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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with a half ton of caramelized malts, this bold red ale has caramel and toffee flavors, notes of dried raisins and currants, and a slightly sweet finish.
Color: 30 SRM
Bitterness: 17 IBU
Gravity: 15° Plato
Availability: 24/7/365, Kegs and Bottles

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3.6
Zarrach76 (295) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2017
Belle couleur rouge/pourpre avec des reflets cuivrés, transparente, et une belle mousse dense homogène beige. Nez classique sur le caramel, le pain chaud, un peu de pruneau, un houblonnage léger, un peu de fruits rouges (cerise, mûre et fraise), de la groseille, de la gelée de coin... Simple, efficace ! Bouche souple, corps léger sans trop être sur l’eau, alcool au niveau de ses 5.8% et qui relève bien les notes maltées et les sucres résiduels, amertume tout aussi légère mais efficace sur la longueur avec une petite astringence, levures très nettes en rétro-olfaction avec quelques notes de bois et de résine. Une petite note métallique traine à la marge, mais sans que ce ne soit trop prononcé. Sur le final s’exprime de belles notes de noix fraiche fort agréables. Un breuvage assez simple mais homogène et bien structuré dans un style brassicole (les Irish Ale) plutôt sage à ceci près que le houblonnage est à l’Américaine. Sympathique sans casser des barres... Bouteille 36cl (12fl.oz), V&B Grenoble.

3.1
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Doesn’t have the bite that I appreciate from a good red ale, but it does have a ton of caramel malts in it. Tastes something like a liquid werther’s original, with some hop bitterness. A bit unbalanced, but still tasty.

2.5
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2003 Nice ruddy color. Pretty malty. However, there was something about this brew that did not sit well with me, however. The floral notes at the finish were not balanced enough with the malts.

3.5
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
As with most beers it is better on tap, this one suffers a bit much in the bottle. great red color. the flavor is very well balacened so that a taster can focus on either the hops or the malt and then the various subflavors involved with each.

3.4
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Pours red-brown with off-white head. Nose is bready. Well balanced malt on the tongue with some spicy hops. Chestnut and wheat notes drive this beer. Home. Not bad.

3.7
DavidAust (275) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Nice drop. Had several times in the last two weeks, must say I like it less each time - not sure why. Perhaps the batch was on it’s last legs by the time it got to Australia. The foam on the first few were reasonable and held OK, but the one last night hardly formed and didn’t hold. Nice reddish brown colour - tastes of caramel and malt. Length of palate is medium, longer than a larger - shorter than other dark ales. Overall happy, but will look for another Irish Red Ale to become a regular other than this one.

2.9
achtungpv (266) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Flat muddy mouth feel. Not a ton of flavor but nothing unpleasant. It’s a perfectly acceptable beer but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

2.3
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pours a copperish red color with a short lived off white soapy head.The aroma is a mix of pine hops and roster malt.The taste was bitter and metallic.The body was thin with a nasty metallic aftertaste.Just not a good beer.

3.2
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2008
served cold from tap. pours a nice amber, reddish color, with a good white head, and generous lacing. aroma is sweet, malty. flavor is pretty good, some hops but fairly mellow and easy to drink. it wasn’t a bad beer, but it was the best thing that they had on tap at the restaurant, so i gave it a shot.

3.3
Kroney (256) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours reddish copper. Aroma is surprisingly bitter forward with the malt being the secondary and last thing you smell. Taste is a complete 180 -- all malt sweetness and very muted overall flavor. Decent session beer.


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