TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is an Irish Red Ale by style, but with healty dose of American hop character. Irish Red Ales tend to be malty and fruity, with a nice "buttery" character as well. Red Headed Step Child has all that, but with a blast of American hops, that make this beer all the more tasty and drinkable. This was a wonderful beer to sip and relax with at the bar, and would make a great beer to match with a number of the delicious dishes found on the Northampton menu.
Red Headed Step Child pours to a beautiful, bright, ruby red color with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent with lots of good sweet and stewed malt aroma paired with some fruity estery aroma, and fragrant citrus hop aroma. The palate has a buttery, slightly rich mouth feel, with lots of good sweet malt flavor, paired with estery fruit flavor. Red Headed Step Child finishes with more good sweet malty and tangy fruit flavors up front, then ends with a zesty punch of citrus hop bite that lingers on the tongue.
An excellent Irish Red Ale with a hoppy American bite, this is beer is one you will want to enjoy a few pints of. The quality of the beers being brewed at Northampton are second to none, and this place is well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Northampton.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the brewpub. Clear light copper, bit o’ creamy lace; big malty, biscuity nose, light oregano, honey and pine. A bit light and watery in the body but nicely caramelly; slightly woody late.