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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 854   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
(Moling’s Traditional Celtic Beer) Floral hops are notable over the sweet caramel malt in the straightforward and pleasant aroma. Clear, deep amber coloured body is topped by a foamy, off white head that stands well and leaves some patchwork lacing. Caramel malts up front along with some fruity esters and floral hops are balanced superbly by moderate bitterness. There’s enough flavour here for all but the most jaded of beer geeks, while you could probably still serve it to an adventurous macro drinker. Medium body with lightly prickly effervescence. I’ll forgive it for being not terribly exciting as on the whole it’s a very well-made beer that goes down well. A very pleasing surprise. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (LCBO, Nov-07).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13259) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish/brown with a moderate frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Medium roasted sweet malty aroma. Medium body. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
500mL bottle purchased from LCBO. Pours a dark, but clear, brown without much head. No lacing. Even with my stuffed up nose, I get the sense of a strongly malty aroma. Flavour is all malt and of decent strength. Unfortunately, that’s not really my thing. Seems a decent enough beer though for those who like the type.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Deep red/brown appearance is a pleasure to look at. Sweet malt aroma is complemented by fruity strawberry and pomegranate, and a slight whiskey note. Palate evolves pleasantly from gritty to smooth. Flavour begins with nice, dry malt, evolves to a fruity middle and then flattens out with a watery finish. Slightly above average overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2271) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2008
50 cl bottle, Winnipeg. Slightly reddish amber colour, nice hop aroma. Lighter bodied than expected but nice flavor regardless, smooth with a clean finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
500ml Bottle: Pours dark red and brown, very small ivory head. The aroma is sweet malts, grains, and faint hops. Flavour brings through the sweet malt and hops, adds in touches of breadiness and fruit. Well balanced, tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10378) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. Sweet toffee malt aroma. Red amber color with small head. Toasted caramel malt flavor with a light bitter finish. Nice toasted malt aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
500ml bottle
4.3% ABV
I tried this beer on October 27, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a beautiful translucent red colour with a 1 inch tan coloured head. The aroma was hoppy and slightly sour. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy with mild carbonation. The taste was hoppy as well, with some bitterness on the side of the tongue.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez LCBO (Ottawa, ONT). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de céréale avec une pointe de noix. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel brûlé avec une pointe de torréfaction (?). Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #1385)

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (13862) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Aroma is caramel, yeast and floral. Brown color with ruby hilites. Beige head that lacked retention. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Flavor is malt, floral, almost chocolate notes. The finish is low level roasted malt and a very light bitter. Drinks very well.


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