Red Pig Mexican Ale | Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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Red Pig Mexican AleRed Pig Mexican Ale

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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by matty on 04-22-2008

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by ericduran:
Photo of ericduran
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I guess I'm weird or something, but I really like this one. As the bottle says, it's a "mexican ale" so comparing it to american amber/brown ales is apples and oranges. My dad brought me back some Mexican microbrews (can you believe theres such a thing?) and this beer has a lot of the characteristics I've noticed in them, but a lot better. Thinner body and sweet caramel flavors. It's like negra modelo, but better!

P.S. The cucapa barleywine is overrated, very cloying.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wouldn't expect "Red Pig" to be a brown ale; it doesn't look like it either. The company doesn't describe it or ever label it as a Brown ale of any kind, though, and it's listed as an amber elsewhere. That makes more sense, as this beer is exactly the bright, deep red copper the brewery advertises it to be. The head is between average and good in every way: height, retention and strength of lacing.
I wouldn't say it displays the "pleasant high bitterness" I've seen described by more mainstream sources, but it does have a bit of a floral nose to even out the pale and caramel malts that give off a mix of toast and sweetness. On the tongue, it falls a little flat, though it drops a bit of ash found in the edge of a dry, herbal note found in the aroma. It's an interesting take on any style for sure.
The feel doesn't have the depth or even the medium-bodied heft it needs to stand out, just an even modicum of crisp and smooth that just keeps it moving.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Not a lot of Mexican ales to be found way the hell up here.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, fizzy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice 'missed a spot' wall of thin painted lace around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of toasted and caramelized grain, wet ash, subtle bitter coffee, and peppy floral, earthy hops. The taste is more weirdly edgy and musty toasted biscuit and caramel malt, gritty brown sugar, pithy oily nuts, a mildly stale and indistinct citrus fruitiness, and equally underwhelming herbal weedy hops, the kind more drying than flavourful.

The carbonation is fairly soft, barely a tic of frothiness perceptible, the body medium-light in weight, a wee bit cloying, and yet adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, still pretty sweet from the softened roasted caramel, with little in the way of alcohol or lingering hop offset.

Overall, this is a drinkable enough amber ale, though as it is teetering on the side of balance and good sense, that dusty malt would become tiresome after a few rounds, of that I am certain. Still, one of the better ales that I have yet come across around here from south of south of the border.

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Photo of leinie13
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of oso
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear coppery color with an expected large quantity of carbonation rising rapidly. The head is impressive, starting out about two fingers thick and it retains very well, settling to a dense layer of cloudy foam. Not as impressive is the lacing, which doesn't cling as much as I first thought it would, but there is a patchwork of small foam clusters sticking to my glass.

S- The aroma isn't very empowering, but what there is, is quite rich actually, with roasted malt and some floral hop present on the finish. It's just a little weak overall....kind of watery smelling.

T- There is more of the same here, with sweet, yet nutty malt qualities noticed. The finish does contain some of the aforementioned floral notes, but this does give way to a more Earthy leafy bitterness. Note....upon drinking this later in the review with some food, the bitter hop finish becomes a lot more distinct, cutting through some powerful herb crusted chicken dish!

M- This has a relatively thin body, but with that comes a refreshingly clean, yet flavorful nature. The carbonation isn't overdone either, giving this a creamier mouthfeel than I initially expected.

O- A respectable ale produced in a region that isn't known for having a great selection of style. It's a much more toned down version of an English Bitter, but is a good attempt at it. I would pick this up again in the future and don't feel this beer would offend the majority of palates.

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Photo of troyvar
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single from New Beer maybe a month ago. Less then $2 I think. Shelf was pretty stacked, so it couldn't of been too ripe.

Rinsed Ommegang Anniversary glass. Some broiled ribs in my belly to set the mood.

Pours a dark filtered copper with tons of activity. Flimsy off-tan/white head.

Smell is breakfast cereal grains, newspaper, & eager toffee.

Taste is charred. Some burnt caramel, a touch of coffee, a bit of tea, more then enough metallic & earthy bitters. Unexpectedly bitter. Bark-y even. Grain comes through a bit easier towards the finish. Thinking there's some oxidation in here isn't being overly assumptive. Overly toasted malt with a good bite. Tastes like a hoppy red or Vienna. Not a brown.

