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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
Superior example of one of my least favourites beer styles. Plummy colour verging on brown. Pours with a big 3cm creamy tan head that lingers nicely and leaves some lace. The unusual nose reminded me of Chai Masala and sent me running to the spice cupboard to confirm that the dominant aroma is cloves, with some nutmeg and spiced apple. Intriguing. A classic Irish medium-to-full creamy body that echoes a porter. A little fruit in the sweetish middle. Toasty malt notes dominate a dry bitter-chocolate finish. (Bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5105) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2005
A very dark amber almost brown color. The head was huge. Aroma is a sweet and malty honey. Hints of apples and some nutmeg. The taste was drier than I thought it would be. There are some dry red wine notes. Also hints of apples and cinnamon. A trace of spice. A light and fluffy mouthfeel. A decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13724) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Bottle. Clear chestnut colour, big white unstable head. Bitter cardboard flavour. Aftertaste is bitter and slightly sour. 5 3 5 3 10

Cask at GBBF08. Sweet roasted aroma. Hazy brown colour, small white head. The flavour is a little malty with some mold. Mild, but has more flavour than a bitter. 6 3 6 3 13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Tastes malty, Irishy. A very delectable beer. Thought I also tasted peat, but maybe I’m confusing my countries here. I could definitely drink this as a good session.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2004
Why is it that the irish red is such a damn boring style. Surely it can’t take too much to add a little bit of flavour. This is sweet, with some influence from the crystal malt. It’s distinctly bitter yet displays little hop flavour. It’s pretty boring really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4586) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Very dark read. Very large head. Some hop aroma. Flavor is sweet carmel as the description says. Think Newcastle with more body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2458) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Found this beer in the bargain bin, some months ago and thought I’d give it a try. Glad I did, because now it is a regular favourite. Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a thin lasting, off-white head. Aroma is of sweet malt and roasted grain, low fruity esters and a hint of nuttiness. Palate is light, but with well-rounded flavours. The taste was sweet in the mouth, nutty and yeasty, balanced with a mild roasted bitterness in the back and finished with a dry grainy medium length swallow. A true to form Irish Red Ale. Lovely!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewmaster88 (53) - Petrolia, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
Very nice brown/red colour. Sweet and lightly bitter finish. I had this beer in a 3 pack sampler brought back from Dublin by my sister.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Medium brown color with a reddish tinge. Sweet, moderate flavor with a hint of hops & bitterness at the finish. Not a bad session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorqui (2110) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Bottled. Little lively, good foam but in the complex one firm beer. Rich aroma and elegant color.

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