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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Marked by a distinctive malty flavor from the malt components in the blend, Cleary Red is a darker ale that even pale ale-beer drinkers will find extremely palatable.

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3.1
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
12/27/07 - Winter Road Trip ’07 - Draft sample at brewpub. Clear red w/ off white head, nice lacing. Sweet malt nose, caramel and fresh baked bread. May be some fruity yeast esters. Pretty big malt character, caramel and bread, leading to a dry, hop finish, floral and a touch of bitter. This is a decent offering.

3
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
On tap. Rich fruity malty aroma, with big buckwheat honey and biscuit nose. Deep coppery red clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medum body with medium carbonation, light carbonic fizz. Rather dry ale, with mild biscuit maltiness and stale nutty hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonic gaseousness and dry chalky after.

3.3
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at the Wausau brewpub on 6/24/07: Pours a dark copper mahogany with a thin-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of dry, earthy, lightly toasted malt and some mild hop presence. Body starts fairly full and lightly sweet with a touch of caramel and earthy dark malts along with a decent bittering hop balance. A pretty good red ale.

3
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/24/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

clear dark red, fine beige head, streaks of lace, sweet caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops, rich caramel and munich malt flavor, nice sweetness is balanced by light bitterness, finishes overall sweet

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.2
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007
On tap at the brewery/restaurant in Escanaba. Clearish amber-copper body, thin-medium buff head. Very light aroma (served at a frigid temperature), cerealy, sweet, and earthy. Fruity Cheerios sweetness, almost berry-like, accompanied by earthy, dry hops. Caramely. Pretty good Irish Ale. It’s always nice to find a good craft version of this often overlooked style.

3.4
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2007
I’m clearly going against the grain here, but I actually thought this was pretty good. This actually reminded me a good bit of Portland Brewing Co’s McTarnahan Amber. The color was a deep red, almost like a Killian’s (I mean that in a good way). Aroma was primarily malty, and flavor was a bit unbalanced (in favor of the malt, versus the hops that were present), but hops were clearly present and counteracting a rather pleasant sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. All-in-all, I’d recommend giving this beer a try. I bought a 22 oz bottle at Trig’s in Eagle River, WI.

2.8
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Thanks again to Skyview. Red color with a faint nose. Light grainy body with not a lot going on.

2.7
JK (6158) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Another from Skyview. Light malt aroma. Red color, and a light roasty character with no discernible hop presence. Not offensive but uninspired and boring.

3
badgerben (5178) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Again, thanks to Skyview. Dark copper color with a medium head. The aroma is oddly orangy. Interesting for an Irish Ale. Very musty malt taste, like walking into a room that hasn’t seen fresh air in a few years. Not bad, not great.

3
Skyview (6034) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Picked up a sigle 22 oz bottle at Trig’s in Wausau, WI. Pours a reddish amber brew with an off-white head that dissolves quickly. Nice lacing. Aroma has scents of roasted barley malt, apples, pears, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is lightly carbonated, medium body and mild bitterness. Finish is clean, crisp, and a nutty aftertaste. Much better than the bottled White Tail Ale.


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