Church-Key Red Ale - Church-Key Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Serving: A pint's worth from a growler into a nonic glass.
I picked up this little gem on a Beertrip weekender; it was our first stop!
It pours a not-so-translucent coppery red with a beige, one-finger head that sticks around longer than expected, but still thins out quickly, leaving minimal lacing.
The nose is biscuity malt, nicely toasted with loads of caramel flavour and the faintest hoppy, floral (dare I say chlorophyll-type) smell.
There is little to be surprised at when it settles over my tongue, with caramel sweetness and fresh bread tastes vying for front-end supremacy. A further touch of that hoppiness on the back-end, but I would say that much of the bitter of this beer is derived from the malts (fyi - it's not all that bitter).
A full-bodied (in relation to style) mouthfeel with moderate carbonation; an odd sensation, but it treats your mouth the same way as a swig of some reasonably salty fluid would - lots of salivation.
Irish Reds can be pretty plain, and while this beer doesn't offer the panacea to the sometimes borderline anemic style, it's definitely the healthiest examples of an Irish Red I've ever tasted.
Serving type: growler
05-18-2010 04:58:43 | More by barleywort
3.75/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Volo.
Pours a clear reddish orange, some amber in the corners, thin white head forms, settles to a thin ring, a few spots of lace stick to the glass.
Smell is good, caramel, some toast and biscuit, a bit of fruit, very clean malty aroma, a bit of floral, very basic but well done.
Taste is similar, nice and malty, caramel sweetness, biscuit, fruit, touch of floral hopping and some roasted barley, sweet finish but mostly balanced.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing exciting but a pretty solid red ale.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2009 16:17:14 | More by Viggo
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Bar Volo. Orange red coloured body. Hoppy, above average mouthfeel. Well carmelized. The taste is of the malts, and that gives it drinkability, and there is a hint of some roasted malt. Above average for the style, which by itself is ordinary.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2009 00:10:38 | More by Sammy
Church-Key Red Ale from Church-Key Brewing Company
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