This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Redd's Strawberry Ale.
In late 2012, Miller/Coors began test marketing Redd's Apple Ale, a beer which was not quite a hard apple cider and not exactly an ale. When I finally got a chance to try the Apple Ale last winter, I found that it was refreshing and crisp. (To see my review of the beer click here - kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2013/02/sunday-night-suds-redds-apple-ale.html).
Then last summer, I received word that the Miller/Coors people had begun to sell a strawberry ale. This seemed a little more questionable to me, but when it finally became available in the Northeast, I had to at least try it.
Mrs KB and I enjoyed this beer while on a family trip last week. (Stay tuned for more blog posts on the trip and the great variety of kosher beers that I found in the Buffalo area...). Since we were away from home, there were not many options for dinner, so the Strawberry Ale was consumed with deli that we had brought on the trip. As the deli meat was not super-strong flavored, there was no possibility that it would overcome the beer, nor that the beer would mesh well with the sandwiches.
With this kind of introduction, I can honestly say that the Redd's Strawberry Ale was...just kind of there. There was a little ale in the background, but the overwhelming flavor was artificial strawberry. The taste and aroma lingered like the scent of my 9 year old daughter's strawberry lip gloss. This is not to say that the flavor was awful... it just was not beer.
If you are looking for an ale with a little different flavor, this beer probably will not fit the bill. But if you are in the mood for an alcopop type beverage - (something sweet with a little bit of a kick) then this is the product for you.
Redd's Strawberry Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union like nearly every beer produced by MillerCoors and there is an OU on the bottle. For the experts' take on the Redd's Strawberry Ale, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/105/98283.
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