Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Irish Setter Red - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Irish Setter RedIrish Setter Red

Educational use only; do not reuse.

37 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 37
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 21.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 37 | Hads: 100
Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in this beautiful brownish color with crimson/ruby coming through in the light. Super hazy. Watch out on the pour because it's a fizzy bomb.

The aroma has tons of toasty malt, a nuttiness, a dried apple peel, a sweet breadiness and caramel malt. Deep in there, there's a bit of maple syrup sweetness.

The flavor follows with that punch of dried apple and apple/pear peel on the front. It's almost tart. Then tons of toasty malt along with some caramel. The finish has this beautiful woody noble hop note. Almost a smokiness on the finish as well.

There is tons of carbonation to clean up the beer with its medium to light body. It's extremely drinkable.

This was a huge surprise to me. A great representation of the style. So simple. So drinkable. A really representation for a traditional great beer.

 821 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean with well restrained yeast ester notes in the aroma and flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Irish red ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,545 characters

Photo of ordybill
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a roasted malt aroma that matches nicely with the reddish / amber color of the beer. The head is a medium sized tan colored head. The flavor is full of malt and some hops in the background. I found this to be a thoroughly refreshing brew. I am glad I tried it and I will drink it again.

 346 characters

Photo of SaltofOH
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date. Threshold beer glass. C'mon Thirsty Dog, date your bottles! 16 IBUs and 5.9% ABV, 13.4 deg. P.

Smell: Caramel to the max! Sweet toffee, some fruity esters (or is that just Kent Goldings hops?). Sweet berrylike and melon-like aromas. Cantaloupe, red grapes. Diacetyl butterscotchyness. Mouthwatering.

Appearance: Deep amber, basically burgundy, with one finger khaki head that lingers, and very active, roiling carbonation. Very nice lacing, and retains a solid skim of tan.

Taste: Malty, slightly sweet arrival. Toasty across mid palate, turns slightly sweet right before the end, then to a very light peck of hops on the cheek. Hardly any hop bittering on the back end, but what is there is very earthy, woodsy and pleasant. Standards say esters on the palate are a fault, and there is a little there. Had to knock off a quarter point for that, but this is really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of mid-bodied. More moderate carbonation than the appearance would suggest. Not totally clean-finishing, but cleaner than the sweet smell would suggest. I don't understand why they recommend serving this at 37 degrees; I had it much warmer and really enjoyed it.

Overall: Surprisingly drinkable. Not nearly as heavy or sweet as Great Lakes' example. Perhaps not perfectly to style, but I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely seek it out again. Quite close to a lighter brown ale. I am really displeased with the fact that they don't date their bottles, though the fact that they provide the serving temp, ABV, IBU and gravity almost offset that.

 1,587 characters

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant red tinted amber under a 1” off-white foam collar. S: Not a lot of aroma, some spice and earthiness. T: Big malt flavors with spice – some cardamom and a touch of cola. F: Average to above average carbonation, average to below average body. O: A respectable Irish Red.

 291 characters

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A typically malty aroma with some traces of caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and some hops in the finish. Not exactly what I'd call a groundbreaking flavor, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Overall, this is a solid, well made, drinkable beer.

 478 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown color with a half inch ring of head that offers some lacing.

S - Very sweet. Offers notes of roasted almonds and caramel breads but I could have sworn first pour I picked up a cherry like smell.

T - Wow a not so hoppy red I like. I get sweet cinnamon like bread with a touch of caramel and a nice nut brown goodness. Not very cherry in the taste and finishes sweet as well.

M - Light to medium I found it watery but tasty.

Overall again I find another great beer from this brewery. It almost makes me want to throw the 4 bucks down to try the Cerberus. Almost...

 584 characters

Photo of screamking
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours murky caramel brown, with a thin 1 finger khaki head that sits for a minute. I like the look of this Irish red more than others I've had. Very earthy aroma with some citrus notes of orange. Also a lot of sweet wheat bread. The sweetness carries over in the taste. Most of the citrus is gone, replaced with caramel and more of that breadyness. Mouthfeel is quite wonderful, very easy to drink, and very thirst quenching on a hot day. I am always weary of this style, not a fan by any means. This however, I like a lot. It does seem more of a American take on a Irish red, but regardless this is a great beer.

 651 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that fades to a thin lacing. Caramel malts dominate the nose. The taste is similar to the smell; caramel malt with a sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This one's not bad. One dimensional, but rich and drinkable.

 308 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of crystal and biscuit malts. It has a sweet caramel aroma with a mild bread-like character. The taste is good. It has a smooth crystal malt sweetness with a dry roasted malt finish. It goes down incredibly easy with tons of malt character, yet only a hint of residual sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good red ale. It appears to be overly complex (aroma), yet it stays in check and drinks well.

 645 characters

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Always love Thirsty Dog Labels. Very eye-catching and appealing using a K-9 theme.

Appearance - Pours out an amber ruby red color with a 1 finger cream colored foam head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin foam ring. Very light carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Smells of heavy caramel and sweet bready malts. Not much hopiness in the aroma.

Taste - Taste is heavily laced with sweet bready malts at the front end and finishes with a nice sweet caramel taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation for this type of beer.

