jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2006
12oz bottle ink stamped on bottom 5315-pours a creamy light tan head with orangy-amber color. Aroma is smokey, dark malt. Taste is sweet, caramel, lots of dark malt. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
This beer falls under the broad category of "American" Red Ale, which stylistically can have a very big range. To me, a good American Red or Amber Ale has to have some really good hop character, but also have some really good sweet malty character to balance out those hops. Rainbow Red is a great example of a very balanced, very drinkable, very tasty Red Ale with plenty of hoppy, malty, and fruity aromas and flavors. Trout River beers are unfiltered, and brewed with pure VT water, the best domestic and imported malts and hops, yeast, and nothing more. Rainbow Red is a great example of Trout River’s commitment to quality.
Rainbow Red Ale pours to a beautiful, murky, ruby red color with a thick and creamy off white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of vibrant citrus hop aroma, estery fruity aroma, and sweet caramel malt aroma. The palate is soft and full on the tongue with lots of sweet and stewed malt flavors that slide down the throat. This is paired with a nice under tone of plummy/estery fruit that is tangy and pleasing. Rainbow Red finishes with more sweet malt and fruit flavor, then ends with a burst of zingy hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness of this beer.
This is an excellent beer, from an outstanding little VT microbrewery. I was very happy to find this New England gem. BeerBellyT (15) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2006
On Tap at Mulligans in Barre Vt.
Cloudy red pour, head fades quickly. not much of an aroma has a decent taste, little thin AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle on a locals trade from jjpm74 (John).
<P>Pours a cloudy brown with a nice fluffy tan head. Pleasant nose of darker fruits and malt. Flavor is pretty light. A bit sour. Lightly sweet malt, virtually no hop. Quite carbonated (urrp). Fairly light flavor. Not bad, probably not something I’d have all that often tho. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Cloudy reddish pour, decent head. Very little nose with a malt and slightly chemicaly odor. Flavor is, um, crappy. Skunky flavor, when you GET flavor. Some malt in there somewhere. Watery body. Poor. I finished it, but barely.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
Couleur brune rouille, apparence trouble, faible mousse blanche concassée. Arômes de beurre et de malt brûlé sous une forte et déplaisante signature de levure. Extrême présence de levure en bouche sur des flaveurs de grains hautement torréfiée, voir même de brûlé, de cire à crayon et de vernis. Finale encore une fois levurée et vinaigré ne semblant pas propre du tout. Une impressionnante collection de défauts de brassage. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Just an average red. Pours a good, average, cloudy red. Nose and mouth of a little malt and a little hops, but not an American hop taste and not much malt. Not much sweetness, not much complexity. Small beer, literally. 3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Beer poured nicley with a smallish head and a malty aroma. Drinking brings out sweet citrus and malt but the mouthfeel falls flat and dry, bordering on skunk. You are left with a bitter, sour aftertaste. Not to my liking. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
Hazy amber-orange hue, with a shy head, grainy, cereals, nutty, malty aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate, with a fruity, vinous note, malty, leading to an acidic finish. Not a pleasant one to drink. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle. Small head, red color. Malty but has average red flavor. Nothing spectacular but a solid effort. Can taste caramel but aftertaste is a bit thin and watery. Hops are there but not more than just noticeable.