Celtic Ale - Long Ireland Beer Company
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4.7/5 rDev +29.8%
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!
09-05-2012 12:30:29 | More by RMann
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
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
04-11-2011 18:23:39 | More by socon67
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
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
06-10-2013 03:58:24 | More by pjkelley82
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-27-2010 19:42:59 | More by plaid75
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
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-15-2012 21:03:36 | More by dbrauneis
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-05-2011 16:15:38 | More by gskitt
Celtic Ale from Long Ireland Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.