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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: 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:
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(Beer added by: scottum on 02-22-2004)
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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bobv, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

jaasen64, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of tubbnik
4/5  rDev -0.5%

tubbnik, Dec 08, 2011
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 HookemHoos
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

HookemHoos, Nov 18, 2013
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 VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

VelvetExtract, Jul 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

stevec32, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Mikeypnh, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

yourefragile, May 26, 2014
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 02, 2009
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 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 SpasmWaiter
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

SpasmWaiter, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Citadel82
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Citadel82, Aug 26, 2005
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
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