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Moling's Traditional Red Ale - Carlow Brewing Company

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Moling's Traditional Red AleMoling's Traditional Red Ale

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-12-2002)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

Bought in a 3 pack with the two other offerings from the carlow brewing co

Pours with a brown body, with a medium hue. Decent head retention although quite whispy

Smell is malt, all the way, dry and musky

Taste is malty, quite dry and has a faint hoppy kick also

Not a bad red ale, just not very good

04-17-2004 17:57:11 | More by cypressbob
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oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Really liked the appearance of this nice dark amber color with good head that stayed for a good period.Sweet malty smell with a touch of caramel.Taste was a little bland though pretty sweet and burnt tasting but no hop bitterness to it.Expected more but wasnt all that bad I have had worse amber ales for sure.

03-24-2003 17:41:16 | More by oberon
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sponberg

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

Brilliant red/amber with a vanilla head - thin, but persistent.

Aroma of fruit (cherry?) and grain, very dry. Tasted hugely grainy to me - rather wheaty/husky/dry, with some malt sweetness (maple? honey, cherry) rounding it out and a bit of hoppiness on the end of the tongue. Granted, this was the beer I had following a Duvel, so my taste buds could be still under the influence. Very interesting brew - I hope to try this one a few more times to figure it out.

10-19-2002 02:36:35 | More by sponberg
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%

One of the better selections in my Beers of the World 12-pack, Molings pours a clear red-copper color with a nicely lacing sticky white head. Aromas are caramel sweet with some fruit notes. Flavor is again caramel sweet with some toasted nut undertones. Finishes with a lasting sweet aftertaste. Very run-of-the-mill amber.

03-30-2004 02:21:46 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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jsolack

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance:
A very deep red/brown color. Clear with a fair amouht of off white head. Very nice looking.

Smell:
Sweet nutty nose with slight accents of light grains. Pleasent but nothing special.

Taste:
A very tasty brew... carmel and nutts come through first and are followed by a light grain finish. Very nice and hearty. Very little bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light and creamy in mouth. Not a heavy beer but weight and feel in mouth fits the style well.

Drinkability:
A very nice brew. Definitly one I will go to when I'm in the mood for a red ale.

04-04-2004 00:26:29 | More by jsolack
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +21.9%

I'm no expert on the style but this beer sticks out as perhaps the best Irish red I've had. Dark red/amber with impressive, persistent head, appealing malty aroma. A creamy, tangy beer with a good, succint malt profile; some sweetness, hints of apples, darker roasted malt flavors such as one might find in a stout poke their head up every now and then, plus a vague Scottish element that suggests smoke. Quite a bit of hop dryness and a mild, lingering bitterness makes this a lucid, to-the-point beer. I really enjoyed it, it seems more than previous reviewers did. Take it from me, it's good.

12-11-2002 15:37:25 | More by Thrasher
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Impressive deep brown color with a good 1/2 inch head with integrity. Slight sweet smells, a little mellon and citrus. Malts are nutty and assertive, but like the Celtic Stout, papery and verging on pasty in taste. Hops are flowery, balance fairly well. Decent mouthfeel. The label talks about a "smokey" finish, nothing struck me. Drinkable, but the off taste mentioned above isn't particularly nice.

06-06-2002 08:26:33 | More by ADR
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -41.7%

Really boring. Watery mouhtfeel, some nuttyness, peat, caramel. Really dry, which is a bit of a bonus, thats the only thing i liked about it. Subtlety can be good in beers, i've always said that, but this is too neutral for me, the finish is too close to water, i even let it warm up a bit, and it still, not much flavour.

09-27-2003 12:19:58 | More by rastaman
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

A drinkable beer, nice white head. Beery chessy aroma. Some chocolate malt and molasses in here, along with pronounced bitterness, some roast was nice carmel at end. Astringent medium mouthfeel. Overall doesn't work but a meal would make the bottle finishable.

02-05-2006 02:06:33 | More by Sammy
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jackndan

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -22.7%

Moolings Traditional “Celtic” Beer: Pours a fairly clear, deep brown color, with a tannish head. The head settles down to a nice solid cover that leaves thick lacing down the sides. The aroma is very strong, and a thick malty smell is noticeably as soon as you open the bottle, and grows more so after the pour. As a whole, this beer is not very well balanced, in fact its got fairly jarring tastes as it mouths across the palate. Initial tang of sweetness is quickly swamped by an assertive bitterness that is lacking the floral tastes of quality hops. Somewhat of a clean aftertaste, primarily of musty malts. The bottle claims that it has a smoky aftertaste, but I didn’t really notice that.

As I’m not really partial to brown beers, I didn’t find this brew that enjoyable. I see that this site lists it as a red ale, but I think our Celtic brothers are having one over on us.

05-02-2003 15:02:14 | More by jackndan
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

This Irish Ale poured a medium tan head of fine-small bubbles into my glass. There was some lacing present on the sides of my glass and the body was amber colored. In my opinion the aroma was slightly sweet and this brew had a fairly smooth taste to it.

06-16-2003 12:21:53 | More by hotstuff
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fattyre

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer pours a clear dark slghtly brownish red color with a large light tan head. The mouthfeel was on the thin side of moderate. The smell is of faint fresh bread with just a hint of raisin. The tasty is slightly minty and a tealike maltiness. This beer had a rather strong hoppy assertiveness for such low alcohol %. The bottle stated the abv. to be 4.3%.

