Sassy Red | Mac's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mac's Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jahsausage on 04-17-2005

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Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dig the pop top bottle, and the beer inside is good too!

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a decent off white head.

Light caramel malt sweetness, a little brewed tea, bright fruits, and some nice earthy hop notes. Nice smelling beer.

Taste is smooth and clean, with a light creaminess, toasty, and slightly sweet malt backdrop. Finish is crisp, with a light spicy hop finish.

Good, crisp, and well carbonated, and a good, smooth and thick feel.

Solid, very nice Amber / Bitter. Very tasty, great nose, and super easy to drink and session. I'm already thinking about having another bottle.

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this breweries bottles and labels they definately take pride in their beer,it pours a deep mahogany hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger frothy head with nice lacing,it has a spicy hop aroma with some malt aromas in the background,it has a nice medium body mouthfeel with a very nice malty,spicy hop taste at the start and finishes nice and bitter with abit of a liquorice twist in there aswell at the very end but definately moreish,in my books a nice easy drinking session bitter.

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Photo of foles
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all - cool bottle design, I like the speal on the label.

Pours a deep shade of red 7 copper. Has a nice hop amora, and I now know what NZ saaz B is like. Nice hop presence on the mouth, backed up by the english bitter esters. Good malty backbone, slight sweetness, bit grainy, well balanced caramel without being too sharp. I imagine there are kiwi malts in there - very nice.

To me this beer smells like an APA, drinks like a bitter. I really enjoyed this beer, because it was very unique. Even more surprising was it was only a month away from its use by date. The stuff must be great fresh.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Beer- End Review

A- A pleasing dark red color. Its looks like some of the Red Ales I have had. The cream colored head dissipates slowly.

S- Big Bold Glorious Hops, everything else is lost. However the smell is pleasing and not boarding on pungent like some bitters.

T: The hops comes through clearly in a medium boded beer that has a clean finish. There are malt notes are very dark almost like what you expect to find in porters. They occur between the bitter hops and this allows the tastes to be in proportion. This is one of my favorite session beers here. However its kinda expensive for someone at Uni @ $12 for a six pack.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with plenty of foamy tan head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is of hops, presumably NZ Saaz hops as it says on the bottle. Spicy and peppery and malty. You can taste the same hops and the same spicy/peppery flavor in the beer, along with a decent amout of malt flavor. Tiny bit of coffee & roast flavor. Not really detecting the nuttiness that it mentions on the bottle, but it's got a good malty taste all the same. The mouthfeel is a little heavy with some tingliness on the tongue, but not so much as to overpower the flavor. Low carbonation helps the sweetness a lot. Overall, it's a very tasty beer and I'll be looking for it again.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow! What an excellently surprising beer. I'd tasted Un Zed beers before and was not impressed, but this made my tastebuds stand up and beg for more! Thanks to Darren of Swinging Beef and the Daptoids for this and another of their stable.

Shared this brew with Teaser. Poured into goblet glasses a dark amber red with a dense foamy off white head that dissipated slowly into a 5mm foam. Looked good, nice and bright working well.

Aroma: What can I say but: hops! Hops! Hops! Big pungent, citric, aromatic, peachy hops! I'd say they're Amarillo, reminded me of a less chunky version of JS Speculator or Golden ale. Booya!

Taste: A tad thin, but malty, biscuity, hoppy, nicely bitter, not overly so, and finishes with a slightly burnt toffee. Great dark malt flavours, dry on the tongue, long lasting malty finish. The aromas are awesome, but it seems to belie the flavour. I expected a bigger bitterness in the flavour, but instead I was very pleasantly suprised.

A great Un Zed brew, I wish it was more readily available accross the lake here in Oz. This is what more Aussie brewers need to take heed of. Awesome bottle design and labelling too.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has to be my first New Zealand beer…bought at Vintage Cellars in Melbourne along with some nice wines for my return.

Appearance: bizarre bottle to say the least…spiraling ribbed neck, funky gold cap that calls for you to pull a ring back and then pull it up ripping the cap into 3rds of which the middle 3rd allows passage of the bounty. Body is a very rich amber colour with a creamy lace and little retention

Smell: robust caramel aroma, complex malt structure (5 different used), noble hopping

Taste: biscuity/bready, sweet caramel, saaz hops noticeable, nutty, nice red apple sweetness, kind of a cardboard taste (probably just the saaz clashing with the malts)…all in all an interesting beer and worth the try

Mouthfeel: smooth and slick

Drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty healthy dark reddish-bronze. Good loose-bubbled, slightly greenish head. Little carbonation. Good lacing.

Decent spice hop oil on the nose. Pretty vegetative and herbal. The Saaz is definitely prominent, but not a lot of malt. Decent though.

Malt on the palate, peppered with a sprinkling of resinous hops. The hop bitterness is delicate, and a little subdued, really. It's mostly the aroma of hops which is noticeable. Palate is based on toasted malt. It's still pretty decent.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too bad. A creamier feel would have boosted this beer significantly.

It's a pretty nice drinking beer, with a bit of character. Worth a look.

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Photo of rec
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this is dirt cheap in NZ, but here it's over $50 a case.

A light chocolate brown coloured body flows into the glass, with unfortunately little head and almost no retention after dissipation.

The taste is over-the-top spice and hops, just like the aroma, and it works surprisingly well. Upon first sip, I could have almost sworn I was drinking Little Creatures Pale Ale (Western Australia), it's so similar that I honestly doubt if I could tell them apart after a few throw-downs.

The mouth feel is average, a typical macro with med to med-high carbonation, but paired with the aftertaste that just lasts and lasts you can't help but like it.

It's apparently limited release, which is a shame because I'd be buying this over Little Creatures Pale Ale because of the $20 saving otherwise.

If you can find it, try it! It gets my vote.

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Photo of btmo
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my!

For a macro beer, even a limited release, special run macro, this is *very* good indeed.

The taste of this beer has to be seen to be believed, if I may mix senses like that!

It is spicy and hoppy in a very good way, and is very drinkable indeed. I was recently at a barbeque at a friends place, and this was the beer of choice on the evening. I had never tried it before, and was amazed at the depth of flavour.

The taste just lingers and lingers.

I picked up a six pack the very next day.

What is amazing to me is that this is a dirt cheap beer - one of the cheapest in the chiller at the local supermarket!

Good value, a fine drop from Macs.

Try it.

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Photo of jahsausage
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Originally brewed by Lion breweries showcase brewery in Wellington, Sassy Red describes itself as a "Hoppy Best Bitter". It is a nice orangey brown colour but its head is exceedingly shortlived for which I had to deduct a fair amount of points for. It has a very strong 'spicy' smell from the hops, possibly one of the strongest smelling beers i've had. In taste it is strongly bitter, almost too much for my taste which is suprising. Overall I did not like this beer as much as some of Mac's other offerings which I find a bit odd considering that it must have been popular at the brewpub for Lion (who currently own the rights to marketting Macs beers) to produce it on a large scale.

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Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 36 ratings