Maggie's Irish Ale | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 36
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This Irish ale pours a red tinged amber color with a modest head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of the usual suspects, caramel malts, toasted light breaded malts, and subtle hops awash in light brown sugars. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with caramel malts and brown sugar notes with moderate amounts of breaded malts on all sides and finish sweet with a light grassy hop note. Decent mouth feel, lightly creamy and crisp with nice balance. A solid offering but not overly stand out.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/19/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from hop bitterness and roast malt as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly grainy/creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Irish red ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. There is a slight hint of diacetyl as well; but it is very hard to notice, and not out of line for the style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maggie's Irish is a nice drinkable amber ale. It poured a clear amber with no head and no lace. The scent is common to most ambers slight bready with tinge of sweetness. The taste is evenly balanced with decent sweet malt base. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its quite nice.

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Photo of Brenden
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The color is interesting, barely any red tones with a light brown base showing some orange hues with complete transparency. The head almost makes a fizzing sound, much like pouring a soda, as the half finger of head that does rise pretty quickly falls to a thin foam. Little lacing remains.
This beer leans toward nondescript. There's a malty sweetness to it with some nutty notes and a certain steeliness ending with a bit of spent grains and not a whole lot else. Hops are mild but lend some grassiness and a hint of herbal leaf.
The feel is light, fairly bland but a little too spritzy, with a body that doesn't hold particularly well. All in all it does alright, staying crisp once the fizz dies down and ending dry.
There are plenty of good Irish reds out there. This one isn't bad.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz...bottled 1-6-16

Look...not very red, looks more like a pale ale

Smell...hazelnut and maple syrup. Smell is outstanding, but unexpected in this style.

Taste...nutty, biscuit, very good.

Mouth...minimal carbonation, dry, but not overly dry, lets the flavors come through

Overall..this was the last beer in a mix a six. I like Irish ales and had never seen this one before. My expectations were not very high, but I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not sure it's to style, but it's a damn good beer. I really enjoyed it and will be going back for a 6 pack. Conway's is my favorite, but this is very close, albeit a very different beer. Every once in awhile you get a beer that is very different than your expectations and that's what makes trying fun.

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Photo of darren8221
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This bottle states it's 5.4 % ABV and 30 IBU.

A: Clear brown with minimal head. Head retains.

S: Not pronounced. Mostly light malt and some citrus hops.

T: Following the smell, mostly malt. Not very sweet. Earthy and hoppy. It is actually much more hoppy than what I would expect for an IBU 30 beer.

F: Rounded and full-bodied, but as the hops are so pronounced, it appears dry. Aftertaste is like tea, with a bit of bitterness.

O: Easy to drink, yet somewhat plain.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


16 oz nitro draft pour into a clean pint glass floats a .5 inch tan head over a light caramel colored beer. The head perseveres throughout with lacing.
A slight flowery aroma with citrus notes, this beer has a full mouthfeel without being too heavy, however it lacks flavor. Maybe the nitro is overpowering. I want to like it. It looks, feels, and smells like a great beer...and that is where it ends.

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Maggie's Irish Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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