Red Sky AleMay 1, 2001 Modesto, CA
St. Stan’s Brewing Co.
This red ale is made with 98% barley malt, including pale malt, two types of Willamette and Tettnang. Cascade and Fuggles are used for aromatics.
Original gravity: 1054
Appropriately named, Red Sky is a lovely bright mahogany displaying distinctly red highlights. The head pours sky high and stays up. A big floral nose is impressiveso is the delicious hoppy flavor. On the palate, a healthy dose of flowers remains, but without a framework of malt for balance, the mouth feel heads toward thin air. The lingering finish, too, is pure hops. The herbal flavor adds just the right seasoning to down home blue corn tortillas, salsa verde, and refried beans.
- Charles Finkel
Bright red-copper ale with a sweet floral hop aroma. Dry and light bodied with a clean flavor of citrus-like hops emerging. Sweet malt flavor is recessed but evident. Overall, a light, refreshing red ale with good drinkability. Hops and malt are subdued. Likely a beer designed to have high drinkability with a refreshing floral character.
- Charlie Papazian
St. Stans specializes in German-style alt beers, members of the ale family. The deep copper color is topped by a smooth, barley-white head. The aroma is almost vinous in its fruity intensity, with bitter blood oranges dominating. In the mouth, bitter hops vie for attention with toasty malt and tart fruit, while the finish is a complex mix of fruit, dark malt and bitter hops. A brilliant companion for rich, spicy foods.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.