East Brother Beer Company Red Lager
What the brewers say
Vienna-style amber with a biscuity malt presence. Clean, crisp, familiar.
What our panel thought
Hints of light roast, green coffee up front with notes of dried cherry, leather. Carmel comes through with a bit of dark toasted bread on the nose. Slight prune slides in toward the end of the aroma. Drinks easily with chocolate and lots of lightly roasted coffee. Some bitterness to cut the residual sweetness.
What our editors thought
Burnt bread crust bordering on campfire in the nose, with a soft fruit-wood sweetness. In the sip, a warming bready malt note with layers of Maillard richness manages to remain light on the tongue and clear the palate quickly. Decadent yet austere, for an unexpected balance.