Drinkability - Very smooth and tasty with an excellent mouthfeel making this highly drinkable.

I thought this red was highly enjoyable and well crafted. Excellent taste and mouthfeel make this an excellent example of this style. Would be an excellent guzzling choice for St. Patty's Day!!!

 988 characters

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Winking Lizard, this was their glass-of-the-month selection. Poured a dark, brick red. A tan ring laced the glass. Smell was rich and malty, with a hint of bitterness. Taste was big and caramely, nicely balanced malty sweetness and a pleasing bitter base. Feel was smooth as a caramel too. Drinks well, a good brew.

 325 characters

Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour with a nice red hue. Very nice head and lasting lacing. Nose is of toast, nut and caramel sweet malt. Light bodied with medium carbonation. The flavor profile is a laid back blend of malt flavors that ends up being nicely complex and balanced. Like the nose, toast, nut and caramel float over a slight sweetness. The finish is smooth and at the end, Goldings are detected. A solid red ale.

 400 characters

Photo of hustlesworth
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Irish sample time. Not my favorite style of beer, but whatever.

A- clear reddish copper with golden highlights. Creamy lasting beige head. Lots of sticky lace, a TD trademark.

S- a little metallic, not a bad thing, sweet toasted caramel and brown sugar malt. Toffee, nutty, and some leafy hops. Meaty and a bit of tomato.

T- sweet and malty. Heavily nutty. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, a savory quality, about zero bitterness (expected) but not so overly sweet and malty as other Ohio Irish reds. A hint of chocolate. Finishes well balanced.

MF- over medium, gently carbonated and definitely malty feeling.

D- again, not my style, but one of the better ones. Backin the home team, this one is pretty good.

 716 characters

Photo of HeightsEats
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep amber with an aroma of roasted malt and subtly floral hops. Flavor is a fairly typical but well-executed red ale, full bodied without being heavy with medium dark caramel overtones and a clean hop finish. The mix of interesting but not heavy-handed flavors makes for a very drinkable beer.

 308 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of toasted malt
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing average – few medium islands and archipelagos of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor initially very malty with some caramel; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

 454 characters

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as you would expect, a nice reddish amber color with small .5 finger head. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S - Not a ton of smell here. Some caramel malt, breadyness, a tinge of sweetness.

T - A lot of caramel malt, with a bit of fruity sweetness, almost like a grape juice, finishes bready.

M - Very smooth, good body present.

Overall - For the style, a pretty solid beer here. I feel like Irish Red Ales can only be "so good" and Thirsty Dog has brewed a good one.

 495 characters

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the boneyard in broadview heights.poured with almost no head,however im guessing this was because the beer was served in a chilled pint glass.decent looking amber color.

nice firm somewhat caramel malt,finished slightly dry and clean.an easy drinking beer,light bodied mouthfeel.not my favorite style,but still worth a try.

 334 characters

Photo of Mojo
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Foothills Brewing globe glass

A - pours up red and clear with a small off white head. There is minimal lacing and minimal retention.

S - sort of weak nose. Bread, nuts, not much else

T - very typical amber ale profile. Caramel malts give way to a dry not all that bitter finish. There is a bit of a yeasty taste involved.

M - not much of an aftertaste, medium thickness.

O - kind of blah. Not bad, certainly not great.

 445 characters

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St Tavern with a slice of pizza. Overall, this was a simple and smooth red ale with a velvety caramel bread character and medium body. It wasn't too thick, like some Irish reds, there was just enough balancing bitterness so the hops weren't too sweet. Just a fine pizza beer.

 299 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together.

 608 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel color burgundy amber brown color with a nicely formed off white tan head, fine speckled lacing scattered evenly. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel amber malts, and a touch of nuttiness. Flavor wise it's clean as far as hops go maybe a bit of underlying earthiness from the low hopped East Kent Goldings. Flavor is full of caramel breadiness all malt not filler here, solid drinking Irish Red. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with even carbonation light drinking complex Irish Red style ale from Akron. Drinkability overall is solid the type of beer that does well for the micro craft community during drunken holidays like St. Paddy's Day.

 661 characters

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the growler in a snifter. This nice red ale pours a beautiful reddish brown with a very nice off white head of foam that turns slowly into a modest ring, a thin pool, and features FANTASTIC sudsy lacing. Nose is minimal....some light grain, some sweet malts, a hint of hops.....about it. Flavors sweet toasted malts to the front and sides. A crisp grain note tot he back blending in nicely with minimal hop use. An excellent red ale that improves vastly with warmth. Smooth crisp mouth feel finishes lightly dry with a moderately sweet finish. Very nice.


 585 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper/red color with about a half inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is caramel and bready malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all malt. I don't notice any hops in either the aroma or taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy enough to drink. It's a decent brew, it's not one of the best Irish Red Ales I've had but I still think it's worth a try.

 538 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was in Cleveland area and the local store had a bunch of Thirsty Dog brews...so I made my own six...if you know what I mean. The Irish Setter poured a clear red amber with sligthly off white head that left some lacing. Mostly malt on the nose with touch of sweetness. The taste carried a caramel malt base with some hop balance. The mouthfeel was light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer.

 421 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.