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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish brown a bubbly light tan head. Aroma has notes of toffee, malt, apple and berries. Flavour is similar, though less sweet, and has more emphasis on the malt and less fruit. Dry and highly carbonated with a dry, bitter finish. Not too bad but not particularly memorable either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2831) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2009
Pours ruby/copper with a decent white head that then proceeded to grow into a towering mound well above the rim of the glass, and left lots of lacing. Aroma is a mix of brown sugar, resinous hops, caramel, confectionery, white wine and bread. What an eclectic mix! Quite nice though! Many of the above aromas are mirrored in the flavours, in particular, sweet caramel, bready malt and resinous hops. Finishes with a very tame bitterness, which lets the malt dominate in an overly sweet manner. Body feels slightly watery, and I think a bit more carbonation might have helped to create a drier finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle 330ml. Poured hazy burnt copper with an averaged sized, frothy, lightly tanned head which lasted well. Aroma was of toffee malts with light notes of earthy hops, caramel, nuts, Anzac biscuits, overripe peaches and sultana’s. Flavor was smooth with a light earthy hop bitterness, slightly buttery toffee malts, caramel, red berries and ripe nectarines and a nutty finish. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, watery texture and a decent length finish. Seemed more an ESB than it did an Irish Red IMO.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. A semi gusher with half the remaining beer creeping its way out from the bottle. It pours copper with a large beige head. There’s a strong candy apple aroma and flavour (acetaldehyde perhaps?) and has metallic and phenolic off-flavours - safe to say this is an infected batch. Tough to drink so I let the drain enjoy this one. Disappointing to have tried a bad bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2009
Light biege head good carbonation in a reddish brown misty pour aroma caramel malted nuts coffee toffee flavour roasted tastes coffee caramel smoothness of tastes mild bitter that works well a grittyness or fizz on the palate finish malty roasted tastes mild bitter that lingers okay

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2009
Tried on tap at the brewery. Tawny brown body with light tan head. Smooth malt taste (toffee) with a little hit of hops on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madquacker (1112) - 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 (5226) - 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 (160) - 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.

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