Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada
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3/5 rDev -2%
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
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