Red Rose Amber Ale – Baird Brewing (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

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  • My Rating: A-

Red Rose Amber Ale – Baird Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 360ml., (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

on the front right-side of the label, translated from ratebeer.com:

“This original amber ale is inspired by the “Steam” style of beer. Whereas a “Steam” is a lager beer fermented at an elevated ale-type temperature, Red Rose is an ale fermented at a lower lager-type temperature. Like a “Steam,” Red Rose combines a crisp lager refreshingness with a robust ale fruitiness. A lovely citrus-pine hop character is present from start to finish.”

  • Style: California Common/Amber Ale
  • Taste: Creamy almost-milky cocoa caramel malts w/ piney hops
  • Where I got it : West Coast Liquor
  • How much: $5 – 360ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: 100% Japanese label other than the name,a true import. But I had to go to the specialty liquor shops in Japan to find Baird beers. Pours cloudy iced tea brown with a nice sized foamy head, a thin layer of retention, some lacing, several steady singular streams.

Nose: clean, medium-sweet caramel malts. Very nice. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, light cocoa, almost milky

Finish: soft medium bitter pine hops + cocoa finish.

Summary: Crazy smooth and easy-sipping. Once again I’m surprised at the fact I finished this beer in under 5 minutes just tasting it.