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


on tap

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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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hawthorne00 (4151) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle. Gushed a bit. Deep red with an inch of beige head. Aroma has a mixture of dark sugars and a little grass. Taste is fairly sweet with quite a lot of bite from the high remaining carbonation. Fizzy palate improves a little with a swirl, but this is still pretty dull.

Jade (435) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2010
Dark caramel / red colour. Nice thick beige head that dissapears quite quickly. Strong aroma of toffee or caramel. Not as creamy as I expected but still quite plesant. Definite roasted toffee flavour with a sweet, almost fruity after taste that seems to cling to the top of the mouth. Not a bad drop.

davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Tap. Sweet and nice. Aromas of roasted malt, and cola. Flavour is sweet, with light bitterness, and it has good length. Palate is velvety, and medium-bodied. Amber colour, with a frothy long-lasting head.

mickmac (487) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours witgh a large off white ehad over a clear red-yellow body. A sweet molasses, slightly smokey aroma. Taste of butterscotch and caramel. A slightly dry finish.

jonno (2981) - JAPAN - DEC 4, 2009
Poured a deep amber hue with fizzy head. Nose is unique malt, although not too interesting. In the mouth it is a little thin but has a unique character. Didn’t really agree with me.

BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish brown a bubbly light tan head. Aroma has notes of toffee, malt, apple and berries. Flavour is similar, though less sweet, and has more emphasis on the malt and less fruit. Dry and highly carbonated with a dry, bitter finish. Not too bad but not particularly memorable either.

Davros (3310) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2009
Pours ruby/copper with a decent white head that then proceeded to grow into a towering mound well above the rim of the glass, and left lots of lacing.
Aroma is a mix of brown sugar, resinous hops, caramel, confectionery, white wine and bread. What an eclectic mix! Quite nice though!
Many of the above aromas are mirrored in the flavours, in particular, sweet caramel, bready malt and resinous hops. Finishes with a very tame bitterness, which lets the malt dominate in an overly sweet manner.
Body feels slightly watery, and I think a bit more carbonation might have helped to create a drier finish.

MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle 330ml. Poured hazy burnt copper with an averaged sized, frothy, lightly tanned head which lasted well. Aroma was of toffee malts with light notes of earthy hops, caramel, nuts, Anzac biscuits, overripe peaches and sultana’s. Flavor was smooth with a light earthy hop bitterness, slightly buttery toffee malts, caramel, red berries and ripe nectarines and a nutty finish. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, watery texture and a decent length finish. Seemed more an ESB than it did an Irish Red IMO.

nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. A semi gusher with half the remaining beer creeping its way out from the bottle. It pours copper with a large beige head. There’s a strong candy apple aroma and flavour (acetaldehyde perhaps?) and has metallic and phenolic off-flavours - safe to say this is an infected batch. Tough to drink so I let the drain enjoy this one. Disappointing to have tried a bad bottle.

gam (4096) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2009
Light biege head good carbonation in a reddish brown misty pour aroma caramel malted nuts coffee toffee flavour roasted tastes coffee caramel smoothness of tastes mild bitter that works well a grittyness or fizz on the palate finish malty roasted tastes mild bitter that lingers okay

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