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Flemish Red (F.red) - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Flemish Red (F.red)Flemish Red (F.red)

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flemish-style red ale starts off with a light caramel sweetness that gives way to a quenching sourness and effervescent mouthfeel.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-15-2007)
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Reviews by corby112:
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing. 2010 vintage.

Pours a dark chestnut brown/ruby red color with plum edges and a half finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring.  Good retention with spotty lacing left behind.  

Sweet, slightly funky aroma with very subtle acetic vinegar, earthy oak and funky bugs.  Not solvent like however with vinous dark fruit sweetness complimenting the funk, barrel and acidity.  Hints of sour cherry, grape and plum with a decent roasted malt backbone underneath.  

On the fuller end of medium body with tart acidity and slight acetic vinegar followed by sweet vinous fruit and slightly roasted dark malt.  Some dryness, possibly from the oak, meshes with acetic acid, earthy funk and dry, bretty bugs.  The acidity and funk are countered by dark fruit sweetness and subtle malt flavors.  Hints of raspberry, sour cherry, grape and plum compliment the acetic quality while providing some needed balance to the dry oak and musty funk.  Nicely balanced with good sourness and subtle funk.  Easy to drink with little to no harshness.  I haven't had this beer fresh but it has held up nicely and is better than some of the other reviews indicate.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:12:58 | More by corby112
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I believe this was a pour from a bottle at the Iron Hill Belgium Comes to West Chester event. Hard to be sure given the pour methods.

Pours a moderate brown color with a touch of rusty red. Decent retention and a bit of a collar as it goes down.

The nose carries smooth bread and light caramel underneath a bit of combined lactic and acetic acid. Tart of cherry there as well. Flavor is similar. It's a bit too light and lacking complexity, but is otherwise quite smooth. While the acidity is a bit underwhelming, the resulting smoothness makes it quite drinkable.

Medium body. Low-ish carbonation level. Overall, a nice attempt at the style, and quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

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Massachusetts

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California

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Michigan

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New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-08-2012 04:06:09 | More by WeisGuy
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Maryland

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-07-2012 05:34:59 | More by oline73
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -72.5%

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Massachusetts

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homebrew311

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kyle for this one.

A: pulpy juice like appearance, some murkiness, no head whatsoever, lifeless

S: oaky vinegar up front with hints of tart cherries in the back, not much depth here

T: starts off with a flash of tartness which quickly becomes sweet cherry, a bit of vinegar mixed in, not quite puckering, not quite sweet

MF: thin body, exceptionally low carbonation for the style

O: this Flanders red sits in a limbo between puckering tartness and fruity sweetness, the result is rather mild and falls short of many other in the style

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 08:59:11 | More by homebrew311
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Maple Shade's Barrels, Bourbon and Bugs Event (2011 and 2012, review is amalgamation of notes from both events).

Pours a dark, murky amber red with a thin quickly dissipating foamy off white head. Strong, potent aroma of cherries, vinegar, oak, mild brett, dark fruit and slight funk. Tart cherry throughout the flavor, with an oak presence in the front of the palate and dry, vinegar sourness through the finish with some vanilla. Slightly thicker than expected, with light carbonation. Not a great Flanders, but a pleasant treat that shows up on tap at Iron Hill more often than their other sours or BA experiments.

Serving type: on-tap

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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased from the Iron Hill Wilmington Restaurant right after the New Year. Poured this one into my Lost Abbey snifter.

A: Pours a dark ruby red clear color. Basically no head. Off white ring forms around the outside of the glass. Good bottle carbonation. Nice conditioning. Not a lot of lacing. Swirl gets you more head but still not tons. Not the prettiest Flemish Red.

S: Balsamic vinegar, dark cherries, and mild funk. Smells clean. Might be a bit cold.

T: This is eh.... It no Rodenbach that's for sure. You get some of that funk on the tip of the tongue, but then it just dies. Kind of disappointing. Mellows too much in the center when you want more tartness. The close is nice with some of that cherry hints.

M: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth with balsamic touches.

O: I think that I'd have to go B- on this one. Compared to others in the style that I have had (not a lot, but the good ones) this doesn't stack up. Good stab though. Love the local brewery and the majority of their brews.

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Florida9

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rather cloudy reddish brown in color. Forms a smallish light tan head. No lacing.

S: Smells woody with grainy malts and a slight sourness.

T: Starts off with a light sourness, a little caramel malts, and some faint lemon. Then things go south and this beer just tastes dirty. Literally tastes of dirt and earth all mixed with a old dirty sourness.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation and virtually non-existent bitterness.

O: While I will admit I'm not an expert on the style, I have had a few Flemish Reds and, IMO, this one does not make the mark. The sourness is simultaneously subdued and not substantial enough while being mildly offensive and dirty tasting.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:25:43 | More by Florida9
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Flemish Red (F.red) from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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