Name: Red Stripe
Brewery: Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Country of Origin: Jamaica
City & State: Kingston, Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.70%
First Brewed: 1928
Pale, clear golden color with a rapidly receding white head. A soft grainy and hoppy aroma is detectable, and the palate picks up sweet, carmel traces with a hop bitterness finish.
I feel like we should be on an island to review this beer. If we had the time and money, we would drink and review these beers in exotic locations… but work stands in the way of that. That doesn’t mean I won’t pretend I am on a deserted island while drinking my Red Stripe.
We were going to review this beer last night, but we got so excited about the W00tstout we ended up passing on this. Actually, I fell asleep… there, I said it. We decided, since this is a light beer and has a low ABV, we would review this beer before leaving for the day. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Cheers!
In the Glass: I am impressed with the head on this. I don’t have very big expectations for this beer. I have had it before, but never more than at a party or when the bar didn’t have anything else worth ordering. I would never buy this without a reason to. It’s fun to learn about the beer, though. Too bad we aren’t in Jamaica drinking this. By the way, the head is already gone. There is a thin white layer of bubbles on the top of the beer, but nothing to write home about.
Nose: It smells like an American adjunct lager should. It has a nice dry almost bitter aroma to it, though. This is a beer that will taste better cold. Ice cold. The colder the better on this and any other adjunct lager you have ever had. I bet it would be a good beer to serve with BBQ or hamburgers.
Flavor: There is more flavor here than I remember. The mouthfeel is great, too. The flavor reminds me, at first, of a Rolling Rock. It has a hint of funk in there that is on purpose, but might throw some people off. This is a great beer to drink if you are thirsty and/or sitting outside by the pool or on the beach. Makes sense this beer comes from Jamaica!
Mouthfeel: This is my favorite part of the beer. It has a nice mellow and balanced mouthfeel that finishes smooth with a subtle sweetness. This isn’t a beer I am going to pour after a long day of work, but one I could sit and drink 6 of at happy hour after work. Speaking of happy hour, I met Jesus last night for happy hour at a place in Chandler. They had $2.50 Corona. Oh, and $3 Fireball shots!
Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste. The burp is pretty boring, too. The Alström bros on BeerAdvocate rated this 78, which is “okay” according to their rating system. I would have to agree with them. It’s just OK. I would and will order it again, if the price is right or if I am on a beach somewhere!
Red Stripe – The bottle says: “For over 80 years… Red Stripe has embodied the spirit, rhythm and pulse of Jamaica and its people.”
After all the good beer we had tonight, today we are doing a pretty crappy one. I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of Red Stripe. That is the beer we are reviewing today. You know, I’m not entirely sure if I’ve ever had it or not, but I know that it is basically just another crappy American domestic beer. Well, I know it’s not Bud Light, but I would still consider it a domestic. It’s a boring American brand just like Rolling Rock or Heineken, so to me that makes it a domestic. Feel free to disagree.
It looks about how I expected in the glass. Their stubby little bottles are fun, but I actually kind of like the Redhook bottles better. They use short bottles as well. Anyway, the Red Stripe is pale yellow and while it had some head when poured out, there’s not much left on mine. It looks pretty thin and has some bubbles floating to the top. Not too much else to say. It looks like your average domestic. It smells like it too. It basically smells like a beer you’d grab out of your cooler for a picnic in the summer time. Everyone takes crappy beer to stuff like that, right? Ok, well, probably not everyone.
First sip… pretty much the taste I expected. Am I wrong in saying that all these pale yellow lagers taste the same? Or is that just me? This one could be a Budweiser or Coors Original and I would never know the difference. Why do we need so many of these, anyway? And why do people have a preference of one over another. To me they all taste the same! Anyway… it’s Red Stripe. It’s boring. I’d drink it if given to me, but other than that, definitely wouldn’t buy it again.