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Seamus' Irish Red Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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
Photo of JWU
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Hunger-n-Thirst, Lancaster, PA

A- looks the part. amber with heavy red hues, and a nice light khaki head. could use more lacing.

S- some bready malts, maybe some caramel, a earthy, slightly citric hop is there.

T- taste is pretty nice, and a standard, straightforward Irish Red. A quick smack of caramel, some dry breadyness, with a very light citric/eathy hop.

M- Medium, a touch dry on the finish, but I get the slightly metallic note I get on a lot of Sly Fox brews.

0- A nice St. Patty's Day beer, and a step up from something like Smithwick's.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap at special tasting

Pours amber reddish color, yellowish head retains pretty well.

Smells of bready, slightly bitter malts.

Taste of some dryer hops and bready, grassy malts.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation.

Pretty decent, but not fantastic. Then again, I'm not a huge fan of the style. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way too.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a medium red colored body with a white head. The head fades fast leaving only a slight amount of lacing.

Smell – The nose is rather light. There is however a bit of sweet caramel and a little roasted malt breadiness in the nose.

Taste – The taste is quite sweet of caramel up front. As the taste advances some more bready maltiness works its way into the taste and subdues a bit of the sweetness. There is a little bit of citrus flavor that then works it way into the taste, with the taste then ending with a very light roasty flavor, not much, but it mixes well with the sweet breadiness and light citrus.

Mouthfeel – A little on the lighter side, yet very fitting for the sweetness and flavor of the brew. This coupled with a moderate level of carbonation make it very easy to drink.

Overall – Easy drinking with a nice sweeter flavor. A session brew to enjoy at the pub with some good friends.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with slightly yellowish white head. The nose has a strong malt presence initially, light notes of smoke with some oily piney hops behind. The flavor is caramel and crystal malts with notes of smoked meats. Hop presence in back, oily and piney hops with a lighter body, soft palate, aggressive and lively carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 corby112
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft at St. Stephens on Green.

Pours a dark coppery/ruby color with dark golden amber edges when held to a light and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much n the way of lacing.

Spicy, toasted malt aroma with lots of toasted sweet malt and peppery spice. Hints of rye, caramel and toffee with slight dark fruit, especially dark cherry. Subtle earthy hops but the nose is dominated the spice and sweet malt.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front and an overpowering peppery spice character. It's a bit abrasive and really takes away from the subtle hops and sweet malt character, lingering into a long dry finish. Sweet slightly toasted malt flavor mid-palate with hints of rye, caramel, biscuit and toffee. This creates a bit of balance but overall the dominant spiciness makes this beer very unpleasant and tough to drink.

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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 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 ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/8/10.

A - Clear reddish copper-colored body with a thin beige head that reduced to a patchy wisp but deposited lots of ornate lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma displays a grainy malt profile with a subtle tea-like hop character and a hint of fleshy fruit sweetness.

T - Like the aroma, the initial flavor consists of grainy notes and toasted barley as well as sweet caramel malt. A hint of light herbal, tea-like hops emerge in the backend and offer a tinge of bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with subtle hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Nice Irish Red Ale with a distinct toasted grainy malt character. I enjoyed this more than I had anticipated, as I typically find the style to be rather dull.

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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 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 Viggo
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark orange, light red, medium sized white head forms, drops a decent lace sheet on its way down, solid ring of lace sticks around, good retention. Smell is quite sweet, some caramel, bread, orange peel, citrus, a bit earthy, some biscuit, a bit of vanilla sweetness, kind of underwhelming. Taste is similar, sweet and sugary at first, caramel, bubblegum, toast, honey, slightly grassy, very light roasty character, not bad but a little sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. An alright Irish red, just not enough going on to prop the sweetness up.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber body. Medium white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lighlty malty, some earthy/floral hops in the background.

D: A malty irish red... Balanced by some earth/floral hops. No perceptible alcohol...

M: Smooth medium body. Crisp finish.

D: A decent session beer.. nothing more.

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Photo of ski271
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Medium-dark reddish-copper with a small foamy, off-white head that diminishes to a partial film but still leaves light rings of lacing as it goes down. Smell is fairly muted. Grassy hops and husky malts. The taste has more of a presence, but is far from loud. Just a pleasant balance of bready malts and light fruity hops. It has a medium body, crisp, light dry texture and moderate carbonation. This is a no-frills decent beer. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Nothing worth seeking out, but good.

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Photo of ROMER79
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the pour was ruby red with a tan one finger head from tap. The head had no retention at all. Cinnamon and spices were the easiest smells to detect. The taste was close to the same but with a little more spices in the mix. It was balanced enough to enjoy the beer and have another. It was easy to drink and very smooth going down the pipes.

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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 Hojaminbag
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in Phoenixville, PA.

Pours a dark amber color with some off white head. Some slight retention with lacing.

Barely any smell at all for me, hints of maltiness.

Caramel maltiness up front, followed by some floral hop flavors. Malt noticeable in the finish. Very mild and smooth.

Very easy to drink, nice for sipping or just downing quickly if that is the kind of thing you like (I was late for an appointment and had to finish the last bit).

Interesting brew, I will check out the Sly Fox again.

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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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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 BeerImmediately
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the last sixtel of this seasonal from the Royersford location in late March... still enjoying it from the home bar.

Pours a relatively clear, amber color with decent 1 inch head and lacing throughout.

Very faint roasted malt smell, with some nutty undertones.

Light caramel up front, with slight - but lingering - fruity hop bitterness to finish.

Pleasant, smooth mouthfeel as you may expect from this style.

Nice drinkability in this well-balanced Irish red.

Looking forward to next March!

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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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Seamus' Irish Red Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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