Red Cockaded Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company
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2.13/5 rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
12 fl oz aluminum can with simplistic label art acquired as part of a four pack at my local HEB Grocery earlier tonight and served into a Spaten stangekrug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live 09/01/13. Expectations are average; I’ve never tried a beer from this brewery before, nor have I heard anything about it. Reviewed as an imperial IPA only because it’s classified a such on this website; nothing on the label suggests a style.
Served fairly cold – straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a five finger wide head of beige-khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Okay lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is good for the ABV – about 8 minutes.
Body colour is a pretty transparent, translucent dark red-copper. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it’s generally appealing, but not unique or special. It isn’t your usual predictable copper.
Sm: Candi sweetness – a sign of a poor imperial IPA. Noticeable caramalt/caramel presence. Biscuity. Lightly bready. Any hopping is light, floral, and indistinct. A biteen resinous. No real evocative hop notes jump out at me. A poor build for a beer of this style. I’m not looking forward to it. Aroma is below average in strength, and comes off weak and pathetic rather than alive and inviting.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T: Bready and biscuity, with some resinous pine and a dash of grapefruit. Maybe some rye malt? I do get a slight spiciness. Hoppy notes are accompanied by untamed bitterness, which cuts short the overdone candi and caramalt sweetness that plagues the beer up to that point. I can’t decide whether the sweetness or the bitterness is more unpleasant. Terribly built and balanced. I’m not enjoying this one. Poor amplitude.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Depth of flavour is shallow; it’s a reticent beer. Duration of flavour is average. Intensity of flavour is well below average for the style.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Nice creaminess. Adequate carbonation. Presence on the palate is completely wrong for the style; this is the feel something like a winter warmer or English mild should have, not an IPA. Not oily, gushed, biting, hot, or boozy. It’s too full bodied for a beer so lacking in flavour. Overbearing without necessity. Doesn’t fit the style at all. Doesn’t complement the flavour profile.
Dr: Now I know why I’ve never heard of this brewery before. Mediocrity in a can. I don’t look forward to the other three cans I have, and frankly I’m debating just saving the rest of this one to cook with. It’s drinkable, but low quality. If you’re in the mood for an IPA/Imperial IPA, this definitely won’t scratch the itch. A poor show from Southern Star; they’ve dropped on my priority list for beers to try whilst living in Texas. Not recommended. I definitely wouldn’t buy this again.
Serving type: can
09-02-2013 02:28:31 | More by kojevergas
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- red amber with slowly rising carbonation, beige head that foams up quite a bit but then craters back
Smell - floral hoppiness with a bit of citrus zing, notes of herbal and grassiness give a nice milder middle and a bit of darker ripe fruits at the end
Taste- sweeter malt breadiness on the front with an earthy middle and hop kick to finish, a light tang from the hops is noticed if you look for it
Mouthfeel- lighter than expected but still silky and medium bodied none the less
Overall- a seasonal that isn't afraid to put on flavor and a bit of heaviness
Serving type: can
07-19-2013 02:23:45 | More by Sark
3.94/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A pint at Black Star Coop on 7/12/13.
Dark copper/reddish with plenty of head and lace. Cloudy. Malty, spice aroma with a resinous pine presence. Medium-heavy body. Bready with a bit of spiciness. Maltier than most DIPAs. Medium to medium-heavy body. Some alcohol noticeable as it became warm. Medium-low carbonation.
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2013 22:59:53 | More by LittleDon
Red Cockaded Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
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