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

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RATINGS: 688   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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2001
Deep dark red color, with a thin white head. Modest to no aroma, hinting at hops. Relatively light bodied, very dry, and medium bitter. Not sweet in the least - very little detectable malt profile. Slight metallic bitterness in the aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (7998) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. I found this to be a bland grocery store Irish Ale. Nice red color but the flavor and aroma didn’t do much for me.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (14386) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
Beautiful red-amber color. Malt nose, with a strange light herbs hint. Dry taste, some malt and very light roasted malt. Sufficient.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Not much in the aroma department except slight herbal and mossy notes. It is colored a very beautiful dark auburn red and starts off with a good sized head. This could just be from the perception that just because Guiness has a big head, all other Irish beers must also therefore have a bif head. Anyways, it dissipated quickly. Thin-ish body and that's not exactly a good thing nor a bad thing. For me, it finished really tart with traits of grapes, currants and other dark fruits. A little puzzling that was. It did then finish like an old, cold, poorly made coffee....all harsh bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Reddish copper liquid pours an off white, large bubbled head. Suggests force carbonation as opposed to cask or bottle conditioning usually found for this style. Crystal clarity adds to aesthetics, but lack of head detracts. Initial aroma of Scotch whiskey and this one is a little tomatoey suggesting oxidation. Candylike caramel in the background of other aromas and I don't get a lot of fruitiness like the description suggests. Flavor is sweet initially, slightly; roasty flavors play way, way, way in the background; not very complex and finishes on the dry side. Very little hop flavor like bottle suggests, and I also don't get a whole lot of caramel flavor typical of an Irish Red. There is a slight bit of sourness, also not typical of the style, the carbonation seems a little high, and the body a little light. I'd like to re rate this beer again at another time because I don't think this bottle has been taken care of properly. I'm hoping the next one is better, but I just can't rate this one very high right now.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29224) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Deep reddish- brown in color, small white head that doesn't last long, light sweet roasty nutty-caremel aroma. Some roasted malty nutty flavors, light to medium body, light and smooth mouthfeel, a bit watery leaves a somewhat dirty aftertaste, not all that great.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Clear brown color with a fluffy dark cream colored head. Nutty/earthy/malty aroma with some sourdough undertones. Dry caramel with a murmur of acidic earthy malt. Dry dark malt finish. Nothing I can get thrilled about.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2003
This beer looked good but, had no taste. I don't have anything more to say but, you have to have 75 characters so you just looked at this for nothing.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2004
wel made but boring beer, no yeast character at all, just caramelly, toasty and slightly tangy. watery and forgettable. at least it’s not too sweet like most irish reds.


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