beerme31 (523) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red color, clear, thin lacing. Malty aroma, toast, caramel. Medium sweet taste. Medium-light body, average carbonation, texture on sticky side. Very light fruit notes in mild sweet finish. Overall all solid and sessionable Irish ale.
starewich (165) - - FEB 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin gray head that dissipates rapidly though with a fair amount of retention. Clear dark orange color. Crackery malt. Floral, slight resin from the hops. A little cheap maybe, but tasty.
Patrickctenchi (4266) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with a thick, tan head.
Nutty, caramel aroma.
Taste is caramel malt, roasted nuts...a hint of chocolate.
Rich and malty.
berkshirejohn (4732) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY.
A golden amber pour with a ring of white head;
floral aroma; soft malty taste with some floral, herbal notes;
and a rather watery finish.
jackl (5063) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ Sedona. Rich Amber with a small head. Nose is rich and malty. Loads of caramel and red apple. Taste is pretty fruity and unexpectedly vibrant. Raspberry ripple, apples. Light nuttiness. Medium body, soft carb.
jsporrer (33) - 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 (238) - 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 (23) - 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 (119) - 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 (1864) - - 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 (61) - - 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.