So first of all I do need to declare that I'm a little biased when it comes to FAB (Ferry Ales Brewery nothing to do with Thunderbirds!!) beers just because they are just about my most local brewer, and because I absolutely love their Smokey Joe Porter, regardless though I will try to be fair with this. The brewery has a decent selection which can be found in most local co-ops and online. They are still considered a micro brewery as they only knock out about 5000 pints a week, most of which have a vaguely Lincoln related theme. In this case the theme is Lincoln Red, which is a breed of cow and a very straightforward name for a red beer brewed in Lincoln.
The bottle stands out quite nicely with its big red label featuring an award winning Lincoln Red cow. It's a 500ml offering, which is how it should be, and offers a reasonable 4.1% alcohol content making it a decent strength for a session. The beer pours a nice dark red with a gorgeous white frothy head. this just looks like a proper old school ale. I gather the colour is meant to mimic the coat of the cow it's named after, and you can kind of see the similarity. If you've ever had Lincoln Red beef you'll have probably really enjoyed it so I'm just hoping the beer lives up to the name.
As usual I'm drinking this beer at just a little below room temperate, and for what it's worth I actually drank it on Christmas day in lockdown. The aroma is pretty nice with lots of hops and no little fruit coming through, not even the slightest hint of beef though, which in fairness is probably a good thing in a beer. There's actually very little to find fault with here so far, the beer plays on its local roots and I for one really like that. It also has a local theme, and a local feel, I'm not sure if this will maybe limit its marketability nationwide, but it seems to be doing ok.
Well firstly the texture is a little lighter than expected, almost more like an IPA than a red beer or bitter, secondly yes it does taste good. It tastes really good. Lincoln Red is seriously smooth and well balanced. This is a proper malty red ale with just enough hops to keep it interesting and avoid the beer becoming too bitter. The fruits come through more subtly in the taste than the smell, but they're still there adding an extra dimension to Lincoln Red which a lot of red beers lack. I'm going to give Lincoln Red by FAB a very good 8.5 out of 10, and it's not just because they're local, it's because it genuinely is a surprisingly good beer you could drink again, and again, and again.