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Sassy Red - Mac's Brewery

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82
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mac's Brewery visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jahsausage on 04-17-2005)
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

kscaldef, Aug 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with a small head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt sweetness with spice and some grain in the back ground.

T: Taste of malt sweetness and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Has a distinct character.

O: Nice drinker that goes down easy. Not bad for the style.

soju6, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle: 330mL brown stubbie, pretty boring label. I'd expect a bit better for a reasonably expensive beer.

Appearance: healthy dark reddish-bronze. Good loose-bubbled head. Little carbonation. Good lacing.

Aroma: spicy hop oil on the nose - vegetal and herbal. Not a lot of malt.

Taste: falls down a bit. Based on roasted malt, but a bit too subdued. Expected more flavour. Hops are a bit overwhelmed by metallic fug.

Aftertaste: what little flavour there was has disipated, not much in the aftertaste at all. Some malts remain.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation - almost too much. Medium-bodied.

Overall: some roasted malts and some vegetal hops, but all together an unsophisticated and expensive lighter ale. For AU$55 a case (2012), I won't be bothering again.

SmashPants, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

hopnerd, May 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

tedho21, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

MenInVen, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

labrooy, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's not hard to like Mac's; a brewery based in Nelson NZ that follows the strict German "Reinheitsgebot" (or "purity law") and tries to give their beers an interesting kiwi hop spin to their beers (which generally include the fantastic "cascade" hop to boot!). I certainly enjoyed my last Mac's brew outing (in the form of the impressive Hop Rocker), and I suspect for a beer that proudly includes 5 different types of malt I will likewise enjoy this.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a conical pint... though the conical pint does look a little "glass half-empty" with only 330ml's in it.

A: I'm awed by such a perfect clear sienna body and the mighty 2cm chalk white head that sticks around longer than expected before leaving a healthy lace inside my glass. Top marks here.

S: The aroma has a decent caramel malt base mixed in with a biscuit accent and golden syrup sweetness. It's definitely no slouch with the hops either - I can detect an earthy slightly citrus hop nose, which is quite welcome in my books.

T: Damn this is close to a decent English bitter! The caramel malts are up front with a mid to back palate bitterness throughout and an earthy (even nutty) tone is present. There is very little of the sweetness I was expecting in the nose. The flavour is good but not great - the bitterness of the hops is too present for this style, it needed to be easier on the bitterness (despite being called English bitter the style itself is far from it).

M: Low to mid carbonation as an English style brew should be. The body is also on par being medium-bodied.

D: I want to like this beer more because it ticks all the boxes of being a great ale; all except that present bitter note in the palate, which is really holding this beer from being a real classic drop. Otherwise it's a good brew for the price (when it's on special that is), and it goes down fairly well.

Food match: My food match for this beer is light stews/casseroles or roast lamb, veggies and gravy (or mint sauce). Some of the less matured cheeses would also match well with this.

doktorhops, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of crusian
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at northern steamship brewery. Pours more of a dark golden than a red, nice finger of head. Lacing is really nice too.
Nose is weak on hop, heavy on caramel malt... not much else going on.
Taste is heavy on the hops, English bitter hops. Damnit, chose this one because it smelled boring and thus would leave my palate in tact. Nice flavor on this, hops dominate for sure, malt plays in the back, but are there...
Nicely carbed, light to medium bodied. A nice surprise.

crusian, Oct 14, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep red/brown colour with a good finger of head. Some gentle lacing as well.

S - Sweet caramel-sugar with plenty of malt.

T - Big hit of dark/burnt malt flavours at first. This subsides to a more even malty flavour with some nice sugary highlights. Contrasting this is a peppery/spicy hop flavour sneaking around somewhere in the background.

M - Again loads of malt which coats the mouth but otherwise not much happening - minimal carbonation.

O - Very nice to drink but would've thought this closer to a red or brown ale than an English bitter. Note - the beer I'm drinking is rated at 4.3% alcohol content.

xylophonica, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber/red with a large but short-lasting head.
Nose shows generous amounts of toasty, nutty malt with some caramel in there too. In the way of hops there's a faint fruity character. Loving the malt though.
Some of the nutty malt transfers through as a flavours but overall the malt profile seems overly metallic. Finishes with a weak bitterness and that metallic character.
Carbonation is much too high.

CrazyDavros, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Macca
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark amber/red colour with a centimetre of dense white head.

For something with that colour I was expecting a lot more maltiness on the nose. Some great hop notes but no malt.

