johnfranklong (7) - - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
Light carmel color with little to no head. Lightly roasted malt flavor balanced well with light citrus hops. If it wasn’t for the slightly high alcohol content this would be a good session beer. fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 14, 2015
I like a decent amount of Great Lake’s beer (need to get around to rating more). This one has me a bit disappointed. Pours a very light copper with no real head. It has a creamy mouthfeel up front, but ends a bit watery. Smells like a beer (no real distinct smell, so just normal malt. Light toasted malt, maybe slight floral and fruit. Nothing that is the main focus. Very light tasting beer. I seem to prefer more stronger flavored beers (regardless of the type) so this one just not stack up for me due to the very light flavor.
Rerated only due to a mistake on initial rating. UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic pint at approximately 40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a quite clear brown-amber, just a shade or two lighter and redder than the bottle glass. A careful pour causes virtually no head, just a short-lived cap of slightly off white that leaves no trace behind. Bubbles stream continuously from the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Warm toast wafts out of the glass, bready and malty, with some vague hints of nuts and a faint shadow of something floral.
Taste: Toast and cracker spring to the fore of the flavor profile, and are met by just enough of a grassy, floral counterpart to balance from sweetness into a state best described as having swallowed the Little Book of Calm. Swimming through the mix is a faint tone of pecan, and there’s also a soft, slight metallic tang to the beer, far off in the distance.
Mouthfeel: Full and nigh creamy, this nails the feel for a medium-bodied ale.
Overall: Quite possibly my favorite Irish Red, and one of the GLBC seasonals I looks forward to in the lineup. Easy to drink, and easy to savor and dissect. climberbob (497) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber w pale head that does not stick about. Bready yeasty aroma w some malt. Malty beer w mild bitterness. Not much hop at all. Smooth creamy finish. Decent beer but nothing remarkable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone starewich (170) - - FEB 1, 2015
Thin gray head that dissipates rapidly though with a fair amount of retention. Clear dark orange color. Crackery malt. Floral, slight resin from the hops. A little cheap maybe, but tasty.
Patrickctenchi (6732) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Clear copper with a thick, tan head.
Nutty, caramel aroma.
Taste is caramel malt, roasted nuts...a hint of chocolate.
Rich and malty.
Very tasty. berkshirejohn (6660) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY.
A golden amber pour with a ring of white head;
floral aroma; soft malty taste with some floral, herbal notes;
and a rather watery finish. jackl (8425) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Keg @ Sedona. Rich Amber with a small head. Nose is rich and malty. Loads of caramel and red apple. Taste is pretty fruity and unexpectedly vibrant. Raspberry ripple, apples. Light nuttiness. Medium body, soft carb. jsporrer (1119) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a clear dark amber to med brown with a little white head. Smells of sweet hops. Taste is of sweet hops and a little citrus. It is very smooth and textured like a darker beer but with a much lighter flavor. It was very enjoyable. There isn’t any powerful notes just a good smooth refreshing taste. No harshness or lingering aftertaste. I liked several other beers from Great Lakes so I bought 1 bottle at Giant Eagle Mkt District just to try it. I think I’ll get some more when I go back before the season is over. joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear deep amber, quick one finger off white head, little lacing but good retention. Aroma of caramel and bread. Taste is mostly sweet, slight roasted, earthy bitterness. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Finishes sweet. Tasting notes of caramel, nuts, yeast, herbs and honey. A decent malty Irish ale.