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Porterhouse Red - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-06-2003)
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Reviews by stckhndlr:
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

A- Golden red color as expected with a huge 3 finger head. Good Carbonation with a strong creamy lacing from the big head.

S- It took me a while to pin point this one but I was finally able to recall this smell from my childhood. Root beer barrel candies is all I can use to describe this one. A blast from the past for me, this beer smelled absolutely wonderful.

T- Caramel and coffee flavors. The coffee part reminds me of the taste that you "smell" when you walk through the coffee isle in the store. And not the canned stuff, I am talking the fresh ground bean smell, but in a flavor. Nice sweet taste with a touch of bitter on the back end.

M- Has a creamy texture that makes a thinner beer feel more like a medium body.

D- I may never go back to American Reds again. Fantastic beer.

03-14-2011 02:08:43 | More by stckhndlr
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-28-2012 19:29:51 | More by innominat
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-03-2012 20:46:05 | More by fionn13
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West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

Expensive, 4.99 a single and 15.99 a four pack???WTF is going on here in Ohio. Clear copper hue with a bright khaki head forming thick fine speckled lacing. Aroma has some herbal/grassy notes not so much pine, but it's there a bit. Hints of caramel but no candy like tones in the nose, really subtle malt profile, kind of airy. Flavor is really dry not even bready malt, kind of watered down cereal grains. A pretty big disappointment to me, based on what I paid for it. It looked like craft imported beer, but ended up mediocre import selections. Goes down smooth with bitter earthy finishing hops dry bitterness actually. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mellow carbonation that finishes bone dry. Drinkability is unimpressive a decent beer but not one I shoud be paying top dollar for due to rarity.

02-12-2011 14:55:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Nitro-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of toastiness and even lighter hints of roasted malts. As it warms the aromas turn slightly grainy.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by muted toasted malt flavors. The two malt flavors are joined midway through the sip by slight amounts of leafy hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall there was nothing special about this beer however there rarely is with Irish Red's. A nice beer that likely benefitted a bit from the nitro-pour. Worth a shot.

08-21-2010 18:06:34 | More by glid02
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18%

Was pretty good, but a bit timid in flavour, and for me had a bit of a buttery taste which i didn't mind, but didn't like. Lightly sweet malts in the start, lightly dry and not really bitter hoppy finish. A bit light, yes, but not bad, Irish Red Ales have never been a favourite.

06-06-2003 02:33:47 | More by rastaman
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

10-01-2013 23:01:51 | More by Ang_Olive
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

330ml bottle, thanks to the rep for the sample. I hadn't noticed the 'right-handed' label feature on this brewer's label before. Cute, as is the description for the main graphic's askew nature (6 degrees off-kilter).

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy beige head, which settles at due pace, leaving some nice roiling wave lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel and pale malts, some further toffee/cocoa notes, a reserved dense orchard fruitiness, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is more nicely roasted bready, caramel malt, with a touch of chocolate and coffee, dried black fruit, a slight acidic note, and softly offsetting earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is reserved, and just strong enough to provide unseen support, the body a more than adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, a simple edginess marring things only slightly. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt still on top, though the musty, leafy hops don't exactly fade away.

A pretty tasty Irish red ale - my go-to has always been Smithwicks (sometimes even just to pronounce it properly), but were this as readily available, the contest wouldn't even be close.

11-21-2012 02:22:00 | More by biboergosum
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3/5  rDev -18%

10-20-2013 07:41:21 | More by dertyd
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep amber copper color with a thin, pale khaki head and relatively good clarity. Head retention is fair.

Aroma-Interesting-smells leathery and almost a bit musty on the palate, with large notes of robust caramel, toffee, raisins, and prunes. Hints of dry toasty breadcrusts, but on the whole the aroma is rather sweet.

Flavor-Butter caramel, with sweet toffee and just a touch of raisins. Dry and toasty in the mid-palate, and moderately low bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is slightly reminiscent of the initial caramel, but a bit drier with a light leafy/earthy hop flavor and hints of tobacco/leather.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, with moderately low, gentle carbonation, which lends a creamy mouthfeel.

