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Premium Red Ale - Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.19%

Brewed by:
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub visit their website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: davidchollar on 12-27-2009)
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Reviews by davidchollar:
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3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like the can design - raspberry red, kind of an unusual color for a beer can. "Japan's first micro-brewery" Really? I'll have to google that. The pour produces a huge off-white head on top of a crimson amber ale. Beautiful! Smells pretty good too. Rich and hoppy. Almost American IPA hoppy in the nose as well as a solid biscuity maltiness.

What a disappointment the taste is! It's not bad, but it's definitely not as good as the appearance and smell had me thinking. Totally, I mean completely lacking the bitter kick expected. It's almost like it's watered down. A little bit flavorful, but with kind of a nasty sour aftertaste.

When compared to the average can of beer found in the average convenience store (I got this at Circle K) here in Japan, this is quite good. And it didn't cost a whole lot more than the average beer either. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

12-27-2009 12:46:07 | More by davidchollar
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A: Very dark red, almost red. Basically no head.

S: Wow, strong aromas of dark fruit, peach, citrus, maple, and apple.

T: mhhm... dark fruits, citrus and hops start it off, sweet malts and dark fruits in the middle and finish.

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Pours a deep rich red (no, not amber), almost like a passionfruit ice team in color. The head quickly dissipates, leaving no foam in the glass or lacing.

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3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
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a: really red; looks like an amber that has had some strawberry juice poured into it; light off-white head that fades pretty quickly, just leaving a light coating on the top and a bit of foam clinging to the side of the glass; some pretty visible movement with a few columns of tiny white bubbles floating pretty quickly up to the head

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d: an enjoyable beer but could definitely have more flavour - worth a try but not worth going out of way for

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12-29-2010 06:57:00 | More by hoegaardenhero
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