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Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
71
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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Crafted using three different malted barleys, Pacific Northwest hops and the finest Brewer's Caramel, Rickard's Red is exceptionally flavorful with a smooth finish. Enjoy Canada's favorite red beer with its proud pub heritage served cold in a pint glass.

Brewed using three different malt barleys, Pacific Northwest hops, and the finest Brewer's Caramel.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001)
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
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3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having a 20-ounce draft in the watering hole in an Edmonton Holiday Inn.

Appearance - tawny copper with a 3/4-inch head that subsides in minutes. Thin layer of surface bubbles.

Smell - central aroma is fairly deeply roasted barley, over a thin hop scent.

Taste - very balanced and steady flavour of prominent barley and a fairly even hop finish.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth. Perhaps it's the end of a long day and anything will do. Not overly carbonated in contrast to the bottled version.

Drinkability - I'd say this is of mediocre drinkability. Basically refreshing but not something I feel like pounding on for 6 hours.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 08, 2010
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

cam477, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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csmartin6, Aug 12, 2013
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2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark reddish brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel, malt, and some hops

Taste: caramel, malt, and some hops

Mouthfeel: A decent combo of bitter and sweet. Medium body, medium to high carbonation, super smooth. Sweetish start with a bitter end.

Drinkability: One is enough and even that one I had a hard time finishing. The bitter parts were too bitter and unflavorful. The beer just is kinda there.

tigg924, Jul 28, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear dull golden-red in color with a sparse off-white head that held up well and even laced the glass. Aromas are malty sweet with just a dash of bitter hops in the background. Flavors are average. A slightly roasted nutty flavor mixed in with a caramel sweetness on the front side that finished with a slight bitter metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and this was one I didn't find myself reaching for to finish. A Molson product, so what'd you expect?

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 26, 2004
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2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

andrewdanks, May 31, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Faced with a lineup of some of Canada's less exciting beers, I decided to take the plunge on Rickard's Red. I was not disappointed! The pour had a nice ruby appearance and a thin head. There are perceptible hops in the nose, although nothing too shocking. The taste has the nice roasted malt flavor you want from a red. All in all this is a decent example of the style. I could have a few of these while others pounded their Labatt's and not be unhappy.

djmitche, Nov 21, 2010
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2/5  rDev -34.9%

Swedes21, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

chickenm, May 15, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel amber color with a hint of red and an inch high fluffly head that slowly recedes. Low aroma of toffee and butterscotch. Flavors of toasted malt, some grainy cinnamon and caramel, finishes a bit buttery. Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Not sure why this one gets slammed so much. May not be world class, but not a bad beer, particularly from such a large producer.

far333, Jun 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

LDuke, Oct 19, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An alright beer from a Macro... well I think this beer is very drinkable and smooth. It appears an amber slightly copper brown haze over it with a highly carbonated white creamy textured head. It smells of a caramel malt sweetness, and there is really no dominate hop character present here. The flavors are a nutty caramel slightly dry finish that is overall very sweet and drinkable. Nothing amazing here but very good session brew available only in Canada, so between the tap version and the bottle version a reasonable go to while looking for a better selection. Lighter to medium body with a lighter watery texture that is very drinkable and refreshing.

WVbeergeek, Mar 18, 2003
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

djcreepshow, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

JIMTRK16, Jul 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

downtownbrown, May 21, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a place in Niagara Falls. Everything about this beer was good, but I found the mouthfeel to be a bit watery. What I really loved was the unique flavor. It was a bit nutty which was what really stood out to me. If I ever visit Canada again, I'll have to bring home a case of this.

grbennett, Sep 19, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +14%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this stuff by the gallon back in school, for a while with the misunderstanding that it was actually from a microbrewery, or at least one owned by Molson. A friend of mine who used to work for Molson told me that Rickard's Red was just Canadian with some caramel flavoring tossed in, but I wasn't inclined to believe him. Years later, let's have a closer look-see.

A 20oz pint of this arrives to my table, and appears a clear, dark orange brick tinted amber colour, with one thin finger of wispy, soapy dirty white head, which leaves a ring of drooping hedge lace around the glass as things quickly subside.

It smells of barely sweet caramel syrup, stale indiscriminate fruit, a bit of warm plastic, and some mildly skunky earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more weirdly under-sweetened (perhaps my 'expectations' are too high) grainy pale malt and corn mash, with a thin caramel essence wrapped around it, like a Dairy Queen dip, a slight wet stone flintiness, and very tame musty, dead floral hops.

The carbonation is quite reserved, the body on the far lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, I guess. It finishes off-dry, the sweet (can I call it an adjunct?) caramel flavouring duly lingering, amongst some niggling, but still faint bitter singed earthy hops.

Well, given this re-acquaintance with Molson (for posterity, I say to myself), I think my friend was right. This sure tastes like their flagship middling-to-low lager, all dressed up with a fair dose of caramel flavoring. Ok when the options at the bar are limited, but, nostalgia aside, nothing at all here to get excited about either.

biboergosum, May 26, 2009
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2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a drinking glass. Copper red with a thin head the fades to a thin covering. Nice colour.

Not a whole lot of scent to it. A little bit of caramel.

Tastes of grain and a little bit of caramel. Slight metallic bitterness, and it's not canned. Not undrinkable, but not really tasty either.

Thin, slick, carbonation is really noticeable. At least it goes down easy cold. I think I'll try to finish this before it warms.

mintjellie, Jun 26, 2009
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Griffith, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +30.3%

jtfisher, Feb 10, 2013
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2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Molson's poster child of craft brewing. Better than water, possibly drinkable. OK red color. Bit of malt taste but not much taste thereafter.. Grainy. Tiny hops but carbonation. Bitter astringent aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. A lot of creamy head disapearing like soap in sink.

Sammy, Jun 20, 2004
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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.