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Irish Red - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company visit their website
Arkansas, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.86% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 80, Roasted Malt
Hop Varieties - Fuggles, Willamette
Original Gravity - 12.8*P
Bitterness Units - 31
Packaging Options - 12oz bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl

(Beer added by: EagleTalon on 11-30-2003)
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Photo of leinie13
2.75/5  rDev -21%

leinie13, Apr 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

TheBishopco, May 04, 2012
Photo of aaronh
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks incredible. Nice rich, red body topped by a thick light tan head that shows nice lacing and decent retention. Aroma has some nice caramel notes and a bit of hops, but also a fair amount of what smells like corn or DMS. And holy crap, it's actually bottle conditioned! Swirling it a bit to pick up just enough yeast to make the beer slightly hazed effectively covers the off aroma and throws more of a bread and caramel note in the aroma. Amazing transformation. Flavor actually smoothes out a bit as well, but it still has a slightly skunky & adjunct flavor. Decent bitterness comes through in the flavor. Mouthfeel is fair. Drinkability - well, not a favorite of mine, but I will finish the sixer. Definitely a step in the right direction from the BMC fizzy yellow beers, but not quite a leap. But hey, it's brewed in Arkansas, and it's more than I though I would find down here! And for the record, I find Arkansas to be a beautiful state, just not real beer friendly. I drove for hours from Texarkana to Fort Smith and I swear the entire trip was through dry counties, so to find beers brewed in Little Rock was a real treat. Honestly.

aaronh, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Redrover
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Diamond Bear Irish Red on tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock. Served in a large pilsner style glass, the beer is a rusty red with a thin tan head.

It has a mild nose of malts and a bit of plum.

Taste is as expected, a bit sweet with some doughy bread notes. Faint fruit notes at mid glass. Hops are for the most part mia.

The mouth is on the thin side. Not a whole lot going on here. No off or odd notes, but not a lot of flavor either.

Redrover, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of youradhere
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear ruddy hue of amber; thin cap of foam s falls quickly. No notable aroma. Tastes rather bland, some caramel, watery cola, slight earthiness. Body was fairly thin on this, nothing exceptional whatsoever about this beer. Definitely an English style. Next.

youradhere, May 20, 2013
Photo of JPDOG
3/5  rDev -13.8%

JPDOG, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Dirty25
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Dirty25, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Admittedly not my favorite style, but this one is not great even for the style. Definitely drinkable, but too light and not the best from their stable of beers. Pours red with a medium head, nothing special, but nice enough. Smells sweet and a little corny- smells of adjunct. Tastes similar, with more sweet adjunct flavor and very light hops. Just okay.

Georgiabeer, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Westyn
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%

Westyn, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Prufrock
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a pint glass.

slightly hazy reddish amber. half an inch of off-white head that falls quickly and leaves the slightest lace.

sweet toasted malts, toffee and caramel in the aroma. a faint hint of balancing hop bitterness.

flavor is somewhat light, but dominated by a caramel malt sweetness. faintest hint of cherries and a wisp of smoke. fairly light mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation and a clean finish. comes off more as an amber ale than a red, but it's drinkable and inoffensive.

Prufrock, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BlueMoon10, Jun 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BeerBucks, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of -ronin-
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

-ronin-, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Seabass1964
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Seabass1964, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of KevieJames
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

KevieJames, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of trappistlover
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of Fata!!). Pours clear mahogany with thin off-white head. Nice lacing and light carbonation. Aroma of dark caramel, jell-o chocolate pudding (?!), brownie, and biscuit. Taste is sweet and malt forward with light bittering hops. Medium bodied and oily texture. Pleasant bitter finish. Not bad for a style I generally don’t care for.

trappistlover, May 13, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber/red in color, thin, evaporating head.
Malty, spicy nose, pleasant enough, on the sweet side.
Big carbonation on the tongue, quite a fizz, then fast fading.
Not quite enough in the flavor to report on...some fruitiness, a touch of nuts and caramel. A bit thin in the body department...yeah, the malt could be richer.
Nice enough sliding down the throat, rests pleasantly on the palate, but I had a hankering for a beefier taste. Just a little, anyway.

feloniousmonk, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Benh777
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

Benh777, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of estlinska
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the tap room at the brewery in a standard shaker. Pours a reddish, ruddy brown like a wet split piece of red cedar. The head is very minimal and dissipates in a flash, but carries a mildy orange hue to it. No lacing left on the glass. The smell is malt, like white bread (very little) and some maybe floral edge to the smell of the hops. The taste is pretty sweet overall; the 32 IBUs really don't show up very much. There is a little bit of a dry finish, but not much bitterness overall. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but not too bad. It's a fairly average beer, and I liked it overall; just nothing dramatic about it.

estlinska, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle
Dated: July 2011
Drinking Date: Nov. 1 2011

Glassware: Mug

Appearance: Dense red-orange color with a beige head that has some retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing as I drain it.

Smell: Not a strong smell... Sweet and floral.

Taste: Throughout the beer is an even flow of sweet, bread-like flavor with very mild bitterness at the end. A mostly clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied; good bit of carbonation.

Overall: Decent beer. Nothing special, but good flavor. A very suitable session beer, because of its continuously interesting, but mild, taste and fairly light body. I will drink it again.

BeerMeInMS, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin ultra light tan foam sits atop the hazed reddish orange brew.

Aroma includes a slightly burnt toasted bread with sweeter caramel malt in the initial burst. Dash of hibiscus and perfume in the background.

Initial short blip of drip coffee with a toasted bread in the middle and malty sweet on the finish.

Medium-full bodied with a moderate low level of carbonation.

Overall this feels a bit full on the palette for this style of beer. Irish Reds should be an easy drinking pint. Mouthfeel and lack of a dry finish are hindering the score.

BrewerB, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jheezee, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

dexterk1, Aug 04, 2013
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Irish Red from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.