Porterhouse Red - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 06-06-2003

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Photo of JamesS
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very excellent light burnished copper with great lastiing head and excellent lacing throughout. It has a wonderfully malty scent without being too deep (true to an Irish red instead of an Irish stout), with that great Irish red twist in the nose. Great taste, a wonderfully malty beer with a nice tart tang and very slightly fruity finish. Goes down great, a little too smooth in fact! Well done on this Irish red. (422 characters)

Photo of palma
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I visited the Porterhouse on my trip to Ireland and was hoping to try some true Irish brewed beer. The Porterhouse is the only microbrewery in Dublin and so that is where I ended up - Good call. Their Red ale is simply awesome. Opaque orange/reddish color body producing a sick-ass creamy off-white head that lasts all the way to the last drop. Smell is light with roasted malt and fruit notes. Sweet malt flavor throughout with a satisfying hop bitterness. Great caramel flavor. An enticing dryness in the end which just makes you want to take another sip. Not very strong at 4.4 but it tastes great so who cares. You can just keep on drinking em! Mouthfeel is very thick and rich for a pale ale. It has the mouthfeel of a stout. Absolutely amazing. Highly recommended if you ever visit Dublin. (795 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (792 characters)

Photo of LeathChuinn
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in half pint glass.

A/S: Pours a red colour with a generous fluffy tan head that lasts til finish leaving a decent amount of thick lacing to the glass. Light, malty, with a fruit and nut aroma, hazelnut predominantly with a hint of roasted and chocolate malts.

T/MF: Taste is malty with tastes roast, caramel, chocolate, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and autumn fruits, some spice, perhaps cinnamon. Medium bodied, fluffy feel with low to medium carbonation and a smooth, dry and hoppy finish.

Overall a pleasant red ale on par with other Irish craft reds. Definitely not to be put in the same brackets with the only macro red brewed in Ireland - Smithwicks and it's nitro sibling Kilkenny. Recommended. (724 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper with maybe some bronze hues and a nice multitude of bubbling. The head and foam are super thick and creamy, and leave awesome notches of foam on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is very malty with sweet biscuits and bread with a little caramel and honey. The hops add a little earthy sniff to balance the malts out a little bit.

Toasted malts dominate the flavor profile of this beer. Not so much as to be overly sweet by any means. I could taste biscuits, crackers, and white bread crust. The hops added a little grass and earth to keep some of the sweeteness in check. The mouthfeel has some a nice dryness to it that adds to this beers awesome sessionability. (682 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (945 characters)

Photo of OF001
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-ruby hue on the pour with crisp clarity and a very thin head that is maintained by light but constant carbonation, very little lacing worth noting, but it occurs.

Smells of medium roast pale and chocolate malts that is rich and teasing. Caramel, toffee, chocolate and cooked dried fruits (prune, raisin? mostly on the sweeter notes). Notably sweet.

Dark fruits and a light copper not round out roasted cocoa nibs. Butter toffee and light tobacco/leather notes. Finishes a little dry and an iron minerality that I thought would have given the hops a little more bite. The low ABV allows some of the more subtle flavours to show, although I burnt y tongue on coffee this morning it can only help ME so much, and it does.

Mouth-feel is medium bodied and well suited to this style. Willing carbonation makes it lively on the palate and probably adds to the dry finish.

Well balanced and fairly complex. Better than the majority of reds I’ve had in the last little while. Light and slightly spicy hopsg with juicy, roasty-toasty sweet malts and long finish makes this a joy. An approachable beer for most, but not complex enough for the seasoned, the flavour and mild complexity make a great and affordable everyday beer. (1,230 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New beers available at the local today, even at 5 bucks a bottle I still pulled the trigger.
Pours a deep dark golden almost reddish in color with a good sized fuzzy white head that slowly recedes to form a cap and lots of sticky lace. Smells great! Dark crystal malt sweetness hints of dark fruits and burnt sugar. Very little to any hop present in the aroma. Taste is malty sweet with light caramel slightly bready with some dark fruit and an earthy hop bite that surfaces just long enough to keep it on the right side of cloying. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation and a medium to light body. Very simple but quite tasty brew, very easy to drink sessionable ale. If not for the price tag I could easily see more of these in my future. (758 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a two finger sudsy white head. There was gdecent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an earthy caramel malt with a noticeable chocolate malt element. Clean hops detected as well.

The taste consisted of a sharp grainy malt, cocoa and a touch of charcoal. A multitude of hop varietals provided a complex and lingering bitterness at the finish. I was especially surprised to see the use if nugget hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a tasty and rather complex red ale. (546 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on a recent stop at Whole Foods.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Good clarity, copper/reddish color. An off-white, slightly rocky foam formed 2-3 fingers from a quick pour and leaving a ton of lacing behind.

Nose includes caramel malt sweetness with a wintergreen/minty hop in the initial burst and a toasted malt character creeping up at the end.

A toasted and caramel malt introduce themselves first with a herbal flavor in the middle and a nod towards brewed coffee as a parting gift. Finishes dry and only a moderate-low level of bitterness.

Medium-light bodied on the palette with a moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer certainly emphasizes drinkability with enough malty sweetness/flavor to keep me interested. Given it's NYE and I've got a long way to go, opening up with a modest but well-flavored beer like this made sense to me. (882 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper, big pale tan head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top, a little lace.

Aroma is toasty-caramelly barley, dry bread crust, light tea, leaf, faint fruitiness (plum wine).

Taste is light plumy fruitiness up front, some faint caramelly grain, and a tea-leaf bitterness with hint of peppery bit that takes over lightly at the finish and lingers. It has nice balance, a little nice complexity, and is very good. (420 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Odd peel-off cap in the place of a traditional crown.

