Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Irish Ale
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Originally brewed for Beechworth’s annual Celtic festival, the Celtic Red Ale is now a Bridge Road staple.

The Celtic festival is held in november each year and aside from the music, having a few ales is a big part of it.

The Celtic Red Ale is classed as an Irish Red Ale in beer speak. It presents a wonderful deep red hue and a creamy off white head. The Red Ale has a big malty body owing to the use of caramalised malts and roast barley. The flavour is slightly roasted with smooth notes of chocolate, toffee or Jaffa, bringing back childhood memories of the occasional Jaffa that was actually consumed and not just thrown at the back of someone’s head. The malts are back up with the use of noble hops to provide a good lick of bitterness. At 5.3% this one is sure to make you merry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7690) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 20, 2013
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a deep reddish brown with a thin glass hugging head and no carbonation. The aroma is rich, fruity and of malt. The flavour is uber malty. It’s not a thick, rich beer, but you really feel as though you could chew the malt. There are some cherry notes on the palate too. This is like no other "red" I’ve ever tasted. It’s packed full of diverse flavours and deserves a better rating IMHO. The malty flavour did disappear fairly soon after it was poured though, so drink it quickly!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
norkle (14) - - JAN 20, 2013
Appealing deep malty brown color, light tight head. Light malty aroma followed through in the mouth. Enjoyable malty flavor, somewhat nutty. I’m enjoying it in an Australian summer, would bee equally enjoyable in winter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2013
There is a strange tart bitterness that dominates this beverage and doesn’t seem to fit the description of what this beer describes itself as being. Appears pleasant red brown with thin white head. Slightly thinner in taste than expected. Bit of an average beer from these guys who usually produce some really awesome beverages.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2012
Insipid boring beer. You get a hint of flavour then it disappears. Average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfbaked (48) - - DEC 2, 2012
From the tap at the brewery. Poured a deep red/brown with a small lasting head. Aroma of sweet malt. Soft, malty flavour with a fruity sour end note. Yes, it was served quite cold but to me that brought out the sweetness, maybe not "true to style" exactly but suitable for an Aussie summer. Not my favourite style but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (2053) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2012
On tap at The Bended Elbow, Albury. Served a dark red color with a decent tan head that fades to good lacing. Aroma of malt sweetness, caramel, toffee and bit of grain and hops in the background. taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness and a hint of spice. Decent bitterness with a bit of lingering malt sweetness but still a clean finish. Fairly medium body, quite smooth, nice balance although it seems a bit too carbonated. Nice ale that goes down quite esay. Good for a few. Worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2012
330ml Bottle. Lovely copper coloured beer. Nice biscuity malt flavours with a nice tart finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IceSarah (2) - - APR 15, 2012 does not count
Caramel, almost nutty, rich full flavour, but definitely a session beer. Straight from the tap it is pure heaven in a glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours a dark red with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel with some grass. Taste is also sweet with caramel and grass leadng to a slight hoppy finish. Not bad at all

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maris (1384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2011
From 330ml bottle on 10/7/2011. Pours a red amber colour with almost no head. Has a modest aroma of caramel, toffee and fruit. Taste wise, it exhibits the same characters. Quite sweet with just enough hops to provide balance. Passable but far from remarkable.

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