TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer does not resemble and Irish red ale at all, other than the fact it is a deep amber color. Irish red ales are fruity and buttery, with good sweet malt character as well. I could not find any of these characteristics in Thuderhead Irish Red. This beer is an insult to the style.
Thunderhead Irish Red pours to a bright, deep amber color, with a white head that quickly fades, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose in this beer is weak, with just a hint of roasty malt, and maybe a touch of fruit. The palate is weak and watery, with again, just a hint of roasted malt, on the palate. This is paired with just a hint of muted estery fruit, but like the nose, you really have to struggle to find any character in this beer. Thunderhead Irish Red finishes with more weak roasty malt flavor, and ends with a slight herbal hop bitterness.
Without question, the worst example of Irish Red ale, I have ever sampled.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This Red Ale pours a dark amber color closer to brown than to red. It leaves a very thin white lace that disappates quickly. Appearance is clear smoothe looking. The aroma is faint, I had to stick my nose deeply in the glass. What I could smell besides the alcohal was a nutty, maybe roasted essence. As I put it on my palate the mouthfeel was nice, I detected tastes of caramel, nuts, and a little peppery lemon. Overall decent IRA I recommend it, but not one of the better beers from Coastal.
waveman352 (178) - Glens Falls, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle 12/24/05. Pours a dark red color with an orange tint and thin off-white head. No true overpowering smells. Hops are real good but definatly light in tatse. Tastes like a more fruitful and fullfilling Killians without the bitterness and watery character. Palate is a bit too thin for my likings but not terrible . Good thick lacing. A very solid irish ale from start to finish.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a creamy white head. Not sure what to think of the aroma... toasty, somewhat alcoholic. Strikes me like that of a cheap whiskey. Taste is dry and hoppy with a touch of roast character. Not much malt to this at all. Somewhat thin bodied.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) A fairly hearty and flavorful Irish ale, this medium "plus" bodied brew presents a very toasty, almost roasty maltiness with just a touch of sweetness. In addition, the light initial bitterness picks up a bit in the finish so the palate is nice and dry. The nose is also very toasty and minimally sweet. Ruddy brown and fully clear body allows me to watch the scattered, slowly-moving carbonation bubbles rise through the beer. The light-tan head rises to nearly an inch before settling to a wide ring. A few irregularly-shaped patches of lace decorate the glass.
Cletus (6182) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red with a tan head. Smells malty with some moderate citrussy hops. Taste is of clover, roses, and cherries. Not bad.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer. Slightly different tasting Irish ale, but still good. Pours a deep, bubbly ruby/amber body with a thick, long lasting off-white head. Great looking beer. Cherry, caramel aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Sweet, roasted/nutty taste. I can taste some alcohol. Overall enjoyable beer.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out amber/darker red with a small white head. Slighly hopped, not too sweet. Iím not really a fan of Irish Reds, but I could drink this on a regular basis easily.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Faintly nutty, dough, caramel, faintly hoppy nose. Small beige head dissipates quickly. Pours a ruby orange hue. Faintly toasted malts, buttery, caramel malt backbone, slick mouthfeel, pleasantly fruity bittering hops. A nice brew, but not terribly exciting I must say.
OldGrowth (2108) - North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, Almond, yeasty/bready, little grassy, sourdough, caramel. Nice clean reddish orange color. Small white beige head that faded to a ring. Lite bitter sweet flavors, same as aromas, more towards the grassy, sourdough side with a caramel backbone. Little grapefruit too. Medium body, creamy slippery mouthfeel, roasty bitter finish. Nice brew, though it has that american lager thing Iím not crazy about.