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. 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". 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. booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
A funny combination- first you taste the fruit, then the malt, and then the bitter dry finish that you get from the Black Biddy. Amazing, but not my bag. Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
The Red Biddy is a wonderful brew. Easy-drinking and congenial, it was the absolute perfect thing to enjoy along with a bowl (or three) of homemade potato soup on a rainy Irish afternoon, after a morning of soggy hiking. If ever you are in the west of Ireland, find it and drink it. It can be found here and there in Dublin as well.
Aggie80 (827) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2002
Big head, lots of bubbles, but without the bite normally associatated with them. Deep red color with just a touch of cloudiness. A bit hoppy, but it is a nice very smooth drink. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Had it on tap at the brewery/pub in Inagh, County Clare, Ireland. Nice reddish hue with a lasting off-white fluffy head. Slightly malty with a touch of hoppiness and caramel flavor. Finish is slightly bitter. Very good beer. One of the best I tried in Ireland. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2002
An excellent brew to sample in Ireland, if you can find it. Nitro-poured, it has a nice deep, red/mahogany color with the expected massive, settling head. Good texture, with less wateriness than found in many nitroed brews. Very pleasing maltiness. SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 The creamy head of this dark brown/purple beer was so thick I had difficulty discerning any distinct aromas. Initially sweet, hoppy, and foamy tasting, slowly transitioning to reveal red berry, malt, leather, and strawberry flavors. Finish is mildly bitter, quick and rather bland. Beautiful cascade.
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 . . .