PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Pours bronze-amber with thin white head with some lacing. Flavor of sweet malt and slightly nutty. Finish is bitter, slightly of spicy hops, and slightly metallic. Overall not too bad. redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Tap: Nice red hue and good solid head. Roasted malt aroma, no hops and not much yeast. Nice sweet roasted malt taste, w/ slight metallic taste (which I attribute to rotation). Good mouthfeel. Overall a descent beer, I would say it is tastier than Killeans, and I’d order it again. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2004
On draft at Jet Rock in the Philly Airport. Benchmark Red: easy on the hops, slightly nutty and chalky flavor. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Had it out of the can. Creamy, sweet, and smooth. There isn’t really a whole lot to this beer. But, in this case, that is kind of a good thing. The simplicity makes it an easy to drink refreshing beer. After all of the strong beers out there, something like this can be enjoyable. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2004
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Bronze amber color, low carbonation & almost no signs of head or lacing. The aroma is malty with some caramelized sage type of nose. the flavor is sweet with some very light watery balance reinforcements. Irish ale perhaps? Fresh on cask would be much better. Good for a random beer my Grandpa brought to a 4th of July family get-together. This is peaceful though, good atmosphere at the time.
On-tap: Clear reddish brown, thin smooth vanilla hued cap, specks of lacing sticks. Aroma has much ado about nothing, I wiff and wiff and I get hardly anything. Faint of all faint sweet malt. Flavors are just as offering, hello, I’m I drinking something or not. Very mild, very faint, and very quick malty sweetness with a smidge of toastyness. Irrefutably tasteless. No off flavors, just no flavors. Feel isn’t watery really, just thin and lacking. I had this in a bottle some time ago and it was so bad I decided not to review it. Saw that it was on-tap so I figured, maybe, it might be a bit better. Um....nope. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Appearance was definetely the high point with this one. Nice reddish color with a decent off white head. Aroma was weak as was the flavor. Palate was a bit flat, but that could have been the conditions. Forgetable. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [nitro draft - Sparkys Spot - Glenshaw, PA] Poured a clear coppery orange with a very creamy and lasting tan head. Very faint and mild aroma, mostly of malt but with a faint hint of apples. Malt taste at the beginning that gave way to a finish that reminded me a lot of apple cider. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with no carbonation [nitro tap]. Very interesting flavor. I’d like to have it again at another place to see if it’s different. haf (530) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 16, 2004
Una cerveza irlandesa que se elabora en holanda... ejem sin comentarios. Aunque esta buena y no tengo acceso a muchas otras cervezas "rojas" 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2004
On tap. Thin head. Overly malty aroma and flavor. Undercarbonated in this form. Slightly disappointed.