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Donovan's Red - The Alchemist

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Donovan's Red
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BA SCORE
89
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.16% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 02-22-2004)
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Reviews by BrewUSA:
Photo of BrewUSA
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Alchemist's Donovan's Red

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 94/100

Poured from a growler, ok sorry... I took a vacation to Vermont not only for beer, also for the foliage and Ben and Jerry's and just to get away. Anyway, I had planned my vaca MONTHS in advance and the day I arrive, they announce a new Growler system and growler fills. Was almost like winning the lottery for an Ohio guy.
Then a week after we got back, they announce the store front shut down. Anyway...

I thought this was a rather solid specialty. HUGE hop presence, easy to drink and just fresh. I cant compare it to anything else. Just every sip you wanted more and more. Almost had a bit of a addictive effect.Was truly a treat and would love to see it mass produced one day~

BrewUSA, Nov 27, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut colored with a thick and foamy off-white head. This one unfortunately does not have an aroma to speak of, and has a bit of a watery mouthfeel, but the flavor is smooth ane even and enjoyable. All malt, a bit roasty, and on the mild side. No hop presence, but this is a tasty beer, very smooth and enjoyable and highly drinkable.

far333, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of skivtjerry
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So glad to finally see this!!

A: Hazy and brown, with a medium off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Pine-herbal-citrus hops up front but not too strong, then whiffs of dark malt with a faint roast note in the background.

T: Like it smells. A moderate American hop flavor blends with dark malts. Perfect balance. Hints of plums and grapes, then a little roast flavor at the end.

M: Medium carbonation and medium-light body. A nice dry finish after all that sweet malt, with a walnut skin note that I associate with dark Munich malts. Super flavorful and extremely drinkable.

O: This beer covers just about all the bases flavor-wise without being overwhelming in any way; love the way it lingers on the tongue. Donovan's was an Irish red for the first year or so but then got a little darker and hoppier each year, and was more of an American brown ale by 2011. The 2013 edition is maybe better than my last one at the old pub.

skivtjerry, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of iheartpoopshoot
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

iheartpoopshoot, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good red colour, nice job of getting bitterness from 28 IBU.. Thinner mouthfeel, active carbonation. Fresh clean taste.

Two and a half years later, appreciated this better, the c hop and the malt, grapefruit, bubbly white head on reddish tinge. Carbonation had become perfecto.

Sammy, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BGsWo22, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with a 2 finger head and lots of lacing left all over.
Smell is of heavy malt...heavy on the crystal malt variety with an appearance of hops.
Taste is of a smooth red ale with a sweet balance of malt that hits on the middle of the tongue and slides to the back of the mouth with the hop bite.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight hop feel and a blend of a typical red ale.
Drinkability is pretty good for this style. A pleasant session brew.

weeare138, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -0.5%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on November 4, 2010.

Pours an amber-red color with a good light tan head. A finger or two worth with some bits of lace here and there. The nose brings out quite a bit of toasted bread, caramel, and some light dough. Amber malt in there as well. Some very light earthy and floral hops.

The flavor is just really, really nice. This is insanely malty and flavorful for the alcohol level. Caramel and bread crust plus a bit of toast and a nice earthiness to round things out. Great body with a very nice level of bitterness. A very quaffable brew.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewpub may 31/2010. listed at 5.4% and 25 IBU.

pours deep red and almost perfectly clear with a nice tan head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. hint of caramel. earthy herbal hop character. light alcohol. touch of toffee.

taste is good. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. caramel and toffee. hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and nutty character. low bitterness level. herbal and earthy. bit of fruity character starts to show as it warms.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body with a nice dry finish. slightly under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. tasty with a good malt character and nice depth. deceptively filling, but that may be the quesadilla that i paired it with talking...

grub, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +24.4%

shufon, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GuidedByBill
5/5  rDev +24.4%

GuidedByBill, May 13, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.5%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Beersalesman802
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Beersalesman802, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The locals combines 1/3 donovan's red with 2/3 heady topper to make a "redhead"

Dark red with a nice head. Very good lacing.

Smells pretty sweet - very clean malt scent.

Taste is very malty. I'm getting caramel and a hint of hops. Very powerful for 5.16 ABV

Nice feel of balance between the malt and the hops

Great session ale. I haven't found a beer I've been disappointed with yet from this brewery. Solid stuff.

DNICE555, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of WesFoxlove
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of MichaelAllenVT
4/5  rDev -0.5%

MichaelAllenVT, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pamola, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of scottum
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a thick off-white head which lasts. Hoppy is there in twang. Malty sweet adds a slight counter to the mellow hopping. Nice, clean, and smooth. Certainly a decent brew to drink the night away with. Not even close to my favorite at the Alchemist, but a solid brew none-the-less.

scottum, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear reddish orange, a bit of light brown up top, very thick off white head forms and slowly settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, lots of lace chunks stick.

Smell is nice, quite caramelized, honey, some toast and a bit of light floral, biscuity, corn syrup, a bit of light roast and some graininess, a bit earthy, not bad.

Taste is similar, pretty malty, caramel and biscuit, oats, some nice roast going through the middle, grainy, some fruit, a touch of chocolate, pretty solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, goes down silky smooth. Another nice one from Alchemist.

Viggo, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of stevec32
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

stevec32, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of hillvt4me
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark red-brown color. Moderate head and With a bit of lacing.

S- malt and barley on the nose.

T- pine, caramel and sweet malt.

M- full and smooth. Mild to moderate carbonations.

O- solid session ale. A lot of flavor and rather drinkable.

Serving type: growler

hillvt4me, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish red color into my pint glass. Decent two finger head (good pour as always!) That leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and a good whiff of malt on the nose.

Taste is smooth with a hint of hops, caramel and sweet malt. Very somple and yet elegant.

Mouthfeel is full of caramel and hops. Very nice.

This is an excellent session ale. Its simple, full of flavor and accessible. I would love to brew something like this.

Brad007, Feb 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dkw0063, Nov 06, 2013
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Donovan's Red from The Alchemist
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.