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


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   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.

MBison's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2157) - Transient., - JAN 18, 2015
Full of toasted and roasted malts. Tastes like a home brew shop smells. Mild hoppy bite in the back. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bootlegger007 (92) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2015
Small but good solid head, amber red in colour, heavily hopped aroma, had a nutty, toffee caramel flavour, full bodied ale, creamy, very enjoyable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (1104) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 30, 2014
A decent malty red ale with a mild citrusy hop finish. Nice smooth palate. All about the malts this. From a 330ml bottle it pours Amber-brown with an off white head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motman (13) - - NOV 20, 2014
This beer has a thin, spicy palate and aroma that I cannot identify by is quite similar to my last batch of home brew, which I do not like! I suspect it represents a malt forward but lighter body beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whoisghost (88) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2014
Brown with a deep red tinge. Thin, crisp white head with poor retention. Smells more boozy than it is, dominated by caramel malts. Slight roasted coffee to taste, with a nice complex malty after-taste. Tastes more like a brown than a red. Texture is a little light on and watery. Good, gentle carbonation gives a refreshing feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rosslew (289) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2014
Gives impression of a brown ale. Certainly that colour. Very nutty. A bit light. 339ml. 5.3%. 1.4 std drinks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1021) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2014
(Bottle) Hazy deep red brown with stupidly large head that resulted in a very tedious pour. Nice aroma with hops, yeast, smokey notes. Light body, very well carbonated, perhaps a little too carbonated. Nice toasty malt flavour with enough balance provided by some earthy yeasty notes initially and a little hop bitterness towards the finish. Not my favorite style but the additional balancing flavours make this interesting and redeemed the beer from the annoying frothy mess it started out as.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jmar33 (183) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (3372) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (644) - 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.

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