notalush (5818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite magic hats. Interesting mix of flavors with a nice, chocolate finish. It does have a very strange mouthfeel, but it’s one that grows on you. It is really like no other beer out there. However, every once and a while the I get a bottle with an unusual level of bitterness, which makes me lower the rating a little.
thornecb (5774) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear mahogany into a Sam glass. Off-white micro head slowly pancakes as it recedes leaving trailing sheets. Toffee, molasses and roasted nut aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning dry in the abrupt toasted grain finish.
cheap (5637) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish color pour with a head that fades rapidly. Plain ol beery aroma. Friendly initial low alky malty taste makes this presentable. Decent amount of co2 on the palate. Comes across a little creamy. Yes, friendly and rather easy. I was expecting something overly malty for some reason but this is not too bad! Picking up some carob in there I think. Good overall beer experience. Probably could drink a few of these at a stiing. More like a mild ale.
markwise (5382) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Magic Hat. Pours a red-Amber with a white head. Nose is some malt, toast, slight fruit, some plum, and a dry yeast. Flavor is similar with toast, malt, slight plum, and mild fruit. Light in body and a nice Irish red overall.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown color. Small to medium head. Aroma is fruity, malty and rather sweet. A medium bodied Irish Red Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet and somewhat roasty. Hops are spicy and floral. Nice roasty malt flavors. Touch of orange and spice here as well, must be the yeasts. Well balanced. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Aurelius (5200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial aroma put me off, but this smelled a lot better after the pour -- hops, coffee, pale malt, some muted toffee. Decent label, a lightened porter coloring, beady tan head. Nicely hoppy, some sweet creaminess, lots of peaty twang and roastiness. Some muted cereal flavors underneath. Long-lasting hop finish on a medium body. Tangy on the lips. I get the distinct feeling that this would be a lot better from the cask, as it reminds me of a good brewpub ale. Definitely better as it warms.
CapFlu (5115) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Deep brown body with an almond head. Roasted malt nose and flavour but clean finish. Lacks punch.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I dont think I have ever had a true Irish red ale before, but i really liked this. Very dark red color with very slight head. Nice carbonation- lots of malt and some hops. This is just a good drinking ale- very smooth.
badgerben (5028) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a thin head. Good aroma of cocoa and coffee. The taste stays the same and gains some sweet malt. I thought this was a stout; it seems completely at odds with the Irish Ale style. Well balanced and rounded.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20