OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle via trade with zathrus13 - Thanks Jeff! - Pours copper and cloudy with a short offwhite head that stayed pretty well and laced the glass in layers.. Aromas of caramel, light toffee, and earthy notes. Flavor is caramel, toffee, bread, and a slight bitter finish. Very malty with lots of earthy characteristics. Palate is soft with much carbonation and medium body. Not too bad but overall pretty average..
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber cin color with a large off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt,bread,toast and mild hops. Sweet caramel flavors with some toasty/bread character. Medium body and overall a pleasant and easy drinking red ale.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Scents of roasted malts and hops dominate the nose. Very little head. Flavors are coffee, some hops. Thin and watery.
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark amber-red color with a disappointing head that only provided basic lacing. Aroma was funky (butter and caramel?). The flavor was of caramel malts that was slightly bitter and accompanied by significant hopping (this tasted more like a dark amber ale than a true irish ale). Nothing to seek out here.
pineypower (2832) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wasn’t expecting much because to be honest I really don’t like this style much. Anyway it pours out a deep ruby hued amber color with a very small lacing head. Aroma is sweet with some roast and maybe some grassy aromas. The taste is smooth with not much going on there, more hops than some of this style which boosted the rating in my book, not a bad beer.
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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) - Saratoga Springs, 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 (1164) - 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 (3050) - 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.