Alchemist Donovans Red

Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: Irish Ale
Stowe, Vermont USA
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 155   ABV: 5.16%
Named after Donovan’s, a 19th century Irish restaurant in downtown Waterbury. This medium-bodied, red-colored ale has a nice hop flavor and aroma.

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AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Big bubbly off-white head. More dirty brown in color with red highlights toward the light. Nose of grain. Taste is hops upfront, grain in the end. Light cotton mouth dry finish. Good during dinner. Overall not bad, I wouldn’t drink again.

TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de malt torréfié et de caramel. Apparence: Couleur ambrée foncée. Pas de col. Aucune bulle. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de malt torréfié et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Corps mince avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de torréfaction. (Rating #137)

vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
On draft at the brewpub. Red like pour with some off white head. Fruity light hop tones. Sweet and toasted malt flavors accompany the light earthy hop notes.

ClarkVV (6967) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
On draught 4/16/05 at the brewpub. Medium-cherry-auburn red body, with a light tinge of brown. Light beige head is moderately well-retained and the beer has a light chill-haze. Aroma of brown bread, sweet and doughy, with light hints of cherries, wood, cream and fruity hops. Flavor begins with a well pronounced malt, light creamy-vanilla/honey with some light vienna malt huskiness, caramel on the finish and flavorful, fruity hops to add complexity and balance. Only lightly bitter. Smooth, slick mouthfeel does get a touch thin and lightly astringent from a drying graininess, on the end, but the flavor starts out wonderfully full, so I am not so concerned by the light astringency on the finish. Medium body overall and quite drinkable.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Fizzy white head tops the reddiah amber hue. Undersized bready caramel malts leave a lot of room for the earthy and floral hops to take, but they only do so moderately in the nose. Watery finish, very simple light-medium palate. Rather dull.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
In short: Typical basic caramelized brewpub ale. Good entry-level but not for the beer geek.
How: Tap at brewpub december 2007
The look: Clear copper body with a medium off-white head
In long: Basic fruity caramel malt profile with almost enough citrusy and pine-tree hops to balance it off. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, short finish, medium body, medium carbonation. Well brewed but characterless. This is your basic entry-level “amber” beer for the customer adventurous to look pass the entry-level blonde ale. The type of adventurous people who don’t always wait for the green light to cross the street.

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Draft. Pours a ruby bruin body with an off white head. Malty body with a caramel malt tone. Cereal notes, bread and toasted malt. Very dank wet malt tones, alright but not a huge fan of the style.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at the brewpub on November 4, 2010. Pours an amber-red color with a good light tan head. A finger or two worth with some bits of lace here and there. The nose brings out quite a bit of toasted bread, caramel, and some light dough. Amber malt in there as well. Some very light earthy and floral hops. The flavor is just really, really nice. This is insanely malty and flavorful for the alcohol level. Caramel and bread crust plus a bit of toast and a nice earthiness to round things out. Great body with a very nice level of bitterness. A very quaffable brew. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
First sample at the brewpub, on a snowy winter's eve...I don't expect much from this red, one of my least favorite styles (at least recently)...but this surprises me. Not great, but some nice roasty maltiness in the nose and on the tongue, piney hops to finish, pleasant if unremarkable. Just a bit thin.

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