beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-cask at the brewpub: Gorgeously deep orange, a casked cloud at first, eventually clearing up to be quite clear. Pencil high cap of soft, super smoothed over ivory foam that stays forever and a day. Lacing cakes itself to the glass like a fine frosting.
Aroma is sweet with a fruity apple, bready thing with a nice sense of grains to it. Fresh and hearty with notes to floral hops, oats, and some nuts.
Taste is fairly broad in a sweet, bready malt with a favorable grain flavor thats super fresh and well rounded from the warmer temp. Soft and lightly chewy in a sweet breaded cereal tone of oats and barley with notes of apple and maple.
Feel is super smooth and full with a wondefully succulant texture just filling the palate with sublime warmth and bready sweetness.
Not quite the drinker as the tap version. However, the warmth, texture, and body isnít present anywhere except for the cask draught, making the cask version a much more fulfilling experience. The tap version didnít even come close to what I got out of the cask. Extraordinarily different between the two. So I recommend the cask side for this Irish Red.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is almost nil, just light medium malts. Candied pecans, roasted peanuts, and yes- as the description boasts, "caramel malt sweetness." Mouthfeel is rich but not heavy, with a sweet light-hopped finish. Iím sure that my overactive imagination is supplying the notes of smoked peat and wet hay, so I wonít mention those. My overall impression is so high because I finished my first pint without pausing to consider what was going on--this is a knockout sessioner.
ElGaucho (2387) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry, doughy malt aroma. Crystal clear dark body. Small, off-white head that isnít lasting at all. No head. Some zingy hops. Nice color. Excellent flavor. Outstanding.
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Irish red. Just had this style from a home brewer at my work and his was more impresse than I thought it would be. This one is sweet, definitely leaning towards the malty side. I tasted tootsie roll. Not bad, I would consider this a dessert type beer. Toasted nuts as well. Ouch; it hurts when I think of that! Decent offering.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and thoroughly crimson color, in the appearance, with a flush, lush, creamy head...good enough, I say.
Aroma: fruity, malty, rather mild, but projects enough malt character to provide pleasure.
Taste: Smooth and sweet, malt-dominated, little hops, if any, rich and delicious, ...body is medium, finish is light, nutty, fruity, malt-rich.
A very easy drinking ale, and fully in the Irish Red style...note perfect, I think...tasty, and rewarding...quaffable, I can drink this and be happy...as long as thereís no bagpiper playing "Danny Boy" right next to me...
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask: Slight cherry candy nose and just a little sweeter on the tongue. A nice alternative to the Pub Ale when looking for a session ale lighter than the scotch ale. Not complex, but good as a stock quaffer. Benefits from the cask pour, I think.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very clear copper red color that catches the light nicely. Two inches of nearly tan suds die down in short order to just a sparse cap and a bit of a ring. Almost no lacing. The aroma is of a mild caramel with a trace of tangy fruit.
The flavor is of a light husk-y graininess and mild sweet caramel, along with a tart/sweet fruitiness. Mid sip, I find some floral hops. The finish starts out ever so slightly dry with some subdued hop bitterness, but the aftertaste is a truly pleasant residual sweetness.
Fairly light bodied and softly carbonated, this beer is quite drinkable.
badgerben (4822) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color with a creamy head. Very grain filled aroma. The grain in the taste rings clear as fresh grain, not the muddled variety found in bad pale lagers. Some sweet malt in the background. Itís better than most Irish Ales, but still didnít do it for me.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
had on cask... clear red/brown with large creamy white head and good lacing. cereal in aroma, soft creamy malt in taste. decent session beer, but was hoping for more out of it.
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe the best Irish ale I have had. Aroma and appearance are common; light malt, and red. Good flavor. Lots of sweet malt with some hops. Dry. This beer is about the malt.