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


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RATINGS: 856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KPD (56) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Had on draft at Hopcat Detroit. Small head amber, clear. Aroma is malty, dryish, not sweet malt. Medium light mouthfeel, easy drinking beer. Flavor is dry with slight bitterness, finishes with a lingering dryness slight burnt/smoke aftertaste. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Werckmeister (2042) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 9, 2016
0,5l bottle at home bought at Merkur Hoher Markt. BB 28.12.2016. dark brown / redish clear color, small off-white / yellowish head. smells of herbs, tobacco, bit cardboardish, fertilizer, hints of caramel, spices, light sweetness, light berry notes. not very exciting smell. light body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes peppery, spices, light cardboard, a bit oxidized, hints of coffee, caramel. finishes lightly roasted with notes of coffee, peppery and light oxidation notes. not very good, overall would have been ok, but has some off-flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LazyPyro (520) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark amber red colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is mainly lightly roasted malts, but sweet caramel notes appear as it gets warmer. Taste is slightly bitter roasted malt, actually kind of a smokey flavour, hint of caramel gives it a bittersweetness thanks to the burnt/roasted/smoke notes hanging around on the palate, leading to a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TEJA (2367) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle from a collection pack at Dublin airport. Bog and brown head. Metallic aroma and cheap cocoa powder. Light metallic taste with small caramell tuch. Tired maltiness snd low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5947) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
33cl bottle from Beer52.com. Chestnut with a loose cream head; slightly sour grainy aroma; soft sweet caramel malt taste; with a dry finish with some star-like hops, and lingering malts. A pleasant red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (217) - CROATIA - FEB 5, 2016
Pours dark ruby color with medium, short lasting, slightly off-white head. Smell is mostly burnt malts with notes of caramel. As it warms up it becomes more cake-like and caramel comes more into the light. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Taste of caramel, bread, roasted malts, biscuits, hops. Slightly smoked. Short and dry finish. Overall, very smooth and drinkable. Would definitely drink this one again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
datrael (181) - Kraków, POLAND - JAN 31, 2016
Aromat palonych słodów, barwa ciemna czerwień, piana dość gęsta, Kremowa. W smaku dominują słody, piwo bardzo wodniste, taka lżejsza wersja dry stouta. Bardzo wysoka pijalność. Goryczka niska do średniej. Piwo dość przeciętne, nie jest jakoś szczególnie wadliwe, ale też nie porywa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4429) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
’Real’ Irish red (if that is a style to begin with - I’ve read different opinions on that, but let’s respect Michael Jackson’s pioneering work in this) with quite thick and even frothy, irregularly lacing, pale greyish white, dispersed head and deep copper colour with burgundy hue, translucent and clear. Aroma of caramel and toffee, damp cloth, hazelnuts, bitter honey, brown bread crust, dry autumn leaves, dead tree branches, ’haemoglobin’ iron, chicory, roasted walnut, faint suggestions of old cocoa powder and dried Mediterranean herbs. Clean, crisp onset, fairly neutral with almost no sweetness and only basic sourishness (in fact, almost lager-like, which some Irish ’ales’ apparently are), minerally with medium carbo and supple, smooth, light mouthfeel; malts have the main part here, again lacking in caramelly sweetness and turning to nutty and strongly toasted bitterish flavours almost right away, while some subtle spicy hints come up, announcing the background hops, manifesting themselves in a very leafy, lightly peppery bitterness at the end with retronasal floral qualities. A resinous hop ’feeling’ remains in the back of the mouth, working well with the toasted malts. After their stout, this is somewhat of a disappointment: very straightforward, toastedly malty and earthy hoppy, but that’s about all there is to say. Irish red, whether you believe in this being a separate, traditional Anglo-Saxon ale style or not, was never meant to be ambitious in terms of flavour complexity, I am well aware of that, and I have to admit that this is a lot better and more ’natural’ than e.g. Kilkenny, but somehow I expected a bit more, especially in terms of fruitiness. This is very drinkable, but does not show any aspirations at being better than Kilkenny and frankly, comes across as very lager-like (and frankly, I am almost sure it is one). Irish red, much like French bičre de garde, can be top or bottom fermented, but I would like to meet a really artisanal top fermented one some day - if such a thing exists in the first place. And after all: is this anyone’s favorite style anyway, apart from nationalistic motivations?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnCook101 (535) - - JAN 28, 2016
Deep copper, dense beige head. Aroma of grain and toast. Lots of toffee flavours, but it’s not overly sweet. Toast, earth, a tiny bit of citrus. Light bitter finish. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ischas (412) - - JAN 27, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2016 0,33 l Flasche. Rote Farbe, cremeweißer Schaum. Sehr komplexer, intensives Aroma nach Malz, Bitterschokolade, Früchtebrot. Geschmacklich karamellig, leicht biter. Im Abgang dann relativ wässrig.

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