Sunday, April 1, 2012

Dundee Irish Red Lager

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (640) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
Dundee is a brand of quasi-craft beers made by the Genesee Brewing Company out of Rochester, NY. They always send me their beers to try, but I’m not really sure why since I’ve never found their beers to be that good. Case in point: their new Irish Red Lager. It’s an inoffensive beer with a hint of more character than the average macro brew, but lacking anything worth a genuine compliment.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: Dark copper/orange hue; appears cloudy to the naked eye but is mostly clear upon close inspection. Not very effervescent. Forms a large, off-white, frothy head, but it dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild general malty scent. No generic lager aroma (thankfully), but not much to speak of overall.

Taste: I hate describing a beer in vague terms like "malty," but that’s an accurate description of Dundee Irish Red Lager. Though the beer is brewed with four malts and three hops, none of them individually stand out to me. I get a generic maltiness with what I can only compare to the taste of split pea soup or any kind of canned vegetable taste. It’s not that it’s sour or bitter or astringent - it’s just there, really. Nothing I would consider delectable, yet nothing that’s completely repulsive (I’ve had MUCH worse). It’s a little cereal-like with a touch of red apple sweetness and maybe even some cider-like tartness. Otherwise, it’s a boring palate that could easily be salvaged with emphasis on more authentic flavors. There’s a faint amount of caramel here - why not play that up more? The hops are practically non-existent - throw a bunch more in there to emphasize some pine and earthy flavor, please.

Drinkability: For a macro-produced lager, this is surprisingly big in the body and mouthfeel. Thicker and softer than most, but not as overtly crisp and bubbly as others. It goes down smooth, but it does leave a soup-like aftertaste. Not particularly refreshing, and perhaps a bit challenging to drink since the flavor is lacking. Dundee Irish Red Lager seems perfectly weighted at 5% ABV, although I’m not sure this is worth drinking in large quantities anyway.

Grade: 3/10

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