Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2002
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smooth, crisp, and more like a lager than an ale. Certainly nothing waranting a letter home.
re-rate: It’s okay from the tap, but out of the can it’s downright terrible. Totally ruined my impression of this beer, then I saw the 3.8% abv on the can. I nearly threw it out.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s an easy drinking Irish red ale. With good body strength and bitterness.
wienerherb99 (21) - Wien, AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
on tap in Kilkenny:
smooth, creamy, nice caramel flavor, the perfect ale to go with pub food
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2004 Bottle. Nice dark copper color, pours with a thick frothy head. Some malts. Bitter finish. Not bad.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(On tap)A good beer for hot afternoons. Mostly malt and caramel, really easy to drink.
erlik (26) - SPAIN - JUL 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s a great beer. I tasted it in a recent vacation in Ireland, and I really enjoyed it.
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried it first in Montreal on tap. Nice caramel flavor. I enjoyed the 2 pints I had, and would drink it again gladly.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 I like this beer. The english make fun of it, calling it crap, but its a great break when you have had too much guinness and just need a lighter drink. I thought it had a very good balance of malt and hops. Good caramel medium body. I cant put my finger on this one, just very round and even taste. Might be because I was drinking it on draft in Ireland. 6/3/7/3/14
Rerate. On draught at Fenway park. Pretty bad stuff, looks like a yellow beer with some small amount of caramel color added. No head. No real nose, maybe a bit of old crusty brown bread, some dry nuttiness. Flavor is not offensive, but very bland, with just a slight hint of sweet malt, a touch of toasted malt and some light bittering hops on the end. Light body. High carbonation. 5/2/4/2/8
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Some caramel in the malt…Some malt in the caramel…Good enough when there’s nothing else...
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice tasting ale, great beer with a nice creamy feel to it. Ireland has been brewing this beer for almost 300 years, and possibly another 300 to come.