Only in San Diego do you expect a Christmas beer to have a hoppy blast of grapefruit on the nose—but that's what you get from AleSmith Brewing Company's holiday Imperial red ale.
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If you're looking for a bright, sparkling red color in your homebrewed Red Ale, the secret is found in a tiny amount of black malt. Adding one to two ounces of black malt to your steeping grains produces a surprisingly vibrant hue with no noticeable flavor contribution.
This bottle is marked "Irish-Style Red Ale", but there's a real Northwest spin on this beer from Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon. Kiss me, I'm Irish-inspired?