If a porter isn’t the most overlooked and underproduced style of beer in San Diego, then the red ale most certainly is! For that reason, we were really looking forward to Benchmark canning River Rye, an American Red Rye Ale.Read more
Amber and Red Ale
Technically, Amber Ales and Red Ales belong under the Pale Ale roof, since they follow the same fermentation process.
The only difference is that crystal malt is added to Amber Ales during brewing, producing its slightly darker, amber to light brown color.
Red Ales can be Irish, or also used to describe a darker amber ale.
Sleighwreck had a very clean finish for a dark ale, and especially for a winter spiced ale. We wished it was a little more viscous for a holiday offering, but it was also more drinkable in that lighter regard.Read more
AleSmith Double Red IPA debuted in October, but we have been enjoying this holiday ale for years! Huh? What? How is that possible exactly? This fall, AleSmith YuleSmith Winter Holiday Ale was re-branded.Read more
We have always been suckers for rye or black IPAs, so we had really been looking forward to September, when Aurora – Red • Rye • IPA dropped. Now that Aurora has arrived, we cannot stop drinking it.Read more
This ale was not as hearty as other reds/ambers typically can be, but very few are as hop forward as Sabre-Toothed Squirrel was.Read more
Evil Dead Red stayed very true to the old school red ale / amber style, with a heavy base of caramel malt. It started bready or toasted, with an initial, and obvious dose of caramel.Read more
Stone Levitation Ale had a whipped up head after pouring, which minimized itself into a small frothy ring. Once you you start to enjoy this delicious amber, thick, lazy lacing begins to work its way down the glass.Read more
I have always felt Fat Tire was very overrated. Or at least consumed by trendy people who were told it was a great beer, when they should have been drinking a Coors Light instead.
It had been years since my last New Belgium Fat Tire, so I tried to be a little more open minded this time around.Read more
Belgian style beer can be hit or miss for me, so I sometimes avoid them altogether.
But I gladly gave Green Flash 7th Anniversary Belgian Red Rye Ale a try when I saw the words “red” and “rye” in the name. Rye has really caught on lately, and red ales are one of my favorite styles.Read more
I was curious to try Budweiser Black Crown for 2 reasons: 1. It gets advertised as a “higher end” Bud, if there is such a thing.
2. It was for individual sale as Managers Special at Vons. (no way I would buy 6-12 of these to sample)