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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
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3.32 | pDev: 17.17%
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Reddish amber and crystal clear. Two fingers of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Spicy and resinous malt, slight sweetness.

Taste: Mild and generally sweet, with a light piney hop flavor coming in at the back. Mildly metallic taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy, with high carbonation.

Overall: A decent red ale that doesn't stand out.

Nov 22, 2020
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NYRunner from New York

3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a bottle in a Japanese specialty food store and had it in a shaker pint glass.

The color was a beautiful brownish-red, more red than brown. The odor had some fruit, but surprisingly was more the toasty caramel smell that you might find in a porter.

The taste followed the smell; perhaps I'm not familiar with Japanese red ales - I had never seen this one before - but it reminded me a lot of a porter, though it lacked the richer taste of a porter and had a thinner mouth feel. Not much hop presence, though. Certainly not bad.

Jul 05, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

350 ml can with a June 2020 BB date stamp in Kyoto.
This red ale pours with a clear, dark reddish-brown colored body topped with a decent off-white head.
Aroma: slightly spicy aroma with caramel and brown sugar.
The flavor is way less sweet than the aroma suggests and has a mildly bitter finish.
Overall: Distinctive yet well balanced version of the style.

Nov 16, 2019
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RXUYDC from Delaware

4.68/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this. Wonderful malt gives way to smokey, complex character with hints of vanilla. Good thick mouth feel like a red should have. Worth seeking out for red ale lovers.

Sep 07, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this really didnt impress me much at all, out of the can at ototo on pearl street tonight, it tastes old, like nobody ever buys it because it costs 11 bucks a can, oxidized and tired, and any japanese nuance or quality elements that would make a simple red ale can worth this price are long gone. its sweet and its bitter at the same time, but neither malty nor hoppy in any meaningful way, which to me is a bit of a double negative. not as interesting as it could be in terms of the grain, stronger and sweeter, but without much character overall. maybe a slight honey note, but thats all. no nutty or kilned or unique parts at all. i wanted more from something, hops, yeast, it doesnt matter, but it just tastes like something cheap thats made to appear fancy by the context. subtle brown sugar, maybe some starchy rice or something adding body, and an off dry finish. carbonation and frothiness are fine, but i wanted a whole lot more from this beer, especially at this inflated price. maybe fresh it would be better, but im not sure ill find out anytime soon...

Feb 14, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium reddish orange with a fine, half finger ivory head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and slight dry caramel malt, berries and a little grassy hops. Flavor is biscuit malt, red berries, bread crust; flavor drops off precipitously into a watery, grainy finish with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An uneven attempt at a red ale. It looks very nice and the aroma is spot-on red ale malt, but the flavor is mild and finishes very attenuated. Nice lable too. A bit of a disappointment.

Feb 03, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.16/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well... American Red Ales are only the best if made in the US. I haven't had so far one made in a foreign country that could be as good as the original. Unfortunately this is no big exception. Although it is quite okay, it is not intensive enough or the taste is not strong enough to bring that feeling that I was looking for. Not bad, but leaves some room for improvement to b a punchy, hoppy American Red.

Dec 18, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle into glass. Date code of 80543 unsure what that means.

Pours a clear pretty Amber color, cream colored head, with decent head retention. Aroma and flavor is mild clean caramel malt. But not too sweet. Medium bodied.

Nov 17, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an inch of off white, foamy, fairly long-lasting head head. Average lacing.

S: A so-so aroma of hops, toasted malt, and some caramel as well. Not an overly powerful smell.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of toasted malt, light caramel notes, a grassy quality, a bit of hops (not enough in my opinion), and a tinge of citrus (lemon). The problem with the taste is the same as with the aroma: It's simply too bland and underwhelming. Overall, this is a pretty watery, uninspired taste.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly thin finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Not a particularly memorable beer. Could have been better.

Dec 25, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought 12oz from Marukai $3.99
Clear amber color
Low carbonation
Slight malt smell
Light malt taste, kind of reminds me of a flat cola
Nothing to make it memorable. Would not buy again.

