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

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RATINGS: 757   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Well done example of Irish Red Ale from an Irish brewery. This beer pours to a beautiful, bright, deep ruby color, with a creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting ,with some good sweet malty aroma paired with some estery fruit aromas. The palate on this beer is firm, with notes of sweet and caramel malts, paired with light touches of butter, and juicy fruit. It finishes with more malt and fruit character up front, then ends slightly cloying. Hops are present in this beer, but just to balance. A very well done, malt accented and fruity brew, a great beer to match with red meats such as beef or lamb.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (14424) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
Red-brown color, medium sweet fruity light roasted aroma and taste, light body, dry finish

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle: Deep copper, huge fluffy off-white head, fairly nice lacing, strong carbonation.   Cereal, molasses, oates on the nose.   Smells like old sweetened cereal at the bottom of the cardboard box, you know, the stuff that falls out of the bag and settles on the bottom of the box.   Watery graininess on the tongue, mild honeycomb cereal like taste and sweetness.   Touch of cardboard.   Body is moderate, but the mouthfeel is nearing the thin side.   Slightly sweet malt finish, lingering waxed cardboard.   Boring and, in my opinion, not worth seeking out.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11139) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2006
Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Nice redbrown colour. Good aroma, malty and with nice hoops. pwerfull taste average finish. A good beer.

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 (3866) - 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 (222) - 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 (1379) - 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.


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