Boon Rawd's Singha: The Original Thai Beer
My first Thai beer. I was a bit hesitant at first because I have tried a couple of Asian beers (Kirin and Sapporo) before and they all seemed like they used far too much rice. Rice makes bland beers. Either this is a case of rice done right or they use great barley because this is a great lager. No watered down qualities at all. Appears a straw golden color with a lasting lace ring around the glass. Aroma is of malty goodness and some faint hops.
Flavor is excellent for this time of year. It reaches that great balance of enough malt for flavor, some hops to keep you on your toes, and great drinkability to appeal in the hottest weather. I would compare this to Red Stripe. The main difference being that the hops are much more noticeable in this. It is by no means anything like an American Pale Ale but it does have some distinct hop character.
I am impressed with this offering and now have a go to Asian beer. The higher than expected 6% ABV is also another surprise. The alcohol is very well hidden. Thai restaurants beware.
Final Score: 85% (Great Pale Lager Flavor, Above Average for the Style)