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Bulldog Red Irish Ale - Cranker's Brewery

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Bulldog Red Irish Ale
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StoutHunter on 12-18-2012

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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.01/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Average Irish red ale drinks OK

Photo of StoutHunter
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Cranker's Bulldog Red Irish Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I picked up both of their bottles since I'm willing to give any new Michigan brewery a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label isn't that great, it's just a small picture of a Bull dogs face. It poured a nice dark amber color that took on some nice ruby hues when held to the light with a thin ring of head that quickly faded to nothing and left no lacing at all. This was a below average looking beer, the head and lacing were disappointing.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and start offs with some sweet malts that impart a sweet, caramel, brown bread, toffee, and some dark fruits with raisins sticking out the most. I also get a slight earthy aroma that may be from the hops. This beer smelled more like a Scotch Ale than a Irish Red Ale, not true to style, but not that bad, it's average.

T- The taste seems to be more true to style than the aroma and it starts off with loads of malts that have a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness to and impart a nice grainy, malty, caramel, light toffee, slightly nutty, and brown bread like flavors. I didn't pick up any hops on the finish with a light amount of bitterness and a very grainy and slightly sweet aftertaste. This beer tastes slightly above average and was pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and true to style, which made it a little above average.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and it's a slightly above average example of the style, the aroma seemed a little off for the style but the taste seemed to fit the style nicely. This beer has ok drinkability, I could drink a couple of these but the flavors don't hold my attention that well, but it's pretty easy drinking. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, it was nice and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, the color was nice, but the head and lacing were shitty. I might buy this beer again, it's better than a Killians, but I would rather have Samuel Adams Irish Red, it's worth a try if you like the style. All in all this beer was just ok, it needed some hops to bring some balance to this beer. I'll be interested to see what Cranker's comes out with next, the hope the quality gets better.

Photo of Romoworld
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very well flavor for a red Oaked barrel taste. I like this alot.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light roast, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Irish red ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark reddish amber with a thin layer of khaki head that fades to a creamy goggle around the glass. Decent lacing.

S - Malts, caramel, cherries.

T - Malt forward, caramel, malted milk balls, dough. Creamy mouth feel on the tongue, but finish a bit astringent.

O - Solid red ale. I'd get this again.

Photo of dryfly24
1.4/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not what I expected when the label calls it an Irish Red. I would give it a more detailed review but I can't bring myself to open another bottle and put myself though that again. It tastes precisely like what you'd expect some concoction that a wannabe craft beer producer threw together would taste like. Not a traditional Irish red but more like an abhorrent experiment. Save your money and try something else. . .

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Bulldog Red Irish Ale from Cranker's Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.