Sunday, June 8, 2014
Devil’s Backbone mostly makes good beer, but they’ve yet to knock my socks off. Reilly’s Red Ale does not change this. To be honest, this is a pretty pedestrian red ale. The damn thing is too sweet. It pours a pale mahogany color with no real foam, and the aroma is too sweet right out the gate. Almost like peanut butter. No, not peanut butter ... you know what it reminds me of? That Bit-o-Honey candy that used to be around when I was a kid. I never liked that. And I don’t really like the flavor any more than the aroma. I like red ale to be rich, but this thing is syrupy. Saccharine. No hop character, no complexity. Just a very artificial tasting sweetness. I will never have this again.