Off-tasting sour citric cider coarseness and light white grape vinegaring mismatched with raw-honeyed rye mold and mustily dank soiling, indirectly recalling English-styled mild ale (or ESB). At the midst, leafy-hopped green grape, brown pear, rotted orange, unripe apricot and desiccated fig undertones add to the confusion.
Thin barrel-aged Redfish Red Ale hybrid (with unassuming 9% ABV) seems awkwardly designed as mild Jose Cuervo tequila adjunct and rummy mojito wisp drop off alongside citric mist to acrid alkaline astringency at barren oaken vanilla finish. Somewhere in the mix, limey agave briskness sweetened only slightly by sugary pecan-almond conflux, ginger-spiced grapefruit-pineapple-orange fruiting and high fructose corn syruping.
Murky floral-fruited red ale spicing and honeyed caramel toasting contrast leafy dry-hopped resin of whiskey-nipped moderate-to-medium body. Metallic sheen disrupts India Pale Ale-like grapefruit-peeled orange rind bittering and tertiary pineapple, peach and cherry illusions.
Tidy caramel-roasted hop spicing picks up mildly smoked chocolate nuttiness and dewy earthen graining over biscuit-y barley malts, leaving wispy red-orange fruiting and toffee-breaded trifle on the back end. Robust flagship beer is brewers’ best seller.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, straight-ahead amber-hazed moderation brings lightly creamed caramel toasting and floral hop spicing to sharp red-orange fruiting. Pleasingly sugar-spiced peach, red apple, ruby red grapefruit, clementine and tangerine tang never relents.
On tap at Growler & Gill, lightly creamed crystal-sugared caramel malting and spicy yellow-orange-red fruiting contrast grassy-hopped pine ash to stylistic perfection. Lively floral-bound lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, red cherry, peach and mango tang resonates.
Uninvolving Extra Special Bitter-derived red ale plies murky orange-grape-cherry tartness to dirty earthen nuttiness, musty wet-grained cardboard staleness and phenol hop astringency. Favorable tobacco-roasted crisping fills the midst but wavered hazelnut sugaring and rye-breaded fennel neutrality need a push.
Mediocre moderation lacks true stylish essence and never betters Killian’s Irish Red despite being brewers’ flagship offering. Grain-toasted baked breading, mild caramel nuttiness and grassy hop spicing bring predictable mouthfeel that fails to suffice.
Casual amber ale leads with toasted caramel sugaring before tossing earthen peat moss atop faded fruit-spiced nuttiness. Dryer towards the finish, its nutty pecan-hazelnut conflux, blood orange souring and red cherry tartness stay reserved behind the delightful caramel-malted overture.
Well-balanced medium-bodied Belgian-styled hybrid offers rye-flaked spelt graining to honey-spiced dried fruiting and mild ancho chili peppering. Soured prune-raisin-fig nuances infiltrate peated rye breading. Lightly creamed carbolic fluff softens caramel fruited finish.
Clearly confusing red ale styling (in a can) at least betters brewers’ nasty gluten-free American Pale Ale. Shrill metallic shards scrape the inside of the musty millet-grained chestnut groove. Muffled flavor profile also tosses buckwheat, molasses and candy syrup into the confounding mix. Ashen nutty coarseness helps ruin the dank malt finish.
Easygoing canned red ale places rotted orange tartness across from roasted caramel sweetness. Crisp tobacco-leafed tea frolic and light pumpernickel-breaded nuttiness absorb ambiguous fruit spicing at midst. Light cafe au lait coffee creaming settles in deep recess. A tad thin, but soothingly smooth.