Red Head Red Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Dunedin Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StevieW on 08-18-2002

Celtic Red Ale
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by alankwak:
Photo of alankwak
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber color.
Smell: Nice mellow hop aroma.
Taste: Very good. Great balance of hop and malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: A strong point here... great mouthfeel...very full flavored Ale.
Drinkability: Very good. Only had a pint so I'm not sure how they would go down in large quantities but would love to find out.:) Very good Amber Ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving info: 16 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating

Pours: orangey medium amber, with an overactive tan head. I bought a four pack of these 16 ounce bottles, each one seemed slightly over primed/bad/turned. Moderate notes of butterscotch picked up, how many signs of bad beer do you need before you either bring it back or put up the white flag?

Lacing: Minimal lacing noted

Head: overactive is never good...

Flavor notes: unfortunately this seemed to be pretty middle of the road brownish swill that also was slightly turned in the bottle, yuk and a waste of $ and calories.

Buyer beware when purchasing this stuff....

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at an expo for their distributor. Nothing like free beer.

Nice red color. Head is a little thin, but still an attractive beer.

The smell is a little faint, but the malts are very nice when they can be bothered to reach my nose.

The taste is very nice. The sweet malts come out nicely.

The mouthfeel is light and lively. Very nice.

This was a very refreshing beer. I would definitely have it again. Maybe at the brewery next time.

Photo of surfadelic23
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery as part of our 150 mile pub crawl!
Nothing prettier than a red in a 20 oz. pint glass...Aroma is a mix... malty caramel smells with a whiff of hops. I found this to have a nice if light body. The flavor hits the spot with sweet caramel followed by a light hop finish. This is a smooth one that would make a very nice session ale.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lost Kangaroo in Bradenton FL. A bit bland, this one, reddish orange tending toward brown. Decent lace from not much head. Candy like malts nose, similar taste. Very lightly hopped, and a bit scratchy going down. Not very smooth, and a bit watery. Always good to support the local brews, but this one is a bit disappointing.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was not really sure what to expect out of this one, but decided I needed something semi light to enjoy while cooking dinner last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/27/2010.

The pour was nice enough, dark amber in color and very clear with lots of carbonation apparent coming up through the glass. Coalescing into a nice small head of maybe an inch it settled down quickly and smoothly, leaving behind token lacing and a broken crown for a head.

Aroma is bready, lots of caramel and bready, musky, and grainy malts are dominating this one. Warming brings a touch of an earthy hop, but nothing crazy by any stretch. Smooth, even flavor is nice, but again nothing really sticking out that would make me come back to this one in the future anytime. Still though nice mellow malts, touches of bittering hops in the finish and an even texture that stays light and well balanced. Very drinkable and smooth, the bottle went down without a fight.

Overall it was very solid. A very nicely done and quite session able red ale. A notch above average for sure.

Photo of scooter231
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Dunedin sample. Pours a reddish brown hue with huuuge bubbles, and some lacing. Smell is hoppy, so very hoppy, citrusy and rindy. Some sweet malts and breadyness in the background. Taste is very very bready and malty with a bitter hops background that wasn't as intense as I expected. Tasty, but lacking.

Mouthfeel was the worst part of this brew- thin and watery. But there's enough froth to make it decent and not unpleasing. Overall fairly drinkable and light, but a bit too bitter and watery to have too many.

Photo of StevieW
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber almost clear brown color. Fizzy beige head fades pretty fast. Heavy malty, earthy smell, minimal hops. Taste was diminated by a slightly sour, malty, earthy malt taste that stuck to your tongue. After a while slight bitterness emerges. Could use more carmel malt sweetness both in smell and taste. Thin watery feel toward the end of the glass. Sour taste lingers. Not very inspiring. The least favorite of their offerings. The Rogue Amber blows it away, as some others I have had.

Re-reviewed on 3/16/03 all the tastes are back in line, it appears the first one was a bad batch or was just old. Nice carmel taste, no sourness. No nasty sour taste lingers. Sweet crystal malt, noticable use of Cascade hops and very balanced. A touch of rich biscuit malt flavors. Easy to drink and refreshing smoothness to it. A good example of an amber ale.
The score is an attempt to combine both reviews above.

Photo of mullenite
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear blood red with visible carbonation and a 3 finger off-cream colored head that went away after a couple minutes to leave a spotchy thick canvas over the of the beer. Leaves a very thick but not very stick lacing down the glass.

Nose is a very nice caramel sweetness and some alcohol in there(?). Smells almost like a doppelbock. Very sweet.

Caramel is the primary flavor on the tongue, very little hop for a red/amber ale... Some roast and tobacco flavors lead to what is a slightly dry finish.

