Category 4, an American Red Ale by Due South Brewing Co.

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Category 4 is an American Red Ale brewed by Due South Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.


This Red pours a hazy, burnt orange and is topped by a thick, foamy cream-colored head that leaves behind some lacing. Sediment floats in the glass.


The aroma is faint with a scent of malt and pine.

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Floral and piney hops are front and center atop a malty base of caramel, toffee, and doughy bread.


The feel has a body that’s a shade over medium with moderate carbonation. Finish is somewhat astringent.


Category 4 presents very well. Its aroma is slight but pleasant. The feel of that hefty malt backbone supports the palate nicely. Perhaps this isn’t the most complex Red but its balanced hoppiness makes for good drinking.

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