Review: Woodshed Red, Southern Oregon Brewing

Woodshed Red
Southern Oregon Brewing Co. — Medford, Oregon

  • Style:  Red Ale
  • Bitterness:  65 IBU
  • ABV: 6.3%
  • Malts:  Rahr 2 Row, Weyermann Munich, Vienna, Carafa II, Pale Wheat, Crisp Black, and Briess Flaked Oats
  • Hops:  Amarillo, Cascade, and German Magnum
  • Sampled: 22 oz. bottle  (Provided by the brewery for review.)

Description:  "Northwest Red, generously hopped with a clean malt finish." —  Southern Oregon Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   I've tasted Woodshed Red before and enjoyed it. My wife loves reds, and this is one of her favorites.  We first tried it this summer just before I started this blog.  For this taste, I sampled it alongside with another red ale, Ninkasi's Renewale (which I reviewed yesterday).  

The tasting:   Deep reddish-orange / copper in color (slightly hazy) with an off-white head that dissipated slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass.  Aroma of caramel malts, toasted malts and citrus hops.  Flavor very similar to the aroma with the addition of bready malt.  All of the malts combine to produce a nice caramel and molasses sweetness.  It's medium bodied, carbonated towards the high side, and has a creamy mouth feel. It finishes with sweet caramel malt and citrus hop bitterness. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   Although Woodshed Red is big in both hops and malt, it definitely leans towards the hoppy side.  I enjoyed tasting it alongside Ninkasi's Renewale, which is a more malty red.  I think I'll do more side-by-side comparisons in the future.  It's a great way to compare and contrast beers of a similar style.  If you're looking for a hoppy red, give Woodshed Red a try.  I plan to sample more of SOB's beers in the upcoming months.  Just so you know, they do refer to themselves as SOBs...

Have you tried Woodshed Red or any other SOB beers?

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  1. I love this beer. I love about all of them from Southern Oregon Brewing, but I love this one the best. (Their Gold Digger lager is a close second.) This is easily my favorite red of all time, and I'd give if 5 stars out of 5. You should come vote it up on Barley Buddy! Right now I'm pretty much its only fan:

  2. Funny you mention Gold Digger. I just drank it on Saturday and will be writing it up soon. Have you tried SOB's Na Zdravi' Czech Pilsner? It's really good! I liked it better than Gold Digger.

  3. Awesome looks like great stuff thank you!


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