Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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Style:
Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #51
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
63
Ranked #50,489
Avg:
2.61 | pDev: 27.2%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
137
From:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
 
Philippines
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  17
SCORE
63
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Reviews by monkist:
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monkist from Hungary

3.75/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally an American Malt Liquor!
I know it's nothing to praise but still, as many legends grew around this type of beer I just had to drink it.
Looks a bit darker and intense than a pale lager but somehow you can tell that it's perhaps the coloring. The smell is also not that powerful and the taste also lacks the impression that makes a great beer - but it feels good to drink! As cheap as it is, as poor as it is, it is easy to drink and it is enjoyable.
That being said, I became even more interested in these malt liquors. Looking forward to drinking Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor and that Ol' English 800!

Nov 18, 2017
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InsideLiquorMan from Canada (AB)

2.98/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Oct 17, 2015
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Humanusfermentum from Virginia

2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Apr 04, 2021
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Simple 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden straw color with a thin white lace on top.

Mild fusel alcohol in the nose, suggestions of rose petals and fermented sour mash.

Smooth a crisp with a mild acrid twang from the fermentation. Cereal grain and mild malt with little hop character ... just bitterness to balance. A little too wet on the palate ... watery IMO. Usually there is more of a definitive corn flavor to malt liquors. Clean finish with some residual dextrin like sweetness.

May 25, 2005
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Brent from Kentucky

2.28/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Other than the novelty of trying a beer from this country, I can't think of a good reason to have one of these. Poured a gold tinged with amber. Aroma was slightly medicinal. Sweet malt with a slightly rough grain edge was pretty much the extent of the entire flavor roster for this beer. Not undrinkable, but hardly enjoyable.

Sep 13, 2010
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden in color, topped with a frothy white head of good duration and average lacing. Nose is sweet, with plenty of rice and light malty notes - actually reminds me a bit of sake (favorably). Sweet, glutinous rice flavor sort of pummels the malt here right away and never lets up; actually has some of that "soy sauce" flavor I used to get out of e.g. Dragon Stout (which I quite liked in that dark beast but find more challenging here). Rich and sweet, even cloyingly-sweet, but I get that out of a lot of malt liqours. There's a liqueur-like creaminess and booziness here, and at only 8% it gives off a heavier, boozier impression. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good, as is the drinkability. I know this isn't far off from its American counterparts, but it is certainly different. Would make for a dangerous session lager on hot summer days. Love the pacakage design.
Served chilled, in a 250 ml pilsener glass.

Jun 07, 2007
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IrishRedRock from Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden color with a well retaining white head, gigantic bubbles rising from bottom to top to keep the head alive. Adjunct malt and fusel alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet initially, with decent malty undertones, but other than that there's not a lot going on here. Warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is spritzy and spirited but not overpoweringly carbonated. As someone else may have said, this is an alcohol delivery vehicle...not much flavor here. And as it warms, it gets worse...

Nov 24, 2005
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Horse pours a very dark gold/amber body beneath a short head of bright white froth. The head retention is limited, and it drops shortly to nothing more than an average collar. Lacing is limited as well.

The nose is limited as well, with some basic malt that has a touch of sweetness to it, and a note of alcohol that combines with the sweetness to lend a mild floral note.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a restrained carbonation.

The flavor expresses a basic maltiness, some nice yeasty fruitiness, and alcohol. The alcohol isn't outrageous, however, for a beer of just 7% by volume it should be more subdued than it is.

It's very nicely balanced by a bitterness that lies just below the sweetness level of the malt, and it finishes mostly dry with a minor bit of lingering maltiness.

As far as malt liquors go, it's pretty well done. It's more restrained with a thinner body than usual, less alcohol than some examples, and less adjunct sweetness than is normally found. However, the floral character can become a bit cloying as it warms.

Apr 30, 2006
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TheLongBeachBum from California

1.78/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 330ml ‘All-Aluminum’ Can. All-over metallic red Can has an upturned Horseshoe with a pale yellow background and the words “Red Horse Beer Extra Strong” underneath a profile of a horses head. Described as “Experience that distinctive full-flavored taste and extra-satisfying strength of a world-class premium strong beer”. No strength listed, but listed as an offering from the San Miguel Beer Division in the Philippines. The letters “HKDNP” are stamped into the lid either side of the ring-pull whilst the base has a freshness date of 31JUL07.

Appearance: Golden body with a pale straw clarity. Thin broken head, creamy looking halo ring and a light lacing on the glass sides. Average amount of rising streamers fill the body and add some interest. Overall it looks like a “cheap economy strong lager”.