Medium body with a nice cleansing carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink but aside from the appearance and mouthfeel this is an atypical red ale. Not too much going on in the way of hop flavor at all. Freshness may be an issue but as I didn't purchase this from the brewery I can't be sure. I didn't buy this from one of my regular stores so I'm not sure how long it's been on the shelf.

Photo of TheFightfan1
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a clear reddish amber color with a thick tiny bubbled off white heading. Globs of lacing stuck throughout.

Smell is all sweet malt's a little overpowering.With an aroma of caramel and very subtle hoppiness I caught on the backend.

Taste is a burnt caramel taste but still very sweet if that makes sense.

Mouth is very smooth swoosh it around a bit and you get a mouthful of foam. Medium bodied.

Drink is ok nothing fantastic but with that burnt caramel taste I really didn't want to have another one.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tpd975 and the UGLY Duckling BIF for this unhyped, but great local beer.

16oz bottle

Poured a very hazy coppery orange with huge rocky foam that died down a little, but leaves minimal lace. Smells of bright slightly sour strawberry and cranberry, with plenty of grains and a little alcohol. Taste is growing on me the more I drink, with a berry fruited lightly sweet overtone riding a well bodied malty middle. Flavors are full,yet nothing is overdone, with a cereal grain and mild alcohol finish. Feel is full-medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Drinks pretty well for a little known brew. Unique balance with some red fruity notes and malt fullness. A pretty well done ale with a drinkable taste. I'm certainly feeling the mystery alcohol level, so it's worth noting.

Photo of chaunur
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again on tap at the brewery. A nicely poured pint, reddish tan..of course..with a light tan med thick head, little strength in that head though, average lacing. Good aroma, mainly sweet malts. The taste didn't quite live up to the presentation, again mainly a med sweet malt flavor, lacking the hop finish that would have made this beer. Still drinkably, just a only slighty better that average red ale

Photo of sulldaddy
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a slightly chilled pint bottle in a clear glass mug. The beer pours a clear amber/copper color with a creamy off white tightly packed head of 2 cm foaming up easily. Head fades gradually to a surface layer. Aroma is a mix of caramel and toffee with hints of grassy hops. I get a bit of a husky grain scent as well. First sip reveals an average body with average and tingly carbonation. The flavor is quite nice with sweet caramel hitting my palate first leaving a dry biting grassy hop finish in its wake. The beer is very smooth and goes down easily. I can imagine having quite a few of these with a burger and fries and enjoying it a lot!
A good score from the sunshine state!

Photo of GreenCard
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: coppery-ruby-brown, great clarity; thick layer of sudsy, loose foam that expands and collapses to a meager ring

Aroma: cane juice, brown sugar, grain husks, unripe apples

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a tangy edge of roast and an herbal hop taste; brown sugar and a hint of tobacco; finishes dry with a green hop aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, spritzy carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: A lively, bubbly brew with a gorgeous color. It's a bit "raw" tasting, though (if that makes any sense).

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Dunedin Brewery. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it pours a dark, ruby coloring with a slight haze. The color has some brown muddle, too. Almost opaque. There was a thin, light, frothy head. Super-sweet toffee and caramel aromas, with a little roasted character, too. Caramel and tangy sweet toffee, with roasty/toasty undertones. The body has a light smoothness to it. The tartness gets very tangy towards the end. There is a slight sourness to the syrupy sweet aftertaste. The finish is slightly cloying, and lingers a bit.

Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received as an extra in trade with blitzstyle. Thanks! Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a very clear dark amber color with a foamy finger of cream colored head that leaves some light lacing behind as it drops down to the surface.

S - Caramelly, metallic, perfumey and floral hops. Just finished a Dunedin Pale Ale - smell about the same with just a bit more caramel presence.

T - Caramel, a bit of sugary malt, metallic, light hop bitterness, some diacetyl. This brewery definitely has a common flavor profile in its beers too. The pale and the amber are extremely similar.

M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level that is fizzy on the tongue. The caramel rides into the aftertaste and carries this one along. Metallic aspect is quite noticeable
and takes a bit away from this one.

D - As with the pale ale, not a bad example of the style, but a couple of flavors in the beer are a bit distracting to my pallete and overall it misses the mark from me. Interesting to try a couple beers from this brewery back to back...the similarities are strong and quite noticeable.

Photo of tedpeer
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured a clear amber with a huge white head that quickly subsided into a ring around.

S - Toasted grains with some sweet malts.

T - Caramel malt, minor roasted/toasted flavors with some spicy hops. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body.

D - This is an ok brew.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prior to the existence of Cigar City, this lil' red brew adorned with the image of a locally renowned cross-dresser was the clear favorite of the denizens of Tampa Bay, as far as local brews. To be fair, there really wasn't much competition, as Dunedin Brewery dates back to the 90s.

This beer, however, is apparently now being contract brewed by Thomas Creek of SC.

