Saturday, January 12, 2013

Beer Review: Red Scare

Reviewing the Red Scare from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This imperial red ale is super-hopped with Citra, Chinook, and Cascade hops
Score: 97

This is a long overdue beer review from iPhone notes dated 06/27/12.

Appearance: Color is a deep ruby. Served with a finger-plus of soapy, cream colored head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Spectacularly thick lacing with awesome retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Super grapefruity, grassy pine, peach, subtle pecan, and lemon. Some caramel in background. Huge fresh notes of hoppy citrus prevalent here. Smells like an outstanding imperial IPA with a faint twist, not a traditional red ale. 5/5

Taste: Super hopped caramel malt backbone. Heavily bitter, mildly sweet. Huge amounts of citrus. Hops, lemon, and like the nose, ample grapefruit. Hint of roasted malt. Very light earthy spiced onion flavor on back of tongue in the finish. Lingering hop bitterness. Nice complexities. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Has an oily mouthfeel on the tongue, but much drier mouthfeel on the swallow. 4.5/5

Overall: Absurdly stellar red ale that drinks smooth for it's hoppiness, but is too complex to labe a simple hop bomb. There is a healthy amount of bitterness without ever becomeing "too bitter." This is about as much of a "red ale" as Nugget Nectar; which is why I probably enjoyed it so much.

Recommendation: Better than Nugget Nectar. If you like the hoppy, IPA-like take on the "red ale," then seek this one out

Pairing: The bacon fat popcorn the brewpub sells.

Cost: $7 for a 13 oz tulip pour.

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