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

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RATINGS: 733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2006
Beautiful mostly clear dark red/amber color with great head. Sweet malt (caramel?) flavor but watery and with a bitter aftertaste. A bit too carbonated.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Clear, deep amber body with a foamy, off-white head. Aroma of warm toast, lightly sweet malt, red grapes, and some cinnamon. Medium sweet flavor with an element of toasted grain husks, moderate bitterness, and a hint of tartness. Also slightly chalky. A fair IRA.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (3823) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2005
Bottle, at No. 5 (031008). Dark brown, fruity aroma, light bitter finish, watery.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
Average in every respect. Better than I expected, yet not the extraordinary quality I expected.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005
bottle. Translucent ruby/brown color. Long-lasting head with lg. bubbles. Musty nose with malt as the dominant smell. Easy-drinking, thin, mass-produced type of red. Slight bitter finish with a little sour? off taste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Bitter, malty, but also a nice hoppy backing. Dark amber colour, big thick head that quickly fades. Nice taste, but not overwhelmingly good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2958) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Re-rate, LCBO fall release 2007. Nice dark red, small white head. Hints of dust and some fruit in aroam. Tase is pretty good - better than the off bottle I had previously - nice amount of malt, some smoke, lots of dark fruit. Well hopped for the style as well. Even some sweetness as it warms. Pretty good, I’m glad I tried it again. Original 6/4/3/2/8. Bottle. Very dark red, big thick creamy off white head - looks good. Malt and bread aroma. Harsh stale malt taste. Thin watery mouthfeel. Like Kilkenny without the creaminess. Harsh lingering bitter finish. Damn, their stout was excellent but this is pretty poor, best before dec 05 bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OldMrCrow (1958) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 From the bottle.

Pours a deep red-brown, with an ample if somewhat coarse brownish head. The aroma is pretzel malts with a bit of grass; the flavor is a rather sour hops cut with the warmth of sweet malt and roasted grain. Nutty tones, a hint of coffee, hints of smoke. The mouthfeel is almost prickly in its carbonation, but otherwise thin.

Not a bad beer, but not one I’ll hurry to revisit either. A previous rater said it well, emphasizing that despite its positive aspects, "I wouldn’t rate it high as there was no overall impression of high quality."

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours dark amber with small off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet, mostly caramel. Flavor is light and sweet. Pretty boring.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 7, 2005
Awful! I guess it’s possible I had a bd batch but this stuff had no body and no flavor.


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