Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shiner Ruby Redbird

Shiner beers come from the Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070). This beer started as a summer seasonal, but is now available year round. It is made with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit and ginger and is 4.01% ABV.

The beer pours dark golden to light brown with a ruby undertone.  It is highly effervescent and has a half-inch of head that dissipates quickly and leaves light lacing on the glass.  The aroma is fresh, clean, spicy, ginger, tangy citrus, lots of grapefruit and malt.  The taste is ginger and grapefruit with a crisply dry and lightly bitter finish with a nutty, caramel malt behind.  The aftertaste is tangy citrus and ginger.  Very refreshing, and as much like a crisp, dry soda as a beer.

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