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Irish Setter Red - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Irish Setter RedIrish Setter Red

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81
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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3/5  rDev -15.3%

maznblue80, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Kalev13, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of lastconfederate2
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

lastconfederate2, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Jenessa
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Jenessa, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

MAUEX_MFA, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

WesWes, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge head that subsides in a rocky fashion. Any lace slides down the glass. Mild haze on a deep amber with a dose of ruby color.

Biscuit aroma with some caramel, but not sweet. Light alcohol nose. No perceptible hop.

Sweeter flavor than the smell suggests. There's a berry flavor to this brew. Again, there's no notable hop. The body is watery with a high level of fine bubbles (so, it isn't too soda pop-ish).

smcolw, Sep 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Rook162, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

shockrocker65, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

BeerBuckeye, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of hustlesworth
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

hustlesworth, Feb 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

meanmutt, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

ejimhof, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

WoodBrew, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazy burnt-orange color with a small off-white head that stayed as a thin layer.

S - buttery, what happened here?

T - something's off in the taste as well as it's kind of sour.

F - the sourness in the taste kind of killed things for me.

O - no date on the bottle - let the buyer beware.
If I try this again and it has improved I'll re-review it.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 18, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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!!!

thegodfather1076, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%
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.

avalon07, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

tdm168, Oct 29, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Review from sometime the past couple weeks... this one of a SOURED 12 oz bottle.
A: Brownish orange with a decent cream collar.
S: Caramel whipped cream with strawberries and some cherries... kind of murky.
T: Tart funky strawberries, caramel backbone... interesting. Tastes like biting a fresh strawberry.
M: Thinner, creamy.
O: Wish I had a good bottle. This version deserves the low score.

ne0m00re, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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...

DrDemento456, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Thirsty Dog nonic glass

A- Pours a clear dark red color with high carbonation and a three finger fluffy off-white head. Left no lacing

S- Sweet malts, medicinal aroma, diacetyl, and some caramel. Not really that pleasant, but not as terrible as it sounds

T- Sweet bready malts, caramel, medicinal taste, diacetyl, and an almost cola like taste

M- A little overcarbonated, I like my Irish Red's a little more creamy and smooth.

O- A disappointing Irish Ale. A little bland, not overly medicinal tasting but the taste is definitely there. I had this on tap around St. Patrick's Day and while I was not blown away by it, I seem to remember liking it a little more than I did this time.

Hoptometrist, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

tempest, May 23, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Mar 26, 2011
Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.