ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. The head is a one finger light cream shade with an excellent creamy texture. Retention isnít great, but the lacing left on the glass is good.
S: The only thing I really notice aroma-wise are sweet caramel malts and earthy hops. Maybe a touch of diacetyl comes through, Iím not really sure. Whatever it is, itís not very impressive.
T: Just like I said in the aroma, itís caramel malts and some earthy hops to finish it. Thereís a faint touch of fruity esters and some hazelnut in the midtaste, but this is very simple otherwise. This does a good job of dictating exactly what the aroma suggested - by being quite mediocre.
M: This comes off rather sweet and syrupy; given its clean texture, it feels rather strange on the palate. If any beer needs a drier finish, this is it. Not particularly drinkable for that reason.
O: Canít say Iím a huge fan of this one. Itís hard to really place what I donít like about this, but it ultimately doesnít come together nearly as much as it should.
trapped (561) - TURKEY - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish amber with small creamy off-white head, light caramel aroma, caramel-roasted malt taste, low carbonation, thin body, medium finish. Nothing to boast about.
jbuskirk (274) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
An Irish ale hits the spot on a cool, cloudy day like this one. Right at home in an English pub glass, Irish Red has a dark red hue thatís quite becoming. However, the head is disappointing. Not many off-white bubbles stick around for very long, but the aroma is still fairly impressive with a nice caramel scent. The malty body of this brew creates a taste that reveals caramel, cream, and grains. Thereís a hint of toasty flavor, but not as much as Iíd like. While good, the creamy sweetness gets dangerously close to being cloying as the beer warms. Overall, though, Irish Red is a fine example of an Irish ale. The beer has decent balance, good aroma, and above-average taste.
Slubgob (168) - West Hartford, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Out of bottle. Malty red aroma with an alcoholic backing. In the mouth malt is disappointingly mild, and light hops take over quickly. Finishes quick with hop bitterness. It might be nostalgia soaking, but honestly,Iíd take Killanís over this.
SpongeRuiner (531) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep red color. Not much flavor. Any red flavor really dissipates quickly. Would pass on this one.
monk191 (695) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent Samuel Adams seasonal. Pours a beautiful clear ruby red color with a thick tan head. Not too much smell, just a bit malty. Taste is similar, a bit malty with some hops in the finish. Tastes a little watery. Had in the bottle.
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coyforce (463) - Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cant say that sam adams makes a terrible beer, but this one is not one of their best. The flavor is an alcoholic ale but the aroma is light malty and hops.
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a taster on a business trip to Toledo, 2/25/2014, 12 fl oz, 5.8% a/v
Pours a rich deep red with a nice tan head. Aromas of rich malt, caramel and stone fruit. Taste is deep stone fruit sweetness, caramel malt, and just enough hops to back it up. Well balanced, great taste. Not my favorite style but well executed.
John25 (136) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours red with a white head. Caramel malt dominance, touch of hop bitterness. Smooth, medium carb. Pretty basic.
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ffaoe (177) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
slight malt aroma. red in color with a good head. taste is malty with a slight roasty flavor. good balanced flavor.
ScottWallace82 (41) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into a glass. Pours an almost red, amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Malty, biscuity aroma with almost no hops. Medium mouthfeel. Very sweet, malty flavor. A decent beer.