Celtic Knot Irish Red Ale
Appalachian Brewing Company

Celtic Knot Irish Red AleCeltic Knot Irish Red Ale
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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #197
Ranked #44,174
3.47 | pDev: 10.95%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Celtic Knot Irish Red AleCeltic Knot Irish Red Ale
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark copper/almost red color with a finger’s worth of white foaminess. Sly lacing. The aroma has some toast, herbal qualities, caramel/toffee malts and a slight bready crispness. The flavor leaned towards the combination of those previously mentioned aromas in a sweet sort of way. Nice herbal to nutty to caramel aftertaste with a subsiding finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation and the ABV felt fine. Overall, decent Irish red ale that I could see myself having again.

Jun 29, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Cloudy amber pour with a cream cap. Malt leads in smell and taste, but nothing powerfully, get caramel, mild bread, and grainy spice. All very light. This matched the feel, malts start, nothing finishes, just pitters out, almost airy yet not watery through the sip. Better representations of the style out there

May 05, 2013
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thain709 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a darker shade of amber with some clarity...a white head formed and showed some decent retention...good lacing

S - Light notes of sweet caramel malts and toasted bread...an earthy hop presence

T - There is a nice sweetness upfront from the caramel roasted malts...you get both the sweet and roastedness from the malts...there's a grain presence in the middle of the beer that rounds out the sweetness...the ending of the beer provides a surprising hop bit that is a little floral and earthy

M - Medium bodied...thin and a little metallic twang when it warms up...lingering hop profile was nice

D - The growler was pretty easy to drink...the flavors really worked together and the hop presence was a nice touch...the feeling was left to be desirable

Mar 13, 2010
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JamesS from Indiana

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice amber color with some good head and lacing. Nice malty scent, a near-deep malty aroma. Nice flavor, a good amber ale maltiness, but it didn't have the tang of a really good Irish red. Goes down nice. This would've been a pretty decent amber ale, but it just doesn't quite cut it as an Irish red.

Jun 08, 2009
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head. Some sticky lacing along the top.

Scent was mostly of toasty hopps.

The taste consisted of toasty hops, sweet caramel malts, a bit nutty and kind of watery.

This had a pretty thin and watery feel to it, very little carbonation.

This was relatively easy to drink. It seemed quite a bit too watery which took away from the taste a little.

Apr 06, 2009
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PSUBeerman from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler of this, poured into a large mug.

Deep amber and garnet color. Head is creamy white, leaves some lacing.

Not much aroma, but it is a little sweet smelling. Mild hop undertone.

It is smooth to drink with a little carbonation to balance it.

Taste is sweet and malty. I could pick up some hop bitterness. Toffee flavors, possibly some citrus.

Overall, not bad. I liked it better than others of this style I have had.

Mar 10, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Harrisburg location on 2/28/09. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear amber with nearly a finger of creamy brite-white head. This actually retains pretty darn well, bunching up around the edges with some thin wisps in the center, leaving a nice looking cascade of spotty lacing back. The aroma isn't very assertive to say the least. Very light notes of bread, caramel, and spicy floral hops. Like I said, it's there but doesn't pop in any way.

The taste luckily has a bit more presence to it. Caramel sweetness balanced by toasted grains and some moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. The carbonation possesses a bit of a prickle to it but the overall feel is a little too soft in the mouth.

Not bad. The taste definitely brought more to the table than the aroma did. Maybe a bit more of a hop profile might have jazzed this up some more. You could definitely toast St. Patties day with worse though!

Mar 06, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass, on tap.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, light nuttiness, and lighlty earthy. Tastes of caramel with some light citrus. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 04/07/08.

Nov 20, 2008
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep reddish-copper color, with a thin creamy white head.

S: sweet, but dry caramel, and floral hop bittering.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and dry toasted caramel accompanied by a light hop spiciness. Overall the palate was dry while the hopping was light-medium in nature allowing the maltiness to come through nicely. The beer finishes with a rich caramel and spiciness from the hops.

M: creamy and sweet with a medium fullness, and slighty chewy maltiness.

D: Good everyday pub ale and one that is moderately good in numbers.

Sep 21, 2008
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ABC Harrisburg on 5/8/08.

A - Clear deep amber body with some reddish tint and one finger of creamy white head that receded into some nice lacing. Minimal carbonation present.

S - Malty grains and caramel sweetness with a hint of sweet fleshy fruit reminiscent of apple and pear.

T - Caramel malt, syrup and mild earthy hops with a bit of sweet fruit. Overall, this is a very malty brew.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Slight bitterness on the tongue. Finish is a bit odd.

D - Pretty decent Irish red. Quite malty. Could benefit from more of a hop presence for a more balanced finish.

May 09, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tumbler served on-tap at the Harrisburg, PA.

A: The ale is an amber red color, clear as day, with a thick head that laces nicely.

S: The aroma is a strong cereal malt aroma, punctuated by a slightly bitter hop presence.

T: The ale has a strong malt presence, long on toasted cereal and biscuit flavors. The malt profile finishes long and barely allows for a slighty spicy hop body. The hops are more bittering than anything else and are a subtle counterpoint to the strong malts.

M: The mouthfeel is chewy, thick with cereal malts. A nice sippin' ale.

D: An enjoyable pint, the beer doesn't skimp on the malty profile.

Mar 07, 2007
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kernalklink from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Irish ale- pours a very pretty amber with vanishing head and a malty lace. Aromas of slightly roasted and dark fruity malts, some notes of bitters, grassiness. Very light on the tongue, though the taste is very pronounced in its malty sweetness. Otherwise balanced and surprisingly sessionable for such a malty brew- good alternative to the heavier Irish brews for the coming holiday.

Mar 05, 2007
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Gavage from Nevada

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear reddish copper in color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: ripe fruits and some brown sugar.

Taste: nice malt backbone with caramel, ripe dark fruits, and a soft floral bitterness. Simple and what you expect in a irish red ale.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Short aftertaste as the malt sweetness lingers briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: quite nice. If you are in a malty beer mood, this can easily fit the bill.

Apr 22, 2006
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This had a thin head that rapidly became wispy. It was a beautiful copper color with lots of malt on the nose. It had a light mouthfeel with a mild malty sweetness in the mouth. The finish was also lightly malty. The problem for me with this beer was that I would expect a red to be more sweet with its malt. Not bad, but there is room for improvement.

Jul 17, 2005
Celtic Knot Irish Red Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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