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Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Irish Ale
Surrey, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bitter is not always better when it comes to craft beer. This beer is intended to be malt-forward, offering toffee and caramel sweetness which is beautifully balanced by a restrained use of hops. The natural rich red colour comes from the generous use of imported roasted barley and specialty malts. Finishes clean and smooth leaving you wanting more.

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3.1
UXO (1896) - CANADA - SEP 25, 2016
Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of fluffy ivory head diminishing gradually to a persistent cap, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel/toffee, brown sugar, floral, earthy, light nutty. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium-light body tending somewhat watery, moderate carbonation, sweetish mildly bitter finish. (3/5) Well fiddle-dee-dee potatoes! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv3exCOkJNo&# Why do people keep making these boring-ass beer styles anyway? Is there really that much demand for characterless plonk invented by bogtrotters who should’ve stuck to poitín? … dammit, now I want poitín. Anyway, yeah, this is an Irish Red. It’s not a bad one. Get it if you like them, I guess? (12/20)

3.2
pintbypint (3977) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2016
650ml brown bottle, new label so I know this isn’t that old... Amber colour with a fine haze, holds a small white cap. Caramel malt nose and not much else coming through. Taste has some sweet caramel and toffee malts, a bit of roasted malts to balance, and a light toasted note. Not a lot more to say, it’s a pretty basic Irish red ale, drinks fine, kind of unremarkable, wasn’t expecting too much from this...

3.4
Oldschool_Mike (368) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear reddish copper colour with off white head. Aroma is floral with some breadiness. Taste is malty with a light floral bitterness.

2.9
RobBestwick (991) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Sweet malt caramel aroma. Pours dark red in colour with minimal head. Malty flavour with toffee and brown sugar notes. A bit of nuttiness as well. Medium bodied with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

3.1
AgentAle (1880) - Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Aroma is roasty malts, caramel and honey. Taste is light sweet malts, caramel, honey and a basic bitterness with slight clove and tanin. Appearance is a clear amber body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.2
a_sully (457) - - APR 4, 2015
A rich red brown body with a foamy light tan head, this ale boasts a rather plain aroma but a smooth and sweet taste. Taste has hints of hops, nuts and a slight sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
BeerAndPonies (175) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
650 ml bomber from Liquor Depot, served in a nonic pint. Pours a dark ruby/cola hue with moderate carbonation and a light tan cap of puffy foam with good retention, leaving scraps of lace. Nose has a fairly strong punch of herbal and flowery hops with hints of cooking spice, backboned by toasty malt and a slightly winey caramel. On the tongue, smooth, buttery toastiness and caramel with soft spice and sweetness, and a tiny touch of astringency in the finish. Moderately thick and with a generally clean finish, with carbonation holding strong throughout. Red ales and their ilk are a style I’m crazy about, and this is yet another very nice example; smooth, rich, well-dimensioned, and one I’d be glad to session any time, any day, no blarney.

3
DuffMan (10936) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle, shared by heavylaevy at game night. So what distinguishes an Irish ale from an amber ale? I think just a name, because there is nothing special to distinguish this style legitimately. Amber brown with orange tinted highlights. Simple caramel profile, a touch grainy and on the thin side. Just an amber ale.

3.3
patricks110 (2843) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Not my favorite style but an enjoyable brew. Pours a dark burgundy hued brown with a thin beige head that dies but for a thin lacing layer on the glass. The nose is malty and rich with toffee, caramel and biscuity notes. A slight vanilla aroma is also noted. Malty and a bit sweet with predominant biscuit and bready malts, light citrus hops and an earthen flavour throughout. A nice clean finish with a dryness and light bitterness. Straightforward.

2.9
simonblaine (593) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours mohagany, minimal head. Malty aromas, malty taste, dry finish. It’s ok, not overly complex.


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