Nose: Rubbing alcohol and lighter fuel mix with a rather floral - red roses?? - background. Little in the way of any smoothness, this has a very harsh acrid aroma to it.

Taste: Harsh alcohol and a ruse from what tastes like an industrial ethanol in the background. Not exactly fiery but very rough and incredibly “basic” with no refinement at all. Bitterness comes to ascertain some balance and attempts to maintain some dignity, but it is clean and shiny and the tastes are metallic tainted. Park bench stuff.

Mouthfeel: Middling feel, and whilst it is not thin, neither is it comfortable or balanced. The whole feel has a metallic element to it also.

Drinkability: I am wary of the listed strength on BA of 7.0%, but I could believe that given the low feel of the Can of San Miguel Strong Ice. That said, the overall attractive side of this is, well, unappealing at the best of times, and that is being kind.

Overall: The fifth and final San Miguel offering dragged back all the way from the Philippines by a work colleague who knows that I like to try new brews. The offerings from San Miguel are certainly that and some of them weren’t too bad. However, this, the (allegedly) strongest one of the SM bunch is harsh and unrefined, the Philippines version of that cheap Supermarket own-brand Super-Strength Lager that the local Down and Outs drink no doubt. Given the earlier description, this is more of a Red Herring than a Red Horse.

Sep 14, 2006
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

2.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Mine was a bit different from others here, brewed by San Miguel Thailand, all the copy on the can in Thai, but everything else seems to be the same.

Crystal clear, pale yellow hgue, severely dotted and bubbly layer of foam, quickly gone, leaving trickles of lace...

Little aroma. Sniff, sniff, sniff...nope, nothing to report...

Thin, watery taste...hardly any flavor...gulp, gulp, swallow...nope, just moisture and the merest malt. But I hear it's incredibly hot in SE Asia, so there can't be much wrong with tossing some of these back, any old day.

About on par with Corona, but beefier. Better than Bud. But, hey, it's beer...hooray, beer!

Oct 12, 2005
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JISurfer from South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This one was kind of strange. It was nothing impressive, which is obvious by my review numbers, but it was fairly drinkable. Granted, I had just came in from doing yard work in the hot southern sun, but this was easy on the tastebuds and not offensive in any way. It was fairly watery tasting, which was hard to believe since it was supposed to be over 7%. Smell and taste were much the same, water. Ok, maybe a little hint of adjunct, but not much. This could easily replace Bud Light or Miller Light and it's stronger. How'd they do that? I was impressed, because most malt liquors I have, had a funky alcoholy taste, especially when you start to get over 6%. This one didn't.

Apr 26, 2011
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DrainBamage from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with a large head, that recedes to a thin, but nice head for a malt liquor. Smells of corn and other adjuncts. Taste is very sweet and moderately carbonated. I was surprised to be able to actually taste some malts and not just solvent flavor. It goes down quite smooth and has a small hop aftertaste. Drinkability is a tad higher than most malt liquors, but not something to brag about.

Nov 15, 2005
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

2.96/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml red can, convenient as I didn't have to buy a 6 pack to try this. I love the ingredient list on the can--"Ingredients: Water, Malt, contains any of the ff: Cereals, Sugar, Starch, Hops." Has it been in contact with nuts?

Pours out a translucent rustic golden hue, creamy white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Some bready malt, more rough grains, corn and veg however in the aroma.

For a malt liquor it's surprisingly smooth in the flavour dep't. Husky grains, yet some bready malt stands in front of it, mild corn in the middle and veg hops(?) on the finish, a low lying alcohol warmth throughout, close to a burning presence on the finish and into the aftertaste.

Once again, surprisingly, the mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, in fact far more impressive than most macro lagers out there. Props to that.

Well then, better than I expected in some aspects, even more palatable than most domestic malt liquors and many domestic macros, yet isn't really what I'm itching for most days. However for those of you in the crowd out for a fairly smooth and drinkable cheap buzz, this is your stuff. If Mountain Crest catches wind of this stuff it'll sink their ship.

Jul 03, 2009
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granger10 from Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First beer to start the day off with. A very clear light yellow pour. Fizzy moutain dew like head emerges then reduces. Aroma is basically nothing except maybe some alcohol. Taste is very sugary to begin with then bitter, but there's not really any malt or hops in here. No base to this beer. Alcohol is strong but not over the top at all. A bit of a chemical flavor in here, almost medicinal. I'd pass on this one, go get some real malt liquor if you want to get drunk.

