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

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RATINGS: 821   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO as Carlow Molings Traditional Red Ale. Ruby tinged brown body with moderate beige head. Earthy not quite smokey note to the malty aroma. Earthy malty flavour with just enough balancing bitterness throughout. Bit thin at times but its a quaffable moderately flavoured brew. Decent example of the style.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
radiomgb (2582) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
Amber-brown in colour, thin off-white coloured head, some light lacing. The aroma is grainy, some light sweetness, light caramel malts. The flavour is thin and watery, lightly grainy and toasty, some caramel sweetness. Thin bitter mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes grainy, bitter, very light sweetness. Not great, too thin. The grains take over at times.

500ml bottle shared by <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank> DougShoemaker, thanks Doug.
Opened on October 19, 2007.
Best before June 28, 2008.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6920) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle. Labelled ’Carlow Molings Traditional Red Ale’. Pours a clear very deep ruby with lots of bubbles and a large mostly-lasting off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruit, light spices, buttery toffee (diacytil?) and a hint of hops -- not bad. Flavour of caramel malt, some fruit and mild hops -- could stand to be more flavourful and I’m not getting any of the "distinctive smokey like finish". Medium bodied. Not very exciting but it’s not bad, I’d have it again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2007
500ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby red, with a very small rocky beige cap. Aromas are of caramalt, with some nice hops, but it’s pretty faint. The taste is huge on the caramalts, with a slight metallic edge. I really don’t pick up much hops at all in this. Mouthfeel is a little rough, but not anything too harsh. It’s a tad unbalanced. There’s a small hop bite in the finish, followed by a metallic aftertaste, and I definitely didn’t detect any of the advertised smokiness. Not totally undrinkable, but nothing spectacular. I wish I could find a truly great Irish Ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
Had as Moling’s Traditional celtic Beer... Deep red with off white head. The head retains well and things out to ring the glasses edge. Aroma is malty and has a bread and butter thing going on with it. Flavour has something artificial in it... like a burnt plastic, very very faint though. There is a sweet malt flavour with nice lingering bitters. Body is moderate. Decent beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark copper-auburn body with a bubbly white head. The aroma has light DMS, bread, and some caramel. Tastes toasty with caramel malts and faint vegetal notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3502) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
500 ml bottle as “Moling’s Trad. Celtic Beer”, served cold in a tulip.

App.: Fairly deep copper, clear with a small tan head. Aroma: Dark bread crust, some sweeter malts (treacle and toffee), light dank, earthy hops; gets earthier as it warms. Palate: Medium body, fairly lively carbonation. Flav.: Earthy, woody, stern malts, some dank green hops, dry and a wee smidge of bitterness.

I won’t have trouble drinking the second bottle in the fridge, but I won’t be stocking the cellar with it either.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
A dark red beer with a head that fizzles down to nothing. Aroma is thin and malty sweet. The flavour is is light, with some hoppiness in the beginning and end with a malty midsection. Straightforward, a little boring, but it went good with my steak, so I gave it a couple bonus points.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 500 ml bottle - pours a very deep red/brown with a whipped off-white head. Very faint aroma of dark fruits and some brown sugar. Flavour similar to the nose, but with a very slight bitterness in the finish as well as a hint of molasses. Nice. Body on the thin side. Nothing too exciting, but well-made and sessionable.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - OCT 15, 2007
Deep red, really red. Not much nose. Mostly just boring malts on the flavor. This was a bit like eating bread without anything on it, except maybe some butter gone slightly funky. Strangely uninteresting and simple flavor. Maybe I was just having a bad beer day.


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