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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 16   ABV: -
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Gritty McDuff ís Red Claws Ale is a what the Brits call a fine session beer: a smooth ale, not too strong and full of flavor. Red Claws Ale has a dark red-amber color; a full, round malt palate; nutty and roasted accents, and a delicate hop flavor that whispers with just a hint of floral finish. The perfect ale for a long afternoon in the pub with good friends and traditional fare.
Starting Gravity: 1044
Finish: 1014
Hops: (16 I.B.U.s) Willamette, Cluster


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
Doughy breads rye malt backing. Touch of cocoa. Toasty, dry. Some cereal. Touch of herbal hop character. Liked the nice dry bread Character

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Give a buddy ten bucks before he leaves for a vacation in 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1789) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Appearance: Pours a deep, clear auburn with virtually no head.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, clover, apple.

Taste: Toasted malt, mildly bitter hop spice, caramel corn, and a little bit of peat.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and moderately fizzy.

Overall: A really complex,layered Irish Ale.Not usually jazzed by this style, but its very fresh, very lively, with a great hop presence.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 28, 2010
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers) Pours coppery amber, slightly hazy. Three or so fingers of biscuit head that recede to about half a finger and eventually get kind of globby. Aroma of caramel and bread, and even a bit of chocolate. Fairly inviting except a hint of metalllic. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, except lightly prickly. Also quite thin. Flavor is a letdown after a fairly promising aroma. Some caramel overlain by some bitterness, becoming a bit chocolatey as it warms. A bit metallic. Flavor and mouthfeel are weak.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hockeybeerguy (1474) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 1, 2014
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reimer96 (1161) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
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.


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