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Irish Red Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This classic beer style was inspired by centuries of Celtic brewing history. Specialty kilned malts such as dark caramel and munich dominate the Irish Red resulting in a ruby red colour and smooth malty taste.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: PiratePete on 10-07-2003)
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Photo of cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

10-12-2013 12:59:45 | More by cam477
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%

On tap at the Waterfront Wharf in Halifax, just a stone's throw from the brewery, on a cool and rainy fall day.

Poured into a Garrison pint glass. Certainly holds up to its name with its clear bright ruby-copper hue. Decent half inch of head, recedes into a thick ring with lots of lacing.

Nose is faint, and doesn't offer much. Malty, caramel, a bit of fruit and mild hops actually. Smells like your standard big market red ale.

The taste is thankfully a touch better, with a nice malt profile, bit of grain, tea-herbal hops, and mild fruit and spiciness.

Thinner bodied, sharper carbonation than I'd like.

Decent red ale, certainly highly drinkable, but neither is it among Garrison's better brews. Still, when it's consumed within sight of the harborfront, it adds a certain something to the experience.

10-10-2013 20:13:52 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-21-2012 22:03:38 | More by djcreepshow
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

341ml, the final soldier in the Garrison mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with one finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves a consistent ring of drooping lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sweet toffee/caramel malt, and a mildly stringent mineral character. The taste is stale bread and caramel, and a bitter, almost metallic alcohol edge, without the warming. I also get a bit of earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, and somewhat spritzy, the body medium-light in weight, and leaning well towards smooth. It finishes off-dry, the maltiness still presiding over some latent herbal hops.

An Irish Ale with an identity problem - it maintains the big, enjoyable malt base, but the other off flavours, at times, push the low-rent brew boundaries. Still easy enough to drink, but not all night...

02-23-2011 00:57:25 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

This is one-dimensional, grand cru level coriander, and water. Very watery, it owuld be nothing iwthout over-the-top coriander. Decent amber colour. Aggressive carbonation. Was unfinishable. Have had much better Maritime ales, bt a worthy experiment.

09-12-2004 02:04:51 | More by Sammy
Photo of socon67

New York

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Color is reddish amber with minimal foam. The smell has some sweetness of caramel. The taste I found a little disappointing. It seemed diluted to me. none of the tastes seemed all that strong.

The red has a smooth finish and I could see this being drinkable. This was not one of my favorite irish reds by any stretch, but it is still a decent beer.

09-11-2010 20:38:19 | More by socon67
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

A - clear red-brown with a thumb of tan head, dissipated slowly
S - caramel and roasted nuts, leafy hops and some alcohol sweetness
T - molasses malt with a dry leafy hop note, a little nutty, buttery and sweet finish
M - lightly creamy and quickly drys out, very dry finish
D - maybe not a session beer but could definitely enjoy a couple

03-31-2011 04:39:37 | More by joemcgrath27
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Arrives at my table a brilliantly clear and bright red, with a modest off-white head that is reasonably well retained and leaves some lacing for the first half of the pint. Smell is bright and fruity, will notes of strawberry, apricot, and pear dominating the malty profile. Taste is similar, with a very fruity base and little hop bitterness to balance its sweet and malty nature. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but still decent and with nice carbonation, and drinkability is good. Not a bad offering.

05-23-2006 21:01:15 | More by Mandrake
Photo of souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +9.6%

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Part of a 6-pack bought at the NSLC in Hantsport, NS... not much else there for craft beer, so I figured I'd give it a try.

A: brown and clear, with three fingers of fluffy tan head.
S: grassy hops and roasted malts.
T: Nice balance of hops and roasted malts. Very drinkable.

Overall: Good but not amazing.

08-15-2013 21:20:21 | More by souvenirs
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance. Pours a clear copper with a finger of sticky looking, light orange-tan head.

