Yesterday, I had a chance to sample Michelob Irish Red. The bottle shape and label were done nicely and caught my eye. The pour of the beer into a glass displayed a nice copper color you would expect in an Irish Red, and had a tan head that dissolved into the glass quickly.
The first sniff was a sweet malty aroma, but not one that really excited me. There were similar smells to other Anheuser-Busch products. Mouth feel was surprisingly full, but taste was sub-par by my standards. The hop to malt balance in the flavor was good, but there was the same stale sweetness picked up in the initial smell, maybe due to the yeast used in the fermentation process. The taste finished fairly clean, but did hold on for a little while.
I would recommend this beer if you like inexpensive Anheuser-Busch products, because that is what it is. Definitely a drinkable beer for the money, but personally, I would pay the extra money to get a Samuel Adams Irish Red or even a good ol’ Killian’s Irish Red Lager.
Have you tried the Michelob Irish Red? What did you think?
It’s that time of year again, when you get out your green, and celebrate your Irish-ness, even if you aren’t Irish. Now, there is a hierarchy to quality of beer on St. Patrick’s day, and I’m going to break it down for you.
Here’s the category breakdown:
Good: Green beer. This is what most folks think of when they think of St. Patrick’s day. This is usually no more than your regular run-of-the-mill light beer with green dye in it. It’s pretty boring and not very exciting, except it’s green.
Better:Killian’s Irish Red, Michelob Irish Red. These are a couple of brews that don’t fall into your green-beer category, but are still owned by the big guys. They are close to your craft-brewed products, but they are not as good. One advantage to these is that they are usually available.
This evening, I tried the Busted Knuckle Irish Ale (Beer) from Gray Brewing Co. in Janesville, Wisconsin.
It was an Irish Red Ale style of beer, characterized by a honey-like aroma, with a sweet, caramel and roasted flavor. It had a nice, lingering sweetness that stays with you. It poured well, and the off-white head that stuck around for a while.
Irish Reds are a favorite of mine, and I put this one in my top three.