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Donovan's Red - The Alchemist

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Donovan's Red
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89
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | 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 skivtjerry:
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2013 11:18:46 | More by skivtjerry
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-26-2014 13:31:53 | More by yourefragile
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

03-16-2014 01:17:23 | More by SpasmWaiter
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stevec32

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-10-2014 11:46:25 | More by stevec32
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iheartpoopshoot

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-28-2014 22:20:40 | More by iheartpoopshoot
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hillvt4me

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Serving type: growler

01-31-2014 00:42:03 | More by hillvt4me
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MichaelAllenVT

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-16-2013 13:45:58 | More by MichaelAllenVT
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
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~

Serving type: growler

11-27-2013 05:09:45 | More by BrewUSA
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New_Northerner

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-25-2013 03:50:00 | More by New_Northerner
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Beersalesman802

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-24-2013 18:46:36 | More by Beersalesman802
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HookemHoos

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from 64 oz stainless steel growler.

A: A dark, dark red color poured with a minimal head.

S: Smell of lots of hops with citrusy notes.

T: The hoppy smell follows through to a very hoppy citrusy taste.

M: The active carbonation gives this hoppy beer a very nice profile.

O: Overall a very solid beer that I was lucky enough to try.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2013 13:50:20 | More by HookemHoos
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-10-2013 20:57:48 | More by BGsWo22
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dkw0063

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-06-2013 22:23:19 | More by dkw0063
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Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-29-2013 22:52:43 | More by bobv
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-29-2013 17:37:29 | More by Cazlo
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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GennyCreamAle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz stainless steel Alchemist growler into Treehouse tulip. Thanks Don (DonFrap) for sharing this.

A- Pours a murky reddish brown, a fairly slight white head forms that dissipates fairly fast. Not the most appealing looking beer, but appearances don't mean everything.

S- Caramel red malts with a nice piney slightly earthy hop balance. Fairly hoppy for a red ale, very nice balance, about average aroma strength.

T- Restrained but decently bitter piney hops, a tiny bit of orange juice, caramel, finishes with a red malt backbone. Again fairly hoppy for a red ale, a little bit on the bitter side, very well balanced.

M- Very drinkable, smooth, a little bit juicy bordering a tiny bit on the watery side.

O- Donovan's was a very crushable red ale that didn't disappoint. Not my favorite style, but this is definitely one of the better representations that is fairly on the hoppy side. I could easily crush a couple pints of this, I hope in the future (albeit the probably distant future) they can can this along with Heady Topper.

Serving type: growler

10-25-2013 22:34:14 | More by jaasen64
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-25-2013 00:41:02 | More by Mikeypnh
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itsjreal

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-24-2013 03:42:47 | More by itsjreal
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BoldRulerVT

Vermont

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brand new beer from John Kimmich (last seen over two years ago at the pub).
The brewer himself filled this growler on the morning of release.
Poured into a snifter glass. It pours an amber dark woody color with minimal head and solid lacing.
Smell is wheaty, bready, malts.
Taste is delicious, good hop flavor in balance with the malts. Delicious.
Finishes very crisp and refreshing.
This beer is enjoyable, clean, tasty with perfect malt/hop balance. Sessionable.
So great to have John getting these beers out again.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2013 01:28:55 | More by BoldRulerVT
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GuidedByBill

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.1%

05-13-2012 02:42:23 | More by GuidedByBill
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-01-2012 22:39:23 | More by phingdong
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-14-2011 04:16:20 | More by nmann08
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tubbnik

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-08-2011 16:18:51 | More by tubbnik
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Donovan's Red from The Alchemist
89 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.