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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red AleWild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A strong (6.5% abv) interpretation of an Irish Red Ale. Part of the batch has been aged in wheat whiskey barrels, and then reintroduced adding subtle wood and vanilla nuances.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: bryehn on 03-16-2012)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BGDrock
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale, slightly hazy amber, like skin of a nectarine; dense head the colour of white sand with great retention

Aroma: very grainy, wheat; some lemon peel

Taste & Mouthfeel: pretty bland really; again all grain, cereal with a bit of tart orange or grapefruit that creates some pucker in the finish; was expecting a sweeter and more full malt experience and not getting much; that tang becomes central to the profile but it's not very interesting; the suggested whisky notes are too well hidden for my tastebuds

Overall: very disappointing effort from a great brewery; odd flavours for the style and just not a fun drink

BGDrock, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

oldp0rt, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

KeKeKumba, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 02 28 13.
Poured in to tulip.

A -Medium golden orange; translucent. Two fingers of cream colorued head.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted grains and a floral hop aroma. A very light oak/woody aroma is present as well.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and toasted grains with a floral hop presence. A very light toasted oak flavour is present. The barrel, although, present, isn't nearly as prominent as I would have liked. The overall favour profile is fairly retrained.

M - Light to medium body; somewhat watery at times. Light carbonation.

O - Another underwhelming offering from Beau's. This one certainly wasn't bad, but there was nothing memorable at all about it.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apricot orange, slightly hazy brew under a moderate head that settles down to a film. Leaves some lace.

Some caramel sweetness and grain, a whiff of flowery hops, a touch of wood. This carries on through to the flavour of the beer. Nothing really leaps out at you. A decent beer, but not especially memorable in any way. Soft drinking like you'd expect an ale to be.

Drinkable, but undistingusihed.

TerryW, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of CanuckRover
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. A deep orange-red, looks nice and rich. Short head, great retention.

Caramel, predictably, on the nose, with a bit of vanilla, but nearly as pronounced as I would have thought.

Dark caramel to start, but a bit restrained. Vanilla and wood make themselves known, but the flavours are a bit flat, all a bit ho-hum.

It's a fine red ale, but there isn't anything particularly interesting about it. Every part of this needs a boost.

CanuckRover, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cattersley for the delicious trade.

A: Giant 4 fingers of foamy carbonation settles to a blanket of bone white mini foam. A burnt orange brew with a slight haze with just one or 2, lazy streams of carbonation.

S: Smells of fresh cut oranges, sweet malts and rock candy, smells clean and fresh.

T: Tastes fresh with mild malts, candied orange peel and a buttery chardonnay flavour. Flavours are mild, but the oaks finish strong with a mild linger.

M: Medium chew and a syrup feel that clings to the palette. Some buzz of carbonation that grip the tongue.

O: A pleasant brew that's an easy drinker, not especially sweet or complicated, but an approachable drink.

FondueVoodoo, May 20, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jmkoscie, May 11, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Caramel, grass, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, metallic notes, and an earthiness. There is also some anise, caramel, and a hint of wood. It ends with a malty earthy aftertaste.

Overall – An interesting beer.. I was on the fence with this one. Didn't love it but I can appreciate its nuances. Not my favourite style of beer but from my experience with irish reds this one seems well done.

spinrsx, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of SebD
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of toffee, caramel, bready malts, floral hops, oak and tart cherries.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet toffee, caramel, some woody oak, bready malts, floral hops, some citrus and a bit of sourness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a style I choose often, but seemed like an appropriate day for an Irish Red and believe this to be a well brewed example.

Pours a luminescent copper colour which is surprisingly flat, with few bubbles and minimal head. Mouthfeel is slicker than expected. Malt forward aroma has a variety of caramel and toffee tones, plus hints of the oak used for a portion of the blend. Flavour is predominantly sweet, with a mild bitterness and more notable alcohol warmth in the finish. Vanilla and barrel tannins are mild and the only elements I can distinguish to separate this from a “standard" or mass-produced IRA.

hopsolutely, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong Patrick isn't green, but it is another colour of the Irish flag: orange. Held to the light, the beer appears so brightly, clearly orange that it were as if the brewery must have made it that way on purpose. Whatever the case, it's good looking. And the head, though again not green, is spongy as florists foam and never loses its shape.

The aroma is super toasty, bready and sweet. It has pronounced nutty notes and a barrel aging component that is... not at all apparent. It exhibits a definite butterscotch edge and has, only for the most sensitive noses, the comforting spice of rye whiskey and notes of maple. Something like I imagine springtime in the northern Ontario woodlands smelling like.

