High Desert Irish Red Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerstars (10) - USA - MAR 5, 2011
Not an Irish Red! Thos beer is closer to an American AMber but not an Irish Red. Too hoppy for an Irish Red but still not hoppy enough to make it an Amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4013) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Sampled July 2014
A steady pour from the growler into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep reddish-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of berries, spicy whole grain malt, toasted whole grain, and toasted malt husks at first. There is a perceived sweetness to the aroma that is brought out by the fruit-leaning fermentation character, and accentuated a bit by the malt.

The beer tastes a bit sweet up front, but finishes with a bitter hop bite to it that helps to dry things out a fair amount. The body has a viscosity to it that coats the palate nicely, and adds a definite chewiness to this beer without keeping it from being quaffable. There is a nice berry like fruitiness here that leans towards red-currants, but more nondeScript red-berries of some sort, and there is also a light citrus character here that suggests of tangelo perhaps. There is a light herbal character here, just a touch of peppery character, and a nice spiciness that is all hop derived. The malt character is quite as pronounced, compared to the hop notes, as I was expecting, but still plays a prominent role; flavors of caramelize whole grain, a bit of spicy crystal malt character,

the hop character is quite a bit more pronounced than I was expecting, though this is by no means a hoppy beer, but it is almost a bit more hop focused than it is malt focused. I wasn’t really expecting much from this beer, bland and boring’ish perhaps, but this is actually quite tasty, and very well balanced. Part of the reason I am enjoying this so much is that I expected so little from it, but I don’t really care.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10169) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Tap @ High Desert. Pours a bit hazy, dark golden appearance with a khaki head. Sweet caramel/toffee, a bit earthy aroma. Slightly soapy, floral bitter hoppy, toasty caramel malty flavor. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Once again, another thanks to TannerTavernboys for introducing me to this brew. This beer pours something that is NOT at all red. It was the most goldeny yellow Irish red Ale i’ve ever seen. Perhaps it had a hint of amber, but really now, I don’t know what they were smoking when they brewed this. The aroma was very faint with slight hints of roasts and malts. The flavor is highly astringent with bittering hops and slight malty notes in the finish. This beer finishes dry but has a fairly weak mouthfeel. It’s hard to describe..but this tasted like a red but was lacking something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3382) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2004
pours a deep crimson red hue with minimal head. good carbonation! aroma is of sweet malts and some earthy notes. flavors are sweet, malty and earthy hops. nice brew!

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