Feel is a touch sharp. Excellent carbonation. Some weight on the body as expected.

The hops are too steel-y, but otherwise, a nicely bitter beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber colored beer. I can see how this could be called a brown ale by the look of it. Deep clear amber ale with a small white head.

Smells sweet and malty with a distinct chocolate cake batter aroma. Little bit of strong tea and grass in this but that pretty much wraps up the smell.

Starts out malty with strong toasted malt flavor. Pretty much tastes like toasted wheat bread. Slight bitter hop bite but really kind of mild.

Good mouthfeel.

Far better than your average Mexican beer. This has actual flavor. To slight bitter note would work well in taming the burn of hot peppers.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.69/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review # 100. Look: Deep copper color, thin layer of foam; Smell: Malt with nutty and toffee scents; Taste: Complex, a mixture of malt with roasted toffee and coffee with citric hops, producing tamarind flavor; Mouthfeel: Refreshing, medium bitterness with a bittersweet end, high carbonation and medium body; Drinkability: Excellent taste, mouthfeel and easy to drink, a very good choice for my 100 review.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a dark-brown, ruddy, tawny hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited adequate staying power...
Smell: Dark-brown malts, caramel abound...
Taste: Mild flavor... Hints of brown malts, caramel, vanilla...
Light-bodied mouthfeel...
Overall, a very refreshing and thirst-quenching brew, but certainly nothing above and beyond...
Not bad...

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Photo of rarbring
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clear light amber, a slightly off-white head that recedes slowly but leaves little lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet malts, candid sugar, sweet shortbread, molasses. A hint of yeast.

The taste is also rather sweet, but also a distinct but maybe uneven bitterness. A spicy note.

Medium carbonation, a dry feeling. Rather warming.

Can't really pinpoint it, but both sweet and bitter in an unbalanced way.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear copper color with a frothy white head. The head dissipates to a film eventually with sticky lacing. The beer smells uneventful, maybe faint malts. The beer also tastes uninspired with not a lot coming through except a bitter hop presence and maybe faint caramel and toffee. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a dry hop finish.

Overall, for a Mexican beer, this is fairly easy drinking, but at best it's an average red ale.

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Photo of Voonder
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with big white head. Pretty good looking stuff actually. Smell - not bad either - malts, hops, some caramel on the back. Taste - yeast, hops, malts, some spices. Very simple beer, but still pretty good, refreshing, light and drinkable.

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Photo of potownbill
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprise! As part of my goal to drink the worlds best and the worlds worst, I picked up this one expecting it to fall into the latter category. This "disappointed" me. It was very good.
Appearance: The beer is an amber orange, with a 2" white head that disappears quickly, but leaves some significant lacing.
Smell: Biscuity Malt, with some caramel.
Taste: some grain, caramel malt,
Mouthfeel: Limited carbonation, somewhat slick.
Drinkability: I think I'll buy another!

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Photo of morfius85
1.75/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of hopdog
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amberish-orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, some citrus, and a little biscuity. Tastes of caramel and some citrus. Also has an overall graininess to it. Body was on the thinner side as were the tastes.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Pours not quite a brown, but more a clear rusted copper with a trickle of a white sudsy head that leaves a nice halo of head behind. The nose is faint, composed of toffee, caramel, and wheat. The taste waters down the aforementioned elements and adds a blunt hint of bland spice, leaving a strange, generally objectionable flavor. The body is decidedly moderate, with a good amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, the dryness of the finish and the objectionable taste drive the drinkability down from just above average do a ways below the par bar.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark amber beer that produced a nice thick head. The malt really comes through on the nose. The flavour is much the same with a malty caramel flavour an a hint of chocolate. You get a slight hoppy bitterness in the end that kind of lingers.

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Photo of Beermazter310
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of karait95
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An opaque amber color with moderate carbonation, a head with pale color but with a defined layer that remains all the time.

S: A faint toasted aroma with some sweetness not very complex.

T: Same toasted feeling and sweetness with some hops in the back.

M: Refreshing sensation with a balanced bittersweet that turns a little more bitter that sweet at the end.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -36.9%

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