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Red Pig Mexican Ale - Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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Red Pig Mexican AleRed Pig Mexican Ale

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: matty on 04-22-2008)
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Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-brown in color, head is the same off white as most Mexican 'oscura' beers. Nose is similarly typical, with mild spicing and a floral yeast bouquet. Malts are pale and lightly toasted, like wheat bread on toaster setting 1. Higher level of spicing kicks it up one half point.

The flavor is a big uplift in my opinion. This is actually a brown ale, rather than the insipid version of a Vienna lager usually found here. Grains are strongly present, more like rye bread in their spiciness. Pale malt is there too, with hints of buttery diacetyl as well. Hops are in low quantities, but add a touch of pine resin to the finish, slightly herbal and vinous as well.

Finishes pretty long and hoppy, with a bitterness that reminds me of Nelson Sauvin hops. I highly doubt they were used, but the buttery herbal grape note is there. Body is light for a brown ale, but the nuttiness is there to almost qualify. However, due to the higher hopping and red color I might more accurately throw this in the American Amber. Pretty damn good Mexican ale.

BretSikkink, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Not a lot of Mexican ales to be found way the hell up here.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, fizzy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice 'missed a spot' wall of thin painted lace around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of toasted and caramelized grain, wet ash, subtle bitter coffee, and peppy floral, earthy hops. The taste is more weirdly edgy and musty toasted biscuit and caramel malt, gritty brown sugar, pithy oily nuts, a mildly stale and indistinct citrus fruitiness, and equally underwhelming herbal weedy hops, the kind more drying than flavourful.

The carbonation is fairly soft, barely a tic of frothiness perceptible, the body medium-light in weight, a wee bit cloying, and yet adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, still pretty sweet from the softened roasted caramel, with little in the way of alcohol or lingering hop offset.

Overall, this is a drinkable enough amber ale, though as it is teetering on the side of balance and good sense, that dusty malt would become tiresome after a few rounds, of that I am certain. Still, one of the better ales that I have yet come across around here from south of south of the border.

biboergosum, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Kristina for this one - apparently I'm the disposal unit for beers her store rejects. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin collar and haze on top, with some spotty lace. Dark golden transparent body. I don't think this is a "brown ale".

S - Cloying, rotten fruits, toasted grains, butter. Not good - reminds me more of an adjunct lager - but not downright terrible either.

T - Taste is pretty bland actually. There's some pilsner malt and cereal grains, and a bit of toffee and biscuit. It's a little too sweet, but not awful as an amber lager.

M - Carbonation is medium and surprisingly pleasant. Sticky medium-light body, and mouth-coating saccharine residuals.

D - Pretty mediocre. I'd avoid this, unless you were in Mexico and couldn't find anything better out there. It's just too sweet to be enjoyable and doesn't have much going on flavor-wise beyond that.

MasterSki, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of poporolo
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is worth a try.

Very nice hazy brown-red appearance come through the pint glass while a very piney herbal smell emanates from the quickly receding head.

Flavor: coffe herbal mix that shows a very nice alcohol while at last it leaves a fruity end.

Medium body with good drinkability.

I will come back to this one.

poporolo, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ericduran
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I guess I'm weird or something, but I really like this one. As the bottle says, it's a "mexican ale" so comparing it to american amber/brown ales is apples and oranges. My dad brought me back some Mexican microbrews (can you believe theres such a thing?) and this beer has a lot of the characteristics I've noticed in them, but a lot better. Thinner body and sweet caramel flavors. It's like negra modelo, but better!

P.S. The cucapa barleywine is overrated, very cloying.

ericduran, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of karait95
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An opaque amber color with moderate carbonation, a head with pale color but with a defined layer that remains all the time.

S: A faint toasted aroma with some sweetness not very complex.

T: Same toasted feeling and sweetness with some hops in the back.

M: Refreshing sensation with a balanced bittersweet that turns a little more bitter that sweet at the end.

karait95, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of rarbring
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clear light amber, a slightly off-white head that recedes slowly but leaves little lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet malts, candid sugar, sweet shortbread, molasses. A hint of yeast.

The taste is also rather sweet, but also a distinct but maybe uneven bitterness. A spicy note.

Medium carbonation, a dry feeling. Rather warming.

