Saturday, March 14, 2015

Redhook Audible Ale


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1301) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
I haven’t reviewed a Redhook beer in nearly five years (and even that was a re-review). When I first started getting into craft beer, they were a good introductory brand. Now that I’ve tried so many different brews it’s odd, almost shocking how mild their beers tend to be. I can’t say I’m surprised, though. Especially in the case of their “Audible Ale,” which was brewed in collaboration with sports personality Dan Patrick. I’d imagine their collective audience probably wants something mild and easy to drink and in that case, this beer delivers as promised.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 12/15/2014 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Honey amber color with an almost crystal clarity. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Surprisingly strong grassy hops (considering the brewery, that is). Not much else.

Taste: I was taken aback by how aromatic this beer was as the grassy hops really jumped out at me. I got them equally in the first swig; however, they faded quickly after that. This is definitely a pale ale base and it’s hitting on all notes, but without a lot of power. Light amber malt character but without much genuine sweetness. The hops seem more for flavor than bitterness. I like the grassy/herbal character, though I could use more bite. It seems to “wuss out” at the end. It has a slight lemony flavor as well, which is nice, but it’s also quite mild. This is definitely a drinker-friendly palette and a good pale ale for those not crazy about hops.

Drinkability: This beer has the word “crushable” right on the label, so that tells you what they’re going for. I suppose I’d agree with that. At only 4.7% ABV, Redhook Audible Ale is indeed quite sessionable. That being said, I find the thinness of the mouthfeel, the low carbonation, and the overall mild palette to be a bit distracting. I’m not sure I would consider it refreshing per se, though I think this would work well straight from a can in the summer (but Redhook does not can their beers). 
Grade: 6/10