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


on tap

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RATINGS: 856   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.

ruigo's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (2229) - - MAR 22, 2013
Pours a dark brown colour with a thin brownish head. A little bitter at start that quickly vanishes and leaves a pleasing taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GhostS (27) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 17, 2016
medium and sweet aroma - well caramelized malt, oak barrel, fruit tree wood a bit burned, sweet berries in alcohol. moderate dry taste - a lot of caramelized malt/sugar, flowers, honey, black bread crust, some yeast. very good and balanced!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
markomagi (3) - ESTONIA - AUG 11, 2016 does not count
Appearance is nice and aroma is good. The taste is not my cup of tea - it was just too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tjomleif (110) - NORWAY - JUL 22, 2016
On-tap in Copenhagen. A very enjoyable mellow red ale, and is perfectly suited to drink throughout the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized cereals and earthy hops lead to herbal tips and their gentle bitterness in this healthy Irish Red Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy dark red.
-Both malt and hops are well defined.
-Flavor profile is well balanced.
-Mouthfeel is creamy despite their being no nitrogen in this one.

On tap at The Bull & Castle, Dublin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
indrekr (380) - ESTONIA - JUL 9, 2016
Aroma: dark bread, caramel, toasty. Appearance: amber, orange, clear, tan foam, rocky head, quite mall quantity but lasts. Taste: medium bitterness, lightly sour. Palate: medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, astringent, bitter, long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gehbe (178) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUL 9, 2016
Pours deep ruby and clear, big persistent tan head, decent lacing. Fairly dry aroma of toast, bread crust, toffee, coffee, herbs, spice, resin. Tastes fairly dry, light bitterness on top with a little bit of roasty acidity. Light body, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky aftertaste. Not bad, but the herbal/resiny flavor doesn’t go well with the dark malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bergstaden (2334) - Røros, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2016
Amber with off white head - Caramel malt aroma with hints of hops - Good malt body with caramel flavour and some hints of fruity hops - The caramel malt and hints of hops in the finish - This was nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3066) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2016
From the 330 ml. bottle. Handsome looking reddish-amber pour with a long lasting off-white head. Great clarity. Aroma of roasted barley and some caramel or toffee. Low hop profile. The body is medium. The taste is nice and roasty with a clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (665) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market. Aroma is bread, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla. Appearance is clear dark orange/red with fast rising sparkle, 1/2 finger-width frothy off-white head with poor retention and trace lacing. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, earth, balance of sweet and bitter. Palate is medium bodied with airy texture, lively carbonation and dry throughout, including finish. Overall, more interesting aroma than flavor with nice appearance and decent palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
suurjuust (2809) - ESTONIA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle. Deep copper beer with a red tinge. Nose is mild caramel and toasty malt. Flavor is malts, less caramel than the nose, some herbal hops. Malty acidity in the aftertaste. Overall it’s kinda thin and watery. Smells nice.

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