The flavour features nice nutty, toasty notes; the beer is plenty malty, enough to act as a Vienna lager even, but has the dried fruit esters characteristic of ales. There is a subtle element of smoke, but it's lost to a sappy, sticky sweet malt residue. It has the earthy floral qualities and sweetness of a locally sourced, unpasteurized honey.

I love me a good single-malt scotch but haven't found an Irish whiskey younger than 18 years old worth my attention. I'm not sure which brand whiskey barrels were used for this offering but any notion of either oak or whiskey (if there is any) is so fleeting as to be barely recorded. Still, the hint of vanilla is smoothing, and fans of Jameson should love its sweet malt core.

Reviewing an Irish Red Ale typically calls on every muscle and every mental skill because they are so uniformly pedestrian. I figured a whiskey barrel-aged example from a progressive brewer would have given me something to write about but, frustratingly, no. As decent a beer as Strong Patrick is, it is no more special than any others in this reliable, if unexciting style.

biegaman, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

beerhunter13, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of phirleh
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

phirleh, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt notes with some notes of whiskey and vanilla which brings nice character. Taste is also a mix between sweet caramelized malt notes some whiskey and vanilla notes that are not overwhelming. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite enjoyable and I really liked the well balanced usage of whiskey barrels.

Phyl21ca, May 24, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ThinkAgain, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of montrealbcr89
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

montrealbcr89, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of sbarre
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

sbarre, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

GoHabsGo, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DaPan, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A solid finger and a half of head with ample lacing being produced, although retention could be better. The body I would say is about 50% opaque/translucent with a red copper colour and the carbonation in it is low and slow.

Smell: Caramel malt is certainly the dominant scent, but notes of whisky, tea and vanilla can also be found. Warming improves things quite a bit.

Taste: Starts with a caramel malt with an almost orange note to it before shifting to a more toffee and butterscotch taste as it culminates with a peaty whisky note. There a peculiar mild herb undertone to the whole experience that's barely noticeable but leaves me appreciating the subtly.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is a little dry as the malt and whisky seem dominant. It's a little bit of a bumpy ride as far as transitioning, but that's part of the appeal here. Carbonation could use a bit more work.

Drinkability: Well it's a little dry, at it's certainly on the heavier end of medium bodied. However it's interesting and masterfully conceals it's alcohol content. The lower carbonation really make it easy on the system.

Final Thoughts: All and all, a solid offering, although nothing epic and certainly something I wish I had opened closer to St. Patties day then leaving it in my fridge for as long as I did. Thumbs Up

TheHammer, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured copper in colour and bright with mild carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy light brown head on top left no lace and a film of retention.

S - Caramel and toffee with a fruity ale yeast ester thing going on. Dark fruits and lighter fruits as well, sweet malt and vanilla with some wood. Complex aroma that developed over time.

T - Lot's of fruitiness and biscuity/bready malts as per the style. Toffee and caramel again. Dark fruit, oranges, and vanilla.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - The barrel aging on this probably wasn't necessary. While it added a very subtle element, it really wasn't enough to get excited about. Either amp it up or do away with it. That said, it was tasty and the barrel did add a degree of complexity to a style that needs it.

tbeckett, May 28, 2013
Photo of decimator
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.7%.

A - Poured a copper red with a 2cm beige head. Head reduced to a ring of bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Bread, caramel, some vanilla, some wood, hint of smoke, mild mushroom notes in the background.

T - Caramel, toasted bread, light fruity sourness, vanilla, a hint of whiskey, mild to medium bitterness in the finish. Oak becomes more noticeable as it warms up. Alcohol stays well hidden.

M - Medium-light carbonation, medium-full body, smooth, creamy, wine like dry finish.

O - The smooth texture is what makes this beer so good. Another solid effort from Beau's who have become my favourite local brewery.

decimator, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper-red colour, just over one finger of off white head, good lace here as well. Smell is quite fruity, cracker like malt and a bit of toasted bread, bit of vanilla, oak, whisky as well but still subtle, caramel and toffee with a hint of alcohol. Taste is full of sweet caramel and toffee, bready malts, some vanilla and a touch of oak, fruity mid palate into the finish, fruit and whisky flavours in the aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, body is a little light and watery but its super smooth which makes up for lack of weight. Quite a good beer, found this to be more drinkable than other Beau's products I have had recently.

peensteen, Mar 07, 2013
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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.