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Porterhouse Red - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

kylehay2004, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

This brew poured out as a rather nice looking red color with a healthy looking tan head on top. The lacing is very light but the retention is good. The smell of the beer is earthy, slightly sweet and a little nutty. The flavors are creamy, nutty, a bit of caramel and some grains. The mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable. Overall this beer was really quite nice for a good drinkable brew.

Knapp85, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 19, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 19, 2012
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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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 12, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
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2.15/5  rDev -41.3%

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.

kojevergas, Nov 08, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

wl0307, Apr 29, 2005
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3.55/5  rDev -3%

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to red in color with a two finger tall fluffy white head. The beer exhibits good head retention and significant lacing is observed.

S: Aroma is mostly grain and malts with a lot of sweetness - caramel and honey - with hints of toasted malts and some hops.

T: Flavors are very malty - roast, caramel, and grain present. There is quite a bit of sweetness in the flavors of caramel and honey and a slight bitterness in the finish. Also, there are some more subtle hints of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really enjoyable and really refreshing - this is very much a session beer. Very good example of the style and drinkable like the other beers I have tried from this brewery.

dbrauneis, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

plaid75, Jan 28, 2011
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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.

beerthulhu, Mar 08, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Tone, Nov 08, 2010
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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.

glid02, Aug 21, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -3%

Served in an Imperial pint glass at the Copper Hog, Bellingham, WA. Poured a clear reddish-amber. The nitro pour settled out to about 3/4 inch of thick, creamy white head that had typically good nitro retention and lace.

The aroma was an expected malty sweet scent, with a nice, balanced dose of hops. The flavors were also malty sweet, with a crisp hop tang at the end.

The body was typical for a nitro red, semi-full and smooth. Drinkability was very good, easy to drink and clean. Overall, a nice little beer, worth trying when you see it.

beertunes, Jun 07, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

johnnnniee, Feb 18, 2011
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4.01/5  rDev +9.6%

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

wordemupg, Mar 11, 2013
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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.