Saturday, January 16, 2010

Red Tale Ale - Mendocino Brewing Co.

First up in what I hope to be a 52 week weekly review is :


Red Tale Ale.


Mendocino Brewing Co.

Color – Dark amber

Style – Ale (Amber)

Head – Thin cream colored with light lacing

As with any good beer, it needs proper pouring to release its full flavor the brewer intended us to experience. Never drink beer from the bottle children, unless it’s PBR and you’re at the local dive catching the next flavor of the week calling themselves a band. So get your nose right in there and take a big whiff and try to imagine what it is he wants you notice. I immediately notice the mixture of pale malts and flowery hops that help create the slight bitterness you taste once the beer has left your tongue. The first taste will provide your tongue with a slight sweet/caramel taste and leaving a crisp finish followed by the bitterness from the hops coming seconds after swallowing. Not staying too long but long enough to enjoy its balance.

Overall I would say this would be a good introductory craft beer for those wanting to branch out and try something other than usual Lite/Bud Light/PBR. It’s bold without being overly in your face over the top bam that may cause one to look like they belong in a Keystone Light commercial.

So, go pour yourself a cold one for me and try something not sold at the Handy Andy will ya!



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