Shanty Irish | Warbird Brewing Company

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Shanty IrishShanty Irish

Brewed by:
Warbird Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BuckeyeNation on 01-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by taylorhamrick:
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color, very red, maybe a little dark in the middle. The head that forms is tan, and about 1 cm high. But the bubbles are loose, and fade away kind of quickly, leaving only small bits of lacing, still a pretty good looking beer. The smell consists mainly of pale malts and a few caramel malts. Just a slight toastiness. It has the normal stuff - appetizing, but certainly isn't anything exiting. The taste kind of follows suit. Starts off with some pale malt graininess, moves on to some cramel malt sweetness and toastiness, maybe a bit of breadiness, with a slightly earthy finish. Still pretty normal but not exiting. The feeling is nice and full, moreso than I expected. The carbonation is very lively - I can feel bubbles bursting on the edge of my lips when I lean in to drink, and you can even hear the fizz as you pull the beer close. And the drinkability is good. Not exactly a light beer, but its enjoyable enough, full enough, and interesting enough to help you finish it, but 6% seems a bit strong I'd say.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a deep ruby caramel hue in my imperial pint glass, a deep red Irish ale that forms a tight bubbled khaki tan head rising well above the rim of my glass. Lacing sticks around in scattered chunks pretty impressive look to her. Aromatics ofer up more sweet caramel and a touch of Wheaties cereal notes form together with an earthy citric hop nose that arises from the complex malt character. Flavor has toasted malt caramel edgtes, with a deep touch of chocolate creaminess. Blends with those Wheaties notes and are drizzled with melted caramel and some crushed nutes, reminds me of an old time favorite from my early beer drinking...Crooked River Irish Red Ale. Mouthfee is medium bodied with a slight sour twang among the carame edge, a soft creamy carbonation creates a pretty enjoyable experience. Drinkability is solid all around, a nice brew I wasn't expecting much especially after checking out Warbird's website.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from this morning's tasting:

This one's a clear copper with decent head retention and spotty lacing.
There's a caramel malt up front in the nose, followed by light fruits and some gentle hops in the back. There's a toasty note as well.
The taste follows suit, though the fruit is a little more up front with something reminiscent of crisp apple.There's also a little nuttiness. The balance of malt and hops is good.
This one's quite creamy with a medium body.
This is nothing complex. It's simply a well-made Irish Red.

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Photo of Beejay
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brownish red color, clear, with a good amount of white head..

Smells a little bitter, with a strong grain scent..

Tastes about the same.. a little bit of sweetness in there, slightly floral.. malty, not a lot of hops, tastes of grains..

A fairly decent beer, nothing to write home about, but definitely something I could kick back a few of.. Plus I like the name a lot! Always good to find things that are at least "semi" local.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet fruits and caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry or candy-like fruitiness - artificial. It had a nice caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is an okay irish red ale. It is easy drinking and worth trying for St. Patty's Day.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear copper color with a one inch off-white head. It settles to a skim and leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma is fruity, somewhat like apple juice, a light caramel maltiness, and some mild nuttiness.

Taste is initially fruity with the nutty flavors coming in next. It's slightly sweet, that doesn't last long. Following that is a mild earthy and spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, quite creamy actually. Easy drinking.

While Irish Reds aren't my favorite style, this was a pretty tastyone, though not very complex. Would be a good session beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber with a very short-lived cream-colored head that recedes to nothing and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is a balance of toasted bready malts and some caramel sweetness. It's all pretty subdued and I got a little cardboard in the nose which wasn't ideal.

The taste is much better for me with a much more aggressive caramel malt presence on top of the toasted bready malt base. There were some nutty hints in the finish as well as a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit dry in the finish.

This beer was probably better than I expected, especially the taste, which I think is a very good representation of how an Irish red should taste.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend driving back from Wichita grabbed me a twelver of this on his way to Saint Paul.

Poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed at the picnic table on a gorgeous summer afternoon.

A-Slightly hazed dark copper beer. Creamy tan head rose strong off the pour, reducing moderately fast to sparse bubbles.

S-Malty goodness, nutty with a bit of toastiness. Some earthiness as well.

T-Nutty and biscuity malt (with a slight sweetness) come forward to usher in a firm, but soft bitterness. A bit of hoppy earthiness. Malty sweetness is prominent.

M-Medium carbonation, medium body. Pretty average feeling beer and quite enjoyable.

D-Decently drinkable. A pleasantly sweet, malt-centric beer. I like airplanes, too, so this brew is appropriate for my tastes outside of beer :D

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The trouble with me is that I am a vindictive old shanty-Irish bitch."

--Eleanor Medill Patterson

Bright auburn, like the tresses of a fetching Irish lass (which probably doesn't describe Ms. Patterson). The crown is roughly two fingers of beige colored foam that looks better than decent and does a good job decorating the glass.

The aroma isn't the least bit impressive. It's too weak and it isn't distinctive in any way, shape or form. A little toasted malt is about it. Here's hoping the flavor turns it up several notches.

Shanty Irish 'Irish-Style Ale' is an especially lackluster IRA. Despite the ABV, it lacks any sort of boldness. Warming helps a little, but not enough. On the positive side, it tastes pretty much how an Irish red ought to taste.

Flavors include steely caramel, subtle/nonspecific fruit and lightly sweetened tea. There may be a little chocolate malt present, it's difficult to say. A weak hop profile fits the style, as does a gentle sweetness. Craft beer lovers won't be impressed. On the other hand, the unadventurous should be pleased with the easy drinkability.

The mouthfeel stays above average by staying well away from thin. Calling it viscous is a stretch, but at least it hangs in there through the finish. A few more bubbles might have added some much needed excitement.

Warbird Brewing Company beer ranges from the exceptional (Thunderbolt Wheat) to the regrettable (T-6 Red Ale). Unfortunately, Shanty Irish is closer to the latter. Bottom line: this shanty could use a little sprucing up.

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Shanty Irish from Warbird Brewing Company
Beer rating: 30% out of 100 with 10 ratings
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