Rebel Red - Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Franciscan Well Micro Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 09-02-2002

A malt driven Irish style red ale balance by the hop varieties Fuggles and East Kent Golding.
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by NilocRellim:
Photo of NilocRellim
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Franciscan Well Brewery.

One of my favourite beers of all time.

Very rich, deep, red/amber, very translucent/clean colour with a creamy head. The smell is very light and slightly floral, which is uncommon for a red ale, but it works. There is also a slight fruitiness and sugary/sweetness to it. The smell of the hops is very weak (in a good way), but still noticeable. The taste is not really floral or fruity at all, but has a very balanced taste of bitterness, caramel/sweetness, hops, and a very nice malt finish.

Would I buy it again? Of course! I wish that it could be found in more than just a choice few places spotted around Ireland...

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Purchased a while back from a supermarket. Named for Cork - the rebel county.

A: Poured into a cervoise. A deep reddish-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a smallish head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding and disappearing.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of caramel, barley sugar, faint bread, ale yeast and subtle stewed leaves. A twinge of cardboard in the background. Dull.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a vaguely sweet character and a dry finish. Notes of grain, mild barley sugar, subtle caramel, ale yeast, light stewed leaves and faint cardboard. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed leaves/husks, grainy malt and cardboard.

O: Pretty average. Perhaps the bottle age doesn't help. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a fairly bland mix of caramel malt, ale yeast and faint stewed leaves. Body is OK. Drinkable enough but nowt special. No need to hunt it down.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Drawn fr the tap at the brewery into a pint glass the beer is a dark
Ruby-orange with an off white head that has reddish hues, laces well and has mild retention.

Theouth feel is ok, could be thicker for such a fine malty looking brew. It is slightly on the thin side.

The smell in good, nuts and fresh backed white bread.

The taste is also nuty with a fresh backed sour dough bread on the finish.

Over all better then average and a good choice if this is you style brew but better brews are here at this bar.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franciscan Well Rebel Red has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, rust-red appearance, some visible white sediment roiling about, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of slightly sweet bread crust, some caramel, and a touch of citrus. Taste is of those elements, with tea qualities and a decent and noticeable, yet mild, bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Franciscan Well Rebel Red finishes crisp and refreshing.


Photo of MillRat
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Bull & Castle in the Christchurch area of Dublin. The B&C private labels it as "Castle Red," but the bar staff will readily identify it as FW's Rebel Red. Pours a light coppery brown with a thin white head. Aroma quite caramelly with little hops, but the flavor brings out more biscuit malt and a firmer hop presence than the aroma suggested for a well-balanced beer with some definite caramel body. All in all a decent brew, but the caramel gets a little heavy.

Photo of DaveHS
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber/ruby with a thin, creamy head. Light, streaky lacing.

S-Delicate earthy hops, a little touch of cherry, not too much in the way of maltiness.

T/M-Well balanced, sweet, bready maltiness. Tastes like a slightly darker, stronger version of the Blarney Blonde.

D-Another tasty beer from Cork city's local.

Photo of bigears
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap in "The Gingerman" in Dublin. This is the only pub I've seen that stocks this beer (I haven't been to their brewpub in Cork).

Malty profile, nicely balanced by hops. The caramel does come through, perhaps too much for some but I enjoyed it. Nice velvety mouthfeel, I am guessing this was nitro but I can't be sure. Definitely superior to the mass market Irish Ales.

Welcome addition, would be nice to see more Irish pubs serve microbrews.

Photo of fallenshadow
4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks very inviting, deep amber colour with a red tint.

Smells bread like with hints of caramel and hops.

Balanced taste all round. Bittersweet but with really interesting hops and malt flavour mixed in too.

Feels pretty decent on the mouth. Some place between watery and a thicker beer.

Wonderful beer overall, one of those I go back to buy again and again. Goes down so easy and yet is interesting to drink always!

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

Sampled a pint at a small pub in Cork, Ireland. Saw a coaster advertising the beer, and as I had never heard of it, I checked the tap lineup, and sure enough there it was. Have to try things I've never heard of! This beer is brewed in Cork, and being that I did not see it anywhere else I visited in Ireland (even other pubs in Cork), my belief is that it may not be available outside of Cork...maybe in Dublin, who knows.

Pours a thick, creamy bright red brew, with a light off-white head. Mouthfeel is slick and full. Roasted malts and caramel are present in the nose. Has a unique malty flavor that is unlike many beers I have come across. Contains a sweet, candylike malt flavor, with some fruitiness coming through in the middle. Finishes dry and malty, without much hop bitterness. A unique and rare brew. Recommended if you cross its path.

Photo of atis
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear red amber with smooth and creamy half finger head that fades to think patchy layer, thin and dense lacing. Aroma is sweetish fruit (citrus, mostly orange), caramel and flowery hops.

Taste is fruity flowery hops with weakly roasted malt that becomes sweeter towards the finish; some sweetish residue remain on the lips. Mouthfeel is smooth light-medium, average carbonation.

Overall, the beer is quite different and very refreshing. It is my personal favourite from Franciscan Well.

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught in the Bull & Castle in Dublin (where it's branded "Castle Red" for some strange reason). This review is from notes; both times I had it in the Bull & Castle via the same serving method. I've included notes from each time as a sort of expose on how flawed a reviewer I am - the differences in my opinions from one time to the next are laid bare for you to see and criticize, hopefully this will help render me a better reviewer, or at least a more consistent one; I had similar opinions but gave a slightly different score overall.

