jsporrer (43) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark amber to med brown with a little white head. Smells of sweet hops. Taste is of sweet hops and a little citrus. It is very smooth and textured like a darker beer but with a much lighter flavor. It was very enjoyable. There isn’t any powerful notes just a good smooth refreshing taste. No harshness or lingering aftertaste. I liked several other beers from Great Lakes so I bought 1 bottle at Giant Eagle Mkt District just to try it. I think I’ll get some more when I go back before the season is over.
joejames (348) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear deep amber, quick one finger off white head, little lacing but good retention. Aroma of caramel and bread. Taste is mostly sweet, slight roasted, earthy bitterness. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Finishes sweet. Tasting notes of caramel, nuts, yeast, herbs and honey. A decent malty Irish ale.
hoppopotomous (27) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a really clear amber..this just looks like a great beer sitting in the glass..aroma is nice and roasty..carmel notes and some fruity hops in there..taste pretty much follows the nose.roasted and carmel notes up front fading to a little hoppiness..finish is no
aumentm (422) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A malty beer that has a smooth finish and is a well bodied full brewsky. Goes really well on St. Pattys Day.
Darkmagus82 (1981) - - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-27-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with a one finger just slightly off white head. The head has a pretty good level of retention, slowly fading to leave spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of toasted malt and a sweet caramel aroma. Mixed with these are a light toasted bread and fruit aroma of apple and some spice.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and toasted malt flavor with a lightly caramel sweetened flavor as well. As the flavor advances more the caramel fades more toward the middle with a light fruit flavor taking its place. The roasted malt flavor dwindles as well as the flavor moves on with a more doughy like flavor replacing it. In the end some light spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a light earthy hop come to the tongue. In the end a quite pleasant light roasted malt cider and spice flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is a bit on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the more average to just above average side. The slightly higher carbonation is nice for keeping the drinkability, but not too high to take away from the aspects the thicker body accentuates- the roasted and spiced flavors of the brew.
Overall – As should be of no surprise this is another good brew by Great Lakes. It has a nice blend of roasted and sweet flavors while still maintaining great drinkability but still remaining quite proficient in flavor.
rollsrace (65) - - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Irish ale. Slightly hopsey finish. It’s got that great lakes brewery taste. Kind of light and sweet.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Bottle: Rusty, sunburst orange with a decent clarity about it; quickly growing, eggshell colored cap that sits nice & fluffy, leaving generous lacing behind,.Malty sweet aroma with rich caramel, butter toffee, some vaguely fruity hops, wet grass, a hint of stale toast. Taste is even maltier with sweet, rich toffee, buttered toasted & bread, caramel, & a moderate metallic flavor running through it all. Touch of burnt grain & graham cracker. A little bit of floral leaves & grassy hops help to balance a bit, injecting a faintly citric note that is best described as orange. Nutty, woodsy, lightly metallic, toasted malt finish. A little sticky sweet & cloying with warmth.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice irish/red ale. Amber pour with off white head. Some lacing. Light nose. Solid malt profile with some depth and character. A bit of hoppiness balanced with a nice nutty finish. Quite drinkable.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body has light amber honey color with very good clarity. On top it forms a big creamy off white colored head. The head slowly fades but hangs on well and make cool rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is mostly sweet with hints of lightly roasted grains, bready yeast, light hops and some mild fruit notes. Its flavor has a good solid medium body with a sweet malty character that is tempered with just enough leafy hops for some balance. There are notes of bread, light caramel malt, orange marmalade and mild hops. The palate is smooth, slightly slick and easy drinking with mellow carbonation.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid red. Amber pour. Toasted malts, caramel, medium carbonation with pretty decent balance. Tad sweet, but drinkable.