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Looking for a commercial version of a local Irish Red Ale...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by metadog, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. metadog

    metadog Initiate (20) Jan 12, 2013

    Hi! I was attending a funeral last night and right next door was this Irish pub called Brian Boru where I had this great Irish Red Ale called "Galway Red Ale." It was smooth and tasty, not hoppy or bitter, I loved it. Unfortunately, I don't live in that town and don't get there very often ( a suburb between Baltimore and Washington D.C.). They also don't sell growlers of it, or any take away version. I don't even see mention of it on their web site (though it is possible that I cold have missed something).

    Now I am in search of something similar that I can buy off the shelf or order online. I know I am not giving you a lot to go on, and I am still learning a lot about beer. Is Irish Red Ale a genre that I can easily explore? Can you make a recommendation? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    The restaurant's website says their house beers are "... brewed locally for us following a special recipe for each product that model Smithwicks and Harp in their characteristics..." so start with Guinness' Smithwick's.

    Since you chose not to put your home town/state in your BA profile, it's difficult to suggest US-brewed Irish ales that might be available to you but beers of that style are listed here - Irish Red Ale.
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  3. metadog

    metadog Initiate (20) Jan 12, 2013

    I actually called the pub and asked them about the ale. Turns out, Budweiser makes it. Bud used to have a product called American Ale that they now tweak for Irish pubs. Unfortunately, they don't sell it retail. So...
  4. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,155) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale just came out if it is available in your area.

    Top Irish Ales would be a good place to start. Read some reviews of any in your area to see if the sound appealing. Best way is to start trying some out.
  5. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    And here comes the maelstrom of BMC comments....
  6. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    There's not exactly ton of Irish Red Ales out there. As recommended above, I'd go with Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale. It's in season now too and I believe Great Lakes distributes to DC, so that's definitely the way to go.

    BEERMILER12 Champion (995) Maine Sep 11, 2010

    Samuel Adams makes a decent one... It's year-round in sixers and I believe it's also in the Spring 12-pack... Probably very easy to find in MD.
  8. KansasBeerLover

    KansasBeerLover Savant (395) Kansas Feb 16, 2009

    It's seasonal, but Boulevard Irish Ale is a good one.
  9. As Irish Red is simply a version of good old fashioned bitter you can probably find more candidates under that label.
  10. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Savant (375) California Sep 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Killians Irish red is a macro Irish red. It's really not bad. I don't drink it anymore, but it isn't bad!
  11. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Savant (480) New York Nov 18, 2008

    Recently I've been enjoying Irish Red's. In particular, Sam Adams and Smithwick. They are both good. However, I am liking Smithwicks a bit more due to the nutty, vanilla flavor. It also is a bit more dry than SA. And even though the ABV is alot less than SA's Irish, I can still feel the buzz just as much, after a session. Does anyone here have any love for this style of beer? Any more alternatives for Irish Red's? Great football beer. :cool:
  12. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (980) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    If you can get your hands on a Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes I highly recommend it, also Boulevards Irish Ale is better good as well.