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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Celtic brewers used caramel malts and roasted barley to impart a deep red color and rich malty flavour to their ales. Starting with this historical style, we worked for over two years developing and perfecting our 21st Century version. After countless tastings and adjustments, we arrived at O’Dempsey’s Big Red. It’s Big. It’s Red. An Irish-Style Red Ale with a North American attitude. All the body you want with just the right amount of hoppy goodness. Enjoy.

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3.5
elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
12oz bottle, unknown date. Like the IPA, this pours relatively thick, murky, and hazy, reddish/copper color with a small one finger tan head that leaves some light lacing and holds a small cap. Aroma is heavy on caramel malt, sweet bread, brown sugar, some dark fruit notes, light chocolate, toffee, good strength. Flavor features caramel malts, biscuits and sweet bread, a little dark fruit, some citrus hops for balance, finishes semi-sweet and a bit watery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Pretty darned good Red Ale, the aroma in particular is my favorite part.

3
drowland (9076) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
10/2/10. 12oz bottle. Chocolate and roasty aroma and chocolate flavor as well. Not great, but better than the ipa.

3.8
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Smells malty and sweet. Looks a deep amber red and pours with a nice frothy head that lingers a couple of minutes or so. The flavor is quite good at first, though it might get old before long. Crisp, somewhat subtly hoppy finish. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with this Irish Red.

3.3
Hangover (1142) - oxford, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
I’ll call it a copper pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is all malt with an overall earthy aroma. Nice malty flavor with some caramel, bread and some toasted cereal malts. Finish is crisp and has a lingering malty aftertaste. Pretty good.

3.5
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle. Made quite the pop when I opened it. Pours reddish amber with a very big off white head. Aroma is earthy, caramel, roasty malt with a spicy hops edge to it. Flavor begins sweet and slightly spicy, finishes almost like a dry stout. Some metallic notes. Good balance. Body is fizzy and a bit on the thin side.

3.2
mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle, nice deep red pour with a tiny white, faded to a thin collar quickly. Aroma was nice and rich caramel malts, some sweetness, and a bit of roastiness. Flavors are straight up malty, lots of caramel malts give it a bit of sweetness although it finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was decent, not watery thin but not as full as I may have liked. Not a bad local red.

3.5
DialSquare (5130) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
From an old tasting note. On tap at the brewery/restaurant. Deep red pour. Roasted malt aroma. Taste - sweet malt, caramel, earth. Nice medium texture.

3.4
NachlamSie (3570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Bottle from Hop City. Pours a deep, dark red with a ring of a white head. The aroma is creamy with gentle hops. Pretty tame and balanced, but tastefully sweet and pleasing. The flavor is also accessible. I find even the 30 ibu’s to be questionable, it’s so malty and smooth. Hints of vanilla, biscuits, licorice, and grass are here. It’s accessible and easy to drink without sacrificing flavor.

2.2
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Pours dark, reddish amber with a quick off-white head. Nose is weak and fairly uniform sweet malt. Taste is roughly the same. I’d be more detailed but there’s not much to comment on....typical single dimentional Irish Red. Boring.

3.6
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
Tap @ TacoMac, John’s Creek. Dark copper color, light tan head. Slight bubblegum aroma. Big flavors of toasted malts, honey & molasses. Finishes with a nutty granola character. There is also an earthy honey flavor. Smooth and creamy texture.


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