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

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2005
red, obviously, carbonated throughout, a coffee-like after-taste, not bad, not worth the price.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
Red-brown color, medium sweet fruity light roasted aroma and taste, light body, dry finish

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 7, 2006
12 oz bottle from Julios Liquors in Westboro, MA (Feb 2006), sampled at cellar temperature from a Samuel Smith (is this a faux pas, this being Irish and all?) pint glass. Murky dark amber-bronze with a largish quick-diminishing cream-colored head....rather faint, lightly grassy aroma with subtle hints of caramel and milk chocolate....body is a touch sour even from the first, growing as it warms, vaguely fruity (blueberry, apple) with a decent pale malt background and just a touch of grassy hops....but the finishing lactic/sour qualities don’t work in this simple rather lightly carbonated ale’s favor and leave one with a somewhat unpleasant, metallic-mineral cheesy aftertaste. I guess it’s drinkable if you do so quickly without thinking too much about it.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbuzz (741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2008
A tasting at Three Callers Milwaukee. A good, not great Irish. Nothing stands out yet nothing offended either. Worth a try.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3209) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2008
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is smoky and a little malty with some earthen notes. Flavor is a little sour at the start with flavors of boiled vegetables, stale biscuits, and some dampness. Metallic finish. Not very good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2008
12oz bottle served in a flute-ish glass. Poured deep garnet topped by an off-white head. Smells of toasted caramel and a metallic hop note. Taste is fairly bland, some caramel, spicy hops, water. Leaves some clumpy lace, pretty ugly. Average at best.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Candy sweet malt aroma. Deep red body with beige head. Flavor is thick sweet liquid candy malt. Sour bittering causing me to belch so little disturbance on the palate. Sticky sweet aftertaste on palate.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. The look is red in color, whitish head, and clear. The smell is malts, caramel, dusty, some fruit, and nuts. The taste is sweet, malts, dust, and caramel.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
birraiolo (187) - ITALY - OCT 6, 2012
Bottiglia da 50 cl. Color ambrato carico con schiuma fine persistente di color nocciola. Al naso un pò di malto tostato, al palato malto caramellato, una birra che non ha difetti ma nemmeno particolarità, si può dire che sta nel mucchio.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (2955) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2013
Deep ruby colour with low head and medium to thin body. Nose of malt. Taste of rich malt, copper, metall, roast, dark grains and sour milk. Little bit too smoky for me, not easy to drink and also not really quaffable. Was a little bit dissappointed by this one, expected way more.


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