Irish Setter Red | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Irish Setter RedIrish Setter Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
28
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Groomsy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -5.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +5.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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 brews...so 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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2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazy burnt-orange color with a small off-white head that stayed as a thin layer.

S - buttery, what happened here?

T - something's off in the taste as well as it's kind of sour.

F - the sourness in the taste kind of killed things for me.

O - no date on the bottle - let the buyer beware.
If I try this again and it has improved I'll re-review it.

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Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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