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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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2.9
anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty and slightly watery caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

2.9
edgallow (4475) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2013
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and nutty. Taste is malty . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2015
12oz bottle, purchased 2/23/15 from Habersham in Savannah. Pours a kind of hazy red brown color. Minimal ring of off-white head, almost no head. Medium body. Very light carbonation. Light slick texture. Caramel malt, kind of toasty. Touch of oxidization in the nose, but not much in the flavor. Bit of dark fruit. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. An OK red ale. Not so bad, for being undercarbonated.

2.8
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2010
Name: O’Dempsey’s Big Red
Brewery: O’Dempsey’s
Date: October 11, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub, 5 Seasons Prado
Appearance: hazy dark red, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, light balancing earthyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, light caramel sweetness, breadyness comes out as it warms adding to the richness, plenty of balancing earthyness, light bitter finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

Name: O’Dempsey’s Big Red
Brewery: O’Dempsey’s
Date: April 25, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: clear deep red, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, nice bready character
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, light breadyness, just enough earthyness for balance, slightly metalic
Overall: good job reproducing from carboy to brewpub to production batch

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

2.8
BlackWarrior (220) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Pours cloudy reddish brown - gusher that slowly settled. Some paper and faint funkiness in the nose, but mostly malt, woodsy and sweet fruitiness. Highly carbonated - light to medium body w/ some good dryness in the finish. Flavors are sweet caramel and malt. Some spice like ginger and pepper. Pretty balanced. Not bad, but it doesn’t really come together for me. I didn’t notice much to suspect infection other than the gush. I tried the entire 4-pack and flavors were the same, it’s just OK to me.

2.8
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Plum brown with with a small beige ring of lace. Nose is grainy and cereal. Flavor is grainy, sweet, light hops. Pretty good malt flavor but not all to enjoyable.

2.7
JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark reddish amber with a ring of off white head. Aroma of caramel. Taste similar w nothing special.

2.7
rdixon77 (3011) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2015
Old rating. Not a great amber. Reddish colored. Big malts, some diacetyl, some general fruitiness, lightly bittered.

2.5
jredmond (8644) - 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.

2.4
burg326 (5607) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Poured an amber red color from the bottle with aromas of malt, caramel, vegetables, and some light dyicatal. Flavors follow suit, a little off putting with some off flavors. .. Not sure about this one.


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