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Celtic Ale - Long Ireland Beer Company

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Celtic Ale
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Ireland Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Durge on 06-11-2009)
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Will_Rivera, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Icemann383, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

ggell100, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Jun 07, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served at The Maple Tree (barbeque; highly recommended) on 5/24 and again 5/27 during my vacation in Riverhead.

It's a thick dark orange color, a little heavier in the middle, with an off-white head just taller than one finger. Retention is good, and it sits at that height pretty consistently while leaving creamy broken sheeting in its wake.
This beer has what I expect and hope for in an Irish red: it's very well balanced and isn't heavy in either aroma or flavor but offers strong hops and malts. It's got some caramel and breads balanced with earth and softer green bitterness. It has a great complement of sweetness and bitterness working in accord. The flavor is a touch deeper than the aroma.
The body is medium, and this wouldn't work as well as a classic Irish style if it was much heavier. It's got lots of depth, but what really impresses me is a clean and robust balance against an incredibly silky smoothness that coats the tongue without slickness and flows like silk. Impressively, it doesn't give up crispness for all the smoothness.

Brenden, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jen-P, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

smithj4, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ZCW, Mar 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Huffs, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jayeblue24, Jan 30, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass tankard.

Appearance: It pours a hazy orange. Carbonation is pretty heavy. Despite the somewhat light color - I expected a deeper red - its color is very thick. I can't see through it at all. Lacing is minimal to moderate. Head starts off gigantic and recedes to about an inch, and to nothing after about eight minutes.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, toffee and maltiness in the nose. It's floral and inviting. Smells like something you'd want to drink.

Taste: We've got a winner. This is a really delicious beer - malty and full-bodied without pummeling you with alcohol. The flavors follow the nose, and it's very easy drinking. I haven't had a ton of domestic Irish Reds but I really can't imagine there are many better than this. Also better than the mainstream of American pale ales and amber ales.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate and quaffable. Suitable for any weather, but I'm glad I had this on a grey, snowy day, because the smooth, easy-drinking character of this beer made for a good way to warm up.

Overall: You'd be pretty nuts not to seek this out if you're a fan of U.S. craft beer and love Irish reds. I had it with some BBQ tempeh, mashed potatoes and broccoli, and it was the perfect pairing. This beer is proof that American brewers can do cool things with fairly standard styles without resorting to mondo hopping or zany flavors. Would drink again.

illpass78, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

kkmiller76, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

braedon_peluso, Dec 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

kbettenh, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

KRella, Sep 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Fireslayer, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

2Xmd, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

sirsteve42, Aug 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

JamesGWittel, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

SadMachine, Aug 05, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky lemon iced tea color. The off white head is short and wispy and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is bready with notes of caramel and honey. Not much else going on in the aroma.

The taste is bready with a caramel presence. Slightly bitter from some grassy hops. Brown sugar notes round out the sweetness. Some earthy notes to help balance.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a grassy bitterness. Slightly dry in the finish.

Fairly standard amber/red ale. Not as dry as most which is nice. Decent flavors but boring.

Gmann, Jul 29, 2013
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Celtic Ale from Long Ireland Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.