03-27-2003 19:04:15 | More by fattyre
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Darkale

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%

Foamy, thick head. Clear, red-brown body. Head is resilient. Faintly sweet aroma, hops and malt combined. Taste is dry and gingery. Good lacing. Thin mouthfeel, and bitter.

I do not taste the maltiness that so many of the reviewers decry. To me, this is a sour and bitter beer, not a malty one. Not a beer that I would seek out.

04-20-2003 10:11:28 | More by Darkale
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

A good drinkable beer but nothing to make me want more. It pours with a fluffy off white head. Good retention, rings of lacing left behind after each drink. Has a reddish brown color.

The nose is rather bland. Has notes of caramel malt, bread and just a bit of fruitiness.

The taste is pretty much identical to the nose with a slight hop bitterness. Well balanced, not going to offend anyone either.

11-07-2007 06:11:46 | More by irishkyle21
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Brent

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -24.8%

A very one-dimensional beer. Poured a reddish-amber with almost no head at all, in spite of a pretty hard pour at the end in an attempt to generate some, at first I thought the beer might be flat. Aroma was a cane sugar sweetness, and this was carried in the flavor, as though the beer had been brewed from a cheap cane sugar and malt extract base. Bland, almost burned caramel sugar was about the only character the beer had.

12-18-2003 14:10:44 | More by Brent
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Dark red ale with a pleasing head. Fruity nose. Malty sweet taste. Good red beer for the winter month, but lacking hops. Also, the brew is darker and sweeter that my irish red taste.

04-17-2002 09:27:38 | More by frank4sail
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aracauna

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

My first impression was the color. The color was an impressive dark brownish ruby. The smell was sweet malt and fruit. The taste had definite apple/apple peel flavors going on.

04-12-2002 12:23:04 | More by aracauna
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear red/amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Malty nose. Starts sweet and finishes with a slight bit of hoppiness. It is a different red, seems to be a mix of a red and a pale. $1.85 for a 12 oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

09-26-2004 01:00:53 | More by jdhilt
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%

A newer offering at the LCBO I have yet to try, so here it goes.

This poured a nice dark red/brown, with some head leaving a little lacing and a ring around the glass. Smell is nice, sweet, malty quite delicious. Taste is also quite malty, not as bold as I would have hoped but still good nonetheless. Bit of a metallic aroma in the mouthfeel but this subsided as the brew warmed slightly.

A good, drinkable offering. Definitely a good call.

11-06-2007 01:46:56 | More by funkengruven
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

A clear, dark, slightly brownish-red Red Ale with a large light tan head. The smell is sweet and malty, with a slight nuttiness. I taste hops, then malt and caramel, with a slight roasted earthiness. The body is firm to thin in my mouth. Overall, a nice, drinkable Red Ale.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

02-07-2003 15:57:26 | More by Bunnyhop
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Earthy, sweet caramel, hint of fruityness.

T: Sweet caramel. There's some good bitterness, but it's just not enough to balance the overwhelming sweetness. Earthy minerals & fruit bread. Plenty of flavour for its weight, but too sweet.

M: Moderate body is impressive for it's weight; plenty of residual sugar; moderate carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but too sweet for my liking.

11-29-2007 00:31:09 | More by Derek
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5%

Purchased in Galway, Ireland. 500 ml bottle.

From the appearance, this is a true Irish Red. Has an amber body with beautiful ruby highlights...truly red when held to the light. Has a rocky white head that retains very well. Looks like a perfect draught pour. Highly appetizing. Not much of an aroma...nothing offensive, there just does not seem to be much to it. Some subtle malt notes with an earthy quality as well. Flavor is on the bitter side, but not overdone. Woody English qualities are predominant, with a slightly sweet malty finish. Lightly carbonated and leaves a taste of lightly roasted malts behind. A pretty tasty brew.

10-24-2003 20:11:39 | More by IrishRedRock
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.43/5  rDev 0%

Tasted this 500ml bottle on 22nd March 06, BBE Jun 06.

Poured a generous foamy head atop a ruby coloured body. No haze, - streams of bubbles from base of the glass.
Smell: fresh smell, some maltiness, light hops.
Tasted slightly rusty at first, hint of smoke (?), and touch of blackcurrent. Mouthfeel okay, overall a refreshing red ale. Would make a nice session beer, quite drinkable.
Not an English Pale Ale.

03-23-2006 09:16:49 | More by JohnfromDublin
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

I had this one a great seafood restaurant in Charleston, SC. Pours very dark brown, almost black, color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malts and roasted/burnt grains. Front taste is slightly sweet with caramel and a roast malt character. There’s a little bit of graininess in the mid-taste and a half-hearted hop bitterness at the finish. Medium body and pleasantly drinkable. Overall, it’s a decent, enjoyable beer, but not outstanding in any category.

05-21-2003 12:41:10 | More by Suds
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +21%

The beer pours a dark red color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is of sweet malts and fruity yeast. The taste is good. It has a crisp and refreshing feel. It has a malty flavor, but is not too sweet. There is a good balance between hops and malts. It has a bit of a roasted finish to it which helps enhance the the malt character. The mouthfeel is excellant. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It is incredibly drinkable and highly enjoyable.

12-31-2003 00:35:32 | More by WesWes
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Moling's Traditional Red Ale from Carlow Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.