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Big Red Ale - O'Dempsey's

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 04-11-2010)
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

12-09-2012 19:11:44 | More by sendbeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

01-23-2013 02:08:49 | More by JAHMUR
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-06-2011 07:02:20 | More by jophish17
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mwa423

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Great looking deep and clear red with some off white head that had the perfect amount of head and perfect amount of lacing.

S - Malty sweetness, some breadyness, a very typical and average aroma for the style.

T - Taste is slightly malty, with some sugary and bready sweetness. Nothing particularly outstanding and not really better than your average Killian's.

M/D - mouthfeel is smooth and light, but not that impressive. Reasonably drinkable, but not much more reason to pick this over another.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:52:11 | More by mwa423
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seavercm

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-21-2013 13:13:17 | More by seavercm
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ChuckS

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-03-2013 00:56:20 | More by ChuckS
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Stalgondo

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-21-2012 23:13:19 | More by Stalgondo
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by Atlanta Brewing Company. 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a clear deep reddish-copper hue with a thin off-white head of foam that disappears quickly and fails to leave behind any lacing on the walls of the glass. Rather bland in the looks department.

The nose is surprisingly roasty, with a hint of herbaceous hops and even perhaps a little peat. A faint whiff of hard-to-pinpoint sweetness makes an appearance but is fleeting.

Light-to-medium in body with a moderate, uplifting carbonation. Malt character dominates in the opening, but is nearly devoid of sweetness, instead favoring a dark toasty base layered with a peaty, almost smoky character that becomes enhanced in the middle by the dry, bitter, herbal and resinous hop character; notes of sweet malt and brown sugar briefly show themselves toward the finish, which is very dry and a bit bitter and roasty.

Quite different as far as Irish Reds go, with a very distinct dry, peaty and roasty character, almost reminiscent of a very dry version of a Scotch Ale. Good, interesting, but nothing spectacular, and truthfully a bit more sweetness from the malt would be very welcome to balance things out a little better.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 03:08:34 | More by superdedooperboy
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very dark mahogany red with an off white head about an inch thick.

Aroma: Some good dryness in the nose. Floral hop, light citrus notes, caramel malts and molasses, a subtle twinge of licorice in the back.

Taste: Citrusy but mostly floral hopiness , Light crispness on the palate, caramel malts, raisins,

Aroma: Overall a good beer it could a little bit sweeter but still tasty. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:46:26 | More by horshack7
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-01-2013 03:05:31 | More by Cynic-ale
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-26-2012 17:45:10 | More by ltdantheman
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a medium slowly fading beige head. Aroma and Taste is caramel malt, yeast and fruity notes with some mild floral earthy hops. A medium bodied palate with a sweet mouth feel mad god carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity flavor with some moderate earthy hops and nutty flavor. A good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:19:36 | More by Samp01
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-03-2014 01:17:57 | More by kkmiller76
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-29-2012 03:35:29 | More by jrohrbacher
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mweso2000

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-22-2012 01:25:22 | More by mweso2000
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-24-2012 20:39:10 | More by harpus
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ColSanders123

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-11-2012 04:14:12 | More by ColSanders123
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-15-2013 02:33:52 | More by BillRoth
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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby with a 1/4 inch tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer of fine foam around the edges and across the surface. Smattering of lacing.

Aroma is mostly malts, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with brisk carbonation.

Taste is heavy on the malt with just enough hop bitterness to prevent it from being too sweet. The same chocolate/licorice notes I got in the aroma are present, with some additional roasted grains. Finish is sweet roasted malt with a little nondescript bitterness. By nondescript, I mean I don't detect the usual hop flavors of pine, spice, citrus etc.

Honestly, this almost comes across to me as leaning towards a porter with all the rich malt presence. Doesn't quite line up with the other Irish Reds I've had. Not a bad beer if you like malty styles, just nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:41:51 | More by 5thOhio
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jmhart

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at Hop City, poured into a flared pint glass.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a hint of amber in the light. Crystal Clear. Moderate pour yields next to no head, but a minor lace hangs at the edge of the glass none the less. The color is appealing, but the lack of head which is more typical for the style leaves a little to be desired in the appearance.

S- Very nice roasted malty notes, hints of butter, almost a little bit of coffee, and finally finished off (and balanced really nicely with) some floral hops.

T- Not surprisingly, the first hit is of sweet roasted malt, and follows with those nice floral hops that were there in the smell. It finishes a little bitter, but in my experience that's pretty standard for the style.

M- Thick and silky, medium to full bodied. Quite surprising and pleasant for an irish red. Really fills your mouth up and fills it with flavor.

D- Highly drinkable. Easy to drink but doesn't lack in flavor or body.

Overall, this is local and tasty, so I'll go for it again the next time I'm craving an Irish Red.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:26:22 | More by jmhart
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours from the wall-o-taps a clear, reddish-amber body with a scant, white head.

Smell: A scent of toasted bread crusts and burnt sugars with a pervasive, though light waft of harvested berries and some background, minuscule notes of earthy herbs and spice.

Taste: Toasty, bready maltiness with a sweet flourish of caramelized sugars. Hint of berry-esque fruitiness. Modestly earthy hops with an additional zip of complimentary spiciness. Medium-low bitterness. Smattering of fruitiness on the bittersweet, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Hovers comfortably around medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant brew to pair with watching the Masters this past weekend. Best of luck to Dempsey and here's looking forward to his forthcoming RIS and IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2010 19:58:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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allthatAles

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep red with nearly brown shading. the head a thick khaki laces in just a few min. definitely hazed, full in the glass.

Nose: a little bready. almost but not a creme note denotes a lightly dry finish. not to much else...

Mouth: easily described as 'fruit forward' in my opinion, with a touch of cream, light bread and lightly dry finish, malt remains to leave a nearly bock-esque chew factor. you get hops in the mid-finish; also dry with nice spice notes. doesn't linger forever; could play to less than enthused with hop(s) types in addition to those who consume by the cone-ful.

I am pretty sure this is one of my favorite southern amber/reds. also the presentation is not overly campy. hops assert but not in, what i found to be reoccurring theme in some southern beers to play on the watery side. i dig it and the rumors of an IPA only interest me further into this "beer to die for"...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 17:04:23 | More by allthatAles
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very decent Irish red with a nice balance between some sweet maltiness and a moderate hoppiness. Pours nicely enough with a deep reddish amber and a moderate off-white head that settles to a ring. Smells somewhat sweet and exuberantly malty, but with a nice counter of spicy hops. The taste is similar, but there is a softness and slight wateriness on the finish that detracts a little bit from the nice firm maltiness and earthy hops. Still, quite decent, and I'd definitely drink one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 00:41:57 | More by Georgiabeer
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-18-2012 02:21:37 | More by cantfindme
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-06-2012 16:56:20 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Big Red Ale from O'Dempsey's
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