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 (1162) - 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 (3038) - 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 (6354) - 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. I’m 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 (2827) - the Containment Area, 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 Julio’s. 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 I’m not crazy about.
ClarkVV (3928) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle at Julio’s Spring Beer Fest, 4/02/05. Cherry red mixes with light amber-brown for the body, which is clear, with a small, but somewhat well-retained beige-yellow head. Aroma of pine hops, sweet coffee and cream. A touch of caramel and some light fruitiness. Flavor is well-balanced, with some honey-cream, dry roast and well-extracted malts balancing against an easygoing hops bitterness, that is not too drying. A bit astringent as it warms, however, with a peppery, disruptive carbonation. Medium body, with no wateriness.