James Ready 5.5 | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bestuurder on 07-31-2005

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Photo of biboergosum
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml single can, part of the 8-packs they suddenly showed up in around Alberta this past week. Thanks, Nova Scotia!

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some random electrical resistance pattern lace around the glass as it eventually blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a not unsubstantial rice and corn breakfast cereal thing, dead yeast cells, a bit of wan stale apple and pear fruitiness, and some quite underwhelming leafy, weedy, and skunky floral green hop bitters. The taste is skanky 'verdant' hops (hard to differentiate, so I'm not gonna), grainy and bready pale malt, more well-obfuscated cheap cereal notes, mildly soused-up pome fruit esters, a still stupidly extant yeastiness, and more plain leafy, musty, and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its swirling and churning frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as the committee in charge of such seems to have overlooked the skank factor here. It finishes off-dry, the bland malt and heretofore basically hidden alcohol making a shitty day of it.

Overall - yeah, this is nothing more than a simulacrum of those laughable 'icebeers' that flooded the market twenty-something years ago. A bit of a mess, is my understatement of the week, and I'm sticking to it!

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Photo of mynie
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is like Moosehead Strong? Or something?

Half liter can. Artwork meant to evoke some kind of European shithole. Vaguely Scottish, I think, but I'm an idiot so that doesn't mean a goddamn thing.

Pours adjunct lager pale with a wee little wisp of a head. Smells like an American blonde, lacking the distinct cereal nodes of most Canadian lagers. Tastes more Canuky than it smells, but still not very distinctive. There's some light peat and spice nodes, but otherwise it's nearly indistinguishable from, say, Coors heavy. Sweet cereal, light fruit, very little by way of hops. Not bad, though.

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Photo of BaconTorpedo
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GoHabsGo
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MChris
3.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of fortyfield
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Crisleroen
1.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

James Ready: Really bad hangover ....

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Photo of Pmicdee
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Leighmack
2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tyler_V2
2.31/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Nicolette10895
3.17/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of slackt
1.9/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Devon_
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MayonakaStout
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Re- reviewing this as I happened to see it in the singles bin. 473 ml can Purchased for $2 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear weak straw in color. Nice two fingers of head was poured, but dissipated quickly. Some lacing left around the glass. Some bubbles make their rapid ascent to the top of the beer.

Smell - A little bit earthy, spicy and grainy all melded together. Nose isn't terribly big on its own. A bit of a malty booziness that I often find associated with cheap boozy beer.

Taste - Pretty bland although there's a somewhat significant caramel malt note that's sweet but artificial. Otherwise quite bland. Again the booziness doesn't come out and smack you but it's only thinly veiled behind the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Moderately high carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall - As far a cheap blonde ales go, this isn't awful, but as far as quality blonde ales go it's not great. Definitely passable for the price.

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Photo of DreamDeath
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of beerluvr
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of boszormeny
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of ZachT
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBeeraholic
1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of chadmbogo
4/5  rDev +46.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

341ml Bottle: BBD 31 Jul 2013. Drank in my Berlin hotel room on 25 Feb 2013 (don't ask!).

It's a Lager: clear golden, bright and clean looking, usual white head.

Grainy nose and taste: typical International Lager/Pilsner without any interesting or different attributes to the thousands of others out there.

Nothing wrong with it: just your usual, unusual Lager/Pilsner. Had I known it was a Moosehead beer I wouldn't have bought it.

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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of featthebeard79beerhead
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No lengthy review typical macro brew overall excellent for the price bargain brew with some taste not as bland or watery as typical cheap brew great in between beer drink a few nice IPA or your choice fill the gap with jr sure we all love beer but let's face the facts we would not drink non alcoholic. JR is above average bargain brew nice carbonation decent taste and easy on wallet. Nothing special nothing offensive good cheap brew period.

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James Ready 5.5 from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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