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


on tap

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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a lacy off-white head. Some nutty sweetness and fruit in the aroma. Light, watery body and active carbonation. The taste starts lightly sweet with nuts, bread, caramel moving to a touch of smoke and earth for a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
KnutAlbert (6600) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2006
50 cl bottle from Dublin. Red ale with large head. Rather sweet ale, quite thin and watery. May be true to the style, but it’s not my favourite style!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5111) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 My first Irish Ale. By the looks of the label, better be good. Pours transparent darker brown almost black. Very little aroma. Hoppy impact on the tongue during the first taste. Label says it’s sweet, not much sweeetness in there. Finish lingers bitter for quite a while. Not tremendously impressed with this style but it is acceptable. Too expensive to buy again at this rating. $3 for a 12 oz bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottle, served at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankfort/ Tribes. Pours deep amber, kind of sherry-like, with a thin bubbly head. Dark malt smell with a slight cherry nose. First taste is nice and, again, bubbly. Then a richly malted brew, with notes of port wine and just a bit of peat. Fine and hearty. I’m rating this pretty high as a great example of the style. Bottle had a "Best by" stamp of 31 Mar 07, so it seemed to be pretty good and fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
Aroma gives light citrus hops and malt character which vaguly reminds me of a veinna, though not very powerful. Taste is thinner again, and the hop character does not balance out the sweetness from the malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2006
12 oz bottle-Poured a medium amber color w/a big off white foamy head. Typical roasted aroma you would expect, but a lot more hops than you would normally find in an Irish Ale. Doesn’t have that typical smooth malt drinkibility or bitter finish I associate with a Irish Ale. Really tasted more like an American Pale Ale. Wasn’t bad, jjust wasn’t what I was expecting. Have to mark it down some because it’s really not brewed to the style it’s calling itself.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2006
(500 ml bottle, brought home from Helsingör, Denmark) Clear redbrown color, fluggy tan head. Rosated and a bit metallic scent. Thin mouthfeel. Metallic taste, malty and grainy aftertaste. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1941) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
Pours deep amber with a nice beige head. Tiny malty aroma. Rather different taste with a fairly strong bite in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Outstanding Irish Ale. Very smooth and balanced. Not very sweet like some Irish Ale’s. Well rounded and very drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Large, foamy, off white head with a bit of lacing. Copper-reddish color. Aroma is earthy, malty, grass. Strange almost wine like burn and sweetness but leaves a light bitter aftertaste. Really not a whole lot of flavor here. Something is missing.

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