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Irish Red Ale - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Picaroons Brewing Co. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-10-2003)
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Photo of skellock
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

skellock, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More plasant surprise flavour. Floral hop aroma. So.Kent golding hops. Mahogony red. Biting but also mettalic. Peppery and creamy, sourish finish. An interesting session it was. Bit of nuts. Good with food. Light even watery on palate. Nice effort and pleasant surprise again from New Brinswick.

Sammy, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium to dark brown with a hint of redness. Thin cap of beige head.

Has a balanced aroma of toffee and citrus, with a bit of toasted white bread in there.

Flavours of toasted bread with caramel spread, and a bit of earthy flavour which I'm thinking is from the house yeast of the brewer. Hops show up with a bit of citrus impression, but the malt steals the show in this one.

Light bodied but a bit sticky, with average carbonation. Just fine for mouthfeel.

An easy drinker, I could see myself drinking this fairly regularly if it was my local brew.

elricorico, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of charlesw
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dumb, dumb, dumb. That'd be me. "Hmm. This smells like strong coffee." Says the guy who just poured that in a (wait for it) coffee mug.

That said... Even in a real glass (a clean one at that) it smells like strong coffee and dry chocolate. Go figure. Earthy, peaty.

In the mouth I definitely get that coffee as well as maybe a hint of ginger. Chocolate. On the thinner side for the mouth - maybe I just need to let this one warm up a bit more.

It's a decent brew - something I'd drink with relish on a really hot day. Not entirely what I expect.

charlesw, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

CurtisD, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of hef
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

hef, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

spinrsx, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of TylerD420
2.75/5  rDev -24%

TylerD420, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle, label as pictures above.
Dark amber color with gold holights, tan foamy head. 1/4 inch of foam lasts the whole glass.
It smelled fruity and earthy, with a little bit of toffee. Grassy flavor to start, a bit of fruitiness, mango tang, bitter hop finish. Lots of carbonation, actually starts a bit watery feeling but does fill the mouth.
Thanks to MMansfield for trading this beer with me I really enjoyed it.

BigBry, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red/deep orange with a large off-white head that drops quickly to a clumpy ring.
Smells grainy, sweet, with some caramel and citrus notes.
Taste is a mix of grains, toasted malts, caramel and very mild fruit/citrus. Thin body, mild carbonation and slightly astringent on the finish. Goes down quite nicely.

nighthawk, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of berley31
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with an average-sized, creamy, light-brown head that diminished over time to about one-finger. Good lacing. Body was a dark-red color, and slightly hazy. Aroma was of toasted malt... nice. Light to medium body on the palate, and slightly thinner than I had expected, but still with some oiliness/creaminess to it. Sweet, malty flavor with a short finish... quite good, but not as impressive as expected from its appearance. A good representation of its class.

berley31, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Long813
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Long813, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

johnnnniee, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of LazyL
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

LazyL, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev +10.5%

polloenfuego, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +10.5%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle received from NASH! Thanks Greg!

Poured in a nonic pint, slightly hazy reddish orange, almost rust coloured, big and thick off white head forms, slowly settles down, some decent lacing, drops to a solid layer. Smell is very grainy, caramel, lots of lemony citrus, some floral, very fruity, very sweet sugary punch to it, very pleasant. Taste is nice, bit of a tartness, grains, bread, caramel, really dry in the finish, nice fruitiness, bit of a spicy bitterness, sourdough bread finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink, neat flavour. Thanks Greg!

Viggo, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of waughbrew
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear orangish red with a creme-colored head with nice stay and lace but looks a tiny bit sudsy. Aroma is of prickly Kent Goldings and dulled toasted and slightly roasted malts. Taste is wonderfully smooth peanuts, tobacco, butter, caramel, and a hint of cough syrup when it gets warm. Finish is a gradual fadeout of said flavors. Almost plastic-coated in its low-carbonation smoothness.

Another absolute winner from this brewery - so damn drinkable yet complex enough and balanced enough to never get bored or annoyed. I want kegs of this stuff to put on draft at home.

waughbrew, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of MMansfield
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend living in Fredericton.

Appearance: Pours a deep deep red with a giant foamy off-white head. Quite remarkable

Aroma: Strong malt nose with elements of butterscotch & roasted coffee.

Taste: Not as sweet as expected. Coffee appears again. Nicely balanced with toasted malts and is suitably bitter.

Moutfeel: Truly it's bread and butter. This is remarkably creamy and goes down like velvet. A pleasure for the mouth.

Final Statement: Wonderful brew! This is a beautiful take on an Irish Red Ale, very quaffable. I would session this until the sun came up. Highly Recommended.

MMansfield, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge, suddy foam and big bubbles cling as lacing. Clear, but very deep in colour. Brown really, with some copper red. Not much as far as aroma goes, but maybe a gentle coat of amber malt. A surpringly tasty first sip. Crisp water. A great, clean drinking red ale, which I find is often rare. I don't where they put the Kent Goldings, but this beer did fine without anyways. Aside from a slight bitterness, this isn't much of anything. Still a good, clean drinking pint and on par with other good Picaroons offerings. They've done a fair and simple - but good - job with a style that is so often lifeless and flat.

biegaman, Jul 20, 2006
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Irish Red Ale from Picaroons Brewing Co.
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