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. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Gorgeous red color with a cloudy appearance. Nice malt flavor with a tangy bit of oranges and pineapples - kind of like sweet-n-sour sauce at a Chinese restaurant. Malt tingles on the tongue. Very nice. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 A great beer to grab after a day on the slopes in the Northeast Kingdom. Great chilled, I always bring back a case or 2 when coming back from skiing. williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009
The appearance is a cloudy, hazy dark red. Light passes through, but lots of tiny specks of sediment. Kinda cool-lookin’.
Bitter malts in the smell, tinged with a sweet caramel. A surprising amount of toffee and mocha coffee. Cinnamon too, like a cola or winter ale.
The malts give a bittersweet taste, like a Scotch ale. Bitter and dry like a German beer, but also sweet toffee, cinnamon. Still, more like a Scottish ale than an amber.
The mouth is thick and dry. Not chalky but you can feel the sediment in the swallow. Overall, it’s like a rich Scotch ale mixed with just a kiss of amber malt. Good and different.
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2000
A nice well balanced red. Nice cloudy ruby red color. Could use a bit more chocolate malts though.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 5, 2016
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark hazy burnt orange/amber color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Messy lacing.
The smell had the biscuit sweet / bready malts up front with a subtle crisp clean toffee/caramel maltiness. Light nuttiness.
The taste had the same sweet flavor of the previously mentioned items. Semi-dry nutty aftertaste. Full dry nutty finish.
On the palate, this one was about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionable smooth dry feel about it.
Overall, in my opinion, this was a nice amber ale. New brewery is in Springfield, VT. LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2006
It was a very goor find in Vermont. My first taste was enough to make me like this beer. It has a fruity taste it a rich dark amber color. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2002
Dark red with a small but coating creamy head. a mellow hop bitterness that works well with sweet, sugary malt tates. I picture myself enjoying this a session beer at the bar. beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Copper with a off white head ,A smooth drinkable amber ,sweet malty not a lot of hops but enough to balance dlovell2 (2236) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2016 Poured from 16 oz can. Pours cloudy amber with an off white head. Fruity, malty aroma with herbal hops. Flavor is caramel malt with nutty malt and fruity notes. Dry, biscuity finish with herbal spiciness. Glad to try this brew from my hometown.