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Elora Irish Ale - Trafalgar Ales & Meads

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Trafalgar Ales & Meads visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Trafalgar’s version of this brown ale is reminiscent of the old style of ale brewing. Brewed as an “anytime ale” this beer is smooth and refreshing. Willamette hops are used to provide a subtle background to the dominant grain flavors of the unique blend of four malts. It is best accompanied by rich full flavored dishes.

(Beer added by: pootz on 12-30-2005)
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Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

09-08-2013 19:41:08 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -35.1%

06-16-2013 10:54:09 | More by TheBeeraholic
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with an average foamy head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with no discernable hops and some dry malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined grain notes with a somewhat dry finish. Body is a bit thin but with some average carbonation. Not as bad as some other beers form this brewery but too plain and boring for my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 20:30:44 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on March 18, 2008 after purchasing from my one of local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a beautiful translucent dark red colour with a very thin white head that dissipates quite quickly. The aroma was roasted malt, and some nutty hints. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, with high carbonation. The flavour was all over the place, there was roasted malt, some soapy sourness, and a little hint of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 05:06:35 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got a bottle called 'Aarrgh!! Ale" with an ominous looking skull on the label. Its promoting a Pirate Festival coming to Toronto (pretty cool advertisement if you ask me). I was going to add it as a new beer then I saw 'Elora Irish Ale' written in tiny letter under the bar code.

It pours a mahogany ruby color with a head that lasts about 3 seconds. There is no lacing at all. The aroma is sweet, with some sage and some vegetal notes. The taste is sweet with a lot of off flavors. The sweetness isnt a natural malt sweetness, more processed tasting. In the background there is some spicy hop bite and also bits of cooked veggies and plastic. The mouthfeel is pretty thick with light carbonation. The finish is sweet and only tangentally bitter.

This beer is mediocre. Its too sweet and lacking in beer flavors (read: hop bitterness, natural malt flavors). Im sure this brewery uses malt extract.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 02:02:29 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I believe this is the retired Elora Irish Ale brewed by the Old Mill. However, it had the Trafalgar lighthouse cap on it, so I'm unsure if this beer or the Old Mill has been bought out. Seeing as the Old Mill Elora ale is retired, I'll post my review here. Comes out a ruby/blood red with a very small amount of foam. Smells very sweet. Plenty of fruits and berries, with some bready malts and toffee. Taste starts out with an overbearing sweetness. Dark fruits, berries, caramel and toffee just overpowers the palate, making me wonder if it would be more tolerable if served cold. Ends a bit bitter, with some grassy and earthy hops, with a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is light bodies and somewhat oily. Starts out too sweet for me to consider it drinkable. I may try it again at a colder temperature, but I believe that if a beer needs to be served ice cold, then it's probably not that good a beer. Overall, not to my liking. If you like sweets, though, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 23:36:08 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

2.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled as Trafalgar Irish Ale.

Reddish brown colour, collar of tan/beige head, some lace as well. Smell has some attractive roast qualities, chocolate and coffee, black liquorice, some sweet caramel malts and a touch of smoke. Taste is mostly sweet toffee and caramel, some unexpected berry flavour, lactic sourness, small doses of roast and some leafy hops. Mouthfeel is a trainwreck, watery with a high active carbonation and very thin. When looking at this and smelling it I thought that this could hold some promise but it was quite bad, 4-5 oz was plenty, avoid this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 12:08:13 | More by peensteen
Photo of Bestuurder

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a dark copper colour with a very fluffy and over-carbonated head. The head though was of nice colouration: off-white towards the brown spectrum. All from a 341mL standard brown bottle.

The smell is off. Overly hopped and of burnt malt. Not the worst, but very dry and sweet at the same time.

Taste was overly sweet, with a bitter finish. Carbonation was achieved in bottle through secondary fermentation. Actually offsets all flavours.

Kind of gross after a couple of sips, nothing too surprising considering the sweetness and bitterness.

Could not muster to get through the first to be honest, let alone thinking of opening another.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 20:35:12 | More by Bestuurder
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the OCB discovery pack no. 2.
341ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a dark brown with a hint of red. No head. Not much carbonation either. Looks like cola that's gone flat.

S - Toasts and malts with a hint of coffee.

T - Caramel malts, burnt toasts, coffee, and hop bitterness at the end.

M - Flat. Minimal tingling of bubbles on the tongue. Smooth, bordering on watery. It's not doing it for me here.

