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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Nice bright amber color with a tall beige head. Rye bread (with fennels seeds) in the nose. Additional undertones of malt and peat. Small amount of lace. Very nutty and malty. Malt demands to be chewed in this one. A rather sharp bitting acidity late in the finish, while cleansing, a touch to distracting. I find the statement on the bottle rather amusing - "In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed...". Now why would an Irish Ale need to brewed to the Reinheitsgebot?

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
(Tap at Hoggy's in Columbus) Sweet malty aroma. Dark copper color. Thin white head, leaves light lacing. Flavor is smooth- rich malt followed by a fruity hop bite. This beer had nice palate feel. This has me wanting to try more Great Lakes offerings for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Orange/brown with plentiful carbonation. Nice,creamy,lasting head. Nice malt aroma,caramel,dark bread,fruit,hops. Full,round,palate,with very soft,carbonation. Rich caramel,toasty,german malt flavors. Finish is very malty(bready),somewhat hoppy-dry. I love GL's clean, extremely drinkable beers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1424) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack. First time I have actually seen it is today. Beautiful appearance: clear, medium brown, with a gigantic, fluffy tan head. Carbonation bubbles rising throughout. Very nice. Head lasts as lasts. Sweet caramel in the nose. Very pleasing. Very nice coffee/caramel combination. It's rich, but not terribly thick. Nice, pleasant flavor! I like this brew- don't love it. It REALLY is a good beer, and I'll have it from time to time (every winter).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2004
On tap at the Miami Inn. Red-bodied topped with an initially fluffy, soon dissipating, light tan head. Toasty aroma with caramel notes. Flavor is classic Irish Ale: toasty with a Cheerios-like grain flavor, a touch of caramel, and finishing on a bitter note. Sweeter than Goose Island Kilgubbin. A nice treat.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Nice amber beer, moderate white head, roasted malt and slight hop aroma, decent malt flavor with an above average bitter finish. some floral hints in the flavor. Good session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This beer is a rich amber highlighted red ale that pours with a half-inch off white head. The head slowly fades to a thin film indicative of a malty beer. A very nice lace pattern is left on the glass. The aroma is very malty, with a touch of hops. The combination of the sweetness and the hops almost has a cinnamon charcter to it. Very intruiging. The flavor shows some nice hop bitterness up front, with a very solid malt background. Hints of peat smokiness show through in the mid, with a decent bitterness on the finish. A nice balamce of malt and hops make this very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp, but yet refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Malty beers have slowly moving bubbles, that's my observation. In this case the beer was only marginally cold, so that wan't it. They're downright lazy in their swirling. Mmmm, what a nearly Viennese malt presence here, so sweet and caramelly and roasty (in that order of dominance), yet surprisingly crisp in the finish. Higly recommended for Vienna fans, malt lovers, and aficianados of well-crafted beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Reddish tint, small head, no lacing, tint to medium-bodied. Light and tart fruity aroma. Butterscotch, apple, hint of wood on the palate. As it warmed up, a malty sweetness became present. Very good balance. Slighty fizzy mouthfeel. Lingering bitter hops. Recommended but more like an English pale or a Belgium Abbey Single than a Irish Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Amber color, small white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Flavor of malt, bread and hops.


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