Don’t Drink Green, Go Red Instead!

Russell Luck of the Irish

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day beer lovers!

While the masses may be reaching for pints of green-hued lagers the craft beer legions know that real geeks celebrate the day by eschewing green and going red instead.

Red ales are malt-forward, light-bodied, often session-like, slightly sweet brews that just beg to be served by the pitcher.

 

Luck of the Irish

 

I am marking the day with Luck of the Irish from Russell Brewing Company, a 5% ABV Red Ale.

Luck of the Irish pours a lovely clear red (duh) colour with lots of cream coloured head and great head retention. As always Russell impresses with their bottle, which is a no-label painted bottle using varying green tones and simple well-placed graphics. There are subtle notes of roasted grain on the nose and maybe a bit of sweetness. This red ale is a thin brew with sweet caramel and toasted grain flavours. It is very clean on the finish with just the tiniest hint at bitterness.

Overall a very sessionable, and thereby drinkable, beer that is a great way to start a night that inevitably must end with a big bold stout 😉

 

Red Ale

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2 responses to “Don’t Drink Green, Go Red Instead!

  • Lyda

    Adding the cilantro in the photo worked well!! red rather than green eh?

    The photos are very clear. I particularly liked when you were rating beers (rate by cloves around St patrick’s day?)

    How is your week going so far?

    Lyda

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  • mikescraftbeer

    Happy late late St Patrick’s Day. Well said. I stuck more with the stouts on the day as it was what I had but I should have had at least this beer in my fridge. I just don’t understand the massed and their green American lagers. It’s an Irish Holiday! Drink bloody Irish styles of beer. It only makes sense. Sadly we are still the minority but that is slowly changing.

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