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

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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Same beautiful color as Rogue's Younger's Special Bitter. Lovely, sparkling clear amber beer with orange highlights. Small, creamy, ivory head. Mostly diminishing with no lacing, although a nice, wafer-thin, creamy cap remains afloat throughout. The aroma is moderately malty and sweet with notes of cereal grain, alcohol, toffee and light sourgham molasses. Interesting malty flavor with a subtle hint of beef broth to go along with the blasts of roasted nuts and English toffee up front. Well-balanced with a grassy, lightly pungent hop presence on the backside. Light-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, sharp, metallic, dry finish with a hint of clover to cap things off. Hey, it's an Irish brew. Gotta include a little clover!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29333) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2003
A dark amber beer with a small fast disappearing head. The aroma is weak but slightly sweet. The flavor is wheaty (?) - too sweet and boring. All in all an average beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2003
This beer looked great. Red would not be the word I would use to describe it, more brownish with red accents. Head was fluffy white, and didn't dissapaite too quickly. However the taste was average. Easy to drink, but nothing outstanding.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2003
An average Irish red. quite bitter. It is an ok brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Sweet and malty aroma, with grains/grasses. Twizzlers and rye. Very nice aroma - just wanted to keep sniffing. Hints of malted chocolate and vanilla. Deep ruby-brown color. Head was off-white and foamy but subsided to wispy lacing veil. Medium watery body and light active carb. Quite a grainy flavor - like rye bread. Sweet, like Twizzlers, deep malts and a sugary hint though the beer is quite dry. Some hops came through to finish off. After is a clean barley taste. Would like to have again.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2003
Reddish colour. Sweet and malty with lots of caramel notes. Drinkable, but nothing to search for.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10186) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2003
Bottled at the Danish Beerfestival 2003: Dark amber coloured. White thin head. Hoppy and slightly sweet in the notes. Sweets, hops and cocoa notes in the flavour. Has pleasant bitterness in the end.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Gotta admit, this was a drain pourer for me. In my opinion, this beer tries to be too much (fruity, coffee, hoppy, malty and sweet) and it fails miserably. I would drink warm Blatz before ordering another one of these.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Mmmmmmmmm. Pours a deep reddisn brown, with a small lacework of head. Aroma is malty and a bit bready, with a touch of hops. Flavor is reminiscent of an english bitter, with a bit of roastiness and something earthy. Very nice. Carbonation is low, providing a smooth drinkability and demanding another pint.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2003
One would believe right off the bat that this would be leaps and bounds above Killians, well not really. Its very similar. Apperance is a little darker red to brown, faint head, probably more of a malty taste but still has a thin mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good Irish red but really only a hair above Killians.


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