whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Nice polished-copper body with a modest, filmy off-white head. Notable edge of roasted barley lends a coffee quality to the aroma; also has some toffee and light hop spice underneath. Flavor is grainy and lightly astringent with some sweetness that reminds me of cola syrup. Chalky quality on the palate. Overall, this is not to my liking.
cheap (5858) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
I didn’t recall seeing this on anybodies favorite list so I have passed over it for about 3 months at the beer store. A malty red ale it says. Has a nice picture of americas finest historic prop fighter on it. After two lighter lager beers I’m looking for something with a little kick in it, and I found it. Pours impressively dark brown in my steeler stein. Has a light alabaster head that just sits there. Has a very slight aroma of roastyness to it. Taste has a good dose of hoppy or maltness to it. I can’t really see any red in the color. It says that they are trying to please their harsh critics and if their harsher critics like astringent bitterness it is getting there. Not as hard hitting as an imperial stout but has some qualities of an IPA or Dunler Bock. Since I don’t particularly care for beer that is bitter and lingering, this is not one of my favorites. Finish is impressing and lasts for a while; you get your moneys worth on the lastingness. On par with carlow ohara but not as good as smithwicks. Im betting this is +5% alky.
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle from Pat’s. Pours a great clear ruby shade, with a sizable frothy khaki head. Aroma of cabernet, slight brown sugar and nuts. Tastes caramel malty, nutty, with a walnut/hazelnut, and a good deal of cabernet grapey flavor. Medium palate with decent balance and complexity. I like this one a lot more than most, and I consider it a top tier red ale, one of the finer examples of the style that I have yet quaffed. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 his beer is a poor tasting brew. But at least it has some quailites of an irish ale. Probably the most flavorful of the variety pack but I will most likely never buy this beer again Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Aroma is nice and malty, with Tootsie Roll-like chocolate, toasted grain, and caramel. Mild fruity hops. Dark brownish-red clear, with very little head to it. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with quite a bit of harsh carbonic acidity and good hit of dry bitterness. Malty taste, with chocolate and burnt sugar. Tinny diacetyl flavors. Finish is bitter, though flat and a bit harsh without all the nice floral essences afforded by better hoppy beers. After is malty and bitter, with quite a chalky feeling and mild metallic tang. Quite drinkable, but not one I’d have over and over.
BuffaloBrewed (42) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2006
On draft at the brewery. Very dark red in color, maybe even a little bit cloudy. The smell features strong malts and a roasted chocolate note. The taste is sweet and malty but it still has a good bite to it. The beer’s flavor lingers in your mouth for a while This is a really good red ale.
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Reddish brown appearance with a tiny head that left decent lacing. Earthy, caramel malt aroma. Medium-bodied with a peaty, roasted malt taste. Slightly sweet finish. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pours a dark amber reddish color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is full of malty roasted nuts. Taste is malty with strong nutty overtones. Has a slightly smoked cigarrette aftertaste. Average at best. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is faint sour nutty malts. The flavor is sour, nutty and roasty. Tastes more like a brown ale than an Irish Red. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 12 oz bottle poured into a small goblet glass from La trappe (just bought the glass, it came with the Quad as a bonus). Pours a very dark red almost brownish. No head but a small lacing sticking to the sides. Smell is present - malt driven. Bready, sour sweetness of cherries and tangerines, and a roasty coffee aspect. Humm, even some chocolate. I am starting to "get" Irish Ales. This and the Hooker I had were both malt driven in subtle ways. Its not in your face but there. Taste is light well balanced in fruitness, coffee and sweetness. The aftertaste is amazing. A sweetness sticking to your tongue and cheeks. Nothing really strong but nice. Average mouthfeel and low bitterness.8/3/8/3/15.
Rerate, its been about 6 months since I had this, I feel like I am drinking from the same batch and it has changed for the better. The fruit flavors have vanished and the sweet chocolate flavors emerged. An ESB character with buterscotch sweetness is coming out as well. I am more impressed with the color, which is very dark but still red. This really is a good Irish Ale. 8/4/8/3/16.