West O Beer – Smoked Red (Draft) – 2 out of 7


The good news is that West O has this same beer in bottle format which is still to be reviewed. Hopefully the score will come out a bit higher from the bottle, but as far as the draft I had at El Bait Shop in Des Moines, not so good. This one is a smokebeer in name only. It gets frustrating taking sip after sip, trying to pull out flavors that just aren’t there. Sometimes I trick myself into thinking smoke is there when it isn’t. Furthermore, halfway through a beer is a difficult time for one’s palate to review taste with a clean slate. My initial sips are usually the ones that lead the review, and in this case, my thoughts were harsh critics. Sip after sip, which led to chugs, I couldn’t advance the score any farther than 2 for Overall Happiness. I can drink this beer again and again, and I can serve it to friends and family, but I can’t in good conscience give this a positive smokebeer review. The Ministry continues. Sorry folks.

Brewer West O Beer
Beer Name Smoked Red Ale (Draft)
Brewer’s Description Roasted malts yield nutty flavors mixed with caramelly dark fruit. Hints of forest and campfire; low bitterness. 6.5% ABV, 20 IBU
Food Pairings Tacos
Brewer Location West Okoboji Lake, IA
Alcohol content by volume 6.5%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 20
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 4
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 2
Sausage detection? Y or N N
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 1
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 2

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I like beers that taste like smoke.
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