Irish Red - Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.89%
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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, mahogany color with a thin, tan head of foam. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of malt, nuts and light grasses.

T - Tasted of nuts, sweet caramel and bready malts. A slight grassy bitterness provides some balance.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light-bodied, easy-drinking brew.

D - This is an okay irish red ale. It is well-done and worth a try.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from via trade from davey, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and malty with flavors of caramel, toffee and a touch of smokiness. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a while.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 1+ finger of tan colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt & some steely hops

T: Toasty, toasty malt, leafy & metallic hops, plus grainnyness up front. Biscuitty malt & dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes with juicy grainyness, leafy hops, & dryness, plus slight fruittyness; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation & good balance, thickens up a bit at the end

Great drinkability, not a bad Irish Red

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle while in Fayetteville. This is an interesting red ale. I'm getting nutty flavors that remind me more of an English brown ale, while this still looks and largely tastes like a red-amber hued, caramel malt. There's also a nice tan head that lasts the whole beer through. And while this is a tasty beer overall, the body is bit thick, making it feel more like the heartier American red ale style. Still worth a try for an interesting take on the style.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pretty medium amber slash semi-rusty hue mixed with awesome carbonation making its way from the top. The half inch thick foam is maintained throughout the entire brew.

Smell- Doesn't do the taste complete justice. But the toasted malts mixed with pelletized hops. Gives an almost good smelling beer a cheap schnupf.

Taste- The toasted malats are center stage with somoe good seltzer-like carbonation. But the mlats are pretty bubbly on the tongue. They sort of dance over the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good for a Killian like Irish red beer. But this had more flavor and personality too it. The carbonation helps the flavor move on from the tongue.

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exuberantly deep amber with a clear, slow bubbly body. A Slim tannish capping of smooth foam sits briefly atop that then keeps a solid skim present the whole session through. A few strings of lace are placed across the glass.

Sweet berryish aroma with a glint of dull grass and some caramel malt that stays favorably forward.

Taste is solid with a somewhat complex tone and length that suits the style with maybe a bit more maltitude in a dullish sweet malt coating of soft, supple, smoothness. Caramel, dullishly fruity, berry-like with some raisin hints and a small grassy tone of hops that lightly smear the malts away in the finishing area. It stays quite malty and kinda chewy actually. Not bad...it hit the spot.

Feel is about medium with a grand display of easy going malt tone and soft chewyness. Perhaps a bit more drying hop effect would really make this stuff shine. But as is it reminded me alot of some of the yummy brews I like from Capital.

Very drinkable and sessionable. A surprisingly yummy little ale by Diamond Bear.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Diamond Bear- Irish Red

Big thanks to Davey for this 1!

A- Deep amber red/ brown, clear with a good frothy head. Decent lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Light sweet bready malt with hints of cocoa.
T- Toasted bread crust malt, molasses, chocolate, and an earthy dry sweet hop finish.
M- Lightly sweet with a big thick malty body. Slightly dry earthy hoppiness near the backend but finishes sweet and malty.

Overall- Nice and clean. Good balance between the malt and earthy hops. My 1st from Diamond Bear and a good 1 at that.

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Redrover
2.93/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with coppery-ruby highlights, largely clear, there is just a whisper of haze. A few bubbles were noticed in the liquid, they lazily raced towards the head, which was beige in color. The foam reached almost two fingers in height before fading quickly to a thin cap. This cap lasted awhile but left the beer completely before I removed all the beer from by glass. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose has modest potency but the most vocal aroma was toffee. Very light sweetness, in fact it is a little dry. Toasted malts with a slightly earthy undertone finishes the bouquet. Clean. Simple. Inviting. The palate is pleasant. I like it. Malt leads the way, Brown Ale-like roasted malts (tasty), toffee, light sweetness, some earthiness, chocolate, and at the finish is a tickle of hop-induced bitterness. Throughout the taste is a small note of astringency. The finish is creamy but dry with a Scotch Ale-like vibe. There isn’t much about the taste that says “Red Ale” but, thankfully, this beer works, it works well. Tasty stuff. Of the three beers I’ve tried from Diamond Bear this one is the best. Medium in body, maybe a little bigger, the carbonation is modest, the mouthfeel is very good, filling. This is a pleasant quaff. I’d buy a six-pack and drink away the day. It is a solid, uncomplicated beer. A good complement to stews or chili I would think. I have no criticisms about the taste, mouthfeel, or drinkability. I do wish the nose were louder and richer in smells. Oh well. If this was my local I’d be happy. Thanks rugger for the bottle.

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep amber, almost mahogany color with a one finger of offwhite head. Nice head retention that leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nose is of caramel malts, some hops, and a bit of breadiness.

T: Taste is caramel malts and toffee upfron -quite sweet. Middle is balanced out with some roasted malts and beadiness, and finishes with a mingle of hops in here to give a slight bite.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, pretty clean and crisp feel with a somewhat sweet aftertaste left.

D: This is a nicely done beer, I could sit with a few of these for a little bit, but the sweetness in the aftertaste deters me from drinking it all night.

Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TheBishopco
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of leinie13
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of aaronh
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze Medal, 2004 World Beer Cup
Gold Medal, 2005 GABF

Pours to a deep crimson/amber color and everlasting beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and earthy hops peeking through with a whiff of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. . Flavor is roasty, alcoholic and earthy (but not in a bad way) with a nice balance of maltiness and bitterness. Similar to Scotch Ale but without the smokiness. Finishes roasty and somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is medium and there is a slight sugary feel of chocolate syrup. A very good beer if you are drawn to the style.

Revised March 2014. this beer has gotten better every year. Diamond Bear flat-out knows how to make kick-ass malt-forward and "balanced" beers and this is at the forefront. I don't know if this is a "true" Irish Red, but damn, it tastes so good!

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Irish Red from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.