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Seamus' Irish Red Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Seamus' Irish Red Ale
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrJay on 03-17-2006

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 69
Reviews by ThePeskyDingo:
Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I had on St. Patty's Day.

Poured with a white 1 finger head. The beer itself was a dark amber color.

Couldn't seem to get a whole lot outta the smell... a bit sweet I suppose.

Tasted light caramels, hints of raisins and malts.

Smooth in my mouth. Crisp finish. Easy to drink.

I had two.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flowing at Smokin Joe's in the Southside of Pittsburgh alongside an incredible mix of brews some of which included: Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Legacy Hoptimus Prime, Boulder Mojo Risin DIPA, Victory Golden Monkey, Troeg's Nugget Nectar, Unibroue Maudite, Bluepoint Hoptical Illusion, Stone IPA, Dogfish Head 90 min and Red & White. Somehow I started with a Sly Fox Seamus Red Ale appears a copper red tone with light tan cream colored head afloat leaves behind thin lacing looks good. Aroma has light bready notes with herbal hop qualities a bit subdued but pleasant. Flavor contains nice semi sweet toasted nut with roasted malt breadiness going on with a creamy edge at that subtle herbal hops balance out the sweetness definitely a nice mix. Mouthfeel has a light medium body even carbonation good feel to it great quaffing brew nothing offensive here. Drinkability definitely the type of beer I could session with throughout the course of some St Paddy's festivities.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from bierkraft poured into a tulip pint glass.

A--Perfect cherry red with copper hints. Two finger rocky off-white head with great retention and lacing. Super looking Irish red.

S--Enh. Not something the style is known for, but even less here, as the roast characteristics don't really come through. Just faint crackery malt and a trace of earthy spice.

t--Much better than the nose. Sweetish up front, though not as sweet to me as other reviewers have mentioned, with some caramel notes, followed by a notable whole grain middle with spice and peppery, almost rye undertones. The malt on this is fantastic. Pretty tannic, especially at the beginning, which makes it taste like tea with orange rind it. Finish is dry and hollow, as it should be, without bitterness. Hops are to balance here, and nothing more. Absolutely empty finish, which matches style perfectly.

M&D--Mouthfeel is what you'd expect, with medium carbonation and a fullish without being chewy feel. Drinkability is at celebrate good times volume (though I'd definitely drink this anytime). happy st. patrick's day everyone!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Seamus Irish Red Ale

Appearance- Golden reddish brown with a finger thick head and moderate lacing.
Smell- musky malt.
Taste- Mossy/ earthy malt. Light flavor.
Mouthfeel- Light and slighty watery. The backbone of flavor is a little weak. The slightest of dryness in the end.

Overall- A decent beer to start off the evening. Could even be something you drink all night.

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Photo of Bdel34
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of DavidHume
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of amonjar
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of JDWEX1117
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of KireeriK
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jjd315
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a murky deep amber hue foamy one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel and musty hop.

The taste consisted of a moderate caramel malt, a nice earthiness and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and subtle red ale.

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Photo of CHickman
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 3/6/10 - a growler from Bierkraft: pours clear red color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head that sticks around for a while.

Smells of grain and roasted malt, maybe some bread; the nose is very faint with nothing really jumping out to greet you.

Tastes of malt, roasted grains, light caramel, faint hops, some sweetness and a hint of citrus; pretty malty overall, with earthy tones, bread, and a very dry crisp finish that leaves a slight pucker and resin of either orange peel or pepper. The taste is one dimensional in that the malts dominate, but there is some good flavor mixed in this brew.

The carbonation is light, with a dry creamy mouthfeel and a medium body. The aftertaste is a combo of roasted malt and grains, which did not take away from the good flavor when this beer was going down.

A decent beer that is very drinkable, and it tastes like the Irish Red beer definition, but the flavor just doesn’t excite me. I’d drink this beer again, but would not seek it out.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper red color, thick pillow of soapy khaki head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is sweet malts, roasted grain and damp earthy hops. Taste brings charachters of scent together... the sweetness is lighter than others in style, while roastyness and hoppiness is higher... nothing overly aggressive though. Overall, quite earthy and a nice spicy rye-like kick. Medium bodied, could use a tick more carbonation, no lingering flavors. A decent irish red that strays slightly from the style but is still a nice beer.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at D's in Swissvale, PA; had it the day after St. Paddy's Day.

Poured into a shaker: Thin layer of foamy head over deep amber body. Clean, no bubbles that I saw.

Smells of an apple & berry fruitness, though not real strong or sweet. Mild malty with decent tartness.

Taste is a mix of toasty, biscuity malt, strawberry, with a stone-dry character in the middle. Kind of falls flat quickly. Slightly cola-ish caramel.

Mouthfeel is engaging enough, thin-bodied, crisp.

Overall decent, nothing too challenging or outstanding. Not bad, but not exciting. I have a feeling this would go better as a companion to a card game, but not impressive in a "sit-down-&-critique" mindset.

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Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, a small sweet roast, a mix of gingerbread and tea. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Nothing exciting, but decent, nonetheless.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear orage-red with two fingers of off-white head and great lacing.

S: There is an initial sweetness and a light roastedness.

T: Slightly sweet with roasted malts but there is also a good bit of hop flavor and crispness. There is slight smoke and some black tea flavors as the beer warms slightly.

M: Soft carbination lends to the an easy drinking beer and the crispness from the hops leave a nice dry finish.

D: Another winner from Sly Fox. Good American take with out getting too far away from the original style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seamus Irish Red ale pours a reddish orange, decent soapy head and nice color and clarity. Aroma is malty, alittle fruity. In the flavor, caramel and light roasted malts, uplifting and refreshing. Malty flavor, a touch of brown sugar and alittle roast. Easy drinking and pretty good overall. A nice beer to have on hand.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sly Fox - Royersford

By all accounts you think you're in for a more or less standard Irish Red but, if you have had enough Sly Fox, as I have, you'll be a little thrown off by the degree of bitter, grapefruit-lemon hoppiness. Its by no means overbearing - an Irish Red is in fact underneath - a smooth, clean medium malt body with, somehow, a touch of roast coming through. Weak though.

For some reason I wasn't anticipating that characteristic Sly Fox hop character that is pushed a bit much in their Pils and more or less appropriate in their Pale and IPA (those 3 are all too similar - citrus-hoppy and soft drinky malt-sweet, but that's another story...)

Its light red-amber color works fine, head/lace - attractive, if a bit too whipped-frothy. A sniff reveals those pink grapefruit notes, a real subdued malt presence, and some bubblegum? Yeah, in the finish of the flavor as well. Overall, the taste is dainty, likely made daintier by the off-balance of malt in favor of too citrus-floral hop.

Put it back easy enough, but very much off. Lackluster.

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Photo of Zdrummer15
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Deuane
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask at Zeno's, State College, PA

A-Deep reddish brown with a thin and quickly fading head.

S-Faint sweet malt and not much else.

T-Sweet earthy malt. Little to no hop bite. This is WAY to sweet malty for me.

M-Good body from all that malt! A round brew...this is the best featur of this beer.

D-Not bad...but one will do me just fine. Way to malty for me. I am not an Irish Red fan at all...give me some hops please!

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Seamus' Irish Red Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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