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

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   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.


MBison's rating

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - 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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jmar33 (156) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Slightly smokey flavour to this one, which is a good backup to the malt. Almost no hops, which is a shame, but I suppose that’s what the style demands. Not my favourite, but drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle cheers to the boob at good food & wine fest. Pretty straight forward beer. Massive malt bomb - burnt brown sugar, very nutty, huge toffee biscuit. Nothing wild just a solid drinker

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (504) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle from Cellar Door (October 2013). Deep red/brown, massive billowing head, 3 pours to empty bottle, sweet toffee apple, some yeast, herbal hops, quite dry finish. Ok.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LesArgen (200) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2013
There is a strange Grey-Brown hue and a very fizzy head. The aroma is almost Cola like and the taste sweet at first with a very sour finish, which is the only thing I really like about it.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (265) - 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

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tomciccateri (1002) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2013
on draught at Taps - Kuala Lumpur. labeled Celtic Red Ale at 5.8%. pours a dense dark amber with ladting off-white head. strong chemical aroms? medium body, moderate mouthfeel, slightly chewy character. malty flavor balance. slightly sweet flavor balance. distracting flavor component. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jado (519) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours a clear dark brick red with a cream coloured head that collapses fairly quickly. Aromas of flowers, malt, grass and apple. Taste has some dark caramel and toast up front before a mild bitter note comes through, washing out to some raisin, apple and a touch of lemon at the back end. Fruity, slightly sweet finish. Maybe not as dry as the BJCP would prefer, but pretty good all the same.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (368) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4272) - 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!


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