Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I am not sure what qualifies this as "Irish" it tastes like a pretty typical American amber to me. It’s a red brown brew, clear w/ barely a head. Nose is very mild w/ only a bit of toasty malt character and some cherries and dried fruit notes. The hop bitterness here is citric and earthy and really come off as American in quality but w/ an unfortunate metallic aftertaste. Despite this, it is a pleasingly thick but not syrupy beer w/ mild carbonation which suits decently. This is pretty good for a novelty brew and I could see myself bringing a couple to my buddy’s house to watch the Steelers game just for grins but really couldn’t see myself getting it again for any other reason.
LinusStick (2703) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An OK beer. Aroma was a little weak. Roasted malt, crayons and
metal. Pour was a dark brown with a few rising bubbles and no head. Taste was average. The roasted malt was there in the front, then this strong metallic flavor filled the mouth. The malt was going in and out, but in the swallow an extremely bitter aftertaste came out. Very odd for an Irish ale. The beer kind of grew on me and got better as I drank it. Nice strong carbonation.