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Burly Irish Ale - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Burly Irish Ale
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A slightly caramel, medium bodied smooth Irish Red Ale. Rich, creamy and mellow. A VPB favorite for 23 years! Designed to be a session ale at 4.2% ABV. Very lightly hopped to enhance the appeal for the masses. A true crowd pleaser. We have proudly served over a half million pints of this popular ale to our loyal customers!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2003)
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mletten:
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

mletten, Mar 17, 2014
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Photo of kingcrowing
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sample glass.

Pours a nice deep dark ruddy brown that's almost black with a very small thin brown head. Nose is roasty and smokey.

Taste is a bit chalky and smooth and it's quite dry. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with light carbonation. It has a smooth finish.

kingcrowing, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.3%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jmz62565
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy dark red with almost no head. For an Irish Ale, this looks alot like a porter. The smell is light and malty with some cola scents. The taste has a roasted coffee flavor to it with not much carbonation. The m/f is light and creamy. This is a decent beer, but I was alittle disappointed in that this wasn't true to a Red Ale.

jmz62565, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of andant
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

andant, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Mattgruv
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Mattgruv, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of scottg
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"slightly roasty, smoth Irish red ale. Rich, creamy, and mellow."
Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear garnet color with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly with solid lacing. Toasted malt aromas miz with chocolate and light smoke. Toasted malt flavor up front with chocolate undertones lead to a sweet, but not to sweet, carmel middle with a lemony hop & cherry finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, there is a chalky mouthfeel. This is a well balanced beer that you could drink all night.

scottg, Sep 08, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

nafredet1, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean reddish chestnut color with little head. Scent is pale and contains mostly toasted flavors with a splash of buttery toffee. Taste follows suit, follows the style guidelines but doesn't standout in any one area. Thinner body for style with active carbonation. Approachable and drinkable for the masses but lacking in excitement.

rfgetz, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

I've had this on all of my visits to VT P&B. A nice selection, harmless and simple. Poured a chestnut brown with ruby tints, and a nice-sized, well-retaining eggshell head. Toasty caramel in the aroma, vanilla, touch of cherry. Caramel in the taste, toasty, light fruits: pear and cherry, vanilla, mild earthy hops. Medium-bodied, and very easily drinkable.

Rifugium, Sep 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Viperman1316, May 16, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a nut brown coloring with a filmy white head that sits a solid half an inch. Nose of nut, toffee, and roast characteristics. Flavors of roasted nut, cream, peat, and earth. Clean and smooth aftertaste is nutty sweet, with good roast to balance everything. Smooth, clean finish. Tasty beer, more of a brown than red, IMO.

GarthDanielson, Aug 12, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s a clear reddish/dark chestnut colored brew with a quickly dropping head but solid lacing. Most of the VPB beers look very nice. Toasty malt in the nose; slightly roasty and vaguely sweet; hint of hops. Taste strikes a good balance between toasty caramel malt and a lightly floral hop note; a little sweetness but not too much; controlled bitterness.

Smooth and creamy with low carbonation. A nice beer, nothing extraordinary but a good sessionable brew that’s pretty tasty; balanced and more enjoyable than many of the other more “adventurous” attempts by this brewery.

tobelerone, Oct 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

jmdrpi, Sep 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35%

lgmol, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Ewhite2121, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Weischej
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Weischej, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Socialiste, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of NEhophead
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a caramelized ruby in color. Faint, bone-white head with average retention. Some thin and spotted lacing.

Semi-sweet, rustic floral hops. Burnt, caramel malt character with whaffs of heavy cream and a touch of vanilla. Dried hazlenut and cocoa bean.

Hints of light cream and caramel malts that break down and fall flat to a tastelessness. Notes of lightly toasted biscuit. Very bland and watery at mid sip prior to a tea-like, weak bitterness. Light caramel in the aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; watery and thin.

A let down, as the aroma foreshadows some pretty good things. Weak, watery, and pretty bland in flavor.

NEhophead, Oct 21, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also sampled this today.

Pours a reddish-brown hue with a one-finger head. Aroma is roasty and fruity. Smooth upfront. Taste is much of the same with a smooth, buttery (not diacetyl) aftertaste. Balanced and not too dry. Went down well and it's very sessionable. If this was made in bottles, I could drink it while homebrewing. Heh.

Brad007, Nov 03, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

markgugs, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

jkvt, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a mellowed orangey amber, topped with a thin mist. The head thins out to a weak collar after a couple sips, dying out about halfway through. Good clarity, with an attractive coppery color through light.
The aroma is mainly a full, rich caramel maltiness. A touch toasty, with some soft floral esters. Mild herbal hopping allows the malt to dominate.
The flavor starts with a mellowed caramel maltiness, a bit toasty and perhaps a hint of roasted malt. Some soft floral esters sit atop the tongue, with a bit of pear fruitiness. The caramel malt continues throughout, restrained with just enough herbal hop flavor in the finish. The aftertaste sticks to the back of your tongue for ages, a pleasant blend of caramel sweetness and herbal hops. Fairly light bodied, with modest, low carbonation and a full, rich mouthfeel.
A really well made irish red ale. Great malt flavor, with a restrained hop bitterness. I'd definitely get it again.

UnionMade, Feb 13, 2004
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

AGust82, Nov 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Geekydad79, Aug 26, 2014
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Burly Irish Ale from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.