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


on tap

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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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 (2383) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thomas_W1 (531) - Rastatt, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2016
Flasche 0,5l: Kupfer, Kastanienbraun, klar, feine Rerlen, etwas mittelporiger beiger Schaum; deutliche Süße in der Nase, Malz, Malzzucker, deutliche Röstaromen, dunkle Früchte, Karamell, etwas Schokolade, frische Hopfennoten; kräftiger Körper mit leichter Süße, deutliche Würze, Röstmalz, kräftige Röstaromen, cremig, kräftige Kohlensäure, leichte Säure, angenehme trockene Bitterkeit, Kaffee; angenehmer trockener Nachgang mit deutlichen Röstaromen

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1793) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle, in the hotel at Ellen’s wedding. Ruddy brown colour, thin white foam. Sweetish malts, toasted, toffee, hint of fruit, bit of diacetyl, not overly bitter. Having it on bottle not keg helped the flavours survive the nitro creaminess I think. Easy drinking ale, decent enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abirres (69) - Salamanca, SPAIN - SEP 20, 2016
Castaña cobriza de tonalidades rojizas, limpia sin sedimentos y transparente. En nariz, maltas caramelo, grano tostado, herbal, diacetil bajo. En boca, carbonatación media-baja y sensación ligeramente oleosa. Sabor dulce maltosa, a frutos rojos con un final seco y ligeramente amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neur0 (1111) - GERMANY - SEP 10, 2016
(Flasche) Es hat Nussbaum braune Farbe, scheint filtriert mit einer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Das ist fruchtig, Erdbeere, Pflaume, Alkohol, etwas nussig und Honig. Der Geschmack ist anfangs sehr schlank, dann bitter und dann samtig. Es schmeckt nussig, holzig und die starke Bittere bleibt am Gaumen kleben.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (207) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2016
Colour is deep dark copper. Aroma is caramel and toast. Flavour is roast malt, toast, earth, caramel and hops. Palate is thin. Overall the aroma is nicer than the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GhostS (42) - 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 (11) - ESTONIA - AUG 11, 2016
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 (142) - 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 (9411) - 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 (392) - 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.

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