Smithwick’s

12 oz bottle as part of a six pack. Body is a rather impressive brown/red with an excellent creamy head and some superb lace. Surprisingly good. Nose yields a big malty presence plus a touch of hops – not much, rather a “kiss”. The tastes are...

Big Red Ale

12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Very good color on the pour with a lovely, dark red/mahogany color and a nice head that has a toffee colored hue. Not much retention or lace. Carbonation produces some streaming bubbles. Nose has a bunch of quite seriously...

Porterhouse Red

11.2 oz (330 mL) single from Hop City at $3.99. Pull tab cap – not very often you see those. Great color and clarity on the pour, but let down by a disappointing head with poor retention and lace. The color is VERY red, and my guess is that this really is an...

Engine No. 5

12 oz stubbie. $1.50 from Green’s, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. On their singles shelf; Adam happened to say he was “unimpresed” with this. We’ll see. “Brewed in the English Style”, whatever THAT means! In general,...

McSorley’s Irish Pale Ale

12 oz single from Total Wine, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a darkish amber (copper) which slightly contradicts the “Pale Ale” moniker on the label. Head forms quickly, but disappers quickly too. Minimal lace. Nose and tastes are surprisingly sweet, and with...