San Miguel is world renowned and a source of national pride for Filipino's and with good cause. It is a standout among Asian beers and it rightly monopolizes the beer market of the Philippines. Finding a beer not brewed by San Miguel in the Philippines is near impossible so in order to find any variety among beers one must turn to the alternative beers that San Mig' has on offer. The "extra strong" Red Horse Beer a great choice from San Miguel's diversified product line.
San Miguel Brewery, the largest beer producer in the Philippines, with a market share of over 95% and five breweries spread across the country producing eight beer brands. Red Horse Beer, the Philippinesâ€™ first extra-strong beer, is a full-flavored beer is marketed as having "the right kick and taste for the action-oriented individual."
Before trying a bottle of Red Horse on the paradise island of Boracay I had to ask myself, "am I an 'Action Oriented Individual'?" While still not entirely certain what or who that may be I decided to give Red Horse a try regardless of whether I was the intended recipient,.
Red Horse tastes smooth and crisp with very little hop character. Lots of sweet malt flavour likely stems from the use of corn and rice adjuncts. Not particularly flavorful, but not bad either. The 7% alcohol by volume is surprisingly well hidden in what otherwise tastes similar to an American malt liquor. In summary, you may as well grab one of the big 40oz bottles and pour a little out for your Filipino homies or otherwise just enjoy a Red Horse beer as a welcome change to the monotony of standard San Miguel.