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

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


5
   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.

4.1
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
Deep amber red with frothy cream coloured head.Hints of whiskey on the nose. Whiskey and burnt caramel on the front of palate creating a pleasantly bitter start leading into stronger malts and well balanced sweetness and long bitter sweet finish. Delicious autumn beer

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (290) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2013
330 mil bottle from BWS Lilydale Malty aroma deep amber in colour no real head very malty taste good red ale PS I had another bottle of this about 3 months ago I think it was old it was undrinkable so look out for fresh stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Tap. Sweet and nice. Aromas of roasted malt, and cola. Flavour is sweet, with light bitterness, and it has good length. Palate is velvety, and medium-bodied. Amber colour, with a frothy long-lasting head.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2013
Have they tweaked this? I tried it a year ago and thought it was pretty dull. Had a bottle the other night though with some indian food and maybe it was the food but man- this beer was alive! really robust, rich and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4778) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chonga65 (13) - portland, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2006
Poured a large creamy head which ended up minimal but mostly lasting. Dark red colour sweet malty/toffee aroma. Dark Chocolate flavour with strong copper like aftertaste. Nice beer for a cold night and an open fire.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (1999) - 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.


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