Irish Setter Red
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Irish Red Ale
Ranked #148
Ranked #41,987
3.59 | pDev: 12.81%
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Irish Setter RedIrish Setter Red
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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BB1313
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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 nicholas2121
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +21.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
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 SaltofOH
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ordybill
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a roasted malt aroma that matches nicely with the reddish / amber color of the beer. The head is a medium sized tan colored head. The flavor is full of malt and some hops in the background. I found this to be a thoroughly refreshing brew. I am glad I tried it and I will drink it again.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant red tinted amber under a 1” off-white foam collar. S: Not a lot of aroma, some spice and earthiness. T: Big malt flavors with spice – some cardamom and a touch of cola. F: Average to above average carbonation, average to below average body. O: A respectable Irish Red.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean with well restrained yeast ester notes in the aroma and flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Irish red ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of toasted malt
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing average – few medium islands and archipelagos of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor initially very malty with some caramel; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the growler in a snifter. This nice red ale pours a beautiful reddish brown with a very nice off white head of foam that turns slowly into a modest ring, a thin pool, and features FANTASTIC sudsy lacing. Nose is minimal....some light grain, some sweet malts, a hint of hops.....about it. Flavors sweet toasted malts to the front and sides. A crisp grain note tot he back blending in nicely with minimal hop use. An excellent red ale that improves vastly with warmth. Smooth crisp mouth feel finishes lightly dry with a moderately sweet finish. Very nice.


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Photo of misternebbie
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice Irish Red, again like most of their beers don't really have much access in my area, to bad because its very nice, good ABV around 6 percent and a rich malty flavor with strong hints of caramel and nuts.

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Photo of Mojo
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Foothills Brewing globe glass

A - pours up red and clear with a small off white head. There is minimal lacing and minimal retention.

S - sort of weak nose. Bread, nuts, not much else

T - very typical amber ale profile. Caramel malts give way to a dry not all that bitter finish. There is a bit of a yeasty taste involved.

M - not much of an aftertaste, medium thickness.

O - kind of blah. Not bad, certainly not great.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour with a nice red hue. Very nice head and lasting lacing. Nose is of toast, nut and caramel sweet malt. Light bodied with medium carbonation. The flavor profile is a laid back blend of malt flavors that ends up being nicely complex and balanced. Like the nose, toast, nut and caramel float over a slight sweetness. The finish is smooth and at the end, Goldings are detected. A solid red ale.

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Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in this beautiful brownish color with crimson/ruby coming through in the light. Super hazy. Watch out on the pour because it's a fizzy bomb.

The aroma has tons of toasty malt, a nuttiness, a dried apple peel, a sweet breadiness and caramel malt. Deep in there, there's a bit of maple syrup sweetness.

The flavor follows with that punch of dried apple and apple/pear peel on the front. It's almost tart. Then tons of toasty malt along with some caramel. The finish has this beautiful woody noble hop note. Almost a smokiness on the finish as well.

There is tons of carbonation to clean up the beer with its medium to light body. It's extremely drinkable.

This was a huge surprise to me. A great representation of the style. So simple. So drinkable. A really representation for a traditional great beer.

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Photo of screamking
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours murky caramel brown, with a thin 1 finger khaki head that sits for a minute. I like the look of this Irish red more than others I've had. Very earthy aroma with some citrus notes of orange. Also a lot of sweet wheat bread. The sweetness carries over in the taste. Most of the citrus is gone, replaced with caramel and more of that breadyness. Mouthfeel is quite wonderful, very easy to drink, and very thirst quenching on a hot day. I am always weary of this style, not a fan by any means. This however, I like a lot. It does seem more of a American take on a Irish red, but regardless this is a great beer.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have found the Thirsty Dog brewery to be somewhat inconsistent, and this beer is certainly one of their better choices. Hop presence is just about absent, but there's plenty of roasted malt, caramel, butterscotch, and nut in the nose and on the tongue. The smell is sweet, and the taste is too, but not as sweet, and that's a good thing. For a beer with a relatively thin mouthfeel and modest ABV for the style, the flavors are bold and the beer is relatively complex. I liked the malt flavors, but I also recognize that the beer could be better with more hops and a bit less sweetness. It goes down easy and the mouthfeel is smooth and not sticky despite the sweetness in the taste, but it's just a touch too thin.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Dewey's Pizza in Newport KY. Served in a pint glass.

This Irish Red pours a dark crimson, bordering on brown. There are highlights of dark orange in the light. It is topped by a thin cap of foam and leaves spotty lacing down the side of the pint.

While most Irish Reds are quite mild on the nose and present no real interest to most craft drinkers, Thirsty Dog's take on the style is quite nice. While the trademark caramel and roast is there, there's also a sturdy malt presence of toffee, nuts, and a little bit of malted milk chocolate. There's also some earthy, herbal bitterness to balance out the abundant malt profile. A multi-dimensional Irish Red.

This multi-dimensionality carries over into the flavor. Starting with a robust roasty note of nuts and toffee, the malt presence is very sweet and well-rounded. There is some earthy and tea-like bitterness in the middle of the palate, followed by a chocolate, sweet finish. For a very "standard" style, I'm impressed with how Thirsty Dog has brought some power to this style. Well-balanced and very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is a little flat and slightly watery, but has a well-placed carbonation and sweet finish. Not bad, but not totally fitting for the flavor.

This isn't bad by any means - I commend Thirsty Dog for taking a style like this and giving it a real dimension. For fans of amber ales and brown ales, check this if it's available to you.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of crystal and biscuit malts. It has a sweet caramel aroma with a mild bread-like character. The taste is good. It has a smooth crystal malt sweetness with a dry roasted malt finish. It goes down incredibly easy with tons of malt character, yet only a hint of residual sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good red ale. It appears to be overly complex (aroma), yet it stays in check and drinks well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge head that subsides in a rocky fashion. Any lace slides down the glass. Mild haze on a deep amber with a dose of ruby color.

Biscuit aroma with some caramel, but not sweet. Light alcohol nose. No perceptible hop.

Sweeter flavor than the smell suggests. There's a berry flavor to this brew. Again, there's no notable hop. The body is watery with a high level of fine bubbles (so, it isn't too soda pop-ish).

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as you would expect, a nice reddish amber color with small .5 finger head. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S - Not a ton of smell here. Some caramel malt, breadyness, a tinge of sweetness.

T - A lot of caramel malt, with a bit of fruity sweetness, almost like a grape juice, finishes bready.

M - Very smooth, good body present.

Overall - For the style, a pretty solid beer here. I feel like Irish Red Ales can only be "so good" and Thirsty Dog has brewed a good one.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Irish sample time. Not my favorite style of beer, but whatever.

A- clear reddish copper with golden highlights. Creamy lasting beige head. Lots of sticky lace, a TD trademark.

S- a little metallic, not a bad thing, sweet toasted caramel and brown sugar malt. Toffee, nutty, and some leafy hops. Meaty and a bit of tomato.

T- sweet and malty. Heavily nutty. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, a savory quality, about zero bitterness (expected) but not so overly sweet and malty as other Ohio Irish reds. A hint of chocolate. Finishes well balanced.

MF- over medium, gently carbonated and definitely malty feeling.

D- again, not my style, but one of the better ones. Backin the home team, this one is pretty good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was in Cleveland area and the local store had a bunch of Thirsty Dog I made my own six...if you know what I mean. The Irish Setter poured a clear red amber with sligthly off white head that left some lacing. Mostly malt on the nose with touch of sweetness. The taste carried a caramel malt base with some hop balance. The mouthfeel was light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer.

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Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 124 ratings