Thomas Hooker Irish Red Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pint served at the South Norwalk Brewhouse.
A: Creamy, smooth, compact whitish head that lasts throughout the entire drinking experience. The body of the beer is a relatively clear, clean-looking, deep, woody crimson that's quite striking to behold. Minimal lacing left on the glass after each sip.
S: The beer's scent profile relies mostly on malted barley without much in the way of depth or contrast; there was a bit of hop presence, but nothing remarkable. Relatively lackluster olfactory qualities, was expecting a bit more here.
T: Rich malt is a major actor in the play of tastes, sharing the spotlight with a mild, grassy hop flavor that has a tinge of vegetable/water chestnut tanginess. The two are well-balanced and the drinker enjoys something akin to lightly herbed bread. The lingering hop presence produces a mildly bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with little carbonation, which leads to a beer that one enjoys slowly, savoring the smooth, mouth-coating presence that is produced. Mildly dry finish with some lingering "wetness" - well-balanced in this characteristic as well.
D: Mild seems to be the keyword that comes to mind the most when thinking about this beer. Perhaps it's because I've been drinking intensely hoppy or malty brews this winter and this was a sudden departure from those styles. Solidly built and fairly enjoyable, but lacking any truly distinctive qualities to relish. Thomas Hooker's Irish Red is quite drinkable as such, but nothing outstanding.
Serving type: on-tap
03-02-2006 21:14:18 | More by falloutsnow
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3.54/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is very hazy amber in color (with some yellow hues) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense tan colored head that died down, leaving a layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: When the beer is first poured, notes of chocolate are present in the smell; this quickly transitions to aromas of tea leaves and toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty and toasted malts along with notes of earthy yeast and hints of black tea and toffee.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin (but not watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems to be an average representation of the style.
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2013 01:32:54 | More by metter98
Thomas Hooker Irish Red Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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