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Crannog Red Branch Organic Irish Ale

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Brewed by Crannog Ales
Style: Irish Ale
Sorrento, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, red ale in the Irish tradition, this ale glows from the addition of caramel and chocolate malts, with a delicate aroma of Pacific Gem and Fuggles hops. The name refers to a group of heroes in pre-Christian Ireland who fought for the O'Neill clan in Ulster.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1216) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
On tap at the Brownstone. Clear medium copper, medium creamy tan head slowly fades. Sweet malt fruity hop aroma. Fresh rich roasted caramel malt taste, mild earthy herbal hop bitterness, some nuttiness. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. Finishes dry roasty and nutty. Good! LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (647) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 On tap at Hops Northwest in New Westminster. A nice dark brown ale with a tan head. Tastes of malts and caramel. Sweet and mild. Not a lot going on, flavour wise. Average sums it up.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Hazy dark amber color, with creamy head. The aroma is mild, caramel, a bit dusty. The caramel flavor provides a rather dry mouthfeel, also because of some roasted malt, and a moderate yeast touch, that at least makes it taste more real; roasted nuts in the bitter final. Average.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
On tap at Rogue in Vancouver. Hazy deep amber, light brown cap, small and good lacing. Very deep malts - caramel, bit of chocolate, candied orange peel, very rich, interesting spice - one that is very unique, raspberries. Big malt and fruit taste, light spice and perfect amount of  herb, weak pine and mulled orange??? A bit of bread also. Medium bodied and a nice lightly numbing feel. Long finish. Excellent beer and highly drinkable. 

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jasonbass (1) - CANADA - JAN 13, 2008 does not count
I recently enjoyed this ale at the Irish Heather GastroPub in Vancouver. This is the best ale I have ever tasted and look forward to tasting more brews from Crannog.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12373) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
Draught, Cafe Deux Soleils
Bright amber colour. Aroma is light - fruity, toasty, caramelly. Fairly light, mild, vaguely caramelly flavour with smokey, metallic undertones. Brian’s beers always walk that line between being tasty session beers and being a shade too bland. This one is the latter, unfortunately.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009 Rerate July 2009: Growler with breakfast watching the Brittish Open. Dark copper. Decent head. Light meaty aroma. Sharp cutting hops cut across the palate. Grainy malt. Interesting grainy mouth feel. May 2005: Red thin head. Thin aroma; hint of vanilla. Like a red amber. A touch metallic mixed with a light hop finish. 4/3/5/3/11

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
clear reddish brown colour. thick head with good lace. slightly malty but not what expected. thought it would be more hoppy so quite tastless for an irish ale

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2004
On tap at the Wolf and Hound. A very good looking beer, ruddy copper coloured with a nice off-white head and decent lacing. Very faint aroma of malts and fruit with a bit of chocolate. Flavour is very thin and the body is quite thin. Shows some faint bitterness. Not a bad beer, just not much character.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3339) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Sparkling red brown,thick off white head.Bland and underflavored. Great lace


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