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Donovan's Red - The Alchemist

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Donovan's Red
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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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New York

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-15-2011 03:40:10 | More by shufon
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

05-13-2012 02:42:23 | More by GuidedByBill
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4.71/5  rDev +16.9%

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~

11-27-2013 05:09:45 | More by BrewUSA
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-25-2013 03:50:00 | More by New_Northerner
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

02-14-2009 22:20:07 | More by Brad007
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

11-14-2010 12:42:42 | More by Thorpe429
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-27-2013 21:21:13 | More by GennyCreamAle
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-24-2013 03:42:47 | More by itsjreal
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

4.15/5  rDev +3%

Consumed on cask at the Alchemist in Waterbury VT on 7/3/10.

Appearance: Brown with red/mahogany folds and a 1 finger white crown composed of fine foam. The crown shows moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Medium roast malt and a healthy hop dosing (amarillo / chinook maybe?)

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with a good soft carbonation.

Drinkability: The cask really helps the mouthfeel and this is all the more sessionable of a brew because of it!

07-06-2010 23:11:20 | More by koopa
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4.11/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-01-2012 22:39:23 | More by phingdong
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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...

06-14-2010 18:40:11 | More by grub
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-14-2011 04:16:20 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-24-2013 18:46:36 | More by Beersalesman802
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

12-08-2010 01:14:29 | More by DNICE555
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-29-2013 13:18:09 | More by InspectorBob
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-16-2013 13:45:58 | More by MichaelAllenVT
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-22-2011 15:52:40 | More by Pamola
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

01-31-2014 00:42:03 | More by hillvt4me
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-06-2013 22:23:19 | More by dkw0063
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-19-2011 03:36:54 | More by ElGallo
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Donovan's Red from The Alchemist
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