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Red Cockaded Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Red Cockaded AleRed Cockaded Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Pesci on 05-13-2013)
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Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

D

kojevergas, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of bdpeters
3/5  rDev -20.4%

bdpeters, May 16, 2013
Photo of greenspointexas
3/5  rDev -20.4%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Pesci
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is deep red with a generous dose of malted rye and English crystal malts, giving the malt profile a sticky caramel property and substantial earthiness. The beer also has massive late charges of Pacific Northwest hops, as well as being generously dry hopped, making this beer intensely hoppy, displaying citrus, pine and resin in both aroma and flavor.

Pesci, May 13, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A one finger beige head forms, but recedes in a second to nothing, and leaves no lace. Looks a little flat from the cask.
S: Toasted malts, bread and biscuit. Then late addition hops take over. Grapefruit that is bitter and resinous. The bitterness lingers on forever.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted and caramel malts up front. Again, the late addition hops come in strong and linger on forever. Grapefruit, bitterness, and very resinous.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Even for a cask, this is a bit low for me. Kind of muddled as well. I wish this had a more crisp bite. It took me a while to get through this. Plenty of alcohol, and harsh bitterness.

Not something I care to come back to. Muddled, harsh alcohol, way to much late bitterness for me. Blah.

champ103, May 26, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can pours a hazed garnet color with a dense, creamy off-white head. Retention and lacing are both ridiculous...supreme looking brew.

Nose is apple skins, tropical hops, burnt caramel and cotton candy...interesting melange of aromas.

Taste is a smooth jumble of mismatched flavors...you have pears mating with caramel drizzled toast, rye bread mingling with pine resin, grapefruit pith in a menage a trois with matchsticks and toffee. Just all over the place...not a well thought out recipe at all. Not to mention this is an amber/red ale - certainly not a DIPA. Either way, it is just not very good and I will not be buying another 4-pack. Shame on you Southern Star for putting out something as lame as this.

twiggamortis420, May 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Red Cockaded Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.