Seamus' Irish Red Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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3.57
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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrJay on 03-17-2006

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 72
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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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox has produced a very nice, easy-drinking session beer. Some chocolate malt pokes through in the way of a roasty taste, unless I'm completely off-base.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Taste is straightforward (which I believe is appropriate for the style). These two things make for high marks in drinkability.

Very nice for March, St. Paddy's Day season, when you don't really feel like a stout.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with reddish highlights and a collar of off-white foam. There was a bit of lacing as well. Mild malt aroma with solid caramel character. Medium to low bitterness. Caramel sweetness and a floral/citrus hop flavor that lingers into the finish. There's also just a whisper of chocolate. Medium/light body with light carbonation. Off-dry with a slightly grainy texture. This is an easy drinking beer, easily a session ale.

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Seamus' Irish Red Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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