Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Update (Oct. 12 2012):
473 mL can from the LCBO. First reviewed ages ago on April 3 2007; it was one of my earliest contributions to the site, and at the time gave it a score of 3.5. That's a passable grade, but I likely haven't had it more than 2 or 3 times in the last 5 years. With a number of other ambers under my belt to compare it to now, I figured this one was worth a retry.
One thing I made note of last time was that this was a particularly good looking beer - and honestly, I still feel that way. It pours an attractive, clear amber-red colour, and the two fingers' worth of foamy, slightly dense-looking head retains itself for a few minutes. It gradually wilts into a creamy film and collar on the surface, with some thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is generic and wholly uninspired, with little to describe beyond some sweet maltiness and caramel with some slightly vegetal undertones.
The smell was a slight turn-off, but after sipping this stuff, the nostalgic sheen has been wiped from my brain. It's not awful, but it is definitely unbalanced and one-dimensional, with way too much sweetness for its own good. The dominant mixture of pale malts, caramel and boiled vegetables is just too much for the light brushing of grass and nutty, roasted notes in the finish to counteract effectively. I'll give it some credit - it does have a crisp, smooth mouthfeel, with relatively high carbonation and a good bite that helps to scrub some sweetness off of the palate. Easy to drink quickly, and not good enough to be useful for anything else, really.
Final Grade: 3.00, a forgettable C. I first tried Rickard's Red very early on in my beer-drinking career, which is probably why I liked it so much at the time. Scrutinizing it today, after many years of being a BA, I can confidently say that it's definitely nothing special, and a mediocre, sessionable amber at best. I'd probably still take a Rickard's Red over a Keith's Red Amber, but I can't think of any OCB ambers that I wouldn't pick well before either of them.
Serving type: can
04-03-2007 02:08:41 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
3.21/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Picked this up for just a buck at the House of 1,000 beers. I am going to try and not let the fact this is a coors product sway my review.
A - As expected the 1/4 inch of head fizzes out rather quickly in this on with just a thin layer remaining. The color is quite a deep amber brown color.
S - Mildly skunky and lager like with very little hops or sweet malts I can detect.
T - A very interesting bit of biscuit like malts, leading to a touch of pilsner like hops, and it finishes rather tame with no noticeable metallic twang. Not bad.
M - Light to medium pretty big body for the BMC boys.
Overall its a pretty good beer easy to drink but not really worth picking up unless you can equally find it for a dollar.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 02:33:44 | More by DrDemento456
3.21/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Had a pint on tap at a Calgary neighborhood pub, following another pint of its white stable mate. Was considering an attempt at the whole Rickard's rainbow but perhaps fortunately there were only the two most common options. This red lager is an attractive amber red hue, more red than brown, and is highly carbonated. As is so often the case with decent but not earth-shatteringly good macrobrews, the aroma is not unpleasant but is faint and takes some work to discern: I get some caramel, red fruit, and some citrus hop notes against a toasty malt backbone but the whole thing is downplayed. Taste was astonishingly fruity in this example, a bright sweet cherry gum flavor along with another form of rounded corny sweetness, bramble fruits, and some subdued caramel that follows the nose. Some tangy spice accompanies a fairly watery body and a minimally bitter finish with metallic, cardboard, and sour apple notes, although frankly I have tasted worse faults in micro-brewed red/amber ales. Other examples I have tried had a dry nut character. There's some technical proficiency here but little true artistry unless one deems the emphasis on fruit and medicinal notes to be a unique feature of this particular exemplar. Personally, I'd like more caramel/crystal malt and hops to provide balance. Color me conservative.
Serving type: on-tap
11-09-2013 03:32:08 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.24/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Re-Review since I figured I might as well write something about a beer I've been drinking for years. 473 ml can from LCBO as part of taster's pack (to do a review). Served cold into a pint glass.
Appearance - Transparent reddish brown colored beer spilled into the glass with some bubbles present and 3+ fingers of off-white head that only receded somewhat quickly. Head was rocky and left some lacing. Looks particularly inviting given the recent weather here.
Smell - Slight malts, maybe the faint sweetness of maple syrup or caramel and a slight hop bite in there too. Most of the scents are subdued. There is a metallicness in the nose too, that is not really offputting, but still there. The farther into the glass you get the beer becomes more bready smelling and a faint whiff of alcohol is present too.
Taste - Similar to the nose, again rather subdued with a little bit more bitterness on the back end but finishes smooth.
Mouthfeel - A little thin, but obviously any sip with part of the aforementioned tremendous head gives a creamier feel. Thins out considerably and becomes a good thirst quencher. Carbonation is moderate, but the elements of this beer make it a better choice in winter as opposed to summer.
Overall - Good offering from Rickard's and not a bad mass-produced red lager, however slightly inferior to its direct competition being the offering at Alexander Keith's. Overall not something I'm likely to enjoy regularly, but any trip to a chain restaurant with limited beer selection here in Canada means that this becomes a viable option.
Serving type: can
11-07-2013 12:47:00 | More by DenisKolkin
Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
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