Can't really pinpoint it, but both sweet and bitter in an unbalanced way.

rarbring, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Pours not quite a brown, but more a clear rusted copper with a trickle of a white sudsy head that leaves a nice halo of head behind. The nose is faint, composed of toffee, caramel, and wheat. The taste waters down the aforementioned elements and adds a blunt hint of bland spice, leaving a strange, generally objectionable flavor. The body is decidedly moderate, with a good amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, the dryness of the finish and the objectionable taste drive the drinkability down from just above average do a ways below the par bar.

TMoney2591, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
4.72/5  rDev +48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review # 100. Look: Deep copper color, thin layer of foam; Smell: Malt with nutty and toffee scents; Taste: Complex, a mixture of malt with roasted toffee and coffee with citric hops, producing tamarind flavor; Mouthfeel: Refreshing, medium bitterness with a bittersweet end, high carbonation and medium body; Drinkability: Excellent taste, mouthfeel and easy to drink, a very good choice for my 100 review.

roddwolff, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber colored beer. I can see how this could be called a brown ale by the look of it. Deep clear amber ale with a small white head.

Smells sweet and malty with a distinct chocolate cake batter aroma. Little bit of strong tea and grass in this but that pretty much wraps up the smell.

Starts out malty with strong toasted malt flavor. Pretty much tastes like toasted wheat bread. Slight bitter hop bite but really kind of mild.

Good mouthfeel.

Far better than your average Mexican beer. This has actual flavor. To slight bitter note would work well in taming the burn of hot peppers.

Zorro, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Some mildly spicy, floral tones set against some simple, standard pale malts and their modest notes of caramel and grains.

Taste: Pale malts with a smallish amount of graininess and a thinned out caramel sweetness. Hint of apple fruitiness. Seemingly spicy, floral, earthy hops though with only a medium-low amount of bitterness. Teeny taste of pepper on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it certainly slaps the sombrero off most of the other Mexican beers I've had. I'd imagine it would pair well with the Pollo Supremo at the nearby Los Reyes Mexican restaurant. Can't we bump Sol off the beer menu and replace it with this? I feel the user who entered this as an American Brown Ale was entirely negligent in their duties by doing so. I'd say it'd be more at home within the American Amber / Red Ale, though admittedly, it is on the lighter end of that spectrum.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 5%abv. ale comes in a slim 330ml brown bottle, filtered and possibly pasteurised; BB 13/08/2009, served cool in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a dark amber hue with random reddish glows, very clear and medium-level fizzy, topped with a thin layer of off-white foamy head that manages to last well.
S: sweet, simplistic, with a lightly acidic citric fruitiness from the hops interacting with the caramely sweet malts and maybe crystal malts; in a sense, the aroma rings a bell of a fruity-malty English bitter. A swirl brings out a touch of sour nuts, berries, and unexpected graininess as of lager malts.
T: the effervescent (semi-sharp) swallow of abundant caramely and brown-grainy malts is followed closely by a light tinge of citric-flavoured and toasted apple fruitiness as well as sweet-tea-ish hoppiness... The quite pleasant yet light aftertaste lingers as of herbal bitter-sweetness being intertwined with semi-nutty malts, always laced with an underlying flow of hop bitterness that lends a decent depth. Finishing with some skill and a delicate touch.
M&D: the texture is simply too fizzy for my taste, but not to the point of being intolerable, while the body remains moderate and not quite thin. All in all, this amber malty ale is the most drinkable when it reaches the aftertaste, where malts, hops and fruits all have a fair chance to chime in. Still, the lack of a smoother body, highlight in the flavour profile and a fresher palate makes this ale less enjoyable then otherwise.

wl0307, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single from New Beer maybe a month ago. Less then $2 I think. Shelf was pretty stacked, so it couldn't of been too ripe.

Rinsed Ommegang Anniversary glass. Some broiled ribs in my belly to set the mood.

Pours a dark filtered copper with tons of activity. Flimsy off-tan/white head.

Smell is breakfast cereal grains, newspaper, & eager toffee.

Taste is charred. Some burnt caramel, a touch of coffee, a bit of tea, more then enough metallic & earthy bitters. Unexpectedly bitter. Bark-y even. Grain comes through a bit easier towards the finish. Thinking there's some oxidation in here isn't being overly assumptive. Overly toasted malt with a good bite. Tastes like a hoppy red or Vienna. Not a brown.

Feel is a touch sharp. Excellent carbonation. Some weight on the body as expected.

The hops are too steel-y, but otherwise, a nicely bitter beer.

PEBKAC, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish brown colour with decent off-white head, not very thick, retains reasonably well, but remains quite thin. Lacing is speckled and pretty good. Decent-looking beer.

