It's been HOT up in here lately! 90+ degrees out and equally as humid for the last few days here in upstate New York. Feels like I'm in the tropics, like say Jamaica. So I decided to drink a beer from that part of the world - Red Stripe Jamaican Lager. I know this is pretty much the only beer to drink if you vacation in Jamaica according to the videos Jay (jjrudy41) made when he visited there last year. If this was the only beer you could drink while on vacation, would it be worth going? Let's find out...
P.S. sorry about the dark picture. The sun reflecting off the bright whiteness of the house caused the camera to contract its aperature. So even though it was a bright sunny day out at the time, it looks cloudy and hazy in this vid :(
2.8AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tumbler
Appearance: Dark white gold, crystal-clear, quite a lot of carbonation present. Forms a one-finger bright white sudsy head which mostly evaporates and leaves trace lacing.
Smell: Typical macro lager smell of corn and grain. Not skunky or sour, but nothing appealing to the aroma.
Taste: I wish macro lagers each had their own distinct flavor because trying to review beers like Red Stripe is a challenge since they all taste pretty much the same. It’s no surprise this beer is like most others of its ilk - carbonated corn water and grain. There’s nothing particular foul or sour about the palate (well, maybe there’s a hint of tang), which is good. I do detect a very subtle sugar-water flavor right as it finishes, but it’s gone as quickly as it arrives. Thankfully it finishes mostly clean, but there’s just no flavors here worth savoring.
Mouthfeel: Quite watery, but heavier than your average macro lager. Surprisingly soft and wet and not as fizzy as other yellow lagers of the style.
Drinkability: While not a delicious, thirst-quenching beer, Red Stripe is indeed very easy to guzzle on a hot day. The 4.7% ABV is perfect as it doesn’t have the overtly watery qualities of a true "light" beer. You probably could drink several of these on end before they began to wear you down.
Overall, Red Stripe is just another generic macro lager that’s more neutral than it is bad. It has a long way to go to garner an honest recommendation from me, though.