TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Had a half pint at the brewery when I was picking up my grolwers of sexual chocolate last weekend. This a well-hopped irish/red ale. Simple to drink, smooth, and downright tasty. I could drink a few of these, easy. Thanks Jamie for hooking it up with the growlers and giving me a (beer) reason to stay in NC! wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2008
Draught at the brewpub in WS. Reddish brown, medium off-white head. Malty nose, caramel, chocolate, sweet. Flavor is malty, with a lot of caramel, some chocolate, and roasty malt undertones. Slightly saccharin, but not too much. Slight bitter finish seems to come from roasted malts. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2008
On tap at tyler’s in durham. Poured a red hued brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate, although there may have been some sweet, citrus. Flavor was similar. A really solid caramel backbone; some chocolate. A nice amount of bitterness for the style. Citrus and orange in the finish. A very solid beer. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Caramel, citrus fruit, red berries, and toast on the nose. Reddish amber with a fading, off-white head. Dry and fruity, completed by an up-front snap of citrusy hops. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, and a fully flavorful finish loaded with caramel, berries, and citrusy hops. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2007
I just finisheda growler of this solid, somewhat hoppy red ale and I am extremely impressed by its balance. Piney bitterness up front is completely justified by a wonderful maple and caramel malty backbone. Hooray for well done simple brews!
NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
On tap at Barley’s: Pours a solid red hue with a fair tannish head. The aroma is quite toasty with lots of nuts, toffee, and even some light grapefruit. This brew has a fairly light mouthfeel with an easy to drink flavor profile. Hints at toast, toffee, chocolate, subtle citrus are all here but in a lighter, thirst-quenching package which makes this surprisingly drinkable. I certainly don’t get excited about Irish-styled red ales, but I could drink a lot of these. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at Piedmont in Durham, NC. Dull reddish copper pour with one finger of creamy sandstone tan head. Nose is rich and malty with a mild leafy hop character and notes of caramel and toasted grain. Full bodied with a medium carbonation and mild bitterness. Toasted grain and some malt sweetness. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
On tap as the Irish red seasonal. For an Irish red- this was actually pretty good, but still a boring style. Medium amber red with a nice head. Aroma is nutty with good full caramel malts, slight butter, low hops and good ester fruitiness. Flavor is toffee, caramel, herbal hops, light spice, and a good fruitiness. Fairly clean and very easy to drink. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
Red, with a dense beige head. Grainy, caramel aroma. Lightly hoppy flavor, with a nice mix of bitter and sweet. All inall, pretty simple, but well made and tasty. On tap, Asheville Pizza and brewing. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
Originally reviewed: 3/17/10. Had this on tap at the brewpub. Came out a clear dark amber/red with a thin white head on top. Little lace stuck to the glass. Scents of breads, some mild toffee, and sharp hops.
The body is crisp and refreshing. Plenty of carbonation. This is a high-hopped Irish Red. Reminds me of a tamed-down Amber Ale. Some mild breadiness in the middle, but the sweeter side that I expect from the style, is absent. It’s bitter, bold, and good. Not a bad take on the style. Recommend.