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Celtic Ale - Long Ireland Beer Company

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 25.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Long Ireland Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Durge on 06-11-2009

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 91
Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness info..

Uninspiring look, minor head, very quickly departs leaving no head, no film, no collar and surprise, no lace.

Bleh..some caramel malt notes are the "highlights" here. Low carbonation and zero reason to go for more then a few sips...pass this one by

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Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of longisland1983
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is that of gun metal..rusty gun metal.
The 10 $ 24oz bottle was pricey, I picked it up because it is a local brewery.
I do like to sample locally.

The smell is of burned fruits

The taste is the best part. A bit smokey and burned, almost like a stout. But it goes down very easily.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Overall a good pick and solid ale

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing out of the six pack option.

Pours out dark amber with subtle head and lacing.

Smell is light and sweet.

Taste comes off the same with light tones and smooth sweetness. Very easy drinking and laid back and even a bit watery at times. Not the best amber ever but still a decent brew.

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I love red beer and this one is pretty good... the best quality was its appearance which was beautifull. The smell and taste were okay, nothing spectacular in general but a great beer to bring by to drink with friends instead of bringing Miller's or Buds.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some golden highlights when held up to the light and moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white to light beige head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt with a light amount of sweetness and some lightly toasted malts. There is a light amount of earthy hops.

T: The primary flavor is that of toasted malts with a lighter amount of caramel malts sweetness. There is a light amount of earthy hops that contribute a light lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Nothing special but still and enjoyable and easy to drink beer - could definitely be sessionable since it has a moderate ABV and an easy to enjoy flavor.

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Photo of RMann
4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time in Appelebee's, it was their guest beer of the month. I like Irish Reds and this was very good to excellent on the first glass. Smooth with a caramel/butterscotch taste, it was easy to put a few down quickly. I made a special trip to the brewery in Riverhead, where Greg showed me around and indicated that they were going to be bottling shortly from their Riverhead location. I can't wait, this Ale tastes great!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Jon Thomas Inn, in 12 ounce Pilsener glass.

No head to speak of, spotty lacing of glass. Aroma of sweet fruits and sea grass. Body is deep copper/amber lightly carbonated. Taste is of sweet malt, like Easter egg candy filling, yet not overpowering. No hops to bitter are tasted. No aftertaste, crisp clean finish. A light beer enthusiast would appreciate it as well, my wife enjoyed it, and her favorite is Miller

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Photo of funkel81
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this one for the first time over a year ago at the governor's island beer fest in nyc. had a bunch more since then since it's now all over long island (at bars and restaurants)

i'm a big amber fan and this one is right up there with the best of them. i know ambers don't get a lot of love on this site, but if you like the style i'd recommend giving this one a try if you see it. very well balanced and just gives me that caramel malt flavor that i crave from time to time when i'm all hopped out

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Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours red and settles to a reddish brown. A reasonalbe amount of foam.

S - Good smell of caramel hops. A little bit of toffee and butterscotch is there as well.

T - This is a tasty and dry irish red. At first is isn't quite special, but it tends to win you over.

M - A little light, this is an easy drinker.

O - A solid and enjoyable effort from the local folks. I would try this on tap if I came across it.

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Photo of wcintula
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample from this brewery almost a year back and remembered enjoying it, so I took the opportunity to try it again when seen on tap. Close to a finger head on a caramel-reddish body. The smell is of caramel, butterscotch, with the taste leading there also with a tea-like flavor. The body is very light with light carbonation which makes the for a crisp refreshing character. A pleasant 'lighter' beer.

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Photo of iRoy
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polishing off a 32oz. Growler at the 'mo. Reppin' Strong Island in a real good way with a decent appearance. This isthe second time I've had a growler fill of this brew and it's a solid sessionable brew. Definitely lighht carbonation and good mouthfeel throughout. Bold flavor with slight bitterness. Great with food.

