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Rebel Red - Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Franciscan Well Micro Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A malt driven Irish style red ale balance by the hop varieties Fuggles and East Kent Golding.

(Beer added by: stcules on 09-02-2002)
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Reviews by mdagnew:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-05-2014 18:47:47 | More by mdagnew
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-04-2013 14:10:29 | More by innominat
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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...

11-30-2012 01:56:22 | More by NilocRellim
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-26-2013 17:06:22 | More by fionn13
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

07-14-2014 19:04:46 | More by beerinabottle
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3.91/5  rDev +6%

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.

04-12-2013 22:52:37 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.


08-01-2014 22:10:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
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2.25/5  rDev -39%

10-28-2013 22:14:50 | More by MacarthurParker
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-18-2014 22:13:04 | More by bryc9194
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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

04-12-2009 15:21:19 | More by MillRat
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

01-11-2011 21:40:21 | More by DaveHS
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

03-23-2006 15:31:38 | More by bigears
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-18-2014 20:44:16 | More by aorloski
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

10-24-2003 05:18:23 | More by IrishRedRock
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4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

03-23-2009 16:03:42 | More by atis
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-18-2011 15:14:35 | More by kojevergas
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-31-2012 08:30:30 | More by bh123
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.03/5  rDev -17.9%

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

11-29-2006 07:37:56 | More by cypressbob
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

05-11-2010 16:40:17 | More by richmof
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New York

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

01-12-2013 18:34:34 | More by StJamesGate
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-10-2014 01:06:36 | More by Nunya
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

10-09-2013 23:05:19 | More by msanborn
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-21-2014 14:38:09 | More by dryndantheman
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3.33/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

07-18-2009 02:24:47 | More by SuperSpy
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-18-2012 18:18:00 | More by Kremlock
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Rebel Red from Franciscan Well Micro Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.