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Irish Red Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%


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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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by notdan:
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notdan

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MeisterBurger for passing this along in CanBIF 5.

Poured with a nice little head but it died pretty quickly and left little lacing. Smelled decently, a good balance of malt and hops, but also a bit of lemon tea, which seems to be common for the Garrison beers I've tried so far. The taste followed suit, and while it's nothing exciting, I found it to be pretty solid and balanced. Mostly sweet malty/caramel flavour with a sort of tart bitterness, partly citric and partly coffee-ish. Mouthfeel and drinkability was fine, would not be hard to make this into a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 05:33:34 | More by notdan
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -32%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 20:13:52 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.4%

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Nova Scotia (Canada)

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Saskatchewan (Canada)

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3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear pale copper with a finger width of foamy off-white head.

Smell - Grains, grass, hint of apple.

Taste - Caramel malts with grassy flavours and that hint of apple and tea. Not much else to describe in this brew.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with light carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A standard Irish Red by Garrison. It hits the mark on some of the style's traits, such as dry finish and tea-like flavour, but otherwise does not offer much else new.

Serving type: bottle

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New Brunswick (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red clear body with two fingers of thin white bubbly head. Retention is good and lacing is pleasing.

S: Aromas are not to strong. Some grainy hops and sweet caramel malts.

T: Clean notes of caramel malts with some interesting grainy hops.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Texture is smooth and water like with some odd grainy aftertaste.

O: One of my more enjoyable Garrison brews. It's very easy to drink and enjoy, but not lacking to much character.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut brown borderline ruby red with a big amount of frothy white foam that slowly faded leaving some lacing
S - aroma is faint but nice, some nice caramel malts with just a hint of roastiness
T - taste is alot of burnt caramel with a slightly metallic taste. There are some notable grassy hops that leave a small amount of bitterness in the finish. Nice flavor, but the metallic flavor makes me knock this one down a bit.
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied with a dry finish
D - decent flavor, probably my least favorite so far by Garrison but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 04:42:14 | More by mikereaser
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Irish Red Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.