Jan 26, 2016
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salcedo from California

4.29/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 330ml bottle from a local Asian grocery store and poured into a glass.
Pours with a decent amount of tan colored head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a light lacing on top.
Nice red color, no noticable haze.
Fair amount of bubbles risingup the glass

Has a sweet caramel aroma with toasted malt.

Thin to medium body with light carbonation.

Tastes sweet with a bit of roasted malt bitterness. Lots of malt flavor. Not much hop presence in the flavor or aroma.
I notice a little tartness and a hint of metallic flavor.

Jun 06, 2015
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Echigo Beer Co 'Premium Red Ale' @ 6.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $5
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hoppy , mostly malty
T-ok tasting
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok amber ale
prost LampertLand

Feb 14, 2015
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The_Mad_Capper from Japan

2.47/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an updated review. This one gave me a bad impression last time and I decided to give it another try.

The aroma is largely characterized by bread crust and toffee and is yet somehow reminiscent of baby formula. There's a touch of woodiness and raisin. Pours a firm, frothy, light tan head; the body is a clear, dark amber. The flavor tastes of spoiled apple and bread crust, the latter of which takes on a little toffee over time, along with some underlying resiny hop bitterness. The malty aftertaste is nice enough. The body is medium-light with moderate carbonation and a good carbonic bite; there's also a persistent mineral texture.

I really don't like this beer. It's labeled as a red ale, though I suspect that's more in reference to the appearance than to the style, since this tastes nothing like a red ale/American amber. But regardless of what style it's supposed to be, it's just not very good.

Aug 13, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and biscuit-like aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of watery malt flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that has a decent smell but the flavors are pretty lacking.

Jul 08, 2013
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TokyoCO from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Can bougnt in Japan, poured into a goblet.

A: Very dark red, almost red. Basically no head.

S: Wow, strong aromas of dark fruit, peach, citrus, maple, and apple.

T: mhhm... dark fruits, citrus and hops start it off, sweet malts and dark fruits in the middle and finish.

M: Light and carbonated.

O: Suprisingly good, the dark fruits really stand out in this one!

Jun 13, 2013
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snaotheus from Washington

2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

350ml can poured into a little hotel tumbler

Pours clear coppery brown with a small pale head. Little or no active carbonation that I can see. Color is nice. Smell is almost nonexistent, just a little soap.

Taste is a little soap, and some bland sweetness. Some slight caramel. Overall, unfortunately watery.

Mouthfeel is thinnish and dry. Overall...not such a great beer. Not a repeat buy.

Apr 16, 2013
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Floppydu from New York

2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330ML bottle

Great amber color, very thin head

slight malt nose , getting a little wet cardboard though

slight thin sweetness up front, reminiscent of fruit tea with artificial sweetener, caramel malt on the back end with some bitterness

very thin mouth feel

Nov 21, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of caramel malts along with hints of tea.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that this beer could be better if it had stronger flavors and a fuller mouthfeel.

Oct 11, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear garnet red with some hints of brown in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with some light hints of dark fruit and tea.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some moderate notes of tea. There is a very faint note of dark fruits and very little bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and thin.

O: Well balanced as the beer is not overly sweet or bitter, interesting with the lighter notes of tea. Enjoyable but not a beer that I would run out to find again.

Oct 07, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-red hue with a haze-free body and a good effervescence. Head poured one finger of frothy tan foam. Good looking!

Smell: sweet caramel malt aroma with a nice citrus bite. Nothing special, but nicely crafted.

Taste: sweet caramel malt flavor with a light bitterness and only the lightest hop flavor. Hops are a tiny bit citrusy and a little bit noble in character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a decent amber ale, if not spectacular.

Mar 12, 2012
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Heavenisbeer from Georgia

2.44/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass.

A: Body is ruby red, with no visible carbonation. The head is fluffy, and two fingered. Retention is excellent and the lacing is pretty nice as well.