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Photo of gskitt
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish color, bordering on brown. Little head, little lacing. Smelled no hops, muted malts. Tasted those malts, and maybe some caramel. Mouthfeel and drinkability are the best parts of this red ale for me. Smooth mouthfeel, slight carbonation, clean finish. Way drinkable at 5%. This is a very relaxed session-able brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Painters in Brookhaven NY.

A - Amber with ruby highlights that come out when you hold it up to a light.

S - Mild. No char or caramel, just mellow malt.

T - A bit of booze up front. Toast through the middle of the profile, it's subdued though. Just a whisper of hop bitterness in the finish. *Note: the beer I had was accompanied by an off-taste that I'm pretty sure was due to a dirty draft line.

M - Opens with a medium body that holds out for about a seconds, then transitions rapidly into a lighter body that fades throughout the end of the profile.

D - Decent. The mouthfeel and alcohol content are easy enough on your palate to throw a few of these back. The taste just doesn't keep me coming back.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Portside in Port Jefferson, NY.

Look: Poured a deep, golden copper color with a little red in there. Looks almost like maple syrup. Thin, cream colored head that retained very well and left a good amount of lacing.

Smell: very strong roasted malt smell. Caramel, earthiness, and a little grass hop smell.

Taste: roasted malt dominates the flavor. This beer is very sweet and has caramel and oats in the taste. Not much in terms of hops in the taste. There's some smoke but not much and some nuttiness as it warms up.

Feel: fairly on the thin side. Good carbonation and not much bitterness so its pleasant to drink.

Drink: good. Easy to drink and could put a few of these away.

Overall, I like it. Irish Red is a style that I feel is underrepresented and thought I'd give it a try when I caught it on tap. I'm glad I did. I would definitely give this a go and I'll be looking for their other beers in the future.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr. Beery, Bethpage, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light malt with a touch of earthiness and a balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a good and servicable ale.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my local spots (Shoreline Beverage) does taster growlers of 10oz (like frappacino bottles) and they had this one at their growler station today so I decided to give it a shot. One of the guys that works there recommended it to me last week and again this week. A bunch of the local spots have been talking this brewery up to me lately and the story of the brewery is kind of interesting so why not?

A - Poured from 10oz sampler growler into a Maredsous chalice a deep copper with a shiny golden tint. At first it had a lively burst of bubbles when I poured it, but they quickly vanished. Looks better than avg for the style (which I've read really isn't supposed to be Irish Red but rather traditional irish), but nothing to go crazy over.

S - Very strong roasted caramel smell. Malts jump out as well as an almost oatmeal coffee type smell. Very unique and earthy smelling, but smells good.

T - Smokey roasted malt dominates the flavor. Somewhat watery mix of caramel and oats. Even and subtle, but tasty.

M - Very subdued and even feeling. A little on the watery side, but the mellow flavor and subtle carbonation are nice. Crisp and clean aftertaste.

D - This one is extremely drinkable. A bit on the watery side which makes it go down easy, but the flavor is nice and subtle and it leaves my mouth feeling cool. I could easily throw several of these back.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz plastic cup sample from a keg at Big Z Beverage - Huntington, NY / Long Ireland Brewing Company tasting on 11/7/09.

Red/Amber color with a beige head.
Some what watered down malty aroma.
Taste is a bit watered down, malt and sweet tea with a little bit of bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.
It went down easy, so I had another sample.

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler direct from the contract brewer in Connecticut, this one shows a dark maple color with a fair off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma is pretty simple sour apple caramel malt, pretty sharp. Upon the first mouthful this is somewhat thin, an aqueous finely carbonated ale which somewhat resembles a sweet brown ale. I also pick up some smoke but the dominant taste is tart rhubarb and sour brown sugar. At first it seems too sour, almost like it's over "ripe" but as you get through the first pint, it mellows and the sweetness blends in a bit more and you get the nutty brown ale qualities, and always a touch of smoky wood. Drinkability is good, it grows on you. Worth a try.

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Celtic Ale from Long Ireland Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.