Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Red Horse Beer: Extra StrongRed Horse Beer: Extra Strong
BA SCORE
2.59/5
122 Ratings
Red Horse Beer: Extra StrongRed Horse Beer: Extra Strong
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Philippines
sanmiguelbrewery.com.ph

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,883
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
122
pDev:
27.03%
Bros Score:
3.05
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
14
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Photo of Shigata-ichikuchi
4.57/5  rDev +76.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here's the deal. Sometimes a man (or a woman) (or whatever gender) wants to drink a crisp dry light-bodied lager. And when I want that, I also want my usual ABV standard of 8% or higher. So I want a crisp dry lager that packs a punch. This is the only strong lager I have found that delivers on dry taste and high ABV. All the rest over 8%, of any origin- American, European, whatever- taste sickly sweet. Red Horse has a slight sweetness compared to its brother San Miguel, but nothing that qualifies it as a sweet beer. It's not a great beer. But given the niche it occupies, unchallenged, I will call it a damn good beer. When I'm sick of the hops and malts and hazes and sweet thickness and I just want a crisp lager, I go to Red Horse if I am lucky enough to find it in stock.

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Photo of mdwhitney
4.28/5  rDev +65.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.09/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Guppy314
2.41/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours as clear bubbling yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is very subtle, perhaps bread and corn. Flavor is a train wreck from the beginning. Although there are sweet malt flavors, it's just sad when corn, rice and metallic tastes are more prominent than things like ... well .. hops. Not sure the point of continuing, but OK, despite decent carbonation, the body is thin and unsatisfying.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle from Chung Ying supermarket, Glasgow (£2.09):
Definitely a surprising beer & a lot better than I'd expected it to be without it being a must try or anything like that. It opened with a fairly light nose considering the strength of the beer & thankfully it wasn't an offensive or unpleasant aroma, I got some touches of corn & the odd adjunct coming through alongside a basic corn & lager malt body. The taste followed on in a similar vein with only the odd touch of alcohol grain coming through & the sweetness from the nose featuring here as well. It's not exactly a must try offering but it went down a lot better than I thought it would & it's not one that I'd run scared of were I to stumble across it again either.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red Horse Extra Strong has a thin, quickly-dying white head, a clear, extremely bubbly, golden appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is mild, but one can detect sweet malt and grain. Taste is also mild, for an 8% malt liquor- sweet malt, mild hop bitterness, and not cloying. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Red Horse finishes crisp and refreshing. RJT

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Photo of PsenicnoCRO
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 54V4G3
1.58/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.27/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Color: light yellow, clear. White foam melts very quickly.
Aroma: slightly floral, slightly malty and metallic.
Taste: malty note, a little wet cardboard or "pharmacy" and less clear metallicity.
High saturation, beer without a body.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEER88
2.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of InsideLiquorMan
2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Make way for one of the best of the worst strong beers on the commercial market. Imported straight from the dungeons of a strange Filipino brewery and right to your local liquor store, this beer trumps over stronger beers in it's class like Colt 45 and Labatt Blue Dry which clocks in at 8.1%. Red Horse lacks the obnoxious taste carried by the greaseball beer of choice, Colt 45 , and still manages to stand at an impressive 8% which you'll feel pretty quick. Sadly, I don't have the nose to detect a lot of the smells most of the other reviewers do. Taste does a fantastic job of hiding that alcohol taste and still manages to procure a good, stable taste which does not offend or cause projectile vomiting. My first experience with this was a 6pk purchased from a kindly Iranian couple's liquor store. Chuck in a few 2L wine coolers and some Counter Strike: Global Offensive and you end up with the terrorists winning and a killer hangover.

My second and perhaps last encounter with this bucking stallion was a mid-autumn day drink wherein we ended up inside the husk of a broken down combine/tractor wreck drinking Red Horse in 500ml cans and 6pks as well as some more 2L ciders and a few alcoholic energy drinks. The night ended with some Chinese take out prepared by a chef who won the 1983 Hong Kong Peking Cook Off. In short, Red Horse is a hell of beer that, for the ABV and taste, is a great choice for a wild night.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.99/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ben drinking quite a few of these in a bamboo treehouse on the beach in Boracay, the Philippines. As a beer, it tastes a lot like a Budweiser with that same grainy sweetness but with a little bit more alcohol in there to add a bit more color to these island sunsets. Nothing special taste-wise, but when it is one of your 3 options (the others being San Miguel and San Miguel Light), it becomes a perfect pairing to this vacation.

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Photo of safaricook
3.34/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking this cold, of course!
very pale, foam disappears immediately,
Pilsener malt, little continental hops, some booze
Very clean, mineraly, spicy hops are present, some booze
Thin, refreshing
Not a bad beer, surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV and the style.
One of the more drinkable pale strong lagers as it is not overly sweet. This beer is a real surprise for me. I expected so much worse.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.43/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of michaelpancho
2.47/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of smithj4
2.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AdamSpade
4.5/5  rDev +73.7%

In the Philippines, this beer is delicious! Similar to a Budweiser but MUCH MORE FLAVOR. One of the best beers of this style I have tasted.
If purchased in the states, however, I was terribly let down. It isn't much better than a Budweiser in that case. I don't have the details why. Frankly, I don't care. It's just one more reason for me to visit the Philippines again. (y) I would guess though that the Philippines uses all natural/organic ingredients, and the Americans are stuck with the preservatives and toxins as usual.
FYI: At 8% alcohol, it kicks butts. You'll have a short night if you stick to these. :)

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Photo of MtOrion
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.55/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm judging this in the context of its being a malt liquor, and—considering that generic fact—it's surprisingly tasty and well-executed. Compared to your Old-Es and King Cobras, the is exceedingly solid: sweet, but not sugary, with a strong malt-bite that succeeds without a heavy or excessively-thick body, which would undermine its adhenerence to the malt-liquor tenets. A bit of head, and minimal lacing, meets a malt-fruity, yeasty nose, all of which portends well; yet Red Horse tastes even better than those notes would suggest.

Again: it doesn't rank up with the greatest beers, but self-described "malt liquors" rarely do (shout-out to Three Floyds' Region Riot). This is imminently drinkable, however, which is more than can be said for Naty Ice or, say, Steel Reserve.

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Photo of sheenisgod
2.56/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bennyghasedi
1/5  rDev -61.4%

Photo of Rohon
3.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Strong as per local standards

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Photo of DoktorEd
3/5  rDev +15.8%

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Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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