Irish Red Ale - Picaroons Brewing Co.
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3.24/5 rDev -10.5%
Bottle from the brewery store in Fredericton.
Pours a beautifully clear reddish amber color with a decent sized frothy tan head that shows great retention. Aromas of caramel and toffee with a hint of earthy hops. Diacetyl rest, what's that? The flavor is rich and malty with lots of caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Burnt sugar and light earthy hop flavor to counter the maltiness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. The diacetyl fits a bit better with this style than some of the others I've had from them, a bit too much for my palette.
07-25-2014 22:04:51 | More by johnnnniee
3.56/5 rDev -1.7%
500ml squat bottle, the same sort used by Gahan - must be a regional style and/or supplier preference thing. Oh, and nice to see this brewery's wares available in Alberta - it will cut down on the number of 'nopes' I have to utter on a weekly basis.
This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves very little in the way of lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.
It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, sharp drupe fruit, root beer syrup, a twinge of juicy sour citrus, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more of that sweet and sour fruitiness straight off - apple, pear, cherry, and generic citrus - bready, mildly crackery caramel malt, hard toffee, mild earthy spice, an oily nuttiness, and more earthy, leafy, and faintly spicy hops.
The carbonation is fairly low-key in its workaday frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and plainly smooth, a minor creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt, muddled bittersweet fruit, and fading zingy hops playing us out.
An agreeable enough version of the style - rendered well by its malt, fruit, and noble hop characters. Simple, and not worth getting all geared up for, but worth a go if your tastebuds tend towards that end of the spectrum.
07-08-2014 03:48:19 | More by biboergosum
3.15/5 rDev -13%
500ml Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one
Appearance - Clear reddish-brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for almost 5 minutes.
Smell - Malts, caramel, cooked vegetables, pears, hops
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, light hops, and malts. There is also a pear juice sweetness, some odd cooked vegetables, and a bit of a vinegar/rusty flavour. It ends with a malty slight bitter aftertaste.
Overall - Either I'm not a fan of Irish Red Ales or this was a poorly made beer. There was just too many odd flavours going on to make this one enjoyable.
03-02-2012 16:45:38 | More by spinrsx
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
have had numerous times before...
pours a dark, somewhat clear red/brown colour. 3/4 of an inch of white head - decent retention.
smell was bitter, had some malt and hops, roasted aromas.
taste had sweet malt and was roasty. okay carbonation and drinkability.
overall it had that typical scent/flavour found in all picaroons but was enjoyable enough and wasn't too bad of a batch.
10-16-2011 21:20:25 | More by fostachild
British Columbia (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Good mahogany colouring with red highlights and a light tan head. The smell is all sweet malt and carmelized sugar. The taste again is sweet brown sugar. The mouthfeel is dry and there is a slight hoppy presence. Its a fairly easy drinker and the mild hops balances it out enough to become a relatively good beer.
Cheers to Spree for sending me out this East Coast sample.
04-29-2011 05:28:56 | More by LazyL
2.88/5 rDev -20.4%
A: Dark but clear red body with a calm pour showing 5 fingers of head. Head of off white, very frothy and dissipates quickly. Leaves little lacing.
S: Light scent of malts and grains. Average for it's style.
T: Very very weak flavour of caramel malts with some grassy grains.
M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Water like texture and leaves an unpleasant malt finish.
D: Very poor brew by Picaroons. Wouldn't drink this again. I don't think it's not in it's prime, but that also raises another point as no date is seen on this bottle.
08-01-2010 22:27:44 | More by Long813
2.95/5 rDev -18.5%
Pours a dark mahogany, with a huge head that threatens to escape the glass, before settling down to a thick foam and leaving some long streaks of lace behind. I can't help but feel the crazy carbonation of all of Picaroons' brews is down to a mild ainfection. The aroma had me a little bit worried as I pondered on this - fruit vinegar mixes with floral hops, before mellowing out with some warmth.
The flavour has a mild sweet and sour thing going on. The beer hasn't turned, but there's a little bit of a sharp fruity edge. Moderately roasted malts bulk things out, with the floral hopping providing a mild bite. Its certainly fine for the style, but would never wow anyone, unlike the carbonation, which made me think 'wow, this is fizzy'. Get to work on that Mr. Brewer.
I don't understand the ratings for some Picaroons stuff. Maybe its far better on tap or when newly bottled, but I find most of it middling and over-carbonated. That said, its was good to try, just not something I'd return to.
Cheers to Jremy and Karen for sharing.
05-22-2010 18:50:01 | More by bobsy
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
Noticed that Premier WIne and Spirits started stocking some Picaroons, so I picked up a variety of them. The Irish Red is the first I have tried.
Pours a dark red with a very large amount of solid white head. Head was slow to evaporate, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell consisted of a sweet yet lightly toasted malt.
Taste was more of a slightly bittersweet (yet still toasted) malt. Slightly reminds me of toasted almonds. Slightly creamy finish. Leaves the mouth fairly dry.
Overall, not a bad Irish Red. Feels a little bit heavier than some others I have tried. I wouldn't recommend it for long term drinking, but it would be fairly good with the right meal.
10-11-2009 01:31:01 | More by Seanstoppable
Irish Red Ale from Picaroons Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.