Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Draught at the Bull & Castle, Dublin.
Arainn Rua is a bottle-conditioned Red Ale (a red ale that has nothing to do with Killian’s) that weighs in at 5.2% but has the complexity of a much stronger brew. It is sweet and complex, peaty, hazel-nutty, and bubbly. As a blind pick, it was amazing with the dessert. The bottle-conditioning gives it a certain resemblance to the Old Speckled Hen, or certain Belgian ales. A definite classy edge here. The bottle enticingly says, a "secret essence of Arainn Mhor ingredient" is added. I wonder if it’s not some sort of herb, or perhaps heather -- contributing to the sweet, peaty earthiness that’s present. This is an excellent, excellent ale, perhaps my new favorite Irish beer, overall. angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 10, 2010
This was excellent. Amber colour with nice white head. Fruity aroma. Medium bodied and smooth. Hoppy and spicy with fruity and grassy flavours. Nice bitter finish. Can’t remember the finer details as I had it months back but it was very good and I can’t wait to have it again. onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2008
Light copper and hazy with an average head. Caramel malt, sweet aroma. The flavour also features caramel, but with a surprising amount of balancing bitterness. The finish long and sweet. Uncomplex overall, but well balanced and pretty tastey. ekstedt (6881) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2009
Bottle (50 cl) at the brewpub at Bredaryd Wärdshus. Clear copper, medium off-white head. Fruity and caramelly aroma, with earthy and floral hops. Light in body, medium carbonation. Dry with moderate bitterness. jspruit (122) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 29, 2007
Shared this 500ml bottle with some friends after picking it up at Redmonds in Ranelagh.
Nice pour with two finger head that didnt stick around too long. The smell was sweet and carried through to the beer as well. As with the previous Árainn Mhór beer I tasted, this brew seemed to grow on me the more that I drank.
Happy to see an Irish brewery making their own beer. A nice example of an Irish Red Ale that I will definitely try again-maybe an entier bottle for myself.
KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2008
Bottle from Bull and Castle.
Fresh and fruity, well balanced. A little vinous, and edge of sourness that balances the sweet fruit. Nice stuff. jercraigs (10592) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009
2009-05-23. Hazy dark amber body, good sized billowy off-white head and lace. Flavour is pleasantly bitter, mild but supportive malt, dry caramel notes. Very light mineral note in the finish, grows as it warms. (6+) Aroma is muted, both because its mild and the cold temperature. Mild malts, just a touch of hops light grassy touches. Average palate suits it. Simple but rather pleasant quaffable beer. Bottle at Bull and Castle, Dublin mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
[2199-20090523] 500mL bottle. Buttercup apple flower aroma. Slightly hazy, orange red body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Grainy flavour has sweet fruity yeast undertones. Medium body. Drinkable, good.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2009
(@ Bull & Castle; Dublin, Ireland; w/ jerc)
[email protected]gnoff (10711) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2009
Fruity, citrus, light grassy aroma. Light hazy, amber colour, beige firm head, good lace. Light sweet, bitter, light fruity, pretty bitter finish. Thinnish mouth feel. Refreshing and balanced.
50 cl bottle at BRedaryds Wärdshus, on April 25, 2009
Marked 5.2% ABV
Clear dark copper color, tan head. Sweet malty scent. Spicy malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.