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Porterhouse Red - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 67
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Grain -- Pale, Crystal, Wheat, and Chocolate malts
Hops -- Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear amber with a short but nice head that stays around til the end

S-gingerbread, chocolate, dough, yeast, cinnamon

T-strong roasted nose with a very watery middle, settles with an overlapping of other spices

m-almost water, very thin

D-a good pairing or session beer, not a stand-alone star

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of chickencoop
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.)

Photo of nick76
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is pretty good but not exactly like most red ales ( not that that is a bad thing). There is plenty of grassy, hay like hops, a bit of yeast, and honey. The taste is like the aroma with malt of front and hop bitterness at the back end. The palate is thin for the style but smooth from carbonation. Overall a good beer but that's about it.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours amber orange verus red. nice head and rentention.

smell: nice caramel smell as expected. no hop detection.

taste: low bitterness, but a nice malty, and caramel dominate, subtle sweet, some apple flavor,

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkability: this was just an avg red ale. nothing remarkable about it.

Photo of jikvig
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Chaserr
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Phelps
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, sweets, and perhaps a little hops.

T: Tasted of malt, a mild caramel flavor, and some hoppiness. Not the most overpowering of flavors, but still decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer.

Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JamesS
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Photo of TommyW
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of box299
2.26/5  rDev -38.4%
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!

Photo of wl0307
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of palma
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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