Celtic Ale - Long Ireland Beer Company
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
06-02-2014 16:21:36 | More by Brenden
4.51/5 rDev +24.6%
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.
01-26-2014 00:04:56 | More by illpass78
3.26/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
07-29-2013 00:04:04 | More by Gmann
3.81/5 rDev +5.2%
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
07-26-2013 23:19:34 | More by longisland1983
Celtic Ale from Long Ireland Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.