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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Celtic brewers used caramel malts and roasted barley to impart a deep red color and rich malty flavour to their ales. Starting with this historical style, we worked for over two years developing and perfecting our 21st Century version. After countless tastings and adjustments, we arrived at O’Dempsey’s Big Red. It’s Big. It’s Red. An Irish-Style Red Ale with a North American attitude. All the body you want with just the right amount of hoppy goodness. Enjoy.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Dark brown-red, beige tan head. Toasty and sweet malt aroma, grassy hops. Taste is sweet, grassy hops, toffee, caramel, apples, lightly bitter finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle, nice deep red pour with a tiny white, faded to a thin collar quickly. Aroma was nice and rich caramel malts, some sweetness, and a bit of roastiness. Flavors are straight up malty, lots of caramel malts give it a bit of sweetness although it finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was decent, not watery thin but not as full as I may have liked. Not a bad local red.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, and nuts. Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, bread, and nuts.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jw0406 (757) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a dark amber/brown color with a nice tan head. Aromas of caramel, bread, dark malt and chocolate in the background. Medium bodied, malty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Malty and fruity aroma with some light toasty notes. The flavor has lightly toasted malts and caramel sweetness, with fruity berry-like notes. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5473) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, slight off-white head, decent lacing. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Flavor has some toffee and caramel notes, a hint of chocolate, some earthiness. full bodied and flavorful. Thick enough mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2012
It’s red. More of a mahogany, actually. Yeah. Go with Mahogany, although "O’Dempsey’s Big Mahogany Ale" doesn’t roll off the tounge as well. So, it’s very malty, with a lot caramel and molasses. Flavor is caramel and molasses, as well, plus a slight hop bite at the end. . Kind of run the mill, but not bad or anything.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nathan30533 (590) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Big and red. Nutty taste and overall smooth. Good brew but I’m an IPA guy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours clear reddish with 2-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is vinous fruit, resiny hops, malt. Tastes malty, with fruity and hoppy notes. Medium palate heft and smooth finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (1935) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2013
Clear dark cherry amber color with a bubbly off-white head, streaks and dots of lace. Taste semi-sweet caramel malt that grows into bread and dates as it moves to an oily carbonated finish. Loads of flavor, not always in harmony with each other. Good, not great.


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