Smell. Strawberries, melon, caramel, and some toasty grains.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt and pears. A little grassy hops in the end. Finishes pretty clean and sweetness isn`t offensive. A little watery.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall. I liked this. Light and refreshing with nice hints of fruit.

04-15-2011 18:48:00 | More by Rutager
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Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Bottle: Poured a light red/amber color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light cereal notes and some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel malt with light sweet notes and no discernible hops. Body is a bit light with OK carbonation. Decent but a bit too bland to be truly interesting even as a session beer.

06-23-2010 02:33:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%

From a variety 6-pack, in a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear deep russet amber, thin creamy off-white head.

Nutty caramel sweetness on the nose, faint tinge of leafy hops.

Something of a worty sweetness in the flavour, mild notes of nuttiness with mild spicy and herbal hops on the finish and which lingers on into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth with a bit of a creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

Sweet and somewhat generic, doesn't really stand out for the style.

03-14-2011 01:07:25 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +28%

09-07-2012 02:35:45 | More by CurtisD
Photo of Derf36

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

06-07-2014 17:54:57 | More by Derf36
Photo of Tfergus

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

07-14-2014 22:21:41 | More by Tfergus
Photo of DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

05-18-2014 08:52:38 | More by DreamDeath
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

341 ml bottle- A deep mahogany pour, with a creamy and beige off white cap. A malty and fruity nose. Mostly earthy malts with some caramel, red plum, some spices. Tastes of sweet malts, quite grainy, some fruity notes, a bit of spice. Creamy and malty finish. Good. Thanks Darlene.

07-29-2009 12:04:04 | More by mrmanning
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3.1/5  rDev -6.6%

I tried one of these while on a vacation to their brewery in Halifax in August 2012. Compared to the few reds I've had, this was a pretty pedestrian offering; nothing offensive yet nothing to write home about. I found myself wishing I'd ordered something else instead and that's kind of disappointing.

09-03-2012 20:22:04 | More by Mdez
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Bottle, label as shown above. Received via trade.
Pours a dark reddish brown, one inch of off-white head. Decent retention, minimal lace. Smells of roasted caramel malt, and a bit of yeast. Sweet malty taste, a bit of caramel, then some bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Very drinkable.
Another good one from Garrison.

Note: after having got this one from the Maritimes, I was able to try another sample at BeerFest. Now is readily available in Calgary. I will definatley have this one again.

08-23-2008 16:04:23 | More by BigBry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-03-2013 20:09:00 | More by Yoozeo
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-06-2012 15:22:11 | More by cfalovo97
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

10-13-2012 04:26:54 | More by Idrankthat
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a translucent dark red with two fingers of off-white head. Smells malty, bit of yeast, caramel sweetness, and some roasted wheat. Sweet malt taste strikes you first, again with some caramel flavours. This melts into some bitter hops. Bitterness is a little overpowering. Not unpleasant, but doesn't quite balance the malts.
Mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth, lowish carbonation, goes down easily. Quite drinkable.
Garrison's website has a fair bit of info on all their beers, but I was surprised to see they labelled the bitterness as low for this beer; it certainly stands out for me.

05-27-2008 01:26:26 | More by nighthawk
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Poured with hardly any head at all, and what was there was gone within seconds. Body is completely clear and a really nice ruby red color.

S: Just like the Raspberry Wheat, there seems to be a slight alcohol smell coming through, which is weird. Mostly, though, sweet maltiness is apparent, along with a slight fruitiness to the whole thing.

T: Sweet at first... but then it ends with a slight bite of bitterness which isn't very pleasant. Almost astringent, or something. There's also a bit of smokiness to this beer, which is kind of unusual. Overall, it's not terrible, but it's not balanced very well.

M: Light bodied, thin-creamy texture, with average carbonation that seems a little bit too high for the style.

D: Not terrible, but not very smooth. The odd things about this beer likely won't make me buy it again.

12-30-2009 14:44:56 | More by berley31
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

06-20-2014 20:51:56 | More by murphius1118
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Irish Red Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
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