The other half and I went to Peddler’s Village yesterday and stopped for a snack at the local tavern. They had this beer on tap, so I gave it a shot.
Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When the leaves begin to change colors and you start to get that smell of fall in the air you know it’s time for Red Zone. Our ‘football seasonal’ spiced ale is based on an Irish Red and is kicked up with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and Maple Syrup from Western Pennsylvania to give it that fall flavor you’ve been craving all summer long. The maple syrup we use in this beer is tapped from trees in Western PA on a farm owned by the Grinarml fammily. A childhood friend of our fonder, Laura Almond, married into the family and made the introduction in our early days of production. This provides us with the freshest wholly unprocessed maple syrup we can find; made close to home and supporting our community. The base of this beer was originally used in a home concoction our owner made for those long nights playing poker. In those days it was infused with pharmaceutical grade caffeine, taurine and vitamin b and was the craft beer drinkers answer to red bull. Unfortunately the government frowns upon putting caffeine or vitamins into beer so we had to infuse it with something else. It was fall of 2009 when we first brewed this beer and the Philadelphia Phillies were in the playoffs so we infused this beer to taste like fall and called it Red October and later changed the name to Red Zone to better meet explain the availability of the beer.”
Random: I hung two of my beer signs in the living room today. It brightens up the living room.
When I ordered this beer, they said that it was a true Irish Red Ale. Keep this in mind, that when I was taking my notes, I really thought it was the style they said it was. Obviously my mistake. Anyways, it poured with less than half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly with light lacing left on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color with light visible carbonation. It had a nose that was nutty with some brown sugar and maple syrup. The taste was very robust with hazelnuts, molasses, brown sugar with a touch of cherry. It was really flavorful, especially when I got a hint of cinnamon. The body was thick with light carbonation and a long, warming and nutty finish. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0