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RATINGS: 1012   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This rich and malty ale originated in Ireland in 1710. It has a deep red color and distinctive caramel flavor from its Pale and Caramel malts. The malt sweetness is balanced by the earthy notes of East Kent Goldings hops. Cheers!


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Very rich and malty....not bitter like other Irish ales tend to be. Decent aroma, with a solid palate....malty and crisp, with a nice balance between the hops and malt. Beer is a perfect fit for EKG hops. Very enjoyable and definitely one of the better brews from SA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Raisiny brown sugar nose. Reddish amber with medium cream colored head. Deep maple sweetness, with decent bitterness. Medium bodied, perhaps a little over carbonated. All around fairly pleasant beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
A dark amber/red color with a slight head. Definite caramel flavor mixed with malts, but a good blend. Will drink again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Irish Red
Date: February 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: sweet breadyand toasted malt aroma with light floral hops
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of bready character, light balancing floral hops, light bitter finish

Name: Irish Red
Date: February 01, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: sherlocks
Appearance: clear dark amber, whispy off white head
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, caramel sweetness, earthy, light breadyness
Flavor: rich sweet bready flavor, caramel sweetness balanced by a drying earthyness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a thick creamy head that dissipates faster than I figured. A clear, brown/reddish color. Swet malt predominates the nose. Smooth, rich, silky mouthfeel, with the sweet malt still dominating but the hops are there. A nice ale, but like many of Sam’s offerings it falls just a bit short - literally. It doesn’t linger, but still a darn nice ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours reddish amber with a mostly receding tan head. Taste of caramel, bready, crackery malt, toffee, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, stingy carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Bright clear refractive ruby-amber with a large fluffy-fizzy tan head (4-). Sweet fresh cereal grain aroma, a hint of cocoa and nice lightly acidic mild herbal hop bitterness. Taste is pretty simple - roast sweet grain and caramel, perhaps a touch of metal in the light earthy-bitterness in the finish. Slick, light body, nice carbonation, just enough dry bitterness to keep it from seeming too sweet - decent enough, easy to drink.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
This was really terrible. Aroma was of harvested grain, with some ale fruitiness in the backround, and was slightly heinous. Poured ruby colored with a big head that laced well. Flavor is not pleasant at all, its a trainreck everything about it clashes. The malts, hops and yeasts, just don’t form anything that is appealing. medium bodied. This stuff is garbage... I’d rather drink swill.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle: This poured with a commandingly huge head of rocky foam, over an as-expected red, shiny beer. The aroma is nutty and caramel. This drinks with a rich caramel character, with an interesting sweet malty swirl at the end of each swallow. Right down the center of the style target, I’d say. Quite drinkable. (#3341, 3/7/2008)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Codythegreat (149) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Pours a dark red with a nice, beige head. Has a great carmel malt taste although not very strong. Pretty good overall. I drank this out of a shaker.


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