RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
(March 1st- April 30th) Deep ruby red in color, this well balanced ale has roasted malt tones and a crisp hop character. It is in the Irish tradition and comes just in time for springtime thunderstorms.

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FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Pours with a frothy, light tan, initially two-finger thick head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep, burnt red color, that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with notes of berries, hints of roast malt, ample toasted grain, swarthy biscuit notes and a dusty crushed soda cracker notes. There is also a fair amount of hop aromatics here though. Aromas of sweet citrus and again some fruit notes that accent the berry aromatics.

Lightly sweet, but has a large malt presence in the form of caramelized malt sugars and ample toasty, deeply bready, biscuit-like malt character. A supporting hop presence provides flavors of orange peel, zesty grapefruit, a touch of astringent pine, and a solid, slightly biting bitterness in the finish. The malt and hop notes combined to provide an unspecified berry-like flavor here, which helps to round things out. The malt character and the hop bitterness tend to linger on in the palate quite a bit, but this beer is still fairly light. It has a medium heft to it, but only just enough, as it remains quite drinkable.

I don’t typically think of hops when I think of an Irish-Red, but I definitely think this beer is better for their presence. The hops might be a bit distracting if there was not such a large malt presence, but luckily there is and I really like how rich the malt character is. Despite this the beer is quite drinkable. A clean beer that drinks much better than I might have guessed.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Bottled. Poured a deep, coppery brown with a short off-white head. The aroma picked up deep, rich caramelization with darker fruits and chocolate.. very intriguing and enjoyable. The flavor had dark fruits and caramel again at the core with sharper alcohol notes and a solid dose of herbal bitterness.. sweet, toasty finish showed some stale oxidation notes. Light-medium bodied and too sharp at times. Not bad at all.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2007
12oz bottle from alldaydrinker - thanks, Jeff! Typical looking red that benefits from a very lush malt character, with just enough hops to balance. Big, bold, creamy, it may not have the most distinctive flavors but it’s certainly a very fine example of a style I generally dismiss.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Thunderhead Irish Red
Date: 04/21/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, 50 More Beers on the Wall

clear dark amber, fine off white head, drops of lace, chocolate and dry biscuit aroma, rich dry caramel flavor, rich chocolate provides balance and interest, nice earthy hops leads to a bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007
12 oz Bottle from Alldaydrinker; Thanks Jeff; nose of coffee, grain, and some caramel; smells more stouty; clear cherry brown with a medium beige head; flavor of light roasty coffee, a touch of hop bitterness, and caramel

bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
C bus 7. Has a mild malty aroma with a light bitterness> A mild hop presence also nothing all that special. Drinkable though.

jsquire (4599) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Out of a bottle at C-Bus 7. Amber color with a cream colored foamy head. The nose was of raw, dusty grains. I noticed lots of grainy astringency in here with a finish of grassy hops. Okay beer.

thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
C-bus 7. Lots of caramel malt in the aroma. Deep brown body. Medium palate. Light caramel taste with some roasted malts in the background and a faint bitterness.

spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Columbus tasting 7 shared by LeopoldStoch.Very earthy aroma with some caramel in there as well.Pours a medium copper with a medium off white head.Caramel malt stood out in the flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a bit of a sweet finish.

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
C-Bus 7 Bottle shared by butters: Poured a copper color with a white head. Aroma caramel fruits, some roasted notes. Flavor, fruity, caramel, some spicy hops. Not bad, definitely sessionable.

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