Irish Style Ale | Dick's Brewing Company

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Irish Style AleIrish Style Ale

Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 09-10-2003

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Presto82:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Cloudy brown in color with a nice tanned head that stayed for awhile and laced the glass.

Smell – This is very nutty. It smells a lot like hazelnuts and cream. There’s also a malt base and a hint of caramel sweetness in there, but mostly the nuts carry the day.

Taste – The malt flavors pick up a lot more at the taste, but the hazelnut cream is still very present. The sweetness from the aroma didn’t find its way onto the pallet, but BJCP assures me that this is on-style.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Nice.

Drinkability – This definitely isn’t a session beer, but it felt good going down.

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Photo of liveandletdie
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer style is not typically my favorite however but of the beers i've had of this style this would be my favorite. Had nice mouth feel to it, decent suds, but the taste is what standed out. Taste seemed very well rounded, none of the pieces overwhelm the other they just work well together. I am not sure what typically goes into making an irish ale but they did this one right. Definately the best i've had so far.

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Photo of BCborn
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thrasher
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the better beers I have tried of Dick's, a malty Irish red ale with yeasty characteristics. It pours a deep shade of orange with a good head and lacing. The nose is relatively sharp with some interesting sour fruit acids. There's lots of malt here, with the suitable Irish red caramel flavor, a bit of nut, a grassy hop pinch, and a mineral flavor that I like. But there's also a lot of yeast here (there's tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle) which gives the beer quite a bit of character, but also detracts from the mellow, buttery pleasure of the style. The yeast is fruity, even meaty, combining with the malt to provide a hint of smoke. It also obscures the hop flavor which is disappointing. I liked this beer but it is strange -- which is true of Dick's beers on the whole. I wonder if a draft pour would make better use of the abundant yeast, or even a cask-conditioned version. But never mind, I will be getting better acquainted with a number of Dick's bottled offerings since this is the first beer out of a mixed 12 pack I just bought.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large light tan head that fades rather soon.
Some lacings. Mild fruit aroma. Taste is sweet funky malt with some euro hop bitterness. Reminds me of a bolder Smithwicks Ale. Somewhat astringent on the tongue. Nice beer, higher abv than I would have guessed.
Drinkability is excellent for the style.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich caramel copper hue with hints of orange and crimson. Crystal clear with carbonation fueling a decently creamy thin tan head that fades fairly quickly and leaves spits of lacing here and there.

subtle - bordering on weak - aroma of caramel malts, honey, a touch of hops, and some bright fruit notes. rainier cherry, crab apple and grapefruit. More rich malts and a bit of wheat bread.

Taste follows aroma. A well-rounded, nicely balanced mix of toasty malt, sweet caramel notes, some nice herbal and floral hops, and a nice balancing dose of fruit - apples and cherries. A lingering bitterness is clean and pleasantly subtle.

mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a slightly drying finish. ample carbonation and a rich body without being full or syrupy. A pleasure to drink.

All in all, a really solid Irish Red. Nothing stands out as particularly memorable, but that may just be in the brew's favor. Smooth, balanced, unbelievably drinkable with a nice finish.

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Photo of zacharius
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a (duh) red amber color with a thick off white head. Aroma is of yeasty esters with a malty undercurrant. Taste is of toffeelike malt. Seems a bit sweet but there are some bittering hops there. Mild carbonation with a medium thick body. It goes down easy, definatley drinkable.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Point
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to a pint glass.

Pours a relatively clear amber color with slight notes of orange. Virtually no head, but what there was left slight lacing.

The nose produces a caramel malt character with the faintest touch of hops.

Tastes of caramel, fairly smooth. There is just a touch of hops, but it becomes more prevalent as the glass continues. Though there is not much bitterness in the mouth, it does develop in the aftertaste.

It has a nice medium body that lends itself well to this beer. Very easily drinkable!

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Photo of kgotcher
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a dense creamy head, color is a fairly dark amber. Some lacings sticking around.

Aroma is very grainy, a bit of sweet malt but mostly grainy.

Taste is nice and sweet with a very smooth and medium body mouthfeel. Awesome matly buscuit flavor with a raw grain focus. Just a bit of hops for balance. A little too dry on the finish but a great malt flavor.

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Photo of Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Rickw
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, medium amber with a thin head.

Smell: sweet caramel and, believe it or not, chocolate. Seems very odd for a beer this style and lightness. Perhaps my nose is going crazy, but that's what I smell. There is also a bit of a floral hop aroma.

Taste: sweet and malty, but not over the top. A little bitter and some floral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium and pleasant with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: this is actually quite tasty. It has a good flavor and is neither too fizzy nor too thick to easily enjoy a few pints.

I bought a 12-pack of assorted Dick's brews the other day, and of the 6 I have now sampled, this is easily my favorite. I would buy a sixer of this.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light red color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied ale. Malty and slightly sweet, nice spicy hops. Full flavored. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Smooth taste. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for this one.

A- A nice red amber color. Very little thin foam of head.

S- A sweet peaty smell, caramel and malty.

T- The taste is great, sweet caramel taste with a robust full finish.

M- Great in the mouthfeel, thick and yet full feeling.

D- Very easy to drink, nice and smooth.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With Dick's you never know whether a beer is going to be good or not because of the large variety of styles they make. Happily this is a decent malty Irish ale that has a nice reddish gold colour with a decent head. The flavour is not huge but rather well finished with a nice maltiness. This is not Moylans level of quality in this style but I would buy it again.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style to begin with but this beer has a noticeably sweet malty character with caramel tones. It left some lacing in my glass and the the head was weak, less than a finger. Color is good, a rich amber with mahogany tones. Taste is malty, sweet as in caramel and there are some hops balancing this out in the background. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is on the higher side once it hits my mouth, or was it the jerky i just ate? Overall this beer is decent but not my favorite from dicks.


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Photo of chumba526
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It appears light red with a small off-white head.

It smells of nutty malt, caramel, grassy hops, and citrus.

It tastes of caramel, light toffee, grains. There is a bit of a grassy sweetness to the beer as well. The finish is comprised of a mild bitterness which nicely complements the sweetness of the beer. The beer has a nice balance to it.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is pretty good this is not the most exciting beer but it is pretty easy to drink.

Overall, a solid beer that goes down smooth.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. First time I had seen this particular Dick in my area. If the scoring seems a bit high it's because I was trying to rate it according to my expectations of the style, which, admittedly, are not high.

Poured a dark orange-copper color with a big, bubbly of white head that took it's time dropping. Lots of "melty" looking lace.

This had a smell of biscuity, mildly roasted malts and butterscotch, oddly enough. The butterscotch scent was more of a background thing and was not potent enough to be cloying. Not a whiff of hops, not that I was expecting any for the style.

The taste was pretty much like what I ot out of the nose. It starts out with a mild roastiness, which allows a butterscotch-like sweetness to linger in the background, and ends on a mild, pleasing dry note. Nothing earthshattering, but it tastes exactly right for the style, at least in my experience.

Mouthfeel was about what I expected. Softly prickly, not overcarbonated or flat, either of which would have been major detriments to this beer's drinkability.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. While not a terribly flavorful beer, it does exactly what it was brewed for, and would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of drinkAK
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Irish Style Ale poured a red copper color with a finger foam head that took off quickly. Tight bubble lacing patterns.

The aroma was malty, slight butterscotch. The flavor was pretty well balanced with the biscuity malt along with the moderately hopped back half. In the mouth it was well carbonated and seems to leave a mark on the roof of the mouth. Overall not a bad brew and would drink it on a sunny day.

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