Saturday, April 28, 2012


ECS No Equal Amber Lager, an American Amber/Red Lager by Redhook Brewing.

22 ounce bottle served in Samuel Adams glass.

5.2% abv


It probably seemed as through TWT retired from public beer reviews and/or tasting notes, since nothing "taphandle" has been posted since The Twelfth Beer of Christmas.  It surely appeared as such to reader (and TWT friend) B.  In fact, he decided to do something about it.  He purchased a bottle of Redhook's latest addition to their Blueline Series, which was bottled in collaboration with Emerald City Supporters  (a fan club of the Seattle Sounders Football Club), and delivered the same to TWT for tasting and review.


It's amber!  The pour delivers a red-orange body with an orange-yellow aura.  It's capped with a thin white head and is very lightly bubbly.

The nose is what I think of as "classic lager" and therefore hard to explain.  The primary aromas I catch are vines and cardboard and a bit of broth.  Perhaps that cardboard note is better described as "cereal box grains," whatever that means!

The flavor is a bit better than "classic lager."  I detect broth, a hint of white raisins, caramel, and cereal box grains.  There is a bit of nuttiness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, being just a smidgen on the watery side, but nothing to complain about.

It's better than I expected and very drinkable.


I tend to drink more ales than lagers, so I don't have a lot to compare this to.  It was a bit like a Märzen/Oktoberfest, only with more caramel than I associate with that style.


ECS No Equal Amber Lager isn't going to win any awards, but it's a sessionable and solid beer.


Thanks again to B. for the bottle and the push.

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