Irish Setter Red | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Irish Setter RedIrish Setter Red

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of Curt3
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a ruddy shade of orange. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

It has a malty and sweet aroma. I get some toast.

The taste is caramel and biscuit. It is balanced with the perfect amount of hops.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer is hitting the spot on a rainy spring day. It is nothing earth shattering but a solid ale.

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Photo of khargro2
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ScottyB515
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a fine ruddy red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Light lacing roamed around the glass. The smell started off with a dry roasty caramel note and then allowed a decent sweet nuttiness to roll underneath my nose. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was definitely there with a basking sharpness but nothing overbearing. There was a light dry caramel aftertaste and finish. Overall, I say this was a decent Irish Red ale I could do again

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Photo of Nick2Wendell
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with some clarity to it; fluffy light khaki head that fades leaving nice bubbly retention and okay lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some hints of caramel. The flavors are clean and refreshing. More caramel with some hints of toffee. Some fresh bread in the mix. Malts do their thing. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice Irish red ale. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. It's a nice traditional example of the style. I really like it.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Irish Setter Red brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.90% This brew pours out copper color with a nice off white head. I really like the color of this brew. There is some decent lacing to this brew. The smell of Irish Setter Red sweet with roasted grians and malts. There is also a hit of hops in the smell of red ale. The look and smell are really inviting. Now for the taste, it is smooth and clean. You pick up on some roasted grians and malts. Was kinda hoping for more flavor. Not much to write home about, not saying it bad or anything. Just thought there would be more to the flavor. Don't get me wrong it a smooth drinking red ale, and it is refreshing. There is also a mild sweetness to the taste of this brew.
The mouth feel of Irish Setter Red is Smooth, Sweet, Clean and Refreshing. There is nothing overpowering about this Red Ale, it goes down and smooth.
Overall I'm giving Irish Setter Red a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, did a decent job with this brew.
The look and smell or great. Need to work on the flavor.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Irish Setter Red | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a deep reddish brown body.

Smells like plenty of caramel, alongside full-bodied grains and malts with a slight funk at the end.

I taste a mildly sweet, balanced blend of the aroma. I'm getting that small bit of tea flavor mid-palate, as one should with a red ale. Also a smidge of dark fruits like raisins, plums, etc.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Irish Setter Red | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company a 4.25. This has massive potential to be a top-notch red if they would add just a dash more malt flavor.

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Photo of MattD93
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gregf51
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-copper body with a reluctant, stray, off-white head.

Smell: Fairly neutral aroma, small touches of toast, brown sugar and a thin measure of earthiness.

Taste: A thinned taste of toast with a little grain backing. Lightly sweet with some hints of dry brown sugar. A mixed, vaguely berryish fruitiness. Very minor hops, softly earthy and just a bit spicy with near nil bitterness imparted. Fairly relaxed, mild finish that's a wee bit drying.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A refreshing, easy-going, harmless red.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cimperman17
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerma
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a fan of thirsty dog! This was just plain nothing special!

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Photo of Younger320
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark red, with a moderate head and supporting carbonation.

Light caramel and malt steadily grow over a session, with some light prune surfacing as well.

Not too sweet, a little toasty, but not like a lager either. Well done for the style.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date. Threshold beer glass. C'mon Thirsty Dog, date your bottles! 16 IBUs and 5.9% ABV, 13.4 deg. P.

Smell: Caramel to the max! Sweet toffee, some fruity esters (or is that just Kent Goldings hops?). Sweet berrylike and melon-like aromas. Cantaloupe, red grapes. Diacetyl butterscotchyness. Mouthwatering.

Appearance: Deep amber, basically burgundy, with one finger khaki head that lingers, and very active, roiling carbonation. Very nice lacing, and retains a solid skim of tan.

Taste: Malty, slightly sweet arrival. Toasty across mid palate, turns slightly sweet right before the end, then to a very light peck of hops on the cheek. Hardly any hop bittering on the back end, but what is there is very earthy, woodsy and pleasant. Standards say esters on the palate are a fault, and there is a little there. Had to knock off a quarter point for that, but this is really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of mid-bodied. More moderate carbonation than the appearance would suggest. Not totally clean-finishing, but cleaner than the sweet smell would suggest. I don't understand why they recommend serving this at 37 degrees; I had it much warmer and really enjoyed it.

Overall: Surprisingly drinkable. Not nearly as heavy or sweet as Great Lakes' example. Perhaps not perfectly to style, but I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely seek it out again. Quite close to a lighter brown ale. I am really displeased with the fact that they don't date their bottles, though the fact that they provide the serving temp, ABV, IBU and gravity almost offset that.

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Photo of SouthernBuckeye
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 122 ratings