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RATINGS: 71   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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drowland (8629) - 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.

2.5
jredmond (8204) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle shared with Linh. Pours a copper amber body with thin off white rings of lacing. Aroma is malt and apples. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of spice and malt. Tastes like a pumpkin beer gone wrong.

3.2
PorterPounder (7892) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, slight off-white head, decent lacing. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Flavor has some toffee and caramel notes, a hint of chocolate, some earthiness. full bodied and flavorful. Thick enough mouthfeel.

3
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body with a very minimal fizzy beige head that vanished quickly. The aroma is sweet and husky grain with some light dark fruits and a little bit of a burnt note. The flavor is really husky and grainy with some sweet caramel and a thinnish finish. Not a style that ever excites, but this one is especially bland. Lighter bodied with a slight cling and minimal soft carbonation. Meh, not one to seek out.

3.3
Braudog (6674) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Draft pint at the Prado brewpub. Very dark red with a head that’s a bit watery. This packs a nice aroma of roasted malt and the first taste follows suit. Sweet and malty, his has a solid caramel character. Bit thin. (#3722, 10/26/2009)

3.1
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottled, pours a red amber color, didnt think this was nearly as bad as it could have been , malty , red caramel and cocoa notes

3.7
Patrickctenchi (6552) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle: (Labeled as brewed by Thomas Creek...Greenville, SC) Pours clear, red-brown...thick tan head. Scent is caramel, nuts, bread. Taste is rich, sweet...malty...chocolate.. Pleanty of breadiness, strong nut flavours...caramel-toffee.. Very tasty.

3.2
Suttree (6358) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2012
It’s red. More of a mahogany, actually. Yeah. Go with Mahogany, although "O’Dempsey’s Big Mahogany Ale" doesn’t roll off the tounge as well. So, it’s very malty, with a lot caramel and molasses. Flavor is caramel and molasses, as well, plus a slight hop bite at the end. . Kind of run the mill, but not bad or anything.

3.4
mansquito (6328) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Winter Beer Fest, Philadelphia: Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is toffee, malts, and some hops.This doesn’t really have all that much hops. feels like a light amber ale. I wouldn’t immediately associate it with an Irish ale, but the characterization makes some sense. I thought it was pretty well-balanced and drinkable. Quite light, but still flavourful.

3
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to blutt59) red/amber color with a few bubbles of dank tan head around the edges. Nose of caramel, paper, light hops. Taste of paper, cracker, medium sweet caramel, a bit of umami. Well carbonated body.


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