AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice dark amber with red hues when held up to the light. It has a smally lingering white head. Aroma is sweetmalts, Notes of caramel, dark fruit, and walnut come out. On the palate, it is a bit light for an Irish red. The flavor is a bit sweetier than I expected, but it a good way. It finishes rather dry. Pretty good beer, esspecially for a Macro. Very sessionable. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Nice attempt from a beer company I do not like. They are however striving for a better beer and I can totally respect that.
Not Bad BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
12oz bottle from Shaw’s. Pours a dark red copper body with a thin film of light tan head. Smells fruity, nutty, with some caramel. Nut and caramel jump out of the flavor, with a fair bit of a fruity sweetness. Medium in body with moderate body, and easy drinking. Nothing stellar, but a solid example of the style, tasty and drinkable. A good brew. drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Well it does in fact start malty sweet and fade to a dry finish, as they claim, but the dry finish is too much; it really knocks you over. The aroma is malty and sweet with touches of cinnamon. Nice head and great color! Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
8/12/09 from 12oz bottle. Aroma is all malt with a sweet/sour caramel note balanced by a black pepper background. Appearance is faintly hazy copper with a very well maintained cream colored head. Flavor matches well with aroma, with a slight earthy addition added to the maltiness and low bittering.Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a seemingly low carb feel that still lingers on the tongue. Overall, not bad, but could be a bit richer.
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Glassy red (or dark orange). Some root beer-like head. The color of a lava lamp.
Sweet roasted malt, not really bitter. Nutty, kinda like a roasted brown. Only slightly sweet. Roasted malt of a Smithwicks with a Guinness.
A tiny bitter Irish bite. Slightly sweet, akin to the sweetness of an Oktoberfest. Some nice roasted malts (more bitter with warmth). Nutty and not overly bitter.
Milky but a little bubbly fizzy. Some nice bite. A solid, slightly bitter, slightly sweet Irish ale. A nutty red ale. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle from Pat’s variety Michelob case. Brownish medium pour with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is malt, hops, brown sugary. Tastes on the sweet side, very caramel malty, with very mild hops and a brown sugary flavor. Not very complex, and muddles more as it warms. Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2009
I haven’t had too many "Irish Ales" but I’m pretty sure this isn’t the best representation of the style. Actually has some a decent malt character to it, especially for a macro. No hops really. But hey... I didn’t puke when I drank it, so cheers! jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours a four finger very light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted to almost burnt malt, hops almost balance. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small khaki head that collapses fairly quickly. The nose is sweet, fruity and malty with no discernible hops in support. Light-bodied and effervescent it finishes a bit tinny. Sweet and malty, the flavor more-or-less follows the nose with the diminishing contribution of an odd, light plastic/medicinal note thrown into the mix. If they just added some bittering hops to the recipe, this could be a pretty solid offering from AB. As it is, however, it’s just way too sweet for my tastes.