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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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of StretchZep
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Red Ale! Loved this one a lot. :)

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Photo of ACifra
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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 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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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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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4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ordybill
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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 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 pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A typically malty aroma with some traces of caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and some hops in the finish. Not exactly what I'd call a groundbreaking flavor, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Overall, this is a solid, well made, drinkable beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown color with a half inch ring of head that offers some lacing.

S - Very sweet. Offers notes of roasted almonds and caramel breads but I could have sworn first pour I picked up a cherry like smell.

T - Wow a not so hoppy red I like. I get sweet cinnamon like bread with a touch of caramel and a nice nut brown goodness. Not very cherry in the taste and finishes sweet as well.

M - Light to medium I found it watery but tasty.

Overall again I find another great beer from this brewery. It almost makes me want to throw the 4 bucks down to try the Cerberus. Almost...

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Photo of screamking
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 122 ratings