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Famous Red Ale

Monroe, WI

Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6%

Rings’s Rating:
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I covered a bit of the Berghoff history in my review of their lager.

While I was visiting, I also managed to try their Famous Red Ale. This is an American Pale Ale that was pretty par for the course and their one departure from “German” style beers. While nothing special, it’s certainly much better than it had been a few years before.

The Ale is light red in color and was relatively clean the first time around with a medium body and a crisp, hoppy bite. The balance was nice. Unfortunately, I catch a hint of DMS and some fruity notes as I progressed through my pint, but it was still a decent, average effort and not worthy of demotion on that alone.

The Red scores three mugs in my book as it certainly could’ve been much better …but also has been much worse.

Reviewed by Rings on May 19, 2010.
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