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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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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Dark amber color with nice, lasting light tan head with nice lacing all the way through my Troubadour glass. Big malty aroma. The taste has a big metalic thing going on. I gotta learn what they call that, cause I taste it a lot in a lot of low to medium range beers. If you can get past that, it has some malt. I’d like to taste some peat in here but I’m not getting any. Medium bodied. If this bottle is a good one, I don’t like it. But, if there’s something wrong, this may be good. Oh well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2004
Amber/orange, nice lasting offwhite head. Aroma is fruity from apples and plum. Falavor is malty and hoppy. fruity from apples and with some hops in the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 (Bottled) Clear, deep ruby red with a medium, quite tight and lasting head. Neutral, grainy-caramely-malty aroma with some roastiness and hints of woody hops. Neutral-malty, roasty flavor with an ashy-sourish finish and mild, nutty hops. Light to medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with medium, a bit foamy carbonation. A neutral and slightly ashy brew with not much flavor ... pretty dull overall. (Bottled, rated 6/18/2004, was 5-4-6-3-13=3.1) Slightly hazy, deep red color with small head. Mild, caramel-malty, slightly wineous and oaky aroma. Dry, roasted-malty, slightly smoky toffee flavor with medium bitterness and coffee in the finish. Quite long and dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, dry palate with reasonably balanced carbonation. A nice-looking and pretty enjoyable ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2004
Nice red copper beer with a thin off-white head, lightly sweet malty aroma. Good malts and some nuttyness with some hops near the end, very reserved. Pleasing body but on the lighter side. Pleasant session ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5521) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2004
Bottled. Dark amber with a creamy head. not much aroma. rather dry with fine bitterness and some toffee.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
reddish brown with off white head nice malty sweetness this is one of those beers that you can throw down a few with the buds

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - APR 22, 2004
Bronze coloured ale with off-white head. Medium complex flavour with roasted malts, underlying malty sweetness and a bit hops. Smoke? Some bitterness in the finish (coffee too?). Overall a fairly nice ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2004
Bottled. Mahogany colour. Malty, slight nutty flavour with some roastiness. Just some bitterness in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 18, 2004
Amber colored. Tons of smoke in the aroma. Also in taste the smokey aroma is too dominant.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2004
I do not know why every red ale has to do this. I am very disappointed. Overly watered down malty taste, with some caramel toffee sweetness, but not enough to save the day. Thin and creamy, but nothing is going on here.


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