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Donovan's Red - The Alchemist

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Donovan's Red
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89
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

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4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
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~

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Donovan's Red from The Alchemist
89 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.