because I bought directly from the brewer himself.

Appearance: Dark blood red with a purple or mahogany hue. Forms a small, white, foamy head which never completely dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Noticeable spice aroma plus perfume and flowers. Potpourri-like.

Taste: If you know me you know I’m not usually a fan of ginger or overly-spiced beers, yet "Ancestral Red Ale" could definitely be described as very gingery and spicy and I really enjoyed it. This is one of those brews that defies classification. It’s has the color of an amber ale, the yeasty character of a witbier, and the general palette of a Christmas beer. The synergy between the three definitely works in its favor.

A light ginger flavor is probably the first thing I notice about this beer. It gives way to a fruity, malty character similar to that of a British pub ale. Then the palette transitions to citrus and black pepper thanks to the addition of coriander and bitter orange peel. There’s a taste akin to Sangria here, but without any dryness or tartness. A slight alcohol presence actually seems to aid the taste delivery. This is quite an eccentric recipe and it fortunately it works out well.

Drinkability: While it’s true that "Ancestral Red Ale" is a robust, spicy beer, it’s not aggressive on the palate at all. The body is on the fuller side, but the mouthfeel is calm, smooth and soft. There’s a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerable. At 7.7% ABV it’s on the heavier side with a hint of noticeable alcohol presence, but nothing "hot" or overtly boozy. I could see this beer pairing well with Japanese, Chinese or other Asian cuisine, or as a liquid dessert.

3.5
douglas88 (9572) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bomber thanks to Dr Post! Pours a clear reddish amber hue with a medium off-white head. A sweet caramel nose with light floral hops. The flavor is mostly earthy dry caramel malts, light bitter hops. Clean and smooth.


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