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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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No two ways about it...our Irish Red is too hoppy for the style. We used fresh Cascade and Glacier Hops from out West and they decidedly give the brew a hoppy kick. But, being the reasonable brewers we are its fairly tempered with some Roasted malt which also turns the color to dark ruby. I like the way hops and roast give way to one another and the Irish Red style seemed to beg a bit for a bit of contemporary thinking. One of the hidden gems in this 4.5% brew is genuine Irish Malt from the Malting Co. of Ireland who has been supplying the big Irish Breweries for decades.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1398) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy brown with a light tan head. Roasty aroma. Taste is buttered toast, bread dough and a maple character. Minor hop bitterness after the swallow. Easy drinking session. Damned good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayzz (304) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Good session beer. Good flavor. Color is a cloudy amber. Not much lacing but has a good mouth feel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Tap @ The Civil Life. Pours a hazy, dark reddish orange appearance with a light brown head. Spicy, herbal, toasty caramel malty, lightly piney nose. Somewhat herbal/piney, caramel, earthy flavor. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2005) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
On tap at The Civil Life. Pours a golden orange color with white head. Piney, caramel, malty flavors. Civil Life pulls through again with a style that I’m not a big fan of. Good Irish Red.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
seymour (1401) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Got a cool mini-growler at the brewery, tasted in a half-pint glass at home. It poured a clear, deep reddish-brown color with thin but lasting beige foam and some nice Belgian lace. Not exactly a classic Irish Red Ale, but I’ve been thinking this is an approachable style ripe for experimentation, and in this way it reminds me a bit of Founders Red’s Rye or New Belgium Red Hoptober. Strong hoppy aroma: lively, green, grapefruit, pine, sticky resin, with some bready and yeasty notes underneath. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, apricots, tangy citrus zest, toast, barely perceptible roasted barley and black pepper. Light-medium body and carbonation, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. Fresh, fresh, fresh. The balance was a bit too hops-oriented for me, mainly because I didn’t expect it. But I get what they’re doing, and it was nonetheless very tasty and easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at the brewpub - pour dark brown with a reddish hue and an off-white head. The aroma is malty with some undercooked dough, some toast and a bit on the sweet side. The body is fairly thin and crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor starts off much drier than the aroma seemed to be. There is toasty malt, dry crusty bread, mild berries, somewhat earthy yeast and spicy hops. The finish has more hops with mint, pine and spice. Another nice one from Civil Life.


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