edgallow (3976) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2017
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and some grass. Taste is sweet malts and a little earthy.
Scipio (946) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a thin beige head. The aroma is heavier with toasted and earthy malts coming through strong. Toffee, smoke, nuts, and biscuit are all found, giving an altogether potent nose. The taste isn’t all that complex, though it is balanced well. Here I find earthy malts, toffee, smoke, and biscuit. The aftertaste is lighter and long lasting, being both earthy and smoky. Medium in body, smooth in texture, and average in carbonation. This one is easily drinkable, as nothing is extreme, and everything seems to come together very well.
superspak (5223) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/19/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from hop bitterness and roast malt as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly grainy/creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Irish red ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. There is a slight hint of diacetyl as well; but it is very hard to notice, and not out of line for the style. A very enjoyable offering.
Onslow (1461) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2016
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour form a 12oz bottle. Clear brownish amber body with light tan head. Aroma is sour grass, tea-berry and light caramel. Taste is sweet caramel up front, bitter tea notes, astringent and faintly grassy hops in the finish. A little whiff of something unpleasantly vegetal at the end.
Frank (4121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This shit is pretty okay/ It’s red brown in color, a little bit cloudy w/ a thin head. It’s got a decent toasty malt character but is a bit too sweet and heavy w/o really being creamy and there seems to be a touch of not entirely unpleasant oxidation. This is pretty par the course for beers of this style so I guess if you like them, this will work for you.
rumproasts (5313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. deep amber red with one finger head. caramel malt dominates the flavors. there’s some light hops in the finish. for the style, it’s decent. it’s just not a style i can imagine anyone getting too excited about.
Msdrbeat (652) - East Lansing, USA - NOV 13, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Hopcat. Smooth mouthful from the nitro pour. Lighter than I expected.
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firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On nitro. Opaque dark red. Great foamy head. Obviously full body. Sweet caramel nose. Great maltiness. Solid.
Imaginarymaggie (2) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a classic Irish Ale (as opposed to an Irish Red, which it’s not). It has the classic amber color with Nitro head and lacing, is quite biscuity and malty without much hops, as it should be for this style. It’s an extremely well balanced session beer: Not heavy or light, not dark or light, and not bitter or sweet. Just balanced. I’ll have another one please!
mrjaxson (538) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tapped to a tiny head at Slow’s in the Motor City, so not much to look at. Nice recovery, though, with a really smooth first splash and finish. Can’t miss the traditional caramel aroma and color. Definitely worth refilling.