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

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RATINGS: 680   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Pours a nice, dark, ruby color with a medium brown head. Very malty aroma with a slightly spicy hint. Strong raw barley flavor with more spice rounded out with hops. Much better than I was expecting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2004
Pours a nice light tan head on a dark amber body. Slightly weak in the aroma, some malt, fruit and spices. Flavor of malt with an ok roasted tone. Little bit of hops and cheesy tones also. Well made but boring is an appropriate description!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Pours a bright red color and presents a good head that dies quickly (leaves a thin layer). A clingy lace maintains a presence throughout. The aroma is of malt and caramel – very fresh. Sweet on the uptake with a slightly dry finish that does not have much definition, but maintains a lingering roasted aftertaste. Mouth feel is smooth with some body and effervescence. A decent beer, but not a very memorable one.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2004
wel made but boring beer, no yeast character at all, just caramelly, toasty and slightly tangy. watery and forgettable. at least it’s not too sweet like most irish reds.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Bottle pours an attractive red with a decent head and lace all the way down. The aroma is of malt. The flavor is sweet, caramel, perhaps a bit of roasted barley, and some peat. The palate is refreshing. Overall, this is a nice surprise on sale for $.99 per bottle.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2004
deep dark red. yucky aroma of metal and malt, with some sour hops. after a crappy smell i didn’t expect the taste to be as good as it was--balanced between caramel malts and light hops with a little bit of roastiness in the finish. a tad watery but enjoyable anyway.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12329) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2004
Bottled (BB 09/2004)
Dark copper-red with a good tanned head and lace. Slightly fruity and sharp aroma. Balanced mouthfeel between malts and hops with toffee notes. Finishing a bit watery and then giving some late bitterness. Drinkable but easy to forget.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2004
Dough- and berrylike (strawberry,red currant ) aroma. Red brown, plentifull small bubbled carbonation, fluffy off-white head. Cookie- and slightly roasted malt, fruity notes, some herbal edges. Thinish body, sparkly mouthfeel. I suspect it may be more exiting from the cask - from the bottle its somewhat boring.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2004
Red/ brown colour with frothy slight off white head. Aromas is sweet with some fruit. Flavor is malty with some fruit and caramel. Palate is a bit thin.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Bottle: Reddish brown hue with frothy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramelized malts, grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is sweet and malty which a lactic twang. Mild bitters, instant coffee and some smoky finish. The feel is chalky, dry, and boring. Really, the whole beer is one boring mess.


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