bigtaster (791) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep red and golden brown. Thick off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and some yeast/bread. Distinct hop flavor that is light, moderate bread dough. Light bodied and well balanced.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark amber/red color with a slight head. Definite caramel flavor mixed with malts, but a good blend. Will drink again.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Irish Red
Date: February 23, 2008
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
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
Score: ** /4
Parrothead (293) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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)