Red Stripe Jamaican Lager | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2012, Diageo moved production of the U.S. supply of Red Stripe from Jamaica to the U.S.; The supply is produced by City Brewing Co. in La Crosse, Wisconsin and the Latrobe Brewing Company in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which was the main brewery for Rolling Rock for over 60 years. Desnoes & Geddes will still make Red Stripe for Jamaica, Brazil, Canada and Europe.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass
Clear pale gold with a finger thick tight bubbled and bright white head that quickly settles. Definitive adjunct smell with little in the way of hops or malt. The taste too is pretty typical of an adjunct lager. There isnt much there but it is pretty crisp and relatively clean with only a bit of a skunky, vegetable like flavor. There is a bit of hop bitterness in the finish and the carbonation is medium to high. Along with the bitterness at the end there is a touch of sweetness. Overall it's a bit better than average for the style in that it is a bit more well rounded than the typical adjunct lager and it seems to offer a bit more to the senses.

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11 oz stubby bottle into a Pilsener glass

A - Looks like average yellow beer, soapy head, almost no activity

S - A bit chemically and earthy

T - Watery sweet malts, little bit of even sweeter hops, nothing bitter

M - Smooth, light and refreshing, very little carbonation

O - Nothing I'd reach for, pretty bland

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poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent light straw with a modest amount of small bubbles rising to the two-finger, white head.

S - Light grain notes. Fairly clean compared to the macros which scream adjuncts.

T - Ahh, the nose tricked me. Although showing mostly light grains up front as expected, cereal adjuncts begin to poke through the moderately hopped body. A nice bit of hop bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a fairly clean finish with just a hint of cereal grain.

M - Light with plenty of carbonation. Compliments the flavor well enough, but comes off a tad seltzer watery.

Bought this to take to a party to keep guests from spilling my nice Extra Stout all over the dance floor (which happened last time), but also avoid bring something that screams cheap. On sale for $6.50 a six and from exotic Jamaica, this fit the bill wonderfully. One could certainly do worse than Red Stipe, but plenty of other cheaper beers can be had for less - PBR and Labatt Blue spring to mind.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Beer rating: 2.97 out of 5 with 3,270 ratings