APPEARANCE: Umm…what the hell? It pours a pure, deep red. Not even remotely what I was expecting.
HEAD: Big, frothy…and bright pink. Yes, pink.
LACING: Sticky and full…and pink.
NOSE: Some major cognitive dissonance here. I saw the bright red body and weird pink foam and thought…well…I don’t know what I thought. Something big, bold, and frightening, I guess. Instead, the nose is as bland and subdued as it gets. Just a touch of pale malt and the barest hint of hops. Smells like a garden-variety pale lager.
TASTE: ‘Bout the same. Some sweetness, breadiness, and a wisp of bitter hops in the finish. Really not much at all.
MOUTHFEEL: Middle of the road, all the way.
DRINKABILITY: Meh. Just meh.
RATING: 1.5 Latkes…I just didn’t really enjoy any aspect of the beer. It looks like a Framboise Lambic, but tastes like a Bud. Worst of all worlds.*
*Editor’s Note: If I had bothered to read the label, I would have noticed the words “Blood Red Lager”. Perhaps I wouldn’t have been quite so surprised about the appearance had I actually looked at the bottle.