Saturday, February 18, 2012

Trout River Rainbow Red

Trout River Rainbow Red Ale is the Brewery's flagship since 1996, an easy drinking American-style red ale more commonly known as an Amber Ale. All of their offerings are unfiltered with no adjuncts added. I sampled it at Ake's place.

Alcohol Content: 5%
IBU: ?
Malts: ?
Hops: ?

Price: $5.00
Medium: On draught poured into a (chipped) pint glass

Aroma: A pleasant earthy hop aroma that's not too strong but complements the malts very well. Malts consists of a toasted and somewhat grainy character accompanied by some nutty aromas. Possibly a small amount of chocolate malt presence.
Appearance: Full, off-white/ tan head with a very still, creamy head. Deep amber brown color with some  copper and red tints. Pretty good clarity for an unfiltered ale. Strong looking carbonation, especially on the surface.
Flavor: Pleasant grainy malt profile with a sort of toasted profile and nutty presence upfront. Also some light caramel notes. Bitterness comes in late and represents an earthy hop - not too assertive and balances the malts very well. Semi-clean fermentation with a slight degree of fruity esters.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body and a strong carbonation combine with a soft, clean finish - not too dry with a pleasant graininess. Certainly leans towards a more fuller experience.
Overall Impression: Balance was certainly important and made for a great experience, although it was served a little too cold. It lacks any direction towards a specific character such that its not very unique or complex, and perhaps overrated/ overpriced.

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