S: Smells like England to me, that is, has a nose that is nostalgic for me of the many damp, brooding English ales I tasted during my time in the UK. Prunes up front. Some other faint dark fruits in there, with a buttery touch.

T: Tinny, little hops, little malt, blah. Not much here. 10 seconds after swallowing you can no longer taste the beer, darn.

M: Syrupy at first. Quickly feels watery. Misleading, in an uninteresting way.

O: Not horrible but not a big fan.

Nov 07, 2011
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laituegonflable from Australia

2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a shiny ruby colour, clear and bright. Head is beige, nice and dense. Disperses to form a nice cloud with some fingers of lace behind. Great colour, great everything.

Smells very malty and nutty, with actually a not towards funk at the back. Rich English toffee malt with walnuts/marzipan edge. Touch of sourness as well, fresh cut grass, lucerne and black tea. Intriguing and enjoyable.

Taste is...less successful, in many ways. Taste starts off malty with a touch of English toffee to it, and contrives to go rapidly downhill from there. Flavour disappears, in essence - bland, grainy mid-palate with maybe a herbal touch to it, then a watery and bread yeast finish that lets go too soon. With the colour, and even the odd aromas, I expected a lot more flavour than this. Uninspiring.

Thin feel, mostly. A bit of presence on the back but just a watered-down grain texture overall.

A disappointment. I really thought there was something here, until I tasted it.

Jun 14, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

1.89/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased in the US, at some Whole Foods store. Can't remember which. Probably Los Altos. Anyway. @LaitueGonflable is very pleased I bought it because he got to share it with me back in Australia.

Pours a reddish, very pale rose hue, like a very light bodied red wine. Head is fine but filmy, leaving big bubbles around the edge, and a mesh over the top. Not a lot of lacing, but it leaves speckles here and there. Not a bad look overall.

Nose is grainy and a bit lacklustre, with some organic rice characters that remind me of before-bedtime warmed sake. Certainly, there's a very Asian Rice Lager kind of character to it. And not a lot of hops. That's bad.

Taste is similar, with a coppery character, and a sweet thinness, giving a cloying sticky rice abasement that really crushes any good characters on the palate. There's metallic characters on the front, cloying and unpleasant sweetness on the back, with a hint of rotting odour. Urgh.

Feel is thin, but sticky enough to leave the unpleasantness around for too long.

Blech. I was willing to give this the benefit of the doubt, but the longer I drank it, the more unhappy I became. Perhaps @LaitueGonflable is not happy I brought this back for him. Maybe he would have been happier if it had stayed far, far away.

Jun 09, 2011
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watchnerd from California

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid an insane $4.69 for a single 12 oz bottle of this at my local Korean market.

Pours a deep rich red (no, not amber), almost like a passionfruit ice team in color. The head quickly dissipates, leaving no foam in the glass or lacing.

Taste is fruity, with little hops, almost like a Flemish red without the lactic acid overtones.

Mouthfeel is light on carbonation, not too thick, not too thin. Really nothing exceptional here.

Overall, a pleasant enough beer. I would drink it again, but I'd have to find a more economical method of purchase.

Jun 06, 2011
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: really red; looks like an amber that has had some strawberry juice poured into it; light off-white head that fades pretty quickly, just leaving a light coating on the top and a bit of foam clinging to the side of the glass; some pretty visible movement with a few columns of tiny white bubbles floating pretty quickly up to the head

s: sharp hops; some floral and tangy citrus in the back of the nose; almost a little bit of a bloody iron smell; some sweeter malts; pretty strong and pretty enticing

t: dryer than expected; toasted malts are the predominant taste; fruity and floral hops are the overtones; finishes with bitter hops; a little thin, but still enjoyable

m: light body with light cloy and medium carb; could be smoother but for japan it is not too overcarbed

d: an enjoyable beer but could definitely have more flavour - worth a try but not worth going out of way for

Dec 29, 2010
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