Cocktail Hour: Red Rose Amber Ale
As Oktoberfest continues, so do my beer reviews! This week, I got suckered into spending a lot of money one one single bottle of Japanese beer. Basically, it was pretty, so I bought it (such a girl). But the Red Rose Amber Ale was a pretty pleasant surprise.
When I was at the liquor store, I found the Red Rose Amber Ale sitting amonst many others in the specialty beer fridge. All the other beer had prices on them (all between $1.50 and $3.00), but this one did not. Of course, I chose this one to buy. When the lady at the counter rang me up, it turned out that the beer cost $5.50! I could have bought a six-pack for that! “This better be the best beer I’ve ever tasted,” I thought as I left the store.
When I took it home, I started reading how the beer was “brewed at the foot of Mount Fuji” and it was so poetic and exotic that I started to think that I may have gotten my money’s worth.
Soon, it was tasting time! Once again, I will let the brewery, Baird Brewing Company, introduce this beer:
“The Red Rose is a most original Amber Ale – the result of high fermentation (with ale yeast) at an unusually low (lager-like) temperature. This robust, rich brew, with fruity, malty flavors, is nonetheless crisp, refreshing, and dry. As a rose – extravagantly layered, expansively fragrant, and just a bit prickly.” (I have no idea what “prickly” means when it comes to beer…)
When I poured this beer out, it had a brownish-amber color (darker that it appears in the photo) with an off-white head. The head was not nearly as frothy as the BrouCzech’s head. Also, this beer seemed to have some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The Red Rose Amber Ale was definitely a tasty beer. Very smooth and easy to drink, the ale didn’t have a metallic aftertaste like the BrouCzech; it had more of a fruity aftertaste, I thought.
I can’t say too much more about this beer because it was gone pretty quickly. Yes, it was good, even for an ale-hater like me. Was it worth the $5.50? I think if it was in a bar, I would have been fine with paying $5.50 for the Red Rose Amber Ale, but I still cringe when I think about going into that liquor store and shelling out a fiver for this.
Next week will be the final week of beer reviews, so come back to read about my next (hopefully less expensive) purchase!
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