"The little wild onion in the big windy city," is the exact thought I had when I stumbled onto the under appreciated history of micro brewery Mendocino Brewing Company and its' Red Tail Ale. It is everything Chicagoan! In fact, my first introduction to Red Tail Ale was from some guy's personal opinion via video broadcasted. He was so evasive that I just had to try it. Basically he first mentioned the lack of foam backed by internal fizz. What do you get when you pour these type of beverages like a little girl- afraid to make a spill? So I went out and bought a six pack and stuck it in the cooler for a few hours. The average guy knows beer taste best cold. From this point, I just popped the cap off, watched some of the 6.1 % alcohal vapors dissipate, and grabbed one of my biggest England Brothers 24 oz glasses to witness the altimate experience for myself. This is where I noticed how off that video was. I poured that bottle with total confidence. What vigour! I admit that this Mendocino Brewery is a micro brewery, but you could not judge that through its' products or quality. Next thing the guy was insulting the smell. I don't quite know where he stuck his nose... but the exploding foam radiated an excellent aroma. Judge for your self. With all of this going on, I just could not wait for the true experiences left: taste and affect. Hey, Chicago best knows its taste for great brewers doesn't it? This is where total appreciation set in. I actually enjoyed every note Red Tail Ale offered from it's bitters right through the floral hoppy fruity sweetness. I am a person who enjoys brews and am definately enjoying plenty more... And talk about catch the spirits' Red Tail Ale sent me straight up soaring with the hawks. It poured well, smelled excellent, tasted great, and gave me the altimate enjoyability experience. Although, I just can't wait until the Mendocino Brewery's Imperial Barley Wine Ale is available... Thank you all for your share and I hope the greatest times to all.