Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Irish Ale
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Originally brewed for Beechworth’s annual Celtic festival, the Celtic Red Ale is now a Bridge Road staple.

The Celtic festival is held in november each year and aside from the music, having a few ales is a big part of it.

The Celtic Red Ale is classed as an Irish Red Ale in beer speak. It presents a wonderful deep red hue and a creamy off white head. The Red Ale has a big malty body owing to the use of caramalised malts and roast barley. The flavour is slightly roasted with smooth notes of chocolate, toffee or Jaffa, bringing back childhood memories of the occasional Jaffa that was actually consumed and not just thrown at the back of someone’s head. The malts are back up with the use of noble hops to provide a good lick of bitterness. At 5.3% this one is sure to make you merry.

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tomciccateri (1035) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2013
on draught at Taps - Kuala Lumpur. labeled Celtic Red Ale at 5.8%. pours a dense dark amber with ladting off-white head. strong chemical aroms? medium body, moderate mouthfeel, slightly chewy character. malty flavor balance. slightly sweet flavor balance. distracting flavor component. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Jado (805) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours a clear dark brick red with a cream coloured head that collapses fairly quickly. Aromas of flowers, malt, grass and apple. Taste has some dark caramel and toast up front before a mild bitter note comes through, washing out to some raisin, apple and a touch of lemon at the back end. Fruity, slightly sweet finish. Maybe not as dry as the BJCP would prefer, but pretty good all the same.

lliams (204) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2013
Have they tweaked this? I tried it a year ago and thought it was pretty dull. Had a bottle the other night though with some indian food and maybe it was the food but man- this beer was alive! really robust, rich and dry.

M_Sack (773) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
Deep amber red with frothy cream coloured head.Hints of whiskey on the nose. Whiskey and burnt caramel on the front of palate creating a pleasantly bitter start leading into stronger malts and well balanced sweetness and long bitter sweet finish. Delicious autumn beer

jmgreenuk (9988) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 20, 2013
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a deep reddish brown with a thin glass hugging head and no carbonation. The aroma is rich, fruity and of malt. The flavour is uber malty. It’s not a thick, rich beer, but you really feel as though you could chew the malt. There are some cherry notes on the palate too. This is like no other "red" I’ve ever tasted. It’s packed full of diverse flavours and deserves a better rating IMHO. The malty flavour did disappear fairly soon after it was poured though, so drink it quickly!

norkle (14) - - JAN 20, 2013
Appealing deep malty brown color, light tight head. Light malty aroma followed through in the mouth. Enjoyable malty flavor, somewhat nutty. I’m enjoying it in an Australian summer, would bee equally enjoyable in winter.

Rangi (671) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2013
There is a strange tart bitterness that dominates this beverage and doesn’t seem to fit the description of what this beer describes itself as being. Appears pleasant red brown with thin white head. Slightly thinner in taste than expected. Bit of an average beer from these guys who usually produce some really awesome beverages.

pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2012
Insipid boring beer. You get a hint of flavour then it disappears. Average.

halfbaked (48) - - DEC 2, 2012
From the tap at the brewery. Poured a deep red/brown with a small lasting head. Aroma of sweet malt. Soft, malty flavour with a fruity sour end note. Yes, it was served quite cold but to me that brought out the sweetness, maybe not "true to style" exactly but suitable for an Aussie summer. Not my favourite style but quite drinkable.

Bif (2344) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2012
On tap at The Bended Elbow, Albury. Served a dark red color with a decent tan head that fades to good lacing. Aroma of malt sweetness, caramel, toffee and bit of grain and hops in the background. taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness and a hint of spice. Decent bitterness with a bit of lingering malt sweetness but still a clean finish. Fairly medium body, quite smooth, nice balance although it seems a bit too carbonated. Nice ale that goes down quite esay. Good for a few. Worth a try.

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