Beer Profile: Shiner’s Ruby Redbird

Courtesy beerstreetjournal.com

Profiled by Ken Carman for professorgoodales

Beer-Profile1-258x300Red grapefruit and ginger.
Red grapefruit nose in bottle. Same in the glass plus a hint of ginger and, behind that pale malt.

Great clarity, Urine color. Head slight: pinpoint bubbler and fades fast and leaves no remnants.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation and a bit “biting”” carbonic, for what there is. Low body.

Taste: grapefruit and pale malt, ginger. Citrusy: grapefruit red. Hint of a fruity tang.
This is a very clean, and very simplistic, quaff. If you’re looking for a very light, uncomplicated, “so what” summer brew: almost watery, have at it. I understand the concept of a simple summer beer. But if you care little for any complexity, just drink q Bud or Miller. But there is nothing more than pale malt, red grapefruit sense and just a hint of ginger. For what it is, pleasant, but needs more to be a 4 with complexity.

I understand the concept of a simple summer quaff some call lawnmower. But should the brewers go out of their way to lack complexity? An emphatic “no,” IMO. And that’s my sense here. So 3.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “prefecto.”