Irish Reds are a style generally bereft of character, but this beer's got it in spades. Interesting, complex, drinkable, and low-abv, a fantastic session beer if you ask me.

03-28-2012 04:13:05 | More by plfahey
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Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-31-2014 16:39:56 | More by Iaido
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-14-2013 21:25:42 | More by pixels
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

10-14-2012 18:51:58 | More by Musicjack
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-17-2014 15:02:14 | More by erialbill
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a dark clear rusty brown, a medium slowly fading beige head, light lacing. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt and grains, yeast and fruity notes with some earthy hops bitter notes. A medium body, crisp, good carbonation. Finishes with toasted caramel malt and grains, fruity, some yeast, with an earthy hops ending for balance and mild nutty flavor. A good beer for the style, has the typical Irish Ale characteristics. A good drinking brew.

07-18-2013 19:10:25 | More by Samp01
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

A: A spongy tan head sits atop of moderately good retention. Dull coppery in color with a fair sense of clarity reveals a feverish strong effervesce within. The lace is foamy, encircling the glass with a thin band but has some meaty substance sticking and clumping well.

S: The nose struck me as a bit odd at first with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon, sour cherries and a sour caramel malting. Musky damp and mildew hops, not what I expected from Nugget or EKG. Thankfully the aroma diminishes rather quickly though I continued to agitate to satisfy my curiosity and understanding of this strange scent.

T: The flavor faired much better then what I anticipated from the nose. Star fruit, white grapes and a toasty lemony caramel backing best sums up things here in a nutshell. Fruity like a bock, with some sour tropical hops of pineapple mixes with a fresh sense of semi-dry lemon and caramel for a finish. Like the nose the flavor was pronounced, though seemed a bit out of place per style.

M: Fullness was good, creamy and lush feel on the tongue. Quiet carbonation gently comes through. The finish is warming of sour citrus/lemon hops and sour caramelized grains ending a bit dry.

D: Overall drinkability was not bad, but certainly not what I envisioned or come to expect from a irish red. Felt really strange and ends up drinking better if you don't think about it the second time around.

03-08-2011 23:27:06 | More by beerthulhu
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A.Burnished orange coloured beer with a pillowy, foamy looking white head.

S. Caramel, roasted malts. I can also detect flavours that are associated with a Flanders brown ale.

T. Chocolatey and toffee. A slightly bitter finale.

M. Medium bodied. I am surprised at the amount of carbonation this beer has, something that I personally don't like in a beer.

D. I would appreciate this far more if it had much less carbonation in it. Nice to try but once is enough thank you.

03-30-2011 10:16:08 | More by AEK
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-13-2013 17:24:38 | More by dvanhandel
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-20-2013 19:14:38 | More by gtermi
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-14-2014 23:02:02 | More by syndelee
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

I had off the tap at fraunces tavern.
a. A clear yet deep red. Huge foamy tan head and lace.
s. Mild alcohol taste.
t. Has a dull sour ale-ish aftertaste. Nice caramel and apple taste. Very nice ale.
m. Sour aftertaste.
o. Not a huge red ale fan, but a wonderful unique taste. Nice for a cool day.

06-27-2011 23:12:50 | More by Amalak
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured into a pint glass with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and always kept a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of toasted malts and caramel. There are some hints of bitterness and spices in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high level of carbonation. There is a mild amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly; I could easily drink this beer all night long.

02-11-2011 17:33:30 | More by metter98
Photo of LukeK1231

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Drank on-tap at the Porterhouse Central in Dublin.

A- Nice reddish amber color with a slightly tan head.

S- Slight malty, caramel, and fruit smell.

T- The tast was as most Irish Red's go, however a little watery. There were some spice tones that were nice, but could have come through a little stronger.

M- Light carbonation.

D- It had a watery, malty finish. Overall, a definite must try from the Porterhouse selection and as an Irish Red. Would have again although not my first choice in Irish Reds.

03-12-2011 16:35:05 | More by LukeK1231
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-23-2013 20:09:03 | More by Jose9e
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New York

3/5  rDev -18%

02-22-2014 15:42:39 | More by Noelito76
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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.