Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Great aroma which leads to a "serviceable" sweet, taste. Would continue to buy if nothing else on the shelf caught my attention.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle in San Diego. I have no idea why I bought this. I loathe sweet, caramelly beers, and thatís exactly what this is. Although the beer has the expected head retention, dark amber (red) color, and is crystal clear, I simply donít like it. Waaaay too much crystal malt for my tastes, not nearly offset enough by bittering hops. This beer is all about the malt base and nearly zero hops to offset the sweetness in flavor or aroma. Even for an "Irish Red" style, itís too sweet to the point of being cloying. Sorry Karl but even Killians is better.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
eh, it was free. two 6 packs. ill finish them but i wont make any effort to get any more
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very drinkable. Great ruby/ deep burnt orange color. Very minimal head, but decent carbonation nonetheless. Slightly sweet upon first tasting. Something I could probably make a decent session out of.
cafgen (154) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Amber color with almost no head. Caramel aroma with a hint of hops. Taste is totally caramel. Tastes similar to the Alaskan Amber. Good, but to sweet for a beer.
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Kurtos (152) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a Bronze-Red colour.
Aromaís of mainly caramel and sultanaís.
Taste. Definitely can taste the Caramel as others have stated, but also notice Black liquorice flavours along with a slight currant flavour, almost no hop flavours but it does finish with a slight bitterness.
Palate. This is quite thick and a little syrupy in the mouth.
Overall. This is a beer that delivers a nice sweetness, yet isnít too sweet and has no off flavours.
This beer would be very good with sticky date pudding and other desserts.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Chili’s in Torrance, CA. Aroma has a hint of malt, not much hops in there. Amber red with a small tan beige head. Smooth malt flavor with a slight hint of chocolate in there. Caramely and a little sweet. Easy drinking and dry in the finish. Well made and no real flaws. Could be a little more assertive.
Erikh04 (148) - - NOV 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I drank a lot of this while in San Diego. Very good beer. One of my favorites. Wish I could find it out east.
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Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was the best beer out of their sampler (though the stout is good, itís not as much my style). The head had some lace, but not much. The beer smells and tastes sweet, and it sticky and warming. Hoppy notes donít start to show until the beer warms up.
DavidAust (145) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice drop. Had several times in the last two weeks, must say I like it less each time - not sure why. Perhaps the batch was on itís last legs by the time it got to Australia. The foam on the first few were reasonable and held OK, but the one last night hardly formed and didnít hold.
Nice reddish brown colour - tastes of caramel and malt.
Length of palate is medium, longer than a larger - shorter than other dark ales.
Overall happy, but will look for another Irish Red Ale to become a regular other than this one.