I was in the mood for an amber and passed this one up at the grocery store! (I should also add I’m a dog person ) I’ve only had light beers from No Label so far, order so I figured I’d give one of there dark beers a go!
It poured a reddish amber color with a really good amount of head that didn’t disappear to quickly. The aroma was very mild. It had almost a wheaty malt smell, viagra but no other profiles. Very clean.
Ridgeback is a semi-dark amber (it wasn’t as dark as some of the other amber ale’s I’ve tried), about it but it definitely took care of my amber ale fix.
It was light and crisp with a slight, very subtle, caramel-like sweetness and an even more subtle hop finish. The primary flavor is the toasted malts.
Overall this beer was smooth, creamy and refreshing – not too heavy or filling. This is a perfect one for when you want a darker beer without the full belly that follows.
It was mildly carbonated, I’d say just enough to add to the light refreshing taste. I think it’s a perfect Spring beer! A nice balance of a subtle sweetness with a mild hop finish. Really, it is smooth and refreshing enough for year round, but for some reason I think of Spring when I drink it.
All this being said, there is one thing I have noticed about No Label brews…and this may be a personal preference…but I enjoy them more straight from the bottle. I feel like the flavor profiles are more enhanced. I get a crisper, cleaner, more prominent flavor and feel when drinking straight from the bottle. I have tried with the three latest No Label brew reviews and felt the same on all 3. I’m curious about other’s thoughts on this, so if you snag yourself a 6 pack, try it poured into a glass and straight from the bottle and tell me what you think! (No Ratings Yet)