A: Deep red-orange with great clarity. The off-white head is very creamy looking and displays excellent retention. A thick, foamy coating of lacing paints the walls of the glass. Impressive.

S: Caramel and toffee. Fruity with aromas of plum and maybe even grape skin. Subdued roast impressions of coffee beans, brown cocoa, and some woody/nutty smells. Extremely faint hint of acidity. Subtle grassy hops.

T: Caramel, toffee, and hints of cola. Slight acidity. Roasted coffee beans on the mid-palate. Light, vague fruity presence. Much cleaner than the nose suggested. Nutty yeast. Slight balancing grassy hop presence. Very toasty, slightly buttery. Bone dry finish with a light, lingering coffee roast.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and almost velvety. Filling in the mouth, but with a very light and airy quality. Strong, seltzery carbonation scrubs the palate. Great mouthfeel.

O: Porterhouse did a great job staying true to style with this one. This is a textbook Irish Red, and the body/mouthfeel is truly great. Highly sessionable to boot. I could see it pairing very nicely with a grassy Irish cheddar. Unfortunately, the American palate tends to only appreciate sweeter, hoppier "Americanized" reds. I can see this gem slipping through the cracks in our market. The high price tag doesn't help. (1,402 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml pull tab bottle poured into tulip 10/3/13

A clear reddish amber with lots of tiny bubbles throughout floating up to a well retained two fingers of foam that leaves lots of random lace

S malty with some earthy hops, dry cereal, fruity nut bar and a hint of coco with a slight metallic aspect

T more of the same really, slightly more cereals and the handful of pennies I was smelling is toned down in the mouth

M pin prick bubbles, lighter side of medium bodied and a earthy fruity finish

O pretty solid Irish Red that's a nice blend of nutty fruity malt and earthy tones, lots of flavor in a low alcohol brew

pretty solid example of the style and I like a flavorful brew that I can drink several of without getting buzzed (736 characters)

Photo of Chaserr
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber, reddish color. Very mild aroma. Amazing taste and mouthfeel. Buttery biscuits, a little cherry and strawberry. The flavor is just on the cusp of caramel and toffee flavors. The hops are virtually unnoticeable till the finish. A slight wheat character comes through in the smell and taste. I could definitely see myself taking my time with this beer at a bar. Probably an excellent pairing with any sort of pub food. (428 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with decent lacing on a deep amber and garnet body. Aroma is very sweet with malts and even some dark fruit notes. The flavor is also mostly malts but they are strongly represented with a mild hop bitterness to the finish. This is very robust red, even for an Irish red. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very complex Irish red, one of the best out there. (386 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 12/18/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short very dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, tea, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet and creamy flavors of caramel, tea, honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character brings some breadiness. Then a mild but complementary hops presence provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding for a long time. (835 characters)

Photo of Eramen
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A sandstone, red-brown colour, one finger head with a tan hue - dissipates quickly.

S - Apple, grape, light nut odour.

T - Red fruit, pear, apple, almonds, peanuts and other mouldy nuts, slight hoppy finish on the back palate.

MF - Has a light carbonation with a distinctly fluffy finish, nice body which brings out well the said flavours.

O - A very well crafted red ale, something that the style most certainly needs in terms of refinement and freshness, highly recommended. (486 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an Irish red ale? Okay. If you say so. Seems to carry a decent spicy hop thing in there. I'd say there is a pleasant malt base on there as well. Perhaps I am used to explosive flavors American brewers are delivering. Or perhaps it's just that not many people are making irish red ales, so I don't know what to compare it to or what to expect. Either way, this is a pretty nice ale. Good character. Well rounded. Pleasure to drink. I can dig it. (452 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Creamy head with great retention. Red-orange and clear. Heavyish lacing. Quite pretty.

S: Sour cream masks more pleasant fruity notes.

T: Really food! Fruity-sweet with a perfectly-carbonated light bitterness. The fruit dominates and is complemented by caramel-sweet malt. Almost hidden in the maintaste, bitterness is left behind to pervade the aftertaste.

M: Mostly smooth, but with a spritely kick.

D: Quite nice, but perhaps not one to drink repeatedly or often. A great red ale! I might have liked more hops, but then the beer may not have worked as well. Recommended.

Notes:
Grain -- Pale, Crystal, Wheat, and Chocolate malts
Hops -- Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings (745 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of elginirishpunk
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich deep red color with the thick amount in carbonation. Initial aroma is thick hoppy and roasted caramel with a trailing aroma of cocoa. Rich hoppy taste with an initial taste in of hopps with only slight bitterness and finishes smoothly and bitterness mellows out rather quikcly. (288 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: almost an irish whiskey nose at first, something a little odd going on, malt and a little odd fruit or spice – the fruit almost has an old or almost rotten, almost garbagey smell to it, not much hop, malt and esters. Appearance: Rich rocky head, cream colored, multi-sized bubbles, excellent lacing, brownish white head, brilliant red brown, cathedral window lacing, leaves shelves of foam and ledges of lace: Flavor: Slight sweetness at the start and then a dry finish with a little hop that lingers into the after taste, a little roast in the background and some caramel – more flavor comes out as it warms – more caramel, malt and almost a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel: very creamy and dry, smooth, medium-low carbonation, no astringency. Overall Impression: The odd initial aroma goes away and results in a very drinkable beer – it could use a little more malt but is easy drinking with initial sweetness that finishes dry. Balanced to the malt but it has a little hop accent. (996 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (902 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (297 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big frothy deep caramel brown, solid head retention. Smell was a big bitter, skunky almost pale lagery after pulling the cap. Taste was nothing like the smell, almost watery and light, but definate roasted malts. This is quite drinkable but nothing special. (265 characters)

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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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