hockeybeerguy (1606) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 1, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Reviewed from notes.
This is an Irish Red Ale, hmmm..as an American with Irish blood, well, uh...okay, I certainly hope my notes speak my mind.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a super light red color with a large transparency running about the beer to allow some light carbonation to be seen rising and trying to fill a one finger white foamy head thatís trying to dissipate within less than thirty seconds.
The smell had some burnt light caramel tones. Hops, what hops, they werenít there, no matter how many times Iíve had this brew. They just werenít.
The taste was mainly sweet and no balance and it had a really strong caramel aftertaste which ended up leading to a super dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly sessionable quality to it. The carbonation was actually somewhat decent.
Overall, for the most part, this wasnít much of an Irish Red ale. As someone from an Irish descent, Iím actually somewhat offended. No way would I have this again and its not because I hate basketball, its because this beer just isnít that good.
Imaena (1796) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. This is a pretty rough irish red ale that is lacking in many of the aspects i look for in session beers - not a highly drinkable ale to use Coors parlance.
jdobbs (352) - New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
New England and he comes back with two bombers of Red Claws Ale. Neither one of us would of guessed it was an Irish Ale. However, the pine hops did give off a lower bitterness. Copper medium bodied ale, creamy head and an easy drinker.
Reimer96 (1171) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Portland brewpub, pours a reddish amber with a small off white head. Smells of caramel and nuts. Taste is malty with a bit of caramel. Very mild hop finish. Average red ale.
Duhast500 (378) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pin glass.
The color is a clear copper with a slight finger of foamy white head with little lacing left on the glass.
The smell is a slight bit hoppy with a touch of some fruity flavors. Some slight apple and cinnamon mixed with a malt flavor that is holding itís own. There is a slight bitterness that is in the backend but gone quickly before really getting a chance.
The feel of this beer is medium bodied and feels like a plain, average ale. Itís easy to get into and makes for an easy drinking beer and would be something that would go well
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Irish Ale! It makes sense now. Mistakenly written as "Red Claws Brown Ale" on the marker board. I guessed it was more of an amber ale. Irish ale fits. Anyway, this one pours a clear amber with a small eggshell head that leaves a ring. Aroma of lightly toasted malts and brown sugar. Like a sweet breakfast cereal. Flavor of sweet and toasty malts, caramel, and brown sugar. Not far off. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, malty mouthfeel.
boto (1827) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a dark amber color. There was very little of an off-white head on it, and about no lacing. The aroma is decent. Mainly some caramel malt. Some roastiness, smokiness and chocolate to the nose. The taste is good. Slightly bitter with a touch of a dry finish. Faint roast, caramel, no sweetness at all. Some earthy notes. Not bad.
TATE (285) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a thin tan head. Aroma is apple and coffee. The beginning has a bit of a sweet caramel flavor quickly balanced off with the hop finish. Medium body and very easy to drink. This is one of my favorites along with all the other Grittyís products. I was told that this Red Claws is the same as Grittys Best Brown and it does taste similar to their brown.
SrSilligoose (3222) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doughy breads rye malt backing. Touch of cocoa. Toasty, dry. Some cereal. Touch of herbal hop character. Liked the nice dry bread Character
AirForceHops (2972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Dark red in color, white thin head that diminished as it warmed. Aroma of piney hops. Taste was very much like its aroma that left your mouth watering for more. Typical average Irish ale. Not bad, not really good, very middle of the road. Shared with LiteWait.