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

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RATINGS: 743   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.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Clear red color with a medium head. Malt aroma with hints of apples. Nice crisp roasted malt taste with some caramel maybe even some vanilla. Finished dry and developed a sour aftertaste toward end of glass.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1285) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
From what I hear, a new beer, and one that’s going to take over the market from Killian’s Irish Red... well go ahead, I don’t know many people drinkin’ Killians. Anyway, could this take over? Sure... it’s virtually the same. Same plain, malty taste, with a hint of metal. I was not overly impressed here.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Dark brown with a fleeting tan head. Aroma of peat, earthy malt, caramel sweetness. Lively carbonation and watery texture. Flavor was watered down brown ale. Nothing commendable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5252) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very light but seems a little sweet or fruity. Pours a transparent amber with an insignificant white head. Flavor is lightly fruity with a touch of caramel and light roastiness. Very little hops at all. Rather plain and boring.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2005
12oz bottle. Dark brown and deep red appearance. Light nose of sweet maraschino cherries and sweet sugary maple. However, it’s empty, bland, simple and a little musty. Very light pasty flavors of cloth, paper and other bland items. Almost undescribable in it’s blandness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Well, I can’t believe I bought this after suffering through the highly average, highly priced Ohara’s Stout. Pours clear mahogany with a creamy light-tan head and intricate lacing. It is an inviting pour. Aroma is faint and one-dimensional: malt (slightly acidic/sour). Flavor is slightly bitter and uninspired. Tastes like black patent was used in lieu of caramelized malts. Quite astringent. Finished dry. No detectable aroma or flavor hops. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Not worth $10/sixer. Not close considering Smithwick’s is WAY better and a few bucks cheaper.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (3860) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2005
Bottle, at No. 5 (031008). Dark brown, fruity aroma, light bitter finish, watery.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle: Deep copper, huge fluffy off-white head, fairly nice lacing, strong carbonation.   Cereal, molasses, oates on the nose.   Smells like old sweetened cereal at the bottom of the cardboard box, you know, the stuff that falls out of the bag and settles on the bottom of the box.   Watery graininess on the tongue, mild honeycomb cereal like taste and sweetness.   Touch of cardboard.   Body is moderate, but the mouthfeel is nearing the thin side.   Slightly sweet malt finish, lingering waxed cardboard.   Boring and, in my opinion, not worth seeking out.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2006
Amber coloured,decent off white head. Sweet, malty, caramelly aroma with some nutty hints. Flavour is malty too with a little bitterness. Dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 16, 2006
12 oz bottle. Copper pour with a nice tan head. Slightly toasty malt nose, mild sweetness. Flavor is sweet malt, a bit flat in the mouth. Finish is OK, a mild nutty malt with a slight bitter bite. Very slight. Like I gotta work to taste it. Very average red.


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