Red Nectar
Reviewed by Jez on 01.05.11 in bottle
58 / 100
Red? Hardly. This is a coppery orange colour, without much depth of colour that I'd expect from a Red Ale. Still, it's bright and clear, and the head is finely created, sitting as a very tight white film on the top of the glass. Decent body. Not bad looking overall.

Nose is slight and sweet, with some subtle tropical aromas from the hops. A little bit of additional wholesome grain gives it a bit of depth beyond a hoppy pale ale or weak IPA. Nothing overly exciting, but not bad.

Taste is a little less exciting, to be honest. Here, there's a grainy main note that gives a wholemeal bread dryness throughout the length of the palate. Hops are noticeably absent, as is any hint of the sweetness on the nose. Perhaps, there's a slight uprise in bitterness on the mid to back, but it doesn't do much of a job on clearing out or complementing the grain.

Feel is pretty good actually, smooth and fluid with a balanced crispness.

Eh. Not a terribly exciting brew, nor a particularly well-crafted one, I feel. It's drinkable enough, but there are far better examples available surely everywhere that this one is available.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.5