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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 5.99%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Irish style red ale is bold & smooth, brewed with blends of Caramel 80 and roasted malt to give it a rich finish. Generous amounts of Fuggles and Willamette hops brings out a wonderfully complex aroma. A late winter/early spring brew.

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Dogbrick (13554) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Sample at the brewpub. Clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lace. Malt, caramel and slight hops in the nose. Light-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, fruit and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Average overall.

3
rondphoto (4490) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2017
on tap @ Diamond Bear / Little Rock AR --- Clear dark amber color, beige head that drops to a cover, blobs of lace. Taste is malt and hay, medium carbonation, light hops, and a shift to cedar at the end. Full-bodied, and some complexity, but, still somewhat routine.

3.5
JStax (7132) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Martinvanbeer. Thanks! The beer is a clear dark amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma has nuts, toffee, some licorice. Musty and sweet taste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Decent.

3.1
chucklemation (1747) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Pours a dark amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is roast and caramel. Flavor is similar, slightly sweet, with hints of earthy hops. A well-executed if uninteresting Irish red. Tastes good at least.

3.2
beer_rookie (642) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 24, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2016 Aroma, fruity, almost like a wine, and toffee...Appearance, a crimson color. Darker than probably most of the style. I’m having trouble identifying the color of the head. I’m getting some crazy lacing though....Taste is mediocre. Sweet and malty, some fruitniess in there also... Mouthfeel is smooth very smooth. It finishes very clean and poof, it’s gone. No aftertaste...Overall, come on Diamond Bear!! You can do better than this!! It’s okay, but I don’t think I’d buy it again. Naturally I’ rooting for the home team, and usually they make outstanding brews, but this one....eh.....

Okay, I originally rated this over a year ago. Having another offering, and I’m changing my score. Originally, I gave it a 2.5, but now I’m upping it a little.

New things I’ve noticed. Upon opening the bottle, I caught a bit of tobacco, and more toasted malt.

The head is white/khaki color. But I do notice a two tone effect, red and khaki, which is odd. Lacing is very nice.

Taste is nutty and creamy.

Overall, a decent Irish Ale. One that I might try again...

3.1
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Nuts, caramel, and citrusy hops, all in good measure. Not a huge fan of the style, but this one is probably a little above average. Lingering hops on the finish, then another little wave of sweets and nuts. Not bad

1.8
jake65 (3986) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle: Pours a reddish orange with a thin beige head. Nose is slightly sweet and almost fruity, maybe berries?, and kind of earthy. First sip suggests moon shine was mixed in… what? An odd taste that I associate with jet fuel. Some caramel and more berries, doughy. Maybe the yeast was off… I just don’t like this at all.

2.7
Travlr (25854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle shared with jackl. Clear deep amber color, white head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is biscuity caramel.

2.1
jackl (8301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle from Guess Who? Bentonville. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. Very sweet cocoa and caramel malt. Cow’s Tails. Basically a big old wallop of caramel. The taste is turning almost soured red apple. Caramel. Pretty biscuity. Slight bitterness. Medium body, strong carb. Poor stuff.

2.9
Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
12oz bottle 6/23/14 (Judicious Spirits)-46° in Mug-Pours a ruby red with a small off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and sweetness. Taste of the same with a bit of hops and more sweetness. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad but not good.


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