I picked up my pint of Rebel Red from Cork brewery Franciscan Well during my most recent trip to Dublin. Having grown weary of drinking stout after stout I decided to try something slightly lighter when I arrived at The Norseman pub, which is one of the top bars in Dublin. As Cork is only down the road from Dublin I'm claiming this as drinking a local brew. Franciscan Well Brewery has been going for over 20 years now so they seem to be pretty well established in Ireland although I've not seen any of their beers in England yet. Rebel Red has a 4.3% alcohol content, a small head and pours a pleasant enough copper colour.
Like with a lot of red beers Rebel Red doesn't really have much of a scent but if you really try you might distinguish some caramel hops. The texture is pretty light, or at least it felt pretty light in comparison to the stouts I'd been living on most the week, and it's reasonably refreshing. The taste very much matches the aroma, there's a little bit of caramel in there and maybe some light floral tastes but nothing to really write home about. Rebel Red from Fransican Well is pleasant enough to try, but in all honesty it doesn't really taste of enough to excite the taste buds at all making it a pretty bland beer. I'm going to give Rebel Red 6 out of 10. As a change of pace it's not a bad beer, but it's certainly not a very interesting one.