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

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75
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub visit their website
Japan

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: davidchollar on 12-27-2009)
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Reviews by davidchollar:
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davidchollar

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

12-27-2009 12:46:07 | More by davidchollar
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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virinow

New York

3/5  rDev -5.1%

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California

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04-06-2014 08:49:30 | More by InfernoBoss
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Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +42.4%

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cyrushire

Florida

3/5  rDev -5.1%

01-24-2013 07:37:56 | More by cyrushire
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -13%

07-26-2012 20:10:52 | More by bonbini26
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Floppydu

New York

2.75/5  rDev -13%

Poured from a 330ML bottle

Great amber color, very thin head

slight malt nose , getting a little wet cardboard though

slight thin sweetness up front, reminiscent of fruit tea with artificial sweetener, caramel malt on the back end with some bitterness

very thin mouth feel

11-21-2012 17:46:30 | More by Floppydu
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev +6%

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of caramel malts along with hints of tea.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that this beer could be better if it had stronger flavors and a fuller mouthfeel.

10-11-2012 03:46:33 | More by metter98
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California

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.1%

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fipoceilz7

Japan

2.68/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours a two-finger beige head that diminishes somewhat quickly; a thin film lingers. Clear, copper body. Sweet caramel is readily apparent in the aroma; subtle orange, pineapple. Flavor is largely characterized by hop bitterness with a grassy quality; some grapefruit; malt appears late and leaves a bread-like aftertaste accompanied by a lingering metallic bitterness. Medium body with restrained, somewhat crisp carbonation.

All-around unappealing—hop aroma largely missing from the aroma, and hop flavor is grassy with a grapefruit-like bitterness. Caramel malt quality comes through in the aroma but appears only as an afterthought in the taste. The bitter, metallic finish just deepens the disappointment.

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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pours a clear garnet red with some hints of brown in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with some light hints of dark fruit and tea.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some moderate notes of tea. There is a very faint note of dark fruits and very little bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and thin.

O: Well balanced as the beer is not overly sweet or bitter, interesting with the lighter notes of tea. Enjoyable but not a beer that I would run out to find again.

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juju7

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +15.5%

Not bad, not bad at all. Firstly, it looks awesome. Fantastic head retention. Haven't seen that kind of head on a beer that wasn't Belgian. It's red! Sounds obvious but a lot of red ales aren't. Some strawberry, caramel and dried fruits on the nose. Some mild hop action but thats not out of touch for the style. A fairly smooth drink with enough malty goodness to keep me entertained. A touch more bitterness might have been nice. A solid brew and my favourite from this brewery so far.

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scot959

California

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

09-02-2013 15:27:32 | More by scot959
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California

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dokupe

Maryland

3/5  rDev -5.1%

04-24-2014 10:37:29 | More by dokupe
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.78/5  rDev +19.6%

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

s: sharp hops; some floral and tangy citrus in the back of the nose; almost a little bit of a bloody iron smell; some sweeter malts; pretty strong and pretty enticing

t: dryer than expected; toasted malts are the predominant taste; fruity and floral hops are the overtones; finishes with bitter hops; a little thin, but still enjoyable

m: light body with light cloy and medium carb; could be smoother but for japan it is not too overcarbed

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

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

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-red hue with a haze-free body and a good effervescence. Head poured one finger of frothy tan foam. Good looking!

Smell: sweet caramel malt aroma with a nice citrus bite. Nothing special, but nicely crafted.

Taste: sweet caramel malt flavor with a light bitterness and only the lightest hop flavor. Hops are a tiny bit citrusy and a little bit noble in character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

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mrjez

Japan

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TokyoCO

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +22.8%

Can bougnt in Japan, poured into a goblet.

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.

M: Light and carbonated.

O: Suprisingly good, the dark fruits really stand out in this one!

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laituegonflable

Australia

2.42/5  rDev -23.4%

Pours a shiny ruby colour, clear and bright. Head is beige, nice and dense. Disperses to form a nice cloud with some fingers of lace behind. Great colour, great everything.

Smells very malty and nutty, with actually a not towards funk at the back. Rich English toffee malt with walnuts/marzipan edge. Touch of sourness as well, fresh cut grass, lucerne and black tea. Intriguing and enjoyable.

Taste is...less successful, in many ways. Taste starts off malty with a touch of English toffee to it, and contrives to go rapidly downhill from there. Flavour disappears, in essence - bland, grainy mid-palate with maybe a herbal touch to it, then a watery and bread yeast finish that lets go too soon. With the colour, and even the odd aromas, I expected a lot more flavour than this. Uninspiring.

Thin feel, mostly. A bit of presence on the back but just a watered-down grain texture overall.

A disappointment. I really thought there was something here, until I tasted it.

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UCLABrewN84

California

2.86/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and biscuit-like aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of watery malt flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that has a decent smell but the flavors are pretty lacking.

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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

2.4/5  rDev -24.1%

Pint glass.

A: Body is ruby red, with no visible carbonation. The head is fluffy, and two fingered. Retention is excellent and the lacing is pretty nice as well.

S: Smells like England to me, that is, has a nose that is nostalgic for me of the many damp, brooding English ales I tasted during my time in the UK. Prunes up front. Some other faint dark fruits in there, with a buttery touch.

T: Tinny, little hops, little malt, blah. Not much here. 10 seconds after swallowing you can no longer taste the beer, darn.

M: Syrupy at first. Quickly feels watery. Misleading, in an uninteresting way.

O: Not horrible but not a big fan.

11-07-2011 03:13:34 | More by Heavenisbeer
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

1.85/5  rDev -41.5%

Purchased in the US, at some Whole Foods store. Can't remember which. Probably Los Altos. Anyway. @LaitueGonflable is very pleased I bought it because he got to share it with me back in Australia.

Pours a reddish, very pale rose hue, like a very light bodied red wine. Head is fine but filmy, leaving big bubbles around the edge, and a mesh over the top. Not a lot of lacing, but it leaves speckles here and there. Not a bad look overall.

Nose is grainy and a bit lacklustre, with some organic rice characters that remind me of before-bedtime warmed sake. Certainly, there's a very Asian Rice Lager kind of character to it. And not a lot of hops. That's bad.

Taste is similar, with a coppery character, and a sweet thinness, giving a cloying sticky rice abasement that really crushes any good characters on the palate. There's metallic characters on the front, cloying and unpleasant sweetness on the back, with a hint of rotting odour. Urgh.

Feel is thin, but sticky enough to leave the unpleasantness around for too long.

Blech. I was willing to give this the benefit of the doubt, but the longer I drank it, the more unhappy I became. Perhaps @LaitueGonflable is not happy I brought this back for him. Maybe he would have been happier if it had stayed far, far away.

06-09-2011 07:59:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Premium Red Ale from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
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