Irish Red - Rubicon Brewing Company

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pjwilson on 03-25-2006)
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Photo of ronniebruner
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Very disappointed. I really wanted to like this brew because Sacramento is my hometown. This is one of the last breweries in town and I had to get a bottle. I didn't care much for it! First off the biggest problem here is the watery taste...not watery as in clean, but just not crafted well. The aroma was almost non-existent and the taste was bland hops and poured with way too much foam. I really wanted to like this beer, but honestly, its average.

Photo of Stillyman11
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Patrick777
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ricecracker420
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy rust colored body.
The aroma is barley and malty all the way through.
The taste has a solid malt backbone with moderate lemon bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable. I like the general malty nature of it.

Photo of Paccamacca
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of BierJager89
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent red with a creamy tan head.

S: Sweet red and dark fruits and berries in the nose.

T: Blackberry, pine, quite a bit of orange, pineapple, kiwi and maybe lime. Interesting.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: Nothing too exciting, though for the style it's definitely an interesting, and fruit-forward beer. I like it.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Backlash209
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

energetic reddish head, dark red liquid.
smells a tad hoppy with a little grapefruit;
taste is thin and light for the hop smell and 7% abv. very easy to drink. the "thin and light" is not meant in a bad way; I was expecting something heavier by the look of it. minimal bitterness, some grass toward the end. more malt than I expected. someone else mentioned 'tea'; that definitely fits.
I really like it. I'd like to see what else they offer...

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DRTBrewster
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear red colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

The scent is decidedly malty. Burnt sugar and toffee with strong tea and a slight savory funk like toasted onion. Lesser scent of butter and pipe tobacco.

Starts out malty with a big caramel flavor. Mild bitterness but this beer is all about the malt. Toasted grain and slightly woody but there is no getting around the malt.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a completely unoffensive ale. Not for hop heads though it is all about the malt.

Photo of sevenshubby
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jvillefan
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: It has a deep golden copper color with a thick ivory white two finger head.

S: There is rich caramel and toffee armoas that come off at first. Then there is a little of hoppy bite at the very end.

T: There is both hoppiness and maltiness but they do not mash together perfectly. There caramel from the malts is good on its own. And the very bitter, citrus, and pine resin flavors from the hops would be good on its own, but for some reason they clash a little bit.

M: Very heavy and creamy with a pleasant bite from the carbonation.

O: A good amber ale, worth a try.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rubicon Irish Red Ale. I'm taking the brewers at their word for the style - not beeradvocate's somewhat flawed categorization scheme. (And hey, if the brewers can't identify the style correctly anyway, they'd deserve a worse review). Acquired for $4.99 at the Cap N Cork nearby me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff. Expectations are above average; I dig the style but I'm not familiar with the brewery. 7.00% per the label on me bottle.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness and very good retention for the fairly high ABV. Frothy and smooth. Appealing. Lacing is decent. Colour is as it should be - a vibrant toasted red. It's a bit dark for the style, and the nontransparency is a bit bothersome, but otherwise it's spot on. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean fragrant floral hops, a toasted malt foundation, a bit of biscuit malt, and other pale malts. Very fresh and evocative, but a bit off for a red. Lacks a sufficient malty bite. Also a bit too soft and hoppy. I'm growing increasingly concerned, but the aroma is all around a pleasant one independent of style designations and conventions. Understated and average in strength.

T: Very clean and fresh, with marvelous fresh floral hop tones all across the body. A clean lightly toasted pale malt foundation. It does lack body, though - a consequence of its light feel. Some cream comes through. The flavours don't hit where they should structurally, and it's certainly off for the style, but that said it's still an enjoyable brew. Some hop bitterness strikes just after the climax - completely out of place for the style. It's too light, almost a bit watery. Vague biscuity yeast notes do come through, but I don't detect alcohol.

Mf: Delightfully soft and light. Excellent light creamy touches, like the soft cream of a fruit tart. Suits the flavours decently, but not the style. Too smooth and wet. Where's the dry coarse climax I want in a beer of this style? Not thick enough/too thin. A bit watery.

Dr: A drinkable brew that falls short of where it needs to be for the style. I like the experimentation, but this needs work. Priced highly for a domestic beer in the same state of this quality. Personally, I'd sooner take a Smithwick's any day over this one. Maybe it's better on-draught. That said, it's worth a try for any fan of the style. I'm glad I had it, and I quite enjoyed it for what it was. If only it was priced at something like $10.00-$12.00 per six pack, I'd definitely be having it again. Hides its ABV well.

B-

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some citrus zest hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is much hoppier than any other beer of the style I have had before. Solid stuff.

Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kbutler1
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. As expected this pours a deep copper red color (surprise!) with a light tan head that slowly settles to collar around the glass. I am a little surprised in the nose as it has a nice citrus hoppy note along with caramel. Medium/light mouthfeel. Caramel, slight roast, apple, and a little citrus rind round this fella out. Slight lingering bitterness. No real notes of the 7%. Overall, a decent beer that overdelivered on my expectations. I would like the mouthfeel a tish heavier on it though.

Photo of david131
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a somewhat murky leathery brown-red liquid with a massive craggy off-white head.

S- Citrus, caramel, and pine. Pretty simple.

T- Caramel, citrus rind, and pine. Simple.

M- A nice, creamy body with an abundance of carbonation. Smooth at first with a bit of a bite on the finish.

O- A rather standard beer for the style. Tasty and enjoyable but it doesn't jump out at me.

Photo of Offa
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good American red ale, despite the Irish name, that seems to be a good beer to go well with pizza.

Red brown, it has a medium tan head soon dissipating to a foamy ring and bubbles.

Arioma is rich caramelly citrus (grapefruit and orange) plus brown bread, dried fruits. It’s a nice, very good stronger US West Coast red ale aroma, with some good well-rounded character, none of that odd, off-putting “old dusty” aroma that I often get with the style.

Taste is similar, leafy with dry bread crust up front, plus leafy-citrusy hop bitterness (grapefruit, orange), hint of wood and earth. It’s very nice, has good balance, and some light complexity. Feel is a nice, frothy/creamy feel and body.

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, it IS on the red side of amber. Quite hoppy with a long lingering bitterness. Wouldn't be confused with Killian's.

Attractive in the glass and keeps a little foam with nice lacing. Relative strength gives this ale an edge and seems to accentuate the dirty hop flavor. Odd slight sourness, or maybe it's the hoppy astringency. Whatever this hop it, I should research what it is for my least favorites list. Still it's drinkable enough, very clean, and would be better with food.

Photo of Ghenna
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker copper, seriously minimal off white head.

Smell- the nose isn't working at the moment- so I will have to skip this other than to say prodominant hop, a little caramel hop.

Taste- Rich malty flavor with a mellow, and ultimately dry, hop finish.

A nice Irish red, nothing particularly special, but pleasant. Good if you are in the mood for a hoppy red.

Photo of bbb099
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on-tap at the brew house.

A - Dark red, mahogany color. The white colored head was a little lacking and did not have much retention.

S - Toasty aroma of caramel malt with a hint of corn.

T - Tasted more like a pale ale than an amber. Sweetness from the malt is followed by moderate to light amount piny and floral hoppy flavors.

M - Average to low carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

D - Decent drinkability. Overall tasted ok, but the flavors could be stronger. It was also a little too watery for my taste.

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Irish Red from Rubicon Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.