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


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madquacker (1052) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2009
A big, slightly unbalanced rough bear of a beer. Very unrefined but interesting. Nutty bold and blistering flavours. Could be more subtle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkel07 (3725) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2009
Poured a murky and cloudy copper colour with a very tiny white head. Toffee and caramel notes. Has a very distinct flavour, almost soft drink like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Samma (61) - Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2008
Bottle. Deep orangey brown in colour with little head. Toffee flavours come through well. Holds falvour well throughout. Far from a typical brew choice for a young Aussie micro operation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2008
cloudy mahogany colour with a tiny off-white head. Strong woody, toffee aroma, slight acidity makes me think I’m about to enjoy a Petrus Bruin or something. Mouthful has an intersting sweet and sour thing going on, its a little flat and a bit flabby from what I’m assuming is a truckload of crystal malt. Lots of grainy malt flavours, vanilla, apples, toffee, oak and some sourness. Its obviously on its way out, but still really interesting to drink. I’ll try and re-rate when I find a fresh sample, which might be a struggle considering the amount of infected bottles I’ve had from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Muggus69 (1273) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2008
330ml bottle served chilled. Deep amber body with offwhite foam. Rich nutty toffee malt on the nose with an earthy hop presence. Low carbonation, medium body, sticky malt texture, possibly some detectable alcohol at higher temps which strikes me as a bit odd. Sweet toffee malt dominates the palate, well balanced with earthy, hop character bring with it a good dose of bitterness. Quite enjoyable, a style rarely found down under.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpeve (28) - Bolwarra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2007
The aroma is slight with a hint of caramel. There is very little carbonation in the deep reddish-brown ale.The body is medium to full bodied with caramel and toffee flavours. A good, easy drinking session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dredd (701) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2007
Quite a good take on the Celtic Ale, aroma is minimal which isn’t surprising for this style. Appearence is great, nice reddish brown colour with good lacing and head retention. Flavours are very yeast driven with some bread and stonefruit, finish is mainly some burnt malts and minimal bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
motelpogo (7044) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2006
bottled, brewtopia, melbourne. a pretty boring style. reddish brown with a creamy head. some choc mint and toffee flavours. not awful but a bit too sweet for my tastes

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2006
Opaque rust colour with a huge head and minor yeast particles. Moderate malt and bread aroma. Flavour is profoundly malty and yeasty but is one dimensional. Has a short finish with very little bitterness. Not distinguished.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2006
A bit weird, like some Irish ales I guess. This was sweet and syrupy, needing a bit more carbonation to break it up. Some spice or ginger or something like it, with a bit of soil in the finish.

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