Celtic Red Ale | Bridge Road Brewers

Celtic Red AleCeltic Red Ale
19 Ratings
Celtic Red AleCeltic Red Ale

Brewed by:
Bridge Road Brewers

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-09-2006

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Stew41
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Red brown in the glass with not much head to speak of. Nose is a little unique, rusty malts spring to mind! Nice enough. Fizzy palate makes it tough for the flavours to express properly. Some funky malts come through with some faint metallic notes but otherwise this beer doesn’t have enough happening to get interesting.

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Photo of dgilks
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull, mild malt aroma with notes of toast. A little tart and musty.

Good red-brown colour with a small, shortlasting off-white head.

Hmm, a good bit of malt in the forefront with toast, biscuit and a hint of butterscotch up front. There is an unfortunate sourness in the background which suggests poor sanitation.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

An easy to drink beer. The tartness actually works nicely and I like it but it is an infection and not appropriate for style.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a decent white head that then proceeded to grow into a towering mound well above the rim of the glass, and left lots of lacing.
Aroma is a mix of brown sugar, resinous hops, caramel, confectionery, white wine and bread. What an eclectic mix! Quite nice though!
Many of the above aromas are mirrored in the flavours, in particular, sweet caramel, bready malt and resinous hops. Finishes with a very tame bitterness, which lets the malt dominate in an overly sweet manner.
Body feels slightly watery, and I think a bit more carbonation might have helped to create a drier finish.

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Photo of Macca
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a murky dark brown colour with some hints of red. Not a lot of head to speak of.

A bit of toffee and caramel on the nose but not very strong.

A bit too sweet on the palate for me with the toffee continuing.

Medium bodied.

This didn't really do it for by itself but I'd like to try it with some food, maybe a curry.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.15/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours with a pain-in-the-ass head. What does this beer think it's doing calling itself a commercial beer but pouring like one of our homebrews? Reddish umber colour, looks good drinking, but seriously, too much head.

Slightly sour floral hops on the nose, hints of cocoa and plain flour, doesn't promise exquisite drinking but it is quite interesting.

Very disappointing flavour, mainly because I was expecting one. Slightly sour, but malted, water on the front palate, absolutely nothing at the end. Mouthfeel is slightly drying but OK. Am left feeling empty. Could have used more malt, more hops, maybe a bucket of fried chicken for some flavour. Poor for a celtic red, poor for beer itself.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Brewed for Beechworth's annual Celtic Festival. How nice.

Pours with a massive gush of off-white foamy head, fed by streaming bands of effervescence. Crackling of bubbles is audible from two metres away. Head is plainly ridiculous. Impossible to pour.

Apart from that, looks pretty good. Clear ruby-amber colour, perhaps a bit thin in the body. But a decent enough looking Celtic Red.

Not a huge amount on the nose. Some light notes of leather and biscuit, turned earth and pepper. Not bad, but not a huge amount there.

Pretty standard earthy ale character on the palate. Roasted malts, coffee grounds and a dry note of crushed vegetation. Mouthfeel is certainly damaged by the high level of carbonation.

Very organic, dusty, earthy and raw. This is a salt-of-the-earth beer. It's quite unrefined, but in this case that's a good thing; just decent, dependable characteristics that eventuate in a drinkable, if not stellar, beer.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: mahogany color, head quickly settles to a thin veil, limited carbonation around the sides
s: sweet fruit aroma with scant hints of toffee
t: sweet fruit - apple, with sour overtones that finish with toffee flavor
m: light to medium body, good amount of carbonation
d: an interesting australian interpretation, and worth a try, easy to drink with some interesting flavor

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By definition this approximated an Irish Red Ale in aroma and taste .
It lacks much in the way of red colour however being a lot darker than others of this style I have tried.
It is toffee like but dry enough to be very drinkable.
It has a lovely fresh almost sparkly mouthfeel that sits will as a seasonal festival beer.
There were some roasted grains at the finish which also balamced and moderated the toffee malts .

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Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany with ruby red highlights when held up to light. A few centimetres of off white head.
S - Sweet toffee is there just like the bottle says but there is also a strong green apple aroma coming through.
T - Pretty much the same as the smell but with more cloying sweetness.
M - Pretty full mouthfeel with low carbonation.
D - OK but only just. I'd like to try this years batch fresh. I hope it's better than this as I think these guys are doing a great job for a fairly young brewery & wouldn't want this to reflect on them too much. Good on them for giving a style rarely seen in Australia a shot.

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Celtic Red Ale from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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