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style
Brewed by Carlow
Style: Irish Ale
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 868   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional light hop flavour balances the sweet malty caramel taste. The addition of a pinch of roast barley during the brewing process lends a distinctive roast bite which is balanced by a crisp dry medium bitterness.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Appearance: Pours a dark translucent amber/brown with a 2 finger off white head. It stayed nice and frothy throughout the entire duration of the beer. Fantastic lacing. Smell: It has the classic Red Ale element, what ever it is that makes that attribute so recognizable. It has an aroma of sweet roasted malts and a speckling of dryness. The hops are present but very hidden. Taste & Mouthfeel: Very sweet and malty! There is not a lot of depth, or complexity to the taste, but it is pleasant and easy to drink. There are hints of that classic ’red,’ that may be birch or cream soda. This is a very straightforward, inoffensive and balanced beer. The taste experience moves right into to mouthfeel, largely because the predominate characteristic is the creaminess. This beer is extremely smooth and creamy with a full body and lightweight. It has a nice dry finish. Very easy on the palate! Drinkability: This is not the most interesting beer but it is extremely easy to drink. It sits light in the stomach and begs for more. Definitely a sessionable beer for me. I wish I had gotten a case. If you like the style (this may not be the best in it but) you will probably enjoy this beer. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Outstanding Irish Ale. Very smooth and balanced. Not very sweet like some Irish Ale’s. Well rounded and very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
(Moling’s Traditional Celtic Beer) Floral hops are notable over the sweet caramel malt in the straightforward and pleasant aroma. Clear, deep amber coloured body is topped by a foamy, off white head that stands well and leaves some patchwork lacing. Caramel malts up front along with some fruity esters and floral hops are balanced superbly by moderate bitterness. There’s enough flavour here for all but the most jaded of beer geeks, while you could probably still serve it to an adventurous macro drinker. Medium body with lightly prickly effervescence. I’ll forgive it for being not terribly exciting as on the whole it’s a very well-made beer that goes down well. A very pleasing surprise. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (LCBO, Nov-07).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1199) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Sweet roasted malt nose. It pours an awesome dark brown with a touch of red. Solid toasty malt flavor; also a bit of sweetness thrown in. I’m also detecting some herbal notes, licorice maybe? Overall, I can really see this as a great session beer for me; solidly easy drinking but with some complexity to chew on... good stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (3278) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 9, 2010
0.5L bottle, clear deep brown with light red streaks, small thick long lasting head, rich malty aroma with strong barnyard notes, flavour of bread and barnyard with some dark fruits at the back and a hint of metal, bitterness not to strong but quite persistent leading to a long bitter sour aftertaste. Good and satisfying.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rjplumer (1023) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sweet smoky caramel malt aroma. Deep brown with tan head. Starts off bitter but soon smooths out. Has deep rich feel. I’m pleasantly surprised by this one. Very respectable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duvelfan (139) - Getxo (Basque Country), - FEB 22, 2013
botella de 33 cl. Magnífico ejemplo de red ale. Corona de espuma beige, duradera..."manchando" el vaso como debe ser. Lo primero que salta a la vista es su aroma, delicioso aroma a malta y lúpulos (fruta madura???, madera??). Luego su color...ambar oscuro, precioso y por fin en boca, no defrauda, excelente para repetir...solo o en compañía.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smiley31 (12) - East Aurora, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2015
As a fan of Irish Reds this is by far one of the most flavorful brews in this class I have had. A caramel sweet aroma, with a mild hoppy flavor. This makes for a very well balanced beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKernOwl (207) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Fig, caramel and roast turkey & gravy nose; lovely toffee malt and soft carbonation make this lovely and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnTheTrail (418) - Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2016
Pours dark copper, medium head. Aroma is richly malty, nutty, pecan. Taste is toffee, nuts, toast, and a hops bite.


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