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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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"Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat." – Theodore Roosevelt

This Irish-style red ale is as sessionable as it is complex, with bready, caramel notes leading to a robust finish without the hop bitterness. A fantastic beer to enjoy with food.

Pairing suggestions: Sheep’s milk cheeses, pomme frittes, Neapolitan pizza, sautéed mushrooms with sherry-cream sauce, English trifle.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
Hazy brownish red. Has a bit of a fruity aroma. Sweetish. Slight caramel and also a little bit of tartness. Not in great form.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
on tap-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/barn. Taste is malt-roasty/caramel, some rasin/brown sugar, barn/earthy hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9745) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
A hazed reddish amber with a thin off white head. In aroma, a grassy malt with chalky notes, so-so. In mouth, a caramel malt with brassy malt, OK. On tap at brewpub, Feb. 13 2013.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2010 Hand bottle… Pours brown and murky with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is subdued and difficult to pull from my glass. Once I really dig in, there’s a lot going on here, aroma-wise… very malty and nutty, but more fruity and vinous than anything – esters, I assume. For a fairly low ABV beer, this one is very full-bodied and creamy. Interwoven, tickling carbonation. I’m picking up some dark cherry, dark port (minus the sweetness) and Russian black bread. Minerally, black cherry finish that dries out a touch. Bottle courtesy of hankchinaski. Thanks Kevin!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Toasted, caramelized cereals bump into burnt edges and fruit candy before leafy hops attempt balance.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark red.
-Hops also contribute spiciness in the finish.
-There is something within that simply doesn’t work for me, creating nearly off flavors.
-Bready limpness adds to the confusion.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (6180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
Tap at Funky Buddha. It pours cloudy deep red, with a large beige head. The nose is dark fruit, leather and chocolate. The taste is caramel, red fruit, wood, leather, milk chocolate and spice, with some dryness in the finish. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Draft at brewpub. Murky red brown. Thin cap. Aroma has fruity malt, the palate is slick and thin. The flavors are also very fruity (orchard fruit), and has an old world feel to it. The flattish palate makes it seem like a cask pour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4702) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Draught, dark red pour, short tan head. Flora/herbal nose, taste has really fun syrupy biscuit and fruit, chocolate and burnt toffee. Sticky light body, some interesting red berry, maple syrupy, brown sugar. Like!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2011
On cask at the St. Pete Craft Beer Expo. Pours slightly hazy amber with a small tan head. Nose is lots of malt sweetness, caramel, slight toffee, and a bit of light fruit esters, and some nuts. Flavor is similar with lots of malt and some esters and nuts. Medium in body and smooth in mouthfeel. This is an outstanding beer, and very sessionable; dangerously sessionable. I could personally drink the hell out of this beer. Not quite sure on the style of this one. If it’s an Irish Red, then it ties with Brian Boru as my favorite Irish Red. If it’s an amber, then it has more malt quality than most ambers, and is an outstanding amber. Damn it, Funky Buddha, why are you so far from Tampa!?!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Draft at Funky Buddha. Deep unfiltered amber brown. Massive head, partially just a bad pour. Soapy red, not so impressive. Big amber malt flavor,,,woody sugary cherries. This really doesn’t all come together if you ask me, sort of watery, and the minimal hops are covered up don’t really meld well with the overbearing amber malt. Like a homebrew Canadian Amber. Unimpressive.


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