We're red today... what with drinkin' another new-to-me Sammy Adams brew and smokin' a not-new-to-me Drew Estate Tabak Especial Red Eye. First the beer, and we'll quote one of the Alström Bros yet again:
Minimal head, and it's lacking a bit in retention, though there is a ring of lace that does not waver even after a few hearty gulps. Slight haze in the deep amber brew--we thought this beer could have been a shade darker, with a tinge of red to it. Buttery, fruity, malty, faint caramel aroma--so we definitely know the yeast worked on this beer. Smooth with a medium body. Buttery on the palate, tending toward the sweet-malty side, with a quick draw of modest hop bitterness. The buttery character is hard to shake even with its toasty and caramel malt backbone. Finishes a little dry.
Mr. A likes this beer even less than the Rye Ale I drank yesterday, giving Irish Red a "C." I'd give it a slightly better grade than that, but then again I'm easy. There are precious few real beers (as opposed to mass-produced swill like Bud Light and the like) I've met and didn't like, when ya get right down to it. I did notice the head on this beer was a lil thin for my tastes and it dissipated almost immediately. There's no lacing to speak of as you drink the beer, either, and that's not a good sign. It does go down easy, tho, and I'm almost ready to pour another as we speak.
The cigar is a different story. I not only like this cigar, I LOVE it. I received a couple of these in a sampler pack from SN1 as a Christmas gift and I was most impressed... enough so that I ordered a resupply earlier this week and received 20 of these little jewels in today's mail. I've gone on about the Tabak Especial Café Con Leche in the past (since 2009, to be precise) and have bought quite a few of those marvelous sticks. The Red Eye is gonna give the Café Con Leche a run for its money in popularity here at El Casa Móvil De Pennington. This is a wonderful little cigar!