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Irish Setter Red - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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dar482

New York

4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 23:34:04 | More by dar482
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Johnroby

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-22-2013 01:00:32 | More by Johnroby
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-20-2013 19:58:38 | More by skaboom420
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screamking

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:19:53 | More by screamking
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have found the Thirsty Dog brewery to be somewhat inconsistent, and this beer is certainly one of their better choices. Hop presence is just about absent, but there's plenty of roasted malt, caramel, butterscotch, and nut in the nose and on the tongue. The smell is sweet, and the taste is too, but not as sweet, and that's a good thing. For a beer with a relatively thin mouthfeel and modest ABV for the style, the flavors are bold and the beer is relatively complex. I liked the malt flavors, but I also recognize that the beer could be better with more hops and a bit less sweetness. It goes down easy and the mouthfeel is smooth and not sticky despite the sweetness in the taste, but it's just a touch too thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:30:53 | More by DeFaz
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-29-2013 11:55:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

07-10-2013 02:32:49 | More by pathman
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MgoJohnStamos

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-02-2013 22:12:23 | More by MgoJohnStamos
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tallfellapgh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-11-2013 00:43:11 | More by tallfellapgh
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xDeadGuYx

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-06-2013 23:51:06 | More by xDeadGuYx
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BTFU

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-28-2013 05:42:45 | More by BTFU
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-13-2013 19:42:26 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Dewey's Pizza in Newport KY. Served in a pint glass.

This Irish Red pours a dark crimson, bordering on brown. There are highlights of dark orange in the light. It is topped by a thin cap of foam and leaves spotty lacing down the side of the pint.

While most Irish Reds are quite mild on the nose and present no real interest to most craft drinkers, Thirsty Dog's take on the style is quite nice. While the trademark caramel and roast is there, there's also a sturdy malt presence of toffee, nuts, and a little bit of malted milk chocolate. There's also some earthy, herbal bitterness to balance out the abundant malt profile. A multi-dimensional Irish Red.

This multi-dimensionality carries over into the flavor. Starting with a robust roasty note of nuts and toffee, the malt presence is very sweet and well-rounded. There is some earthy and tea-like bitterness in the middle of the palate, followed by a chocolate, sweet finish. For a very "standard" style, I'm impressed with how Thirsty Dog has brought some power to this style. Well-balanced and very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is a little flat and slightly watery, but has a well-placed carbonation and sweet finish. Not bad, but not totally fitting for the flavor.

This isn't bad by any means - I commend Thirsty Dog for taking a style like this and giving it a real dimension. For fans of amber ales and brown ales, check this if it's available to you.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 00:43:13 | More by Groomsy
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-25-2013 16:21:35 | More by dlin0sbb
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-21-2013 08:06:40 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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jminch

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2013 17:37:58 | More by jminch
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Danno

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-13-2013 05:09:37 | More by Danno
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Eastside151

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-09-2013 14:33:14 | More by Eastside151
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

03-02-2013 13:56:30 | More by Blueribbon666
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maznblue80

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-16-2013 05:32:34 | More by maznblue80
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Kalev13

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

02-14-2013 15:13:17 | More by Kalev13
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lastconfederate2

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-10-2013 21:10:40 | More by lastconfederate2
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Jenessa

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

02-03-2013 05:37:07 | More by Jenessa
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12-27-2012 23:12:01 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:22:26 | More by WesWes
Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.