ChainGangGuy (4801) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, ruby-hued body with a full finger of off-white foam. Irregardless of how it may taste, it does at least look appealing.
Smell: Faintly sweet-scented aroma with modest notes of toasted bread, toasted nuts, and caramel. Noted fruitiness akin to picked berries.
Taste: Maltiness tasting of dry caramel with sturdy tastes of both toast and nuts. Moderate sweetness. Ripe, berry-toned fruitiness. Faintly herbal, earthy hop character, though thereís enough bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Touch of tannic graininess midway through. The body thins slightly as you hit the reasonably crisp, toasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Okay, so while it doesnít exactly exhibit the relatively richer character of, say, the Samuel Adams Irish Red, itís still not altogether bad. Delightfully bearable!
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pours reddish amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is toasty caramel malt. Flavor is malty, light roast, light bitterness, with a dry finish. One of the better attempts by AB.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A neighbor who knows I like "good" beer brought this over while I was hanginí out front wit hthe kids. Not a bad looking copper pour, with its eggshell head. Not a bad malty sweet nose. Taste wasnít bad malty sweet either. Bit of roast, bit of smooth sweetness. Nice maltiness and caramel. If there were a cooler full of other beers from the macros, Iíd happily pull thisíun out.
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bought a six pack of bottles to continue my irish beer drinking during St. Patrickís week. It pours a light brown/dark red color with a tan head that leaves quickly. Roasted caramel malt flavor and a slightly hoppy/metallic finish. I will not buy again but appreciate Michelob for trying to make an irish ale.
coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Actually a good beer from the macros. Very tasty. This beer has a beautiful red color with almost no head.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Variety pack bottle. Great pour. Decent head that did not vanish for several minutes. Flavor was strong in malt accents, with caramel, nutty roasty cereals. Strong malty aroma. Pleasant to the palate. Nice round finish. Its not the best red ale Iíve had, but as Iíve found with this craft brew collection from Michelob, its a great value.
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light chestnut color with hints of rudy when held to the light. Somewhat fizzy taupe colored head. Caramel, toffee, and doughy whole grain bread in the aromas. There is a perfume scent that is sweet and a bit annoying as well. Far too sweet smelling for the style. Sweet sugary start that clings on through and into the linger. Touch of grain in the finish and just a hint of bitterness late as well. Sweet, but not cloying, so itís got that going for it, but that is not much. Not much of an irish ale in my book.
Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours reddish amber with a thin white head. Aroma is malt some caramel, fruit and nuts. Flavor is kind of hoppy, caramel, some sweet fruit and nuts. Dry finish, very drinkable. Good for a Michelob beer.
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a nice dark amber with red hues when held up to the light. It has a smally lingering white head. Aroma is sweetmalts, Notes of caramel, dark fruit, and walnut come out. On the palate, it is a bit light for an Irish red. The flavor is a bit sweetier than I expected, but it a good way. It finishes rather dry. Pretty good beer, esspecially for a Macro. Very sessionable.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice attempt from a beer company I do not like. They are however striving for a better beer and I can totally respect that.