Anyway, I haven't had it in a while, but back in the day I knew several people who kept it loaded up in the keg-o-rator.

A - Pours a deep crimson-amber, with an inch of ecru head that recedes to a thin frothy cap. Some lace appears now and again.

S -The aroma hints at rich caramel-toffee maltiness, and lightly floral balancing hop. It doesn't smell hugely aromatic, but that is in keeping with the style. As it airs out, the toffee picks up a bit, I detect some burnt-honey notes and a bit of general roastiness appears.

T - I think this brew tastes very good. I am getting caramel, toffee and white tea, and fleeting impressions of hazelnut. There is some similarity to a Wee Heavy, flavor-wise. Huh. This thing is quite dynamic. As it opens up, some honey flavors are intensifying and there is a faint nutty impression of smoked almond. I am shocked at how good this brew is, if you pay attention to the nuances.

M - Well-balanced; between the slight sugary slickness there is a punctuating prickle, it all works pretty well.

D - Very drinkable; I crushed this one in about 5 minutes.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A firmly malty red ale with a masculine sturdiness and American touches here and there.

Bread crust/light toast, molassas, and mild fruitiness give medium intensity in scent. Maltiness is the key here with only a background note of herbal hops.

Though the scent is moderate, the appearance is ideal. Bright clarity of deep amber colors. A froathy and consistent off-white head not only retains through the entire session, but provides multiple rings of lacing along the way.

Flavors of molassas, soft-sweet breads, and bread crusts continue from the aroma. More caramel and fruit (apples, cherries maybe) add to the malty-rich complexity. Where the beer tastes wonderfully, it still isn't as complex as authentic Irish versions.

Creamy and medium-full up front the beer releases its sweet start in favor of a malty finish with moderate dryness. The beer never acheives a total dry character as so much as a fleeting maltiness that makes for a super smooth and minty/alcohol finish.

Certainly a pleasure to drink, this Irish red ale just needs more malt complexity in aroma, flavor, and a toastier-drier finish to compete with O'hara's and the like.

Photo of DosBeerigos
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

C. Clear, like very clear
H. Crimson red, almost lke cranberry juice
N. Not Much

Well after first taste I felt like I just licked a rubber band. Strong rubber taste to this one. This was the second Dunedin Brewery Beer that we have tasted and I think its safe to say that it will be the last. No current plans on swinging by that brewery on my next trip to Tampa. Not saying that I could brew better, but I probably could. This won an several awards too. Honestly I would hate to have gone to the beer competition where this won an award...seriously how bad were the beers there. I was once told by a young woman that once you go red you'll wanna go to your bed...yah I might want to do that and go to sleep, hopefully forget about this beer.

Photo of BucBasil
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is hazy and almost a pure red with some orangish hues. Head was light tan, foamy, and 2 and a half fingers thick with somewhat poor retention.

Smell: Nice rounded malt profile introduces things with a mix of nutty and caramel notes. There is a hint of fruit in there... apricot comes to mind most readily. Overall the aroma is somewhat faint, but is pleasing.

Taste: Starts with a light fruity character that quickly makes room for a surprisingly full malt profile that is primarily nutty. Finishes balanced with a slightly fruity hoppiness. Fruit note is somewhat cloying after a while, with a strawberry flavor that feels a little bit out of place.

Overall, a pretty good tasting beer that is well rounded, if a bit too sweet.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger foamy tan head, lots and lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly bitter, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty and bitter, lots of caramel tones. Medium body. Drinkable, this a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of aubuc1
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep red, light brown with a thick tannish head.

Smell is a nice, rich biscuity malt, but finishes a little empty.

Taste is hop forward, then is sort of stale bread with a slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad.

this is a decent beer, but not deep enough.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep red ale that is almost bronze in color. The head is surprisingly light colored - almost an ivory shade. Decent lace effect from the small residual.

Nose of sweet malts. Flavor that is nicely balanced from the malts with enough bittering to keep the sweetness in line. Very light fruitiness move forward in the finish. Medium body is smooth to a fault. Decent drinkability from this ale from the masterbrewer of Dunedin.

Photo of dogfooddog
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle has red screenprinting, this was bottled before the brewery move and is at least 3 years old if not more. It has been in my 50f frig since then...pours dark red beer with nice head into pint glass

powerful nose, sweet and powerful.

taste is sweet and nearly overwhelming, almost too much so. sweetness fills the mouth up, it is like biting a mouthful of very sweet desert. finish is dryer and maltier...palate begins to hold up better under additional swallows and the balance seems more in order. maybe higher alcohol % would have helped to offset the (to me) excessive initial burst of taste.

interesting aged example of a local beer which has developed some over time - the bottle is full of sediment.

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Red Head Red Ale from Dunedin Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.