Jan 15, 2006
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.13/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought this at the local Filipino market in a pint can four pack. Pours a large foamy head but then dissipates quickly - clear golden color. Aroma is very bready and malty not much else to speak of. Taste is surprisingly light given the high ABV. I would compare this to Steel Reserve - but the taste is lighter and a bit more bitter yet sweet at the same time. Not a bad beer and worth a try if you're curious.

Nov 08, 2020
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Horse Malt Liquor

A- Light clear ornage with a small quick fizzing head.
S- Not much here. Alcohol and grainy malt. Very faint.
T- Sweet buttery malt with grass and a boozy alcohol bite.
M- Sweet and buttery up front, turning to more fizzy boozy and chalky in the end.

Overall- For a Malt Liquor this isn't too bad. The smell and aftertaste knock this 1 down a notch.

May 05, 2009
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mynie from Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Number two on the "comparatively fancy malt liquor" docket.

Pours like a gold pils with a tiny head that dies quickly. A little sticky ring of white remains.

Smells like grain and socks. Not as horrible as it sounds, but not good. Like, take a decent macro and rotten it a bit.

Water, socks, european grain. Icky fruit, spoiled hops, sweaty aftertaste. A whole bunch of crap.

Wow. Even fancy malt liquor still sucks.

May 22, 2006
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bashiba from Iowa

1.06/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a light amber/gold with a soap ring like head.

Smell is awful, I would like to give it less than a one. Smells like sweet and stale corn syrup.

Taste is light and sweet and fruity, with an old corn syrup flat 7up like quality. No hops to speak of, just plain awful.

Mouthfeel is thin and oily.

This is possible the worst beer I have ever had. I am so glad I split this bottle three ways, because drinking four ounces was a bit of a struggle.

Dec 28, 2007
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light yellowish body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweet-scented cereal grains entirely awash with cheap, unwholesome liquor.

Taste: Slight sweetness, some cereal accents, with a joining in of floral hops, but, then it grows coarse and boozy, as a flood of rotgut surges in. Low bitterness. Warming finish that ramps up to deliver a lingering tongue singe.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Red Horse is harsh, but it was expectedly harsh. Even among its pernicious brethren, it's pretty low on the totem pole.

Jul 28, 2011
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

2.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1000 ml brown glass bottle with painted label and date stamped on the cap, direct from the Philipines. Pours into the glass with a yellow golden color, a large white foamy head that sticks around the edge of the glass. Foam doesn't last, no lace. Appears pretty much flat, no carbonation. Not much aroma, just some sour "euro skunk" smell. The taste is of some grain and bitters, but more of that same slight skunkyness. Somewhat watery mouthfeel, with and ending of sour/acidity. Red Horse Extra Strong - the Beer that kicks you back. Thanks to Fele for bringing this back. I prefer the Gold Eagle from last time.

Jun 21, 2005
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HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

3.01/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 10, 2020
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Vancer from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let's check out this pony and see how she rides. Pours a clear golden / amber with a white head that dies quickly, but leaves Brussels lace. Hmm , not to bad.

Sweet, cloying malt bread in the aroma. Fusil solvent alcohol that progresses into the quaff, but the light body hides it well. Corn tones in the background, but again a light touch and well hidden.

This one is a drinking paradox, no problem enjoying the 500ml glass of it, but would I want it another? If free, OK. I won't buy another import bottle, but would drink it locally.

Apr 10, 2009
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rab53 from Washington

3.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 27, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

1.83/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up this beer upon a recommendation by a (so called) friend. Though decent for it's style, the style is horrible. Expectably a syrupy yellow look with fizziness. Grain aromas all over the place. Tastes a mix of grain and malt with a table sugar sweetness added. A little too hot and numbing for good drinkability. Mildly fruity, like bruized peaches, pears, and apples, but not enough to establish a meaningful character. Finishes with a light astringent graininess, thin texture, and fusal alcohols. The only reason that I can imagine someone would drink this is if they want to get drunk and only have $3.50 to do it with.

Jun 26, 2006
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

2.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow appearance with thin white head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. Smell consists of corn, malt honey, citrus, small hint of alcohol.

Taste consists of malt and corn, picked up some honey, grass and booze as well. Overall, the taste is very light, surprisingly little sugar or hops. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is very dry with a lingering booze taste.

This beer has danger written all over it. High alcohol beer that can easily be chugged without being to heavy or sugary. The taste is very dulled down with no distinguishable features, but for malt liquor, that may be a good thing.

Jul 19, 2011
Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 137 ratings