Nose is quite sweet and sticky with a molasses aroma and an almost raspberry kind of fragrance, quite light and fruity actually, mostly sweet but definitely a refreshing kind of character. Not very complex or pungent, but good.

Taste is a lot heavier, with a lot of hop coming through on that, taste has aspects of honey, puffed rice and treacle, hops are quite prevalent though with a grassy, floral flavour, quite inoffensive and really quite cleansing. They don't suffocate, anyway. Mouthfeel is full and nice, totally appropriate for the flavour. Just a bit funky for me to drink all the time; taste is just a bit 'off'.

laituegonflable, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.03/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice golden amber colour with a pretty decent head of white foam, which leaves some good lacing. Minimal carbonation, but it looks a very decent ale.

A light corny sweetness on the nose, unfortunately quite unpleasant. Lots of grain notes, but the corn sweetness takes over leaving it very generic. no hops, no complexity. Very dull indeed.

Very similar on the palate. The corn sweetness is pronounced, although there is a light coppery bitterness on the very back. Mostly, it's sickly and corny - full of adjuncts and, unnaturally for beer, very sweet. Mouthfeel is particularly thin - it just adds to the weak, unpleasant characters of the beer overall.

This is very thin, and not very pleasant. Compared to the other Mexican beers I've tried, it is a notch above, but that's not saying much. It only happens to be drinkable by default.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, this is one of the better mexican beers I have had. Pours a good red color, and tastes very good. Iwould be willing to put it up there with Negra Modelo or Bohemia as one of my top mexican beers. I have never been horribly dissapointed with mexican beers, and this one was a very good find. Bravo.

skeetermoses, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of potownbill
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprise! As part of my goal to drink the worlds best and the worlds worst, I picked up this one expecting it to fall into the latter category. This "disappointed" me. It was very good.
Appearance: The beer is an amber orange, with a 2" white head that disappears quickly, but leaves some significant lacing.
Smell: Biscuity Malt, with some caramel.
Taste: some grain, caramel malt,
Mouthfeel: Limited carbonation, somewhat slick.
Drinkability: I think I'll buy another!

potownbill, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Voonder
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with big white head. Pretty good looking stuff actually. Smell - not bad either - malts, hops, some caramel on the back. Taste - yeast, hops, malts, some spices. Very simple beer, but still pretty good, refreshing, light and drinkable.

Voonder, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of hopdog
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amberish-orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, some citrus, and a little biscuity. Tastes of caramel and some citrus. Also has an overall graininess to it. Body was on the thinner side as were the tastes.

hopdog, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of nekronos
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

MOre than descent. This is orbably the only MExican ale remining in the country which is not an attempt of a clon. I liked it a lot and probably the name "MExican Red ale" goes too far but the conception is good. Everybody liked even thy are not used to the taste.

nekronos, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a dark-brown, ruddy, tawny hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited adequate staying power...
Smell: Dark-brown malts, caramel abound...
Taste: Mild flavor... Hints of brown malts, caramel, vanilla...
Light-bodied mouthfeel...
Overall, a very refreshing and thirst-quenching brew, but certainly nothing above and beyond...
Not bad...

dsa7783, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of moonman00
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice tryout.

It has a strong dark red color, and a nice aroma of hops and malts.

Taste is very good, roasted malts like the aroma. Mouthfeel is perhaps a little watery at the end.

Nice for sunny days, it is very refreshing, definetly a session beer, very godd drinkability.

moonman00, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
2.17/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle bought at Union Jack's in Glenside, PA. Pours very clear and reddish brown, with a fleeting head that;s gone in minutes. Smells sweetly of caramel and dandelions, some ethanol, some unfermented malt. Taste is oddly bitter and overly sweet, with some phantom bitterness hanging around. vague hop grassiness, though swamped by the sweet malt. Poorly carbonated. Not really all that good. Also, id call this an american amber.

aforbes10, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of tacubaya
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug... the color was exceptional but the great foam didn't last that much. Flavor was greatand it felt pretty smooth. Smell was exceptional too (some roasted toffee and caramel).

The bottle comes properly labeled and overall I felt it was a very well done beer.

I recommend it.

tacubaya, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of matty
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red ale with a quickly fading head.Aroma is caramel and toffee.Taste is caramel,chocolate and coffee.A decent fresh ale that doesn't dissapoint.It is smooth enough that you can drink 5 or 6 at a sitting.I would recommend to at least give it a try!!

matty, Apr 22, 2008
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Red Pig Mexican Ale from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.