rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2010
copper in color, malt and hop aroma. complex flavors, perhaps some fruit and caramel, not bitter. smooth with moderate carbonation. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Crisp dark orange color with a tight white head. There’s nothing overpowering in this, and that’s why I like it. It just tastes good! If you really want to search for flavors, you’ll get some bread, a little bit of roast, maybe a hint of apple (but not sour) at the end.
Simple, but very good. jhatlestad (34) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 Pretty amber/red appearance, good mouth, definite malt with hint of fruit, not typically a GL fan but this is a pretty good beer. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours redish brown with a noce head. Nose is very malty with some fruit. Taste was loaded with malt and a nice hop note. One of the best irish ales i have ever had. Travlr (24930) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Rating #333, that’s halfway to the sign of the antichrist. Scary. I’ve also had a lot to drink. Clear amber color, solid white head. Aroma of bread dough and wet socks, but in a good way. Taste is like Ovaltine on rye bread. Tasty.
Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2012
bottle, aroma, I swear some like old irish Potatoes
color, amber hue rich head
taste, neat Potatoe type esters, more like a cereal doughy type malt ester, for sure was rich maltness throughtout
overall, awesome, lookin forward to it again. rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2012
rich amber, small head. some fruitness with substantial malt. very balanced. definitely a solid beer. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
The body has light amber honey color with very good clarity. On top it forms a big creamy off white colored head. The head slowly fades but hangs on well and make cool rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is mostly sweet with hints of lightly roasted grains, bready yeast, light hops and some mild fruit notes. Its flavor has a good solid medium body with a sweet malty character that is tempered with just enough leafy hops for some balance. There are notes of bread, light caramel malt, orange marmalade and mild hops. The palate is smooth, slightly slick and easy drinking with mellow carbonation.
stoutchap (423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Very nice irish/red ale. Amber pour with off white head. Some lacing. Light nose. Solid malt profile with some depth and character. A bit of hoppiness balanced with a nice nutty finish. Quite drinkable. Dacrza (983) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2016
DATE TASTED: March 17, 2016... GLASSWARE:Brew at the Zoo pint.. OCCASION: St. Patrick’s Day--observed with an appropriate Irishman... APPEARANCE: dark orange amber, almost browning, body that cascades bubbles in a balanced and full manner; the head is off-white creamy and thick, holding at a full finger... the glass drain approaches lacing appearing almost as webbing... AROMA: surprisingly hoppy, with tangerine and mango wafting with flowery scents to evoke a pale without the resin... oven-raised dough and caramel make for a balanced suggestion--hearty yet accessible... PALATE: immediate presence at the throat, kicking open the door with its maltiness and leaving a thick, toasted residue in its wake... the hops soften at the teeth, with little suggestion or staying power there... medium-bodied, warming (at 6.5%, formidable) and worth mulling over after each sip... lively...TASTE: the toastiness is overt, with toffee and caramel demanding attention... the hops are light and afford some fruitiness--apple, tangerine... a slight basement dankness is winning, as it adds strength to each sip... some nuttiness and buttery hints jam as many different angles into the profile as it seems possible... OVERALL: Great Lakes continues to impress, this time with a style that comes across as a workingman’s ale braced for the month of March... flavorful, refreshing, bolstering...definitely worth the six I picked up just for the holiday...