Served in a Paulaner pint glass. I've been to the Franciscan well in Cork before, where I tried this, and I remember thinking it was very one-note.

A1: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream and fair thickness, with decent retention. Clear amber-copper colour.

A2: Two finger head of fair thickness but poor cream. Decent retention. Dark, nontransparent copper.

Sm1: Cream, some hops. A bit musty in a good way (similar to Guinness in this respect).

Sm2: Vanilla, hops. Not strong.

T1: Cream, HEAVY citrusy estery grapefruit swirling through the body and into the finish. Nicely balanced. Built fairly well for the style. Some bittering hops on the climax and lovely cream right on the finish.

T2: Body of the notes on the nose. Standard build for a red ale [Note I consider this beer a red ale, as does the brewer. Beeradvocate, eat your heart out - you're wrong.]. Balanced alright.

Mf1: Very light, but pleasantly so. A bit more coarse and lumpy than it needs to be, but very fresh. Nicely wet, complementing the flavour.

Mf2: Adequately wet and coarse. Doesn't quite complement the flavour.

Dr1: The best part of this beer is the cream on the finish. The berry swirl is nice, albeit strange. I'd have it again, though I'm not usually a fan of the style - which is actually Irish Red (hence the name), not English Pale Ale like beeradvocate says.

Dr2: Poorly priced. Look elsewhere for your Irish reds, but only if you're aware Killian's doesn't count.

Photo of cypressbob
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the 2005 Belfast Beer festival

Pours with a coppery red body, off white head with pretty solid retention. Quite fizzy body, some slight lacing

Smell, a few off flavours, little bit musky with a bit of sulphur thrown in for good measure. Some sweet caramel on the nose and a faint biscuity malt

Taste, burnt sugar and caramel, touch of dried fruit but very slight. Some lingering bisuit malt in the background and on the finish, very subtle hop notes also

A pretty dull and lifeless ale, not something I would rush back to

Photo of richmof
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in a pint glass in the Ginger Man. It pours a red-amber with an off-white (orangey?) head that retains quite well.

The biscuity malt is certainly the dominant impression on the nose and this follows through on the palate. The crystal malt does its work to give a nice caramel flavour without being too sweet. The hops come through to give the beer a nice round finish.

Could definitely drink a couple of these in a sitting but I think it might be a bit heavy for more than three.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear auburn with dusky tan head that pits and clings.
Lots of autumn fruit with salted peanuts and flowers.
Toasty granola, tart apple, some hazelnuts then woody hops.
Salted caramel end and floral nectar linger.
Round, medium, some chew.

Push-pull between juiciness and tartness with a very clean finish. Funny to see this in here as an English Pale Ale because, though this lines up as FW's Irish Red, it reminds me of nothing more than a great pint of bitter. Solid outing.

Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rebel Red is a little mislabeled. It's not simply "red" - there's a whole spectrum of amber highlights ranging from marmalade-orange to toasted bread crust-brown (both elements that pop up again later on). It's not a bad looking ale, except that it's as bald as the monk on its label.

The usual cast of toasted and toffee-kissed maltiness is complimented here by a tinge of dried cranberry and raisin. This fruitiness, as any granola producer will attest, is a natural match for the underlying brown sugar and cereal grain notes. Fairly enticing.

Popular commercial examples of Irish Red Ales - those the likes of Smithwick's, Kilkenny, and Murphy's - are integrity's enemy; their use of barley (or worse, corn) syrup and caramel flavouring cheapens the experience and makes for cloying, insipid, feeble ales. True Irish Reds are substantially malty, hearty, and every bit as gently roasty as they are subtly sweet.

This relatively light (4.3%) version of the style indeed packs a great deal of character. It has suggested caramel and toffee sweetness upfront but a hammering dry finish that restores toasted cereal grain to the fore. Fruit esters and buttered toast spring up occasionally in the background, but this has an exceptionally well-attenuated maltiness. It drinks with absolute ease.

Rebel Red is named for the place where it is brewed, County Cork, "The Rebel County", but it's very much modeled in the conventional vein of an Irish Red. That's no knock on it - this may be familiar and traditional but it's near as fine an example of the style as you'll find.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark copper, very clear. A 1 1/2 inch, slightly darker than eggshell head. The head slowly dies to a very nice foam cap with lots of lace.

S - A hint of biscuit, not much else. Fairly light on the aroma overall.

T/M - Light-medium body, decent carbonation. Sweet malt upfront that gives way to a nice hop balance. The hops are floral with a hint of citrus. The finish is nice and bready.

D - A worth Irish Red. A good session beer that is worth coming back to.

Photo of flyingpig
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml Bottle from Reilly's (Lisnaskea):
This one was a pretty average beer in truth and not really doing anything to dispel my initial belief that this one doesn't really count as a craft beer. Whilst the beer definitely wasn't a bad one, it didn't do much to impress either and seemed to be missing that spark to get me excited about it. Not all that complex a beer, the beer seemed a little sweet but it remained drinkable throughout at least

Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fruity smell, with a beautiful amber colour. The head is thin and still. The first impression at the taste is a bit too much of caramel, but later this taste is well balanced by the very good aroma of hops. Average body.

Photo of Brett47
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great red. Love this brewery and the story behind it.

Rebel Red from Franciscan Well Micro Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.