Shiner Ruby Redbird - Spoetzl Brewery
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Reviews by enusbaum:
2.23/5 rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
I'd heard mixed reviews of this beer from folks around town and needless to say the almost bi-polar reviews on here intrigued me. Like another reviewer before me, I've never actually written a review on BA for anything, but felt that I should chime in on this one.
A: Poured into a pint glass straight down the middle looking for a head to really release the aroma. About a 1/2 finger head was present for a few seconds before quickly dissipating. Has a nice amber color and visible carbonation.
S: Fresca. No joke. You get a nose full of citrus-y grapefruit which I think it just amped up by the ginger.
T: The first thing I noticed about this beer as it hit the tongue was the carbonation. Next you get a mouthful of grapefruit and citrus notes. Mild, mild hops are present but are just blown away by the grapefruit. Leaves a bitter citrus aftertaste on the back of the tongue.
M: Light and heavy carbonation. Like drinking a 7-Up or Fresca.
O: I'm not sure where I stand on this one. Compared to other "fruit beers" such as Dogfish Head Aprihop or Magic Hat #9, this is falls terribly short. I wouldn't put it in the same flavor category as a Lambic due to how watered down this would taste in comparison.
The closest comparison I can think of would be Miller 64 with a slice ruby red grapefruit added. Very drinkable, but worth it?
Opinions are mixed though. Some people really love it, and some like myself feel let down. All in all, I'd at least say give it a try and reach your own opinion.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2011 00:38:35 | More by enusbaum
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Shiner Ruby Redbird from Spoetzl Brewery
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