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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Irish Ale
Carlow, Ireland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional light hop flavour balances the sweet malty caramel taste. The addition of a pinch of roast barley during the brewing process lends a distinctive roast bite which is balanced by a crisp dry medium bitterness.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (417) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2014
Shared 500 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with some dirt white head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark bread and some honey. Taste is sweet, raisins and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 1/31/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, pear, apple, raisin, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, roasted malt, pear, apple, raisin, brown bread, brown sugar, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, roast, pear, apple, brown bread, brown sugar, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice balance and solid robustness of bready/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is a solid Irish red ale. Good balance and solid robustness of malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
radio_nowhere (745) - Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle into English pint glass on St Patrick’s Day, deep copper red with tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, some nuttiness and faint earthy hops. Taste is pretty much the same, maybe even less impressive and flat. Light body, low-medium carbonation, light with minimal toast finish. Not bad, not memorable either.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gopherfan99 (352) - CROATIA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle, reddish brown, with a slight head, a bit of a nutty caramel flavor. Slightly above average Irish Red.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (688) - USA - MAR 14, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought from Dunne Stores, Ireland. Pleasant red Irish ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Onslow (1131) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear brown brew with tan head. Aroma of caramel malt and nuts mixed up with some grass and metal. Taste is nice sweet malts at the very start followed by an unbalanced blend of nut, metal and grassy bitter from middle to end. Ends bitter...

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
commonmac (257) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Tap at Memory Lanes. It’s a bowling alley so expectations set accordingly. A pretty standard red color with a great deal of head. Taste reminds me of malt that’s sat out too long. Kind of bitter and not really any balance. You can skip this one.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (450) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 21, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Draft. A- Coffee, Cocoa, malty, alcohol, roasty, caramel. A- Dark red color, hazy liquid, minimal head. T- Coffee, caramel, malty, watery, alcohol, nutty. P- Medium body, thin texture, flat carbonation, malty finish. O- A unique taste I can’t quite describe. Solid and rich flavors of coffee, caramel, and barley.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LarsEngen (351) - Sandvika, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
50 cl bottle from Meny Kolsås. Pours clear brown with small beige head. Aroma is light roasted malt with some coffee notes. Taste is malty with toffee and roasted notes. Medium body, lively carbonation, quite short finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (898) - SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2014
500ml Bottle from O’Reilly’s in Lisnaskea (£2.39):
Light, earthy malts and a faintly sweet aroma with some sugar coming through. There is a little caramel and some toasted malts as well but the smell is quite a light one overall.
Dark caramel amber with a thin, beige head that turned to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds and looked slightly wavy around the circumference.
Toasted malts and caramel start things off, followed closely by some background sweetness, some bread and a light bitterness with some basic, earthy flavours as well.
Medium body & carbonation about the same, there is an earthy bitterness throughout and hints of sweetness, although these are few and far between. Smooth bodied and with a slight tang but overall the balance is quite good.

Sadly this was another fairly average Irish offering that seems to be a common feature of the beers I have tried from the country, albeit with a few exceptions. An okay beer but not one that would warrant a second try really.


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