Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
my first taste of this new Irish Red Ale comes directly from the growler in to a glass...
Clear and completely red in appearance, with a more than adequate supply of foam up above, a creamy, puffy cap. Good.
Nose is all malt and fruit, grape and cherry, with a small quotient of hops in attendance, sweet, livley, lovely.
Tasting: juuuust right, a nice meld of hops and malt, just enough of both for the style...well, maybe enough for me, too much for others...easy drinking, lean bodied, fully flavored, sleek, yet multi-faceted, much going on here, more than a mere drinker, this....nothing wrong with that, nay, so much the better...a tasty malty, hoppy toss ’em backer just meant for what I now discover is known as the St. Patrick’s Season. (Why on Earth should the Irish get only a day, when Germany gets a whole month?)(Quick, Belgium, invent a holiday!)
’tis a good red ale, tickles my tastebuds plenty.
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Normally irish reds don’t interest me all that much, since they are usually malt dominated with little use of hops. This was a refreshing brew. Caramel, light fruit, make this a good session drinker. There is enough flavor to keep me at least intrigued.
Stine (1713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-amber color. Biscuity caramel aroma with hints of cranberry. Strong medium malt taste with a tint of floral hops at the finish. Incredibly easy and inoffensive, likely to both the discerning and the non-discerning. Almost as if it’s made to be consumed en masse by the almost Irish hordes.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown Amber Color with White Ring. Sweet Caramel Malt and Fruited Aroma. Toasted Malt Notes...Biscuity...A Solid Hop Charge..Notably Amarillo... Overall A Notably Present Hopped Irish Ale, But Still Balanced Enough to Make you Come Back for More... Balanced Clean Aftertaste....with Some Lingering Dry Hops on the Palate Afterwards. Not Being a Hop Head. I Still Found This to be an Enjoyable Seasonal.
undsioux7 (868) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at pub. clear Reddish/copper with a light tan head. Great sweet malt backbone. Very easy drinking and a nice change of pace from the hop bombs.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Nice dark orangey bronzed color, quite clear and maintaining a decent capping of off-whitened foam on top. Lace is minimal in a few small specks, spots, and thin sheets.
Aroma is fair, mild, and clean; drying with a hint of spicy hop notes adding a grassy herbalness and has a bit of pale sweet red maltyness thats a bit like a mild cherry soda or marmalade and some stale bread.
Flavor is good with a nice clean profile of tender, light malty sweetness thats dry of breads and grains with a hint of cherry and orange fruityness tugging at the middle. Nice herbal grassy finish that lasts for great length. A very nice finisher that lends itself well to being a good drinker.
Feel is broad and clean with a mediumish body. Firm on the palate with a slight tender dryness mixed with an even lighter sweetness makes for a nice start. finish is the key and by far the most complexing and subtle character of the beer where grassy herbal hop notes dry out with a miraculous noton of length and body. Yet stays even and balanced without giving away the farm.
Its no huge beer by any means. A very simple, subtle, well made beer that’ll suit a whole lot of sessioning with an impressionable finishing stance.