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Redact Red Lager

Rating: 3.6

Another hybrid offering from the Williams Brothers brewery now, this one being a sort of red lager/IPA mash-up from the brewery that was introduced around Spring of last year. The beer will be my twenty-seventh from the Scottish brewery and follows on from their Pavlov’s Dog red ale that I tried back in October. Featuring Citra & Calypso hops, the beer promises quite a hoppy kick and it was one that I was glad to stumble across in an Aldi supermarket just before the end of last year. It’s unusual in that it will be one of only a few beers from the brewery that I’ve picked up in a smaller, 330ml bottle with Double JokerParadigm Shift and Impale IPA being the only other three that spring to mind but there may be others too.

Redact Red Lager

Appearance (4/5): A dark red amber to copper colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head on top that’s a creamy white to tan colour and holds okay for the style. The body is a slightly hazy on and there was a few patches on the surface of the beer as the head started to break up after a minute or so.
Aroma (7/10): This one was a bit sweeter than I’d been expecting, there was some nice caramel and toffee malts coming through before some bread and biscuit flavours made themselves known. The beer had touches of pine and grapefruit hops as promised with some citrus notes not far behind either and a floral bitterness along with some fresh aromas seen the beer out.
Taste (6/10): This taste was kicked off by some subdued floral hops and grapefruit with a bit of caramel coming through early on as well. There was a nice sweetness to the taste but it didn’t seem as pronounced as with the nose, there was some biscuit and basic grains helping to balance things out. The beer was definitely fresh with some nice citrus bursts towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Quite a sweet and smooth beer with some floral bitterness throughout and a slight citrus tang that sat on top of quite strong carbonation. The beer was fresh and lively with a nice balance that helped it down easily but there wasn’t too much out of the ordinary with it either.

Overall (14/20): This one was quite a nice offering from Williams Brothers, it came through sweet and balanced with a nice hop presence that went well with the caramel malts and biscuit flavours. It was an easy beer to drink with a pleasant taste but it fell short of being a classic from the brewery if I’m honest; an interesting beer and one worth looking out for if you’re in Scotland, although there are definitely better beers out there to try first.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Amber/Vienna Lager
Abv: 4.4%
Serving: Bottle (533ml)
Purchased: Aldi
Price: £1.49

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