D - Flat burnt coffee. One is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 13:43:01 | More by decimator
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 ML bomber. A hard pour revealed a clear copper-brown beer with virtually no head and weak carbonation. Aromas of musty fruit sweetness and graininess slight sour tones. Fair start with some burnt toffee sweetness, some roasty malts finishes abruptly with the fuggles hops coming through and a slight smokey woody bready taste. Mild sweetish and musty... The lack of carbonation gives the impression of a watery mouth feel..that’s too bad because this brew has potential but just doen’t deliver...nice taste, very drinkable but possibly too overly mild and understated to reveal the craft in its recipe...a nice ale not a great one> I like this ale but I don't know why.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 23:45:52 | More by pootz
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north.

A slightly hazy deep coloured ale with reddish hues. Huge 5 finger head resulted from the pour (22oz bomber into my 30oz mug). Finely carbonated, and sticky clumps of lace stick to the inside of my mug.

Some of the signature Trafalgar bandaid/cheesy plastic aroma detracts from what would otherwise be a solid ale. An underlying toastiness and UK hoppiness with a decent floral and earthy, leafy woodsiness present. Damn shame about the off yeast scent.

Again a shame about the off yeast flavours that come through to seriously detract from what would otherwise be a solid ale. A nice, deep toastiness comes through from the malts, with just the slightest hints of dark fruits. Solid floral, earthy and woodsy hops with a decent level of bitterness make for a good finish.

A nice light bodied ale. Decent carbonation level and dry finish makes for an almost refreshing drink (damn off yeastiness). Nicely balanced with the hops.

Its a good thing my palate quickly numbs itself to the strange signature cheesy plasticness of Trafalgar's brews, it saves them from the drain. Wont be in any hurry to look for more however, unless i hear good news about quality control successes. This could have been a very nice, refreshing ale on a warm summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 00:44:04 | More by demcorhip
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The best tasting of This brewery's reincarnations of the old Elora Mill product line. sugary aroma. Watery mouthfeel which is DNA of this brewery. Looks and smells and even tastes like cola, with moderated carbonation.
Passable beverage, nothing that hits the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 21:08:07 | More by Sammy
Photo of cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.6%

11-06-2012 20:33:18 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Although not clearly the Elora Ale series, it seems to fit the reviews.

A - Pours a surprisingly dark ruby red colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Caramel with a touch of smokey peat and some rusty metallic espresso notes.

T - Much like the scent with the bready caramel and peat notes dominating. A tad tart and an off sour carboard citrus flavour lingers.

M - Probably the best factor of this ale, nothing overly offensive.

O - One of the better Trafalgar Ales I've tried to date. I still struggle to see how this company gains the distribution rights over some of the higher quality OCB offerings available. I'll continue to give it a chance, but I have yet to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 06:56:03 | More by andrenaline
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one of the OCB Discovery pack #2

Appearance: The beer poured with a sold two fingers of head, and retained half a finger of it for a good long time, even if it barely laces. The beer itself is a dark brown with a touch of red to it that shows a bit of carbonation.

Smell: The beer itself is quite pleasant but it took a good deal of warming to come out. Definite malt mixed with dry hops and a touch of an almost tea like aroma. The background has some notes of butterscotch and toffee, but it's really hard to make out.

Taste: Starts with the sweeter malts which then turn a bit more aggressive as the hops take over, but are very well balanced. The experience is finished off but a butterscotch flavor mixed with the hops and an almost almond taste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation for this beer is quite solid, but the bitter hop and almond aftertaste is a bit pungent however it doesn't linger at all so that's a good sign.

Drinkability: Well, on one end, the beer is medium on the stomach and has no gas issues. On the other end, it is a bit rough going down, although not so rough that it stops you from drinking it. It's also not that refreshing, but that's kinda to be expected from the style.

Final Thoughts: Overall, not a bad brew, and I'm glad it didn't possess the heavy stomach feeling that commonly comes with this style. There is certainly room for improvement, but all in all solid offering that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 04:35:37 | More by TheHammer
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle from this summer's OCB mix six pack that I received on a recent trip to Ontario. I was looking forward to this one, as I really enjoy Irish Reds.

Pours a really dark reddish brown, with a finger of slightly off color head. Head was in no hurry to evaporate and left some decent lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell is slightly hoppy, with some sweet malts.

Taste seems a bit off. There is an uncharacteristic flash of hoppiness to start out, though this quickly gives way to a slightly sweet and creamy finish.

Overall, not quite your typical Irish Red. The extra hoppiness kept throwing me off a bit, but a decent brew when everything is said and done.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:02:42 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber from the lcbo. bb jan 08

served from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass.

A- Dark red in color with a decent head which settles down to a thin layer of foam with some lace spots.

S- Aromas of dark fruit with some roasted malt notes.

