aracauna (3734) - Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Beautiful, clear body somewhere in between deep amber and ruby. Off-white head is ok, but doesn't last long. Big malt in aroma backed up by citric hops. Flavor is nice toasty malt with the support of moderate hopping. Not a bad beer at all. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
Good ale. Nice coppery taste, good touch of hops--blended so it is difficult to
spell out the hop taste. One of the best beers in NC, from one of the best prewers
in NC. Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Very good. One of the best beers available locally in NC.................... dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Overall a solid beer from the mountains of NC. Nice color and flavor good drinking beer VA Homebrewer (524) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Golden brown color with a rather large bone white head. Aroma is pleasant, if unusual, possessing heather and grass with malt in the background. Quite powerful malt backbone with toffee and molassas present. No real hop flavors here, but the hops do dry this out and make it quite pleasant. Very interesting brew and worth another try.
obxdude10 (2395) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Evidentially I didn’t have any comments on this beer when I originally rated it. I just had the pleasure of tasting this beer again, while on vacation in Atlantic Beach, NC. It was on draft at Amos Mosquito’s restaurant, and was very tasty and delicious. It poured a bright and clear amber color with a pretty decently generous head. There was an impressive amount of lacing left by the head around the glass. The nose featured notes malt, cream and bread, and the flavors were mostly the same, with a touch of flowery hops and spice. The finish was incredibly smooth and a little creamy. This is certainly one of the better amber ales out there. fraternie (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2002
A well balanced, sweet and malty beer, but a little thin for my taste, as seems to be the norm with this style. Moderate spice flavor and hop presence, but not incredibly complex. PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2002
If I wanted an IPA I would have purchased an IPA. The Gaelic Ale is very hoppy. Has a pine taste that lasts well after the drink. I expected more malt and a sweeter flavor. Suttree (6575) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Nicely spicy, Fairly rich flavor - I think they've changed the recipe recently, for the better. I think the 5.8% alcohol seems a bit optimistic, though delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2001
not being fond of hoppy bitterness, i found this beer a bit unpalatable. but for those who enjoy that hoppy end of the beer spectrum, i'd say go for it......