Description:"Red Ale is brewed with British pale and crystal malts, Sterling hops, and an ale yeast from California. This ale has a rich ruby color, lacy collar, and a pronounced caramel flavor. Try it with traditional Irish fare or a sweet and pleasant cow’s milk cheese called Dubliner that can be found in most grocery stores." — Abita Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: I picked this up as part of a mixed six-pack at Total Wine & More during a trip to Arizona. This is Abita’s spring seasonal, available from March-May of each year. So I expect this bottle is about 9 months old.
The tasting: Reddish orange in color with an off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. It left a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of mainly malts with a smell that reminded me of a pale lager. Flavor of toasted bread-like malts with a touch of sweetness in the finish. Light to medium bodied with carbonation that provides an effervescent mouth feel.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this if someone gave it to me. It’s a good beer, but I wasn’t entirely thrilled by it. When I smell anything that reminds me of a pale or pilsner lager, I start to tune out. I’d like to try some of Abita’s other brews. They have a raspberry wheat beer called Purple Haze. Maybe I’ll try that in the summer.
Have you tried Red Ale or any other beers from Abita?