Rickard's Red

Rickard's Red

Rated 2.971 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Molson Breweries

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Style:  Amber Ale

5.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Rickard’s Red is the number one selling red beer in Canada. Created by brew master Gord Rickards in 1985, Rickard’s Red is crafted using a unique blend of three malted barleys, including chocolate malt to give it its unique red color. This perfectly balanced amber beer offers a robust, yet smooth, flavor with pleasant hop aroma and notes of burnt caramel. Rickard’s™ volume in Canada has grown 20 percent over the last two years.

ID: 9178 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank40189
Overall Percentile16.1
Style Rank1011 of 1249
Style Percentile19.1
Lowest Score1.6
Highest Score3.9
Average Score2.968
Weighted Score2.971
Standard Deviation0.532

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  • PALEALERIDER 2282 reviews
    rated 2.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours a thick creamy head, has good lacing and a dark amber colour. Mostly corn and malts from the aroma. Very light hops flavour with corn and a pretty average malty taste, a bit wheaty/cereal like. Not too bad, a go to beer, not amazing but will do the trick.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Clear amber red with brownish foam head. Lasting and lacing. Aroma is malty with some cherry tones. Taste is nice bittersweet with fruity tones, not overwhelming, crispy also. Aftertaste is crispy, not too bitter. (Montreal 201210)

  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This is the beer that for most Canadians was their gateway away from clear gold beers (those who didn't drink Guinness anyway). Colour - clear golden-copper, tan head. Aroma - metallic and acidic grans and a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel - thin to medium. Flavour - acidic grains with a bitter finish. Overall - decent.

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 2.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This is probably my favourite session beer. It's available at every beer store, and liquor store in the land, and goes well with hockey and most of the food I indulge myself with.

  • BEERGINNER 58 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Used to drink this a lot; tried it recently at Montanna's for the first time since I started exploring beers. Poured a nice clear amber colour with a light tan 2-3 cm head. Sweet malty smell, medium mouth feel and carbonation, but definitely lacking in complexity in the aftertaste. A good session beer and a nice option when there are not a lot of options!

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 2.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 4

    Simply the best beer on tap at most Canadian Chain restaurants. For example a visit too Boston Pizza leaves me with the choice of this or freezing cold canned Guiness. I pick Rickards Red half the time. It is gentle, easy drinking, balanced, has a nice sweetness to it that disguises most of its swill routes, even if it could be just a flavoured syrup creating the "darker" flavour. Overall.... reasonable, at a chain restaurant with hot wings and deep dish pizza.

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours a nice amber color with a thick head that laves a small amount of lacing. Has a good mouthfeel and a nice fruity somewhat bitter taste with a nice bitter follow.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This was a very good beer, and I liked it a great deal. It is a cloudy reddish brown beer that has a very malty aroma with hints of yeast. It feels full-bodied in my mouth with a good level of carbonation. The flavour is slightly malty with some fruity tones in the background. I would certainly recommend this to anybody.

  • CYRENAICA 2159 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    20oz draught
    5.2% ABV
    First Location: Brass Taps, University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
    First Had: April 1993
    This is a re-review of a beer that I enjoyed immensely before becoming a beer hobbyist. This review is for the 473ml can purchased from one of the local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent red colour with a 1/2 inch white head that did not stick around. The aroma is sweet caramel malt with some hoppish tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The taste is stale sweet malt - and not much else. For swill - I still enjoy it.

    The original review. A nice beer with a modicum of flavour. The colour is dark red-brown which looks very thick and the head varies. The aroma is non-descript compared to other beers, there are some slight malt and hop tinges, nothing overpowering. It has a lagery feel in the mouth which for me makes it a bit more palatable. The taste is a slightly sweet taste with a hint of malt. It tends to be a smooth brew which goes down quite well. I have recommended this to others.

  • GOD_OF_BEER 11 reviews
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Very nice beer, great colour, nice refreshing taste a little too much on the sweet side, and leaves a citrus aftertaste. Very smooth on the way down, but no great aroma to mention...

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