Irish Setter Red - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
11-20-2013 23:34:04 | More by dar482
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
12-23-2011 13:19:51 | More by avalon07
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
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...
09-13-2011 05:34:23 | More by DrDemento456
3.96/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
08-11-2013 22:19:53 | More by screamking
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-29-2011 14:06:21 | More by tdm168
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-19-2012 22:22:26 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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!!!
01-02-2012 00:06:17 | More by thegodfather1076
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-06-2011 17:01:21 | More by sixerofelixir
3.84/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
01-30-2014 20:52:31 | More by tillmac62
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
02-20-2012 07:13:51 | More by hustlesworth
3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
03-03-2011 01:01:32 | More by HeightsEats
Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.