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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 154   ABV: 5.12%
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Upstream Brewing Company’s Red Lager is based on a style of lager developed by brewer Anton Dreher in Vienna Austria in 1841. Its popularity in Europe eventually faded, but Austrian brewers who immigrated to Mexico revived the style in the late 19th century. This beer derives its color and taste from a combination of four different styles of specialty malts that are roasted at a high temperature longer and more slowly than most malted barley. It is deep garnet in color and produces a thick head on pouring. It has a fruity yet low hop aroma to deliver a smooth, delicate palate rich with subtle hints of toffee and light caramel. This is a beer with a very high drinkability.

A deep red style lager similar to a Vienna. A medium body brew with light hop presence and a mellow malt character. Uses two row, Munich, German specialty, and a bit of roasted barley/Carafa malts for deep red color. Saaz and Magnum hops. 10 IBU’s.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Draft at the source. Clear deep amber gold. Aroma of bittersweet caramel. Taste is similar. Plain.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish that was moderate in duration. This is a solid beer for style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Reddish/light amber pour with a nice off white head. Flavors of roasted grain, some light bread, a touch of floral hopping adds a nice element to the beer. Enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Tap @ brewpub. Clear, burnt orange appearance. Caramel/toffee malty, mild hoppy nose. Pretty nice caramel malty lager flavor with a mild earthy hoppiness. Pretty good.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2013
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of diacetyl, toffee and nuts. Flavor of the same.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Draft at Upstream. Filtered orange-brown. Watery, thin, sort of your 1990 homebrew. Doughy, some amber malt pungency. Overall just a little too insipid to hold my interests.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 21, 2010
From the growler, thanks to Mike Hall. Same name, but definitely not the same beer as the former Upstream Firehouse Red. This has a wonderful toasted almond aroma. The flavor has a mild caramel toffee taste in a very light bodied beer. Nice quick and drying finish. A definite improvement from the previous namesake.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is malt, grain, caramel, and a bit of hops. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3190) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Nice red-brown pour with a tan head and nice lacing. Dusty, malty aroma. Pleasant dry, roasted malt palate. Very well crafted.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Tap. Pours crystal clear reddish amber, small beige head, decent lacing. Aroma is malty, caramel, biscuit. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, minimal bitterness. Light body.


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