Monday, 12 September 2016

Red Devil

Red Devil hails from Simcoe, Ontario, where it's brewed by The Blue Elephant Brewing Company. It's an auburn ale with 5.1% alcohol and a handsome appearance--ruddy brown, clear, and covered with an eggshell head. According to the 473mL can, "Local tastes better", which is a sentiment I can usually get behind.

The beer has a malty scent, with notes of butterscotch and sweet grains. Sweeter than most auburn ales, Red Devil keeps up the aggressive butterscotch elements through the flavour, along with roasted malt notes. There is little by way of bitterness to keep things balanced, but fortunately the flavour is agreeable.

This beer had a lot to its benefit, but ultimately, it was too sweet. I was also mindful that the butterscotch taste might be the product of diacetyl. It looked pretty and tasted fine, but I won't be rushing back to Simcoe for another can anytime soon.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10.

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