King's Irish Red | King Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
King Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mjohn27603 on 06-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, this beer is quite dark for an Irish red ale. There's little head to speak of. The nose is heavy with caramel malt and roasted malts. On the palate, this beer is quite round and thick, with lots of roasted malt bitterness and slight hop bitterness. Carbonation is rather slight, but not in a good way; it's more like this beer is a bit inert than subtle. Overall, this beer is OK, not bad at all and fairly drinkable, but not really interesting at all. There are much better red ales out there.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy and sweet with tea, caramelized malt, nuts and spice. There’s a little bit of hops in the background as well.

T: The flavor is very malty, sweet and spicy with flavors of caramel, tea and nuts. Just like with the smell, there’s a little bit of hops in the background, but just enough to provide some balance. This one is a little on the sweet side for the style. The after-taste is sweet and dry as if I just drank a big glass of iced tea.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, it went down very quickly, good representation of style even though if they didn’t call it an Irish Red, could easily mistake it for a Brown Ale. I liked this one quite a bit and could see myself pounding down many of these within an evening.

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Photo of granger10
2/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, this was awful. Really, really dark mohagany pour with no sign of carbonation or head to speak of. No lacing. This is quite dark and flat for an Irish Red. Basically no aroma. Maybe a bit of wet cardboard but its all quite faint. Tastes like water with a weird vinegary, metallic aftertaste. Simply unenjoyable and a bit pricier than other Irish Reds. Don't waste your time or money.

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Photo of Liquids
2.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark lively amber-brown with no mentionable head despite trying, and leaves a ring of scum. Smells mildly hoppy, grassy with a slight roasted malt note underneath. Tastes off, the upfront taste is of city water, only then do the malts peek through which are darker and smooth, but uninteresting. Little to no notable hop aftertaste. Carbonation is completely absent here eve nright after the pour.

I would feel better assuming i got an incompletely sealed or 'off' bottle than think this is the norm for this brew? I could drink this if it were free. I would choose it over a bud? That the only nice thing I can think of. But if this is not a off bottle, this just may not be worth your time.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive offering. Glad I got more than one. Pours out to a deep amber red color with a small hed of foam. Dissipated quickly and left traces of bubbles on top of the beer. No lacing. Lower level of carbonation. Didn't get a whole lot in the "smell" dept. but elements of malt and an almost gueze like sourness. A touch of caramel. Taste was rather uneventful, but very enjoyable. Caramel malts, minor hop bitterness, some earthy herbal smoke woody-ness. Different. Mouthfeel was just like the bottle said, smooth and creamy. Very good drinkability. A sixer of this is a welcome friend in my fridge. Recommended.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.27/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Very foamy. Not an infected gusher, but this one pours like a rushed Duvel. Once it settles, The light tan head is tall and leaves lots of whispy lace as it sits atop a body of dark copper. The abundance of foam cost this one some points

Lots of caramel and grains in the nose. Slightly smokey. There seems to be some english hops in there as well. A little metallic.

Tastes very malty. The malts are roasted and slightly smokey. Earthy wood, like it was made with peat. Caramel comes through before a finish that seems to benefit from use of english hops. It almost comes off as a wee heavy, but its more like a balanced porter.

The mouth borders on full but this is a good thing. Seems to clear out before getting in the way. Very drinkable. I could