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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
Red copper ale with light white head. Light malt and caramel aroma. Good nutty malt and light hops. Nice bitter finish with oily mouthfeel. Like Hophead siad, a good session!. Dec. 2004.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
Clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of malt and caramel with mild hops. Flavor of malt, caramel and mild hops. Medium body with a lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at brewpub. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with a hint of caramel. Flavor is caramel malts, light citrus, mild hops and has a light bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Draft at brewpub. Sweet malty aroma. Reddish amber body, off-white head. Sweet and tangy flavor, with some caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2005
On tap at the alchemist pub in Waterbury, VT. Very easy to drink, with a sweet honey finish that doesn’t linger.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7671) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2010
BQ2010. On draft at the brewpub in Waterbury, VT. Nice subtle pine hop ale. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (6302) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4835) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JBPortland (1490) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
From 10/26 notes. Growler purchased from the brewery 10/23, drank three days later. Pours a muddy, murky light brown with 1 finger head. Not really red at all. This is not a very visually appealing beer. Nose is earthy greens with some subtle fruity, grassy notes. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but with decent carbonation. Taste is vegetal, some hoppy pine notes, salad, greens, hints of butter. Finish is mild bitter, watery, vegetal, leafy. Honesty this was a disappointment, overall it’s kind of a mess. I would probably pass on this one, in its current form, if given the chance again.

   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.

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