Sunday, August 28

Beer Review: Silver City Ridetop Red Ale

I enjoyed a recent tasting at By The Bottle of this brewer, and really liked the beers. This keg however wasn't a part of the tasting, and was later reserved for the WA brewers only event at Bailey's Taproom in Portland.

This red ale sits in at 6% alc. by vol., and is a pretty classic and standard take of what I feel is a forgotten, and underrated style. I grabbed the bomber at By The Bottle for a fairly low price. I believe it was under $5.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a somewhat clear caramel brown color. Almost like a pitcher of sun tea ready to come in to chill. It had a quick light tan head that has fizzled to a small little ring in the pint glass, and some scattered dustings above.

Smell: (3.5)
- Caramel, and roasted husky grain. Some light molasses and bitter grassy hops ride the smooth wave into the nose. Pretty sharp and common red ale aromas. Lightly sweet, and zesty.

Taste: (3.5)
- Lightly sweet grains, and almost a wheat-like grain finish. Smooth caramel, and crunchy husks. Grassy and earthy hops play a small bittering role while a bready, and zesty malt bill play smoothly. Certainly a refreshing red.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied brew with pretty standard carbonation. Slightly drying, but not overly so as it isn't a super hoppy red. Little cloying. Not at all syrupy or sticky.

Overall: (3.0)
- Overall this is a pretty standard and common red. Nothing about it really stands out though, and sets it apart from other common reds. Though it does stick pretty well it seems to the styles guidelines. Not a bad try, but not something to really go out of the way for. Reds are not very popular among any beer drinking crowd.. and if you plan to brew, and bottle one.. it had better stand out.

B- / 3.4

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And on another note, I would highly seek out their Imperial IPA Whoop Pass. My favorite so far that I have had from them, and it is pretty well known, and I think the beer that put them on the map. Beer List

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