Thursday, 14 April 2016
A gift from the charming and rhythmic N.G., Red Rage is a red ale from the wilds of Calgary, Alberta. This pretty red ale is nearly clear and pours with a modest measure of creamy head. The 355mL can claims that the beer is named in honour of "the undocumented, freakish strength possessed by gingers," but I don't really care--what interests me is the beer. At 5.6%, this product of the Tool Shed Brewing Company is on the verge of qualifying as a strong ale (it even says so on the can), but I'm not willing to go that far.
Red Rage has a surprisingly potent nose that is rich with malty and metallic notes, as well as an understated sweet fruit feel. The beer also tastes stronger than I expected, with a heavy malt profile taking the helm, backed by a sturdy crew of subtler elements: iron, raisin, and even a touch of bitterness.
Full-bodied and flavourful, Red Rage has a lot going for it. The other side of the equation is that the beer is a little lacking in nuance and texture. A good enough red ale, though, and one I'd gladly revisit on occasion.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10.