This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Samuel Adams Ruby Mild.
This year, the Boston Beer Co (a/k/a Samuel Adams) has produced a special fall line of beers which they call the Harvest Collection. The beers in this box include Octoberfest, Latitude 48 (reviewed here - kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2011/01/sunday-night-suds-samuel-adams-latitude.html), Harvest Pumpkin, Hazel Brown, the standard Boston Lager (reviewed here - kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2013/04/sunday-night-suds-samuel-adams-boston.html) and new for 2013 - Ruby Mild.
The Ruby Mild is an ale unlike any other ale that I have ever tried. The hop profile is very subdued and the malts are prominent. When I went to BA to look up the style of beer, I found that it is classified as an English Dark Mild Ale, which they define as:
The quintessential British session beer, like its name suggests, a Mild is known for its low level of hops character. Alcohol content is traditionally very low. Grainy to toasty malts might be present, but expect some body from the high dextrins produced in brewing. Low carbonation with a near still, bubbly head. Colors can range from gold to dark brown. Traditionally a draft beer made popular in London and the Midlands of England.
My first drink of the Ruby Mild was all malt. I shared some with Mrs KB who thought the beer a tad sweet. I did not think that it was sweet, but there was a good deal of caramel in the brew, so I can see why she had that impression. I enjoyed the beer on its own, so I have no pairing experiments to suggest. Feel free to hit the comments with your personal experiences.
The Samuel Adams Ruby Mild has a Star-K on the label, but is not listed on the September 2013 LOC on the Star-K website. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link - beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/97114.
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