Biddy Early Red Biddy

Formerly brewed at Biddy Early
Style: Irish Ale
Inagh, Ireland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Ingredients: Pale Ale, Chocolate and Crystal Malts, and Bog Myrtle (a wild herb hand-picked from the nearby Mount Callan) which is used in the place of flavouring hops.
Creamy headed Red Biddy is a strong red Irish ale.

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mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Creamy head and a bright red body. Really weird aroma that I was not able to identify until it all started to make sense when I found out that it is flavored with myrtle instead of hops. Even so there is a taste that I would normally describe as hoppy in a beer. Strong taste of malts. Has a certain bite to it, but it overall extremely well balanced.

garthicus (2929) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 9, 2007
At last a micro Irish beer to be proud of, pint, brown-red in colour, medium head, a caramel earthy aroma with a malty-hoppy flavour, a fine example of an Irish Ale

dmonge (3) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2007 does not count
I was sick to my stomach the day I bought this (sea sick from the Aran Islands). I ended up saving it until I got home to the U.S. Man was that a HUGE mistake! The Red Biddy is my favorite beer. Excellent color, great aroma, and strange but amazing flavor. It is not brewed with hops but rather an herb called bog myrtle that grows on a hill behind the pub brewery seemingly located in the middle of nowhere in Ireland. However, to caution American drinkers I would get too intrigued because we can’t get it in the US. I emailed to ask and they said it will get caught up in customs. For availability I would rate this beer a "1".

pzurdo (5) - IRELAND - DEC 9, 2006 does not count
Probably my favourite beer. I’ve predominantly had it in bottles (once on tap in the brew pub, and one or two other pubs in the region), and whilst not bottle conditioned, I found that it aged very well, and was generally drinking better well after the use by date! I like this beer’s texture, flavour and the integrated balance between bitterness and a modest sweetness - greatly removed from the usual Celtic ale cloying sweetness. Overall one very much to enjoy.

11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle provided my MikeMac. Deep red colored with a nice head. Funky herb aroma. Medium bodied with sprightly carbonation. Malty with slight bitterness to balance. Interesting to try, especially after reading that this was bittered with the Bog Myrtle and no hops were harmed in making this beer. Decent for a try, I don’t think this would be a regular drinker.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Provided by MikeMac while at The Oak Cafe, thanks: Copper hue with a small fizzy head and minimal lacing. The aroma has notes of an old wool sweater, dry herbs and grains, apple and a hint of corn. The taste is malty and sweet with some fruit background. Very herbal throughout and that got boring. Cardboardy finish and feel, soft and easy going. A very average brew in the end.

MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle got this one from my broher in law when he came over from Ireland. Poured a nice amber with a off white to tan head very nice head. Decent lacing for this style of beer. What got me was the aroma it seemed like a old woll sweater I did not pick up much or the herbal notes that the others that I had shared with. Quite interesting herbal flavor some licorice somewhat like a ricola cough drop. decent malt flavor throughout...

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2006
Cask Stillage at the RUFC, Macclesfield 11/05/2002 Amber red coloured and sweet on the palate. Slightly rich. Malt flavoured finish.

TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 My first experience with this beer came on draught at a beer tasting held by the Beer Hunter in Washington, DC, and it is easy to see why he decided to make this beer a selection in his beer club. Red Biddy is a delicious, buttery, slightly spicy Irish Red Ale brewed with Pale, Chocolate, Crystal malts, and a wild herb called Bog Myrtle used in place of hops. A small portion of hops are used in this beer as well, but the Bog Myrtle is very evident in Red Biddy, and was an ingredient used in ancient Celtic brewing traditions. The Biddy Early Brewery is named after a local witch, and Red Biddy, as well as all their other products, truly are magical brews. Red Biddy Irish Red Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep ruby red color with a thick, creamy and dense light amber colored head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic with herbal/spicy aromas paired with some sweet and pale malt aromas. The palate is very firm with lots of good pale and crystal malt flavors, and just a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel on this beer is rich and buttery, a classic characteristic in Irish Red Ales. Red Biddy finishes with more good malty flavors up front, and ends with a spicy/herbal finish that slightly lingers. This is a phenomenal example of Irish Red Ale, and is one of only a few native Irish examples being brewed today. This beer comes in at 4.9% abv, so it is the type of beer you could enjoy a few of, and works very well with a number of dishes. This beer would work very well with beef and lamb dishes, and I matched mine with a delicious lunch of barbecued beef in a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, baked beans, brown bread and butter.

ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
A pint on tap at the brewery, June 8, 2005 Red Biddy is completely unique -- it’s filtered through local bog-myrtle! It’s a gorgeous cloudy light red-brown amber ("Like a roan horse," said my daughter), with a creamy off-white fully-lasting head and excellent lacing. The aroma is floral, herb, orange, with a back note of coriander and heather or currant. "Like an herbal tea," said my son. Things dropped off a bit in the tasting -- rather less vigorous than I would have expected from the looks and smell, but really quite pleasant nonetheless. Nice light malt mixes with moderately bitter hops with an average acidic finish. A medium creamy body with soft carbonation makes for a very drinkable and eminently smooth mouthfeel. What a great stroke of good fortune to happen on this tiny brew-pub! If you’re ever in Ireland . . .

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