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Beer review: Shiner Ruby Redbird

by Nick Trougakos Modified: June 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013

The good people at Shiner were kind enough to send me a sample of the summer seasonal Ruby Redbird recently — and since spring beers started coming out in January, and summer beer were out last month, I’d better fire off a review before the fall seasonals come out later today.

Let’s dive in:

-For starters, the beer has a pleasing orange-copper hue and good clarity, though I found it to have minimal head and fast dissipation of the foam.

-The aroma was slightly sweet and I got just the faintest hint of buttery, almost-burnt popcorn.

-It had an average mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

-A light, sweet grapefruit taste is evident up-front; I expected the grapefruit juice would impart a certain bitterness, but I didn’t get that. I didn’t detect any predominant hop character, either in bitterness or taste/aroma. The beer finishes with a light malt presence.

-My overall impression: This beer would fit in the easy-drinking category — it won’t strip your palate with hops or weigh you down with heavy malts.  It’s sweet, but not too sweet. I would have loved just a dash of hop aggression — especially with some cascade or centennial hops that would have accentuated the grapefruit juice nicely. You would do well to have a couple of these on ice for a hot summer’s day, but at the same time, I could see wearing a little thin on the grapefruit if it was the only beer you had on hand for a whole weekend.

Daily Pints

-As of this morning, there were only 30 tickets left for the grand finale Tulsa Craft Beer Week beer tasting festival on Saturday. You can scoop up tickets, and a schedule of events, at

-Showing up in state liquor stores soon: Prairie Okie Imperial Brown Ale aged in oak whiskey barrels; Prairie Noir Imperial Stout; Prairie Bomb Russian Imperial Stout brewed with coffee.

-For all my Canadian fans out there — you know who you are — Goose Island just announced expansion into Canada. You Canadians have grown up so much since I left!

-Marcus Smart!

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by Nick Trougakos
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Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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