Roo’s Red Ale by 903 Brewers Taste Test

Roo’s Red Ale by 903 Brewers Taste Test

Roo's Red Ale by 903 Brewers

Roo’s Red Ale by 903 Brewers

I have just stumbled across a new found appreciation for Red Ale thanks to Velvet Hammer and the Imperial Texan.  Those are 2 of the best beers I’ve ever had, so Roo’s Red Ale practically jumped off the counter at me during my last visit to Total Wine.

I had done a little research on the 903 Brewers’ beer and noticed that they are all pretty high in the ABV department, and I think that’s just great.  I’m a simple guy, so high levels of alcohol are a selling point for me.  Don’t judge.

Here is the description of what a Red Ale (or Amber Ale) should be from

American-style amber ales have medium-high to high maltiness with medium to low caramel character. They are characterized by American-variety hops, which produce medium hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. American ambers are usually darker in color, have more caramel flavor and less hop aromatics, and may have more body. This style was first made popular by brewers from California and the Pacific Northwest.”

Roo's Red Ale Description

Roo’s Red Ale Description

Here’s what 903 Brewers have to say about their Red Ale:

“Roo’s Red Ale – Named after the mascot of Sherman’s local college, Austin College, this red ale is smooth and easy to drink. Brewed with five different malts, it starts with a sweet, malty flavor and ends with slight citrus finish. 6.2% ABV
Pairs Well With: Burgers, Sea Food, Spicy Foods”

My tasting notes are pretty in line with these two descriptions.  You get a really malty aroma on this beer.  You can find some hops in the smell, but you almost have to be looking for it through all the malts.

Roo's Red Ale in glass

Roo’s Red Ale in glass

This is a very malt driven beer without a ton of hops, but this lends to the super refreshing and as 903 says “easy to drink” qualities.  The malts in the beer have such a great flavor.  I think 903 Brewers nailed it, and I’m hoping that I can find more Red Ales like this one from other DFW Breweries.  If you know of a good one, please leave it in the comments.

I really enjoyed this beer, and to me, it would be the perfect tailgate beer.  I picture drinking this in a parking lot/field in the early afternoon before a 2:30 college football game.  Roo’s Red Ale would be right at home in that atmosphere.

Stay tuned for more taste tests of the 903 Brewers beers.  Now that it’s getting a little warmer, The Chosen One Coconut Ale and Breezy Blonde Ale have moved way up my list of beers to try.

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