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Donovan's Red - The Alchemist

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Donovan's Red
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89
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.71%
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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scottum

Vermont

3.3/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

02-24-2004 03:18:45 | More by scottum
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%

I had this during a family vist to VT. This is a fine beer from a great brew pub. They did a fine job on this brew. Color is copper /red with a white fine bubbled head that left some lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is slightly malty and sharply hopped, though a bit dry for the style IMHO. Still very tasty. I cannot wait to try thier beers again and their food is OFS!

08-26-2005 21:11:46 | More by Citadel82
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

11-10-2005 20:35:02 | More by Sammy
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far333

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

04-01-2004 03:33:27 | More by far333
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -8%

Off the tap at one of my all-time favorite joints (thanks Bart!) this brew had a big, three-finger head of off-white foam atop the chestnut/dark copper colored liquid. The retention was great, the lacing in nice bands. The aroma was quite hoppy and similar to an APA with some toasted malt. The flavors started with some semi-sweet caramel malt followed by hints of wood, elements of walnuts and then a hoppy, crisp finish. Though I thought it quite hoppy for a red it was still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation delicate. Solid.

02-02-2009 17:50:08 | More by thekevlarkid
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WesFoxlove

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-01-2014 19:11:07 | More by WesFoxlove
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stevec32

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

A-Pours crimson with a light colored head. Beer laces well. Pretty transparent. The color is pretty cool to look at.

S-Was expecting more of a hop punch here but I am enjoying the sweetness. Smells like this is going to be more of a malty brew. Bread and caramel.

T-Mostly sweet with a little hops in the middle. Herbal quality to the flavor. Mostly like the nose. This is not an extremely hoppy beer but there is a bunch of flavor.

M-Carbonation is mellow and the body is fairly light. Clean and quite crisp as well.

O/D-I liked it but it is inferior to many of the other Alchemist brews I have tried. Happy to grab a glass, but one is good for me. Flavorful but I was looking for a bit more hops. I love hoppy Red/Amber ales. This one was a bit more tilted to the other side of the spectrum.

07-24-2011 22:23:04 | More by VelvetExtract
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

07-14-2010 17:48:03 | More by Viggo
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HookemHoos

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

11-18-2013 13:50:20 | More by HookemHoos
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

07-20-2005 19:55:45 | More by weeare138
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-14-2011 04:16:20 | More by nmann08
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Beersalesman802

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-24-2013 18:46:36 | More by Beersalesman802
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-29-2013 13:18:09 | More by InspectorBob
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MichaelAllenVT

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2011 15:52:40 | More by Pamola
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hillvt4me

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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dkw0063

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-06-2013 22:23:19 | More by dkw0063
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Donovan's Red from The Alchemist
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.