I was hoping to tell you how the malts jumped out on the palate but no, hops again. Very fine tasting hops mind you. A tiny bit of maltiness hiding in there

Some very nice bitterness as you would expect given all the hoppiness going on.

A really nice beer unless you are expecting a lot of malt.

Macca, Aug 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice ~2 finger head. Colour is a pretty red. Interesting and nice. 4

S: grassy hops, sugar and maltiness. Reminds me a bit of Fat Yak. Intense. 4

T: taste actually evokes the "black pearls" you get at an Asian bubble tea vendor such as EasyWay, which afterwards I also identify in the nose. Rich and molasses-ey. There is bitterness but it's not that intense. 4

M: rich and thick and syrupy. I don't mind it, it's interesting. 4

D: Could probably have another of these before I got bored. That's high drinkability to me. 4

Really tasty beer.

Daniell, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of femALEist
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

English Bitter and 4.5% abv. The label says: a real favourite and Mac's most awarded beer. A very hoppy bitter with loads of Saaz B and five different malts. All the flavour you can handle. (Don't you love how the English spell things like flavor?).
It poured a copper red with a touch of a head and minimal lacing. It smelled of some light toffee notes, some berry, and a touch of piney hops. It tasted crisp, with some berry fruitiness, with a good malty backbone that leaves a nice dry hop bitterness on your tongue. I actually liked it. Kudos for the name, plus I was with a sassy redhead, so it actually worked out quite well.

femALEist, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of keitho
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Red brown colour,one finger head,minimal lacing,it looks good.Thumbs up on the packaging.

Smell-Wild berries,toffee,caramel.

Mouthfeel-OK,but felt slightly thin.Good carbonation.

Taste-Bitter hops(N.Z Saaz)crisp,dry,fruity.

Drinkability-It's nice to try something with a bit of complexity compared to N.Z brown draught beers,it's a tastey fine bitter.And quite moreish.

keitho, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dig the pop top bottle, and the beer inside is good too!

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a decent off white head.

Light caramel malt sweetness, a little brewed tea, bright fruits, and some nice earthy hop notes. Nice smelling beer.

Taste is smooth and clean, with a light creaminess, toasty, and slightly sweet malt backdrop. Finish is crisp, with a light spicy hop finish.

Good, crisp, and well carbonated, and a good, smooth and thick feel.

Solid, very nice Amber / Bitter. Very tasty, great nose, and super easy to drink and session. I'm already thinking about having another bottle.

flexabull, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this breweries bottles and labels they definately take pride in their beer,it pours a deep mahogany hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger frothy head with nice lacing,it has a spicy hop aroma with some malt aromas in the background,it has a nice medium body mouthfeel with a very nice malty,spicy hop taste at the start and finishes nice and bitter with abit of a liquorice twist in there aswell at the very end but definately moreish,in my books a nice easy drinking session bitter.

ADZA, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of foles
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all - cool bottle design, I like the speal on the label.

Pours a deep shade of red 7 copper. Has a nice hop amora, and I now know what NZ saaz B is like. Nice hop presence on the mouth, backed up by the english bitter esters. Good malty backbone, slight sweetness, bit grainy, well balanced caramel without being too sharp. I imagine there are kiwi malts in there - very nice.

To me this beer smells like an APA, drinks like a bitter. I really enjoyed this beer, because it was very unique. Even more surprising was it was only a month away from its use by date. The stuff must be great fresh.

foles, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Beer- End Review

A- A pleasing dark red color. Its looks like some of the Red Ales I have had. The cream colored head dissipates slowly.

S- Big Bold Glorious Hops, everything else is lost. However the smell is pleasing and not boarding on pungent like some bitters.

T: The hops comes through clearly in a medium boded beer that has a clean finish. There are malt notes are very dark almost like what you expect to find in porters. They occur between the bitter hops and this allows the tastes to be in proportion. This is one of my favorite session beers here. However its kinda expensive for someone at Uni @ $12 for a six pack.

TubaManJack, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Kulrak
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with plenty of foamy tan head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is of hops, presumably NZ Saaz hops as it says on the bottle. Spicy and peppery and malty. You can taste the same hops and the same spicy/peppery flavor in the beer, along with a decent amout of malt flavor. Tiny bit of coffee & roast flavor. Not really detecting the nuttiness that it mentions on the bottle, but it's got a good malty taste all the same. The mouthfeel is a little heavy with some tingliness on the tongue, but not so much as to overpower the flavor. Low carbonation helps the sweetness a lot. Overall, it's a very tasty beer and I'll be looking for it again.

Kulrak, Aug 20, 2007
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Sassy Red from Mac's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.