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

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common

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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marko (4643) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. Poured a nice dark red body with a medium sized beige head that went away at a medium pace. The nose is caramel in its entirety. Mild taste, subdued bready maltiness, weak weak caramel. Very low hoppy bitterness that forms a stump of an aftertaste. Watery. 10.4° and it sure shows. Somewhat pleasant, very drinkable and extremely average. Manages to be nearly as dull as the nitro wasteland that is so damn common in Irish beers. Either my tastebuds are oblivious to the subtle nuances of beers belonging to this style or this one’s close to a trainwreck. Granted, not as huge one as Kilkenny’s, but closer than it has any right to be.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, bread, and grass. Flavor of mild hops, caramel, and nuts.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
Nice head and the aroma has notes of malt and a hint of yeast. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, peat smoke and a low bitterness in the finish. I would like more harmony...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Pours beautiful deep brownish red with a generous tan head that lasts forever. Nose is cream, apple, pear, earth. The flavor is heavily malty, with more apple notes, bread, very little hops. Watery mouthfeel. OK I guess

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
garthicus (2860) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 26, 2007
Pours with a slight head, disappears rather quickly, has a very slight turf smoke aroma and tastes slightly acidic, red in colour and a short finish, can’t really see myself buying it again

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
This was had on St. Patty’s day. Mid brown body white head. Thsi was watered down in taste, nose, body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
Medium brownish-red with an off white head. Aroma of iced tea and toffee. Slighly twangy flavor, somewhat biscuity, but not much depth to this one at all. Pretty pricey for a very average brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2007
Deep dark red body with a light tan head. Light nutty aroma, body is a bit thin and the taste is a little powdery but still easily drinkable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Pours Dark Amber with tan head. Smells of light malt and some roast. Flavor is a smokey roasted malt. Surprisingly light (I guess 4.3% isn’t supposed to be heavy) and thin. Easy to drink alot of.. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 Draft. Dark amber pour. Just a touch of a haze. Big tan head. Creamy and long lasting. Light malt and some sweet floral hops. Nutty malt flavor with some caramel. A bit of cherry/strawberry notes from the UK hops. Just a bit of biterness in the back. A very nicely balanced beer with good sweetness and hop flavor. Great example of the style.


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