Red X by ClubGonzo, Bown Ale, 7% ABV, 28.5 IBU.
A true beer geek beer, brewed to showcase the Red X base malt.
It does have a nice colour indeed, although it might have been even redder if a smaller amount of Red X had beed used? The body has a very deep red-ish copper colour. The beige head is of moderate size and shrinks quickly, but it remains a thin layer until the glass is empty. Some of the foam is left on the glass.
The aroma is malty and pretty strong. It’s simple and undemanding, but I get very pleasant notes of sweet caramel, dark dried fruits and a touch of red berries.
The flavour is strong and again it’s the malt that runs the show. Lots and lots of caramel, nuts, dark dried fruits and a bit of (pleasant and clean) alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly oily, although it dries up in the finish. The carbonation is soft, and that fits such a sweet and caramelly beer. The label claims that the IBU is 28.5 (don’t get me started on significant figures again!), but I find the bitterness to be quite substantial, and would have guessed approximately 48.372 IBU. There is a moderate sweetness that more than balances the bitterness, so this still feels like a sweet beer.
Conclusion: a sweet, malty and simple beer, but a good one, without any flaws.
Aroma: 6/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 12/20 Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0