T- Fairly roasty caramel malt character with flavors of nuts and cocoa and some hints of dark fruit / plums, with some flavors of hops but somewhat over-powered by the malt backbone.

M- slick and oily, medium bodied with pretty decent carbonation.

D- actually not too bad, have a couple bombers with a few friends.

Overall a decent beer but I also have a feeling that there is extracts used. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 00:06:44 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish-copper/caramel, light tan head, very little retention, light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, earthy citrus and a light, floral hop aroma.

T: Caramel, earthy citrus, slight breadyness, modest bitterness.

M: Residual sweetness makes the moderate body slightly syrupy; moderate carbonation.

D: A little sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 18:14:48 | More by Derek
Photo of RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-18-2012 00:13:07 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another courtesy of TheHammer. Finally, my last beer from the OCB series 2 gift pack that has been hiding in my fridge.

Pours a deep amber with ruby red highlights. Two fingers of creamy off-white head top this beer, with suddy bubbles floating on top, leaving behind a decent amount of lace.

Sweet smell of dark fruits, juicy raisons, caramel and toasted malts. It took awhile for it to come out, but it was nice when it did. My only complaint is that the nose seems somewhat simple and constrained.

Dark fruity esters, grain, a hint of coffee and light toasted malt are seemingly all that goes on in the taste. Much more subdued in comparison to the smell. Instead of some hops making an appearance in the finish, the sweet notes just drag out until the end, becoming more and more watery as they move along.

Light bodied and very watered down. Decent balance between the limited amount of tastes. Good drinkability, but I'm not sure if I would want more than one of these.

Overall, a decent offering from Trafalgar but much better than the Robert Simpson's Confederation Ale I had much earlier, which was part of the same pack. I couldn't see myself buying this again, but it was worth a try for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:09:44 | More by ludachris
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO along with a few other randoms. Never had any of Trafalgar's beers but their reputation sort of precedes them. Fortunately I always try to stay open-minded when new breweries are concerned, and I'm not exactly hard to please when it comes to Irish reds, so we'll see how this goes.

Pours an attractive amber-copper colour, topped with a very thin tan head. The head doesn't last very long but there is some stringy lacing left on the sides. The smell is of sweet roasted malts; toffee, brown sugar and a bit nutty.

Actually this stuff ain't half bad. Dark roasted malts, a bit of toffee and nuts, with some spent coffee grinds. A bit of hoppy bitterness and baker's chocolate in the finish. The flavour is actually quite nice, very nice balance between the malts and bittersweet finish, it just seems kind of watered-down or diluted somehow. Medium-bodied without much carbonation; very smooth going down.

Wasn't sure about this stuff after the first sip but it kinda grew on me. Nothing epic about this; it's a mediocre Irish red. Worth a try, but I think I still like Smithwick's a bit more.

UPDATE: Tried again 12/04/2011, this time in a 500 mL re-branded "Irish Ale/Traditional Brown Ale" bottle, but it is clearly the same brew with no modifications that I can discern from the previous try. Drinkable, not off-putting, but as I predicted I have had Smithwick's a few times in between the last review and now... it is less bland and watery than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:26:42 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish brown with almost no head to speak of. No head, no lace.

Dried fruit, nut, and mild roasted malt aroma. Toffee.

Sweet dried fruit and mild roasted flavour on the palate. A little bit nutty. Earthy hop flavour. Mild bitterness. Tastes like it smells, basically. Bitterness gets more assertive as it gets warmer.

Thin bodied, lightly (but noticeably) carbonated. I think it could be a bit more substantial. Not a bad beer though, otherwise. I got through it pretty quick and easy, for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 06:37:53 | More by mintjellie
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3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a medium off-white head. Smells of lightly toasty caramel malts and some slightly metallic notes. A bit sweet. Roasty caramel flavors; overall pleasant maltiness. Very little hop character aside from some light bitterness. Medium/full body with low carbonation. A surprisingly nice take on an Irish red.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 20:52:13 | More by philipquarles
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark deep brown with a small white head that quickly vanishes.

Smells of breaded/toasted malts, sort of sweet and hoppy.

Nice and malty and spicey upfront, bready notes and finishes off nice and hoppy. This more tastes like an english ale like fullers than a Irish red.

Watery mouthfeel, but a nice refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 05:11:53 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: dark copper with amber edges and a thick off-white head.
Smell: yeast, bread dough, faint hop aroma.
Taste: nuts, roasted and grainy malts, honey-like aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: crisp and tangy with a dry finish.
Overall: a nice mix between an English Brown Ale and an Irish Red Ale. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 21:18:06 | More by cratez
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Elora Irish Ale from Trafalgar Ales & Meads
74 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.