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Porterhouse Red - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 21.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-06-2003

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 161
Photo of kojevergas
2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured off the tap into a nonreal pint glass in the Porterhouse pub in low altitude Dublin, Ireland. Pours a clear dark gould a one finger head of moderate, but appealing, cream.

S: Light pleasant note of malted barley. Weak, but nice.

T: One bland note of malted barley. The Porterhouse's booklet describes it as "fruit-filled", "caramel", and "roasted", but these notes are lacking, save for the fruit, which I only tasted when I really looked for it. Unbalanced and built poorly for a red. Finish is crisp.

MF: Nice coarseness, but too wet and not cleaned up in the finish.

D: At least it's 4.4%, but come on. If I'm at the Porterhouse, I'll have the Brain Blasta for near the same price.

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Photo of box299
2.26/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very disapointed with all the ales I tried at the Porterhouse Brewery in Dublin. As the name and location suggest, the thing to try is the Porter... They produce one called XXXX and it is outstanding. 5.5% great flavor etc...
I haven't completed my 20 reviews yet or else I would add it to the list and give it 4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5 The food at the brewery is also excellent!

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Photo of stcules
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Strong red colour, with oranged reflexes, foam creamy and persistent, almost like a stout.
The smell is scarcely pronounced, and difficult to identify (maybe some malt).
The taste is a little more strong, with malt and a light hint of cherry.
Very watery body, with some toffee in the aftertaste.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK, I'm done with these guys for a while, that's for sure. If yesterday's Oyster Stout is their best beer," ouch!" to that I say. This pours a beautiful Red Amber. Lots of carbonation and another creamy head. No lacing on this at all though. Smell, what there is of it, is gone as quickly as the head is. However, when it's there, it's loaded with nice stone fruit - cherries, peaches, nectarines, and some sweetness. Flavor is a different story. There's nothing there. As quickly as it hits your mouth, it's gone into a long and faint finish. Some saltiness, but not close to what's in the stout, and some hoppiness, but they instantly fade into this vibrantly colorless finish. Not worth tracking down.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice pull top cap.

Appearance - Pours with an impressively large head. A rich caramely red color. Less than impressive lacing. Creates a sort of sepia transparency when gazing through it.

Smell - Oddly smells like dishwater soap. I thought it was my glass, but the bottle smells like it too. A slight hint of roasted malts and caramel. Honestly not much going on here.

Taste - Very smooth and consistent. A very light cinnamon spice at the end that leaves a tingle on my lips. Slightly fruity with roasted and smoked malts on the finish. A good 'fireside' beer. It is sort of lacking in main taste, however. More watered down then I;d prefer it to be.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied and smooth. It isn't worth the plus five dollar price tag that I payed for it. I would much rather drink a Great Lakes Conway's Irish. The flavors here are subtle, which can be nice at times. But they just don't present themselves enough.

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Photo of Phelps
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Looks: advanced. The bottle has a cap I've never seen before - it's styled with rounded edges and a pull-tab metal ring like those you'd find on a can of soup. A quick yank, and the thing pops of with a hiss. The beer itself is a lovely color; not red, per se, but more of a burnt orange. The head is a fizzy light tan and quickly recedes to a ring.

Smells: toasty. Baked bread, roasted peanuts, bubblegum. Ok, but nothing special. A bit of skunky hops.

Tastes: subtle. Light bubblegum, a bit of toasty bread, peanut skins, and a bitter backbone of earthy hops.

Feels: unpleasant. Light, watery, fizzes up like soda as I try to roll it over my tongue.

Drinks: incompletely. Porterhouse Red has a lot of malt complexity for such a mild beer. Were it not for the mouthfeel, I'd call this a very decent Irish Red. As it stands, however...meh.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours a handsome clear dark amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent head. Aroma is fairly strong and malty with a fruity undertone. Flavor is fruity and malty, a bit on the thin side. Texture is somewhat fizzy and a little watery. Nevertheless, it is still palatable.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this beer on 28 April 05 by half-pint at the Porterhouse London branch, near Covent Garden.

Appearance: it comes in dark-amber to reddish colour, with very fine carbonation and milky-white, extre...mely dense and thick beerhead which lasts throughout the drink. Simply remarkable!
Smell: light-fruity note and hints of wheat...quite simple, and it had to be left for quite a while for more noticeable scent to come out. The serving temprature is way too low!
Taste: the problem is the same: temp. too low. And it makes the beer taste quite flat at first. I waited for a while and flavour of malts and mild hops followed later on.
Aftertaste: light-medium bodied ale; the mouthfeel was very clean, even crisp, with some mild and pleasant hoppyness lingering in the mouth; not long lasting though.
Drinkability: my overall impression of this red ale is that it is served way...too cold. The temp. certainly doesn't help because in my point of view, a good ale has to be served in a slightly chilled or just cool condition for the nose and body to be revealed. Alas, for this potentially pleasant half-pint I simply didn't have unlimited time to wait for it to warm up. A real shame.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

189th Review
Served in a glass
On-tap at Porterhouse Central

A: Medium red. Single (creamy white) fingernail head. Very nice pour!

S: Loads of grain and malt. Subtle caramel, honey, and earthy grass.

T: Loads of caramel sweetness followed by toasted malt and faint hop profile. Somewhat dull for a red ale.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, silky carbonation. Very creamy.

O: A slightly above-average offering, but wish there was a bit more complexity here. Easy to drink and quite smooth, but they have better offerings for sure.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London (£4.10):
Not a bad tasting beer, pretty much as you would expect from the style and the brewery without it truly excelling or standing out from the crowd. The beer had quite a good balance and a nice, easy-going flavour with some good earthy malts and sweetness but it’s probably not one I’d seek out again.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Porterhouse Red

Appearance: amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: malty barley and honey.

Taste: light chocolate, grain, and a faint honey.

Mouthfeel: light.

This is just a slightly above average brew with a decent chocolate flavor. The cap is probably the most interesting part of this brew.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 11.2oz peel-cap bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- One-finger white head with very minimal retention. Walnut color body, moderate clarity.

S- Chocolate, toffee and roast malts. Slightly spicy. Warm aroma.

T- Roasty, slightly sweet, slightly dry flavor. Chocolate flavor.

M- Dry and clean finish.

O- Above average, roasty and tasty. Otherwise just OK.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Porterhouse Central; served in a tulip pint.

A: Perfect nitro pour with a creamy white head and a blood-red body.

S: Not much in the nose, a hint of caramel and smoke, but mostly a whole lot of nothing.

T: A little improvement here. Hops pop up a little and malty sweetness persists.

D: Alcohol isn't very present, but neither is taste. The mouthfeel is too watery, especially for a nitro pour.

Overall: A bland, unoffensive beer from Porterhouse. This is tough style to accomplish, since it is so easy to make a boring beer. I don't understand why they put this on nitro; it killed the little complexity this beer had. Maybe a cask would be a better vessel for this brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a burnt orange/amber color with an off-white head.

S: Sweet and slightly toasty malts with a bit of caramel. The hops are nearly absent from the nose.

T: Nothing really stands out in this beer. Slightly sweet with caramel notes and a bit of toasted bread/malt. Very light earthy hops.

M: The mouthfeel is similarly unassuming. Medium in body and carbonation.

D: Not at all bad, but there's nothing here that makes me want to drink this beer again. It's fairly bland and uninteresting. I'm not trying to be a "typical American" here and need some monster ABV, but some nice flavor would be a good start.

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Photo of jikvig
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at the Porterhouse in Temple Street

A thick, creamy head, really delicious!
A floral dominated aroma with a well-balanced bitternes to it. Good use of the hops.

The aftertast last for a long while, and I could taste it a few minuttes after I was done. Not a bad beer at all, just not exceptional.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hinr of sulfur, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight hop, hint of sweet malt, sulfur, and hint of grain. Overall, the sulfur hurts, but other than that a generally weak Irish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of raisin bread, raisin, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, raisin, caramel, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toast and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a great smell, but there is an astringency in the flavors that diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : red amber color with white foamy head.
Smell : malty an fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt caramel flavour leads to a little bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Irish Red Ale.

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Photo of TommyW
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Nice clear, amber body with a creamy, thick white head (very stout-like).

S- Not a lot going on. Some malts and a little fruity note.

T- Malts with a caramel undertone. A little bit of lemon rind towards the end and a bitter finish.

M- Pretty light body with a decent carbonation level.

D- Goes down nice, but just not a lot going on with the beer that would make me order another.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz brown glass bottle with their awesome pull-tab cap. I was told Michael Jackson spoke highly of this beer...let's see what I think.

Appearance is pale reddish amber with thin white head. Nose is fairly faint despite the appropriate serving temperature. Some pale caramel comes out. Palate is round and pleasantly wide with solid carbonation. There is that classic roasted malt that Irish reds are known for. Balance is found in this beer and it's subtle. Would be easy to drink a bunch of these, if only I liked the style. Oh well. Can't like them all right? (Still find it to be a well made beer.)

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.