Saturday, March 9, 2013

Portsmouth's Redbird Ale Review

Portsmouth Brewing Company's Redbird Ale
American Amber Ale - ?? ABV
Purchased at: Weiland's
From: Portsmouth, OH

Drink/avoid: Avoid

Here's another beer from Portsmouth Brewing Co. This is an amber/red ale made to honor steam beers that were enjoyed along the Ohio River in the 1800s. The color checks out - coppery amber. The head is fantastic, and the great retention makes me pause pouring.

My first whiff of the beer gives me a nosefull of earth hop aromas. I take another and get grainy malts and a bit of fruityness. The flavor follows pretty well - initially sweet and malty, the beer delves into bitterness mid-way through. The finish is quite dry, and the good kick of carbonation in this beer helps make it supremely drinkable.

Drinkability isn't everything, though. The finish is mildly bitter with a woody kick. Not woody like an oak barrel aged beer. I'm not sure how I feel about it. The mouth feel is a bit lighter than I'd like, but it doesn't detract from the beer as a whole too much. However, I think this beer lacks a certain something in too many categories.

I could picture myself drinking one of these at a baseball game on a hot summer day, but it wouldn't be my first choice. This beer could use some work.

Appearance: 2.5/3
Aroma: 2.5/4
Hop/malt balance: 3/4
Mouth feel: 1.5/3
Finish: 2/3
Overall: 1.5/3
Total: 13/20

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