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

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RATINGS: 779   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2898) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottle, served at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankfort/ Tribes. Pours deep amber, kind of sherry-like, with a thin bubbly head. Dark malt smell with a slight cherry nose. First taste is nice and, again, bubbly. Then a richly malted brew, with notes of port wine and just a bit of peat. Fine and hearty. I’m rating this pretty high as a great example of the style. Bottle had a "Best by" stamp of 31 Mar 07, so it seemed to be pretty good and fresh.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
Aroma gives light citrus hops and malt character which vaguly reminds me of a veinna, though not very powerful. Taste is thinner again, and the hop character does not balance out the sweetness from the malt.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2006
12 oz bottle-Poured a medium amber color w/a big off white foamy head. Typical roasted aroma you would expect, but a lot more hops than you would normally find in an Irish Ale. Doesn’t have that typical smooth malt drinkibility or bitter finish I associate with a Irish Ale. Really tasted more like an American Pale Ale. Wasn’t bad, jjust wasn’t what I was expecting. Have to mark it down some because it’s really not brewed to the style it’s calling itself.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gnoff (8396) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2006
(500 ml bottle, brought home from Helsingör, Denmark) Clear redbrown color, fluggy tan head. Rosated and a bit metallic scent. Thin mouthfeel. Metallic taste, malty and grainy aftertaste. Low bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1898) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
Pours deep amber with a nice beige head. Tiny malty aroma. Rather different taste with a fairly strong bite in the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Outstanding Irish Ale. Very smooth and balanced. Not very sweet like some Irish Ale’s. Well rounded and very drinkable.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Large, foamy, off white head with a bit of lacing. Copper-reddish color. Aroma is earthy, malty, grass. Strange almost wine like burn and sweetness but leaves a light bitter aftertaste. Really not a whole lot of flavor here. Something is missing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8260) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle (as Molings) picked this up for 99p at the ’Dodgy Deli’ on the Cowley Road 20-09-06. Poursa reddy/brown colour with a lively thick head that went everywhere, very lively carbonated beer. The aroma was a bit sweetish, the taste was of toasted malt and some caramel it had a bit of an edge with bitterness but wasn’t a beer that I would rush out to but again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle (as Molings): Clear mahogany with a thick, rocky beige head. Interesting fruity, wet herb aroma with some sweet dark crystal undertones. Light coffee and roasty flavours and some powdery cocoa notes towards the end with some very short dired herb notes in the back palate. A pleasantly nice low level of carbonation ensured this went down nicely on a cold winter’s evening.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Sweet fruity aroma. Deep red. Fairly thick dense head which disappeared quickly. Lively carbonation. The aroma led me to think I would be drinking a sweeter beer than it turned out. Rather different taste with a fairly strong bite in the aftertaste. I thought it may be a maltier brew. If I enjoyed beer for the fragrance, this would be a real winner. Other than that, I consider this average.


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