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


on tap

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RATINGS: 883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Pours a dark ruby red moving to amber. Has a nice frothy tan head, with some surprising lacing. Aroma has a caramel / malt / burnt sugar thing going on. I get a little bit of smoked malts as well. Taste isnít bad, somewhat middling. Thereís a big toffee note in the beginning of the beer but itís chased away by more smoked malt character in the finish. Taste is somewhat sweet. Thereís no real hop character to speak of. This beer calls itself an Irish Red but with the smoked character it feels more like a 60 schilling or something similar. Overall itís not a bad beer but there isnít anything drawing me back, either. Somewhat mediocre.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
GoddamnNoise (118) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - APR 29, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ Home. Aroma: yeast aromas are the most noticeable. At lower levels, there is some nuances of bread crust, caramel, bread, roasted malts, cocoa. Appearance: deep amber color with medium-to-high head thickness. Beige foam made of small-to-medium sized bubbles. No hazyness. Low-to-medium retention. Low Brusselsí lacing. Taste: medium sweetness, low bitterness, no sourness. Flavors of bread crust, caramel, burnt caramel, roasted malts, yeast, bread, cocoa, grains. Palate: light-to-medium body, watery texture, low carbonation, short quite bittersweet finish with flavors of bread crust, roasted malts, caramel, yeast, bread. Overall: pretty amber color making promises that flavor and aroma canít keep. Not very refreshing nor pleasant. Quite simple and boring. Hops are not noticeable nor in the flavor nor in the aroma. Balance is in the maltís sweetness side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
moldovan9807 (147) - Oradea, ROMANIA - APR 22, 2017
Aroma of caramel, dirty,grass, malty . Taste of caramel, herbal grassy hops , some dried plums and/or raisins in taste. Milky, caramel and grass in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Dry,bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
midovark (809) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - APR 18, 2017
On tap. Pours deep mahogany with long lasting, thick head. Nice hoppy aroma with hints of coffee and roasted malts. The same notes appear in taste, but the mouthfeel is quite watery. Short finish, light body and therefore itís easily drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
funcut (610) - SIBENIK, CROATIA - APR 5, 2017
Kupljeno u konzuma...ok pivo..dobra boja i dobar okus...osjeti se gorcina.. Popio bih je ponovno

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FireGlider (550) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 31, 2017
Light brown/dark amber color with small brownish head. Malt aroma. Malty bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
backland (24) - ITALY - MAR 25, 2017
Una normale bitter in stile irlandese, si sente bene la parte caramellata, il uppolo Ť in equilibrio col malto.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nikokaoja (183) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - MAR 18, 2017
16. 3. 2017, Ljubljana, Gas station. 3rd one in row, so measurement was not done by protocol. Will have to try it again to rate it properly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3622) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2017
330 ml. bottle. BBD 28 Oct. 17. Pours a medium, well retained ivory head, with extensive lacing over a clear light brown (SRM 18) body........nose is moderate malts, with mild toffee/caramel tones, minimal esters, no hops, balance to the malts.......taste is toasted malts, with very mild toffee/caramel, light grain, dry throughout, mild lingering hop bitterness on the finish, balanced......mouth feel, medium light body, no alcohol, hints of astringency, moderate carbonation. This is on the dry,moderately bitter end of the style. It is ever so slightly harsh, compared to other Irish Red Ales. A bit more caramel/crystal and a different, or slightly lighter hop quantity would correct. It is quite clean and continues as an easy drinker. BJCP 5/3/12/3/6

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marduk (7183) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear dark copper color. Medium size, beige-yellowish head, stays. Sweet, caramel, dirty, damp old grass, malty in aroma. Caramel, herbal grassy hops which are very old, some old dried plums and/or raisins in taste. Milky, caramel and old grass in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. BB is good for another couple months, but whole thing tastes old. Poor brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (729) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2017
Dark brown colour, medium beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, biscuit, nuts, hops. Sweet sour taste with mildly bitter finish and dry a bit ashy aftertaste. Thin to medium body and average carbocation. Quite drinkable beer.

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