Irish Red Ale | Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dwarbi on 03-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by dwarbi:
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4.38/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful brew! A full, creamy head tops this reddish-amber beer and stays a centimeter think until you're 3/4 through the pint. I was told that the pour is natural, no nitro, so this is a truly incredible-looking natural brew. There's a lovely floral aroma to this beer. Fruity as well. The bitterness is mild but present. A full-bodied flavour leaves the mouth with lingering tastes but not overpowering. Despite the heavy, creamy top this beer makes for an excellent session choice.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Brewed as a traditional Irish Red Ale, with "natural carbonation"--which is cool, as it seems to be a fairly overlooked and underexplored style.

Light copper in color, leaning more toward amber--a touch of cloudiness, being unfiltered. Very active carbonation creates a foaming white head that rushes, peaks and settles to a thin lace. Somewhat metallic in the nose, with slight notes of wet paper (oxidation) beneath and some floral backing. Super-creamy hitting the palate, almost seltzer-like, making for a light and fizzy body that goes crisp and remains dry up front. Some malt backbone pulls through, with a touch of malty caramel sweetness and some fruity undertones. Moderate bitterness, in the form of a thin citric note. Nutty toward the finish, which is also dry and gritty.

A bit ho-hum, thin and lacking balance, which results in flavors that simply don't mesh very well. A bit more malt and hop character would round things out nicely and reel in that carbonation a bit, as this beer was a bit of a foamer.

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Photo of pin
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

Photo of ppoitras
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle received in trade with mulder1010. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with thick lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, with an undercurrent of tartness. Taste follows along, medium maltiness with tartness throughout. Mouthfeel is over carbonated somewhat, and drinkability is limited but all this, but it's a small bottle.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: amber color with nice thick head with decent lacing and some carbonation
s: fruits and some malts
t: light fruits, malty and nutty
m: light to medium body, decent carbonation, rather light for the style
d: very light irish red ale, too much so. one of the few unimpressive offerings from redoak i've had.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty decent red colour, quite hellish with pleasant beige head, fairly dense with about 1 finger retaining. Clear body, slow bead running. Not bad at all.

Extreme malty smell, with huge caranel and vanilla and almost a buttery aroma. Slight bitter tartness lingering at the back has an urge to take over the aroma with its citric tinge and almost dirty edge, but I want it to remain sweet and malty, it really needn't be there. It is, though, the bitterness, and in abundance.

Taste is better, with the sweetness being more dominant. Almost makes me wonder if they used POR for aroma here, but that's absurd, why would anyone do such a thing? There was simply a dirty bitter aroma that doesn't follow through to the palate. Mostly caramel malt and a huge dose of vanilla extract on here; slight butterscotch edge but not enough to make me think overly diacetyl. Develops a nice fruity edge late-mid, almost port-esque with a touch of fortified wine which is odd for 4.5%. Quite a nice beer, with lots of complex sweetness. Almost as good as the Bridge Rd big red rocket, in honesty.

Surprisingly smooth upfront, for a carbonated Irish red, but then the sizzle comes through late to show its true colours. I really am a firm believer in nitrogenating Irish reds and stouts.

Probably a decent after-dinner beer, even though it's not overly sweet or desserty in style. Some smoothness on the feel would really improve, as would eradicating that bitter smell.

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Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light copper colour with a big fluffy head into a pint glass. Leaves genourous lacing.
S - Slight fruity aroma, not much else.
T - Fruity, little bit of biscuit maltiness.
M - Very creamy medium mouthfeel. Taste doesnt linger for too long.
D - This is very drinkable for a beer that isnt highly hopped or very malty. Just tasty and balanced.

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Irish Red Ale from Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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