Alchemist Donovans Red
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 155   ABV: 5.16%
Named after Donovan’s, a 19th century Irish restaurant in downtown Waterbury. This medium-bodied, red-colored ale has a nice hop flavor and aroma. IBU 28

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
on tap at brewpub. clear dark copper, red tint, decent light beige head, some retention and lacing. aromas of toasted malts, acidity, fruitiness. nice roasted profile, light ot medium grassy-citrusy hopping. average carbonation, light body. decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Fizzy white head tops the reddiah amber hue. Undersized bready caramel malts leave a lot of room for the earthy and floral hops to take, but they only do so moderately in the nose. Watery finish, very simple light-medium palate. Rather dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
In short: Typical basic caramelized brewpub ale. Good entry-level but not for the beer geek.
How: Tap at brewpub december 2007
The look: Clear copper body with a medium off-white head
In long: Basic fruity caramel malt profile with almost enough citrusy and pine-tree hops to balance it off. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, short finish, medium body, medium carbonation. Well brewed but characterless. This is your basic entry-level “amber” beer for the customer adventurous to look pass the entry-level blonde ale. The type of adventurous people who don’t always wait for the green light to cross the street.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Draft. Pours a ruby bruin body with an off white head. Malty body with a caramel malt tone. Cereal notes, bread and toasted malt. Very dank wet malt tones, alright but not a huge fan of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (5254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
On draft at the brewpub. Red like pour with some off white head. Fruity light hop tones. Sweet and toasted malt flavors accompany the light earthy hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at the brewpub on November 4, 2010. Pours an amber-red color with a good light tan head. A finger or two worth with some bits of lace here and there. The nose brings out quite a bit of toasted bread, caramel, and some light dough. Amber malt in there as well. Some very light earthy and floral hops. The flavor is just really, really nice. This is insanely malty and flavorful for the alcohol level. Caramel and bread crust plus a bit of toast and a nice earthiness to round things out. Great body with a very nice level of bitterness. A very quaffable brew. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4994) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Big bubbly off-white head. More dirty brown in color with red highlights toward the light. Nose of grain. Taste is hops upfront, grain in the end. Light cotton mouth dry finish. Good during dinner. Overall not bad, I wouldn’t drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4604) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
On draught 4/16/05 at the brewpub. Medium-cherry-auburn red body, with a light tinge of brown. Light beige head is moderately well-retained and the beer has a light chill-haze. Aroma of brown bread, sweet and doughy, with light hints of cherries, wood, cream and fruity hops. Flavor begins with a well pronounced malt, light creamy-vanilla/honey with some light vienna malt huskiness, caramel on the finish and flavorful, fruity hops to add complexity and balance. Only lightly bitter. Smooth, slick mouthfeel does get a touch thin and lightly astringent from a drying graininess, on the end, but the flavor starts out wonderfully full, so I am not so concerned by the light astringency on the finish. Medium body overall and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
Caramel malt aroma with low, leafy hops. Clear amber body with a low white head that recedes to partial cover. Caramel malt flavour is thick and sweet with fair finishing bitterness that only just takes the edge off. Light body with fairly low carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 5, 2004
First sample at the brewpub, on a snowy winter's eve...I don't expect much from this red, one of my least favorite styles (at least recently)...but this surprises me. Not great, but some nice roasty maltiness in the nose and on the tongue, piney hops to finish, pleasant if unremarkable. Just a bit thin.

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