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Cardinal Ale - Ohio Brewing Company

Cardinal Ale
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 25.89%

Brewed by:
Ohio Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: hustlesworth on 10-12-2010)
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Reviews by barczar:
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1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge cream head from a slightly warm gusher of a bottle lingers, leaving hints of lacing and condensing into a clear, ruddy amber color. When I could finally empty the bottle, a plume of head 3 inches tall remained indefinitely.

Aroma is citrus hop, toasted malt, and breadcrust. There's a metallic tang evident.

Flavor is tangy, metallic, and soapy. There's an underlying bready malt. I think I got an infected bottle.

Body is moderately light, with extreme carbonation.

Think and hope this was infected. Will update score after another try, if I can find another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:43:11 | More by barczar
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

09-02-2013 19:39:26 | More by timesnewspartan
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

07-13-2013 22:33:24 | More by PStriedl
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

07-13-2013 21:19:01 | More by pathman
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-27-2013 23:54:45 | More by ejimhof
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2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a bottle. Also infected as many here have noted.

Poured out the six pack. Better beers deserving limited fridge space.
I really am dissapointed as i no longer live in Ohio and i could have brought something else back with me...

Like a great lakes varietal per chance

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 22:09:35 | More by BeerLab45
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2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

01-24-2013 17:47:47 | More by johnnydicfore
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-14-2013 14:36:43 | More by jheberle
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-09-2013 00:57:08 | More by 95oRANGEcRUSH
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New York

1/5  rDev -67.6%

10-13-2012 12:17:40 | More by Noelito76
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -11%

03-25-2012 16:34:21 | More by acurtis
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3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks nice, a very thick and cloudy deep amber with red-orange hues throughout in color and forming a tight light yellowish hewd about a finger high that leaves patchy lacing in plenty.
The aroma is somewhat muted at first but only needs a few minutes to open up, offering the key red ale profile of balance between light floral hops and toffee/caramel malts with toastiness, much more malty than hoppy. There's also a strong underlying nuttiness. Tangy fruits come out as it warms.
The flavor loses balance, as the malts are there, going grainy, and fruits come out to crush everything else but the nuttiness peeking out. If indeed it did win a gold, I don't know why judges would agree a red ale should be a tang bomb. This is entirely too tangy, and sour to boot. I hope it's infected, but I can't say.
The feel is good, some heft in a medium body with mellow but consistent crispness and regular smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 16:36:47 | More by Brenden
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

02-21-2012 02:50:25 | More by cynical1027
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3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a 1" off-white head that reduces to a 1/8" lid.

Has a very grassy, straw-like aroma, with a bit of cracked malt. A slight biscuity smell presents as it sits for a minute.

Taste is malty, with a sweeter finish. Creamy to start, with an almost cream-of-wheat flavor, cracker-like, becoming sweeter as you get further through the sip, before ending soft and easy. Has a dryer, tacky finish on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Medium bodied, the only thing taking away from a very nice mouthfeel is the tacky finish.

All in all, a decent Irish Red. Pleasant and easy drinking, but also unremarkable, this is one beer you easily mistake for another.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:17:21 | More by TheHoppiest
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3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the first non-barrel aged infected beer I've had in quite a long time. When I poured it I noticed it was very cloudy. It was carbonated almost like pop, but it wasn't a gusher. I think this was a lacto infection since there was no "brettiness", just a clean sourness like a fresh berliner weiss. This turned out to be a pretty nice beer - very refreshing and no real "off" tastes. Perhaps somewhat overbittered, but that would have been needed to contrast with the sweetness that the beer should have had. Just thought the brewers would want to know that they have a sanitation issue.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:04:43 | More by BenZ
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3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear, light red color. A medium, cream colored head is created with nice retention.
Smell has nice toffee malt smell to it. Very good for an Irish red.
Taste is very easy. A good Irish red taste. Nice toffee flavors. Nothing blows you away but the tastes balance themselves very well.
Mouthfeel is nice. Very smooth and good thickness.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. It has a lot of good flavors that balance well that one could drink all day. Definitely a good session beer and a gateway for potential craft beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:35:31 | More by BDIMike
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2.75/5  rDev -11%

12-19-2011 00:00:26 | More by leinie13
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2/5  rDev -35.3%

12-05-2011 17:09:11 | More by jaxray8
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3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty Clear Amberish

Smell is the best thing this beer has going for it. No hops though.

The nose is bright with caramelized wood and slightly sweet malt.

The taste is so so.

You get that caramelized wood in far back, kinda tinty, slightly bitter, and hollow.

Very quenching though. In no way is it bad IMO. Just not persuading me to purchase it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 04:15:27 | More by Ohiovania
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3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me in a mix of beers from a family friend from Ohio. It poured a deep caramel red color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer and but clinging to the edges of the glass.

I get a fruity, slightly nutty aroma to it with some sweeter, caramel and toffee mixing in. The caramel malts really come out in the aroma. As it warmed I got a little more of the nuttiness to it.

The taste shows a good amount of the caramel malts to it as well. I definitely notice the fruity undertones they mention on the bottle throughout the taste. Towards the finish more of the nutty and caramel flavors come out and linger in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. The low carbonation felt a little out of place in it to me. Overall it was a pretty decent and easy drinking beer of the style. I liked the showcasing of the caramel malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:36:10 | More by billab914
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3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. undated bottle: the ale poured a bright and clear, reddish-brown hue with a foamy off-white head that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing.

The aroma was faintly spicy with sweet malt dominating.

This ale is a fairly simple but flavorful ale. The initial soft malty flavor is quickly replaced by a pleasant hop bitterness. The mild sweetness lingers for a few seconds and abruptly ends. The label states the ale has a nutty finish, but I failed to taste it. There are no nuances here.

The body is rather thin and watery with sharp carbonation.

This is a more than satisfactory interpretation of an Irish style ale; quite refreshing and quaffable but hardly complex. I drank the first one quickly and wanted another.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 23:19:14 | More by jkrich
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3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, 5% abv. Pours a very slightly hazy amber color. Good looking off-white head, but it seemed to fade to a thin layer rather quickly.

Nice caramel, almost toffee-like aroma. Some soft fruity notes, along with some cereal grain hints.

Slight caramel malt feel, but not a great deal of depth. A few fruity notes, which help add something. Decent herbal and floral hop finish.

Light body, somewhat thin and watery. Balance is decent, and alcohol is low making it an easy drinker. Not very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:39:00 | More by Bierguy5
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1.1/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Well I do live in Montana so I expected the taste to be a little off after having the beer traveling that far but this beer was really undrinkable. The color was to light for an Irish Red. The smell had a hint of plastic to it. The taste was sour and was obviously infected. The mouth feel was way to light and it had absolutely no body at all. Overall I tried just enough of this to write this review and poured out the rest.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 12:39:32 | More by BowserBrew
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2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmmm. It seems I got the retired one, not the one people are rating highly. I can't see how this could be getting very good reviews. To me, this is a below average red.

It is a little creamy, which is nice. And the appearance is very good. But the taste leaves me very flat. It needs to be a bit sharper - hoppier, crisper. Something.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:04:20 | More by schoolboy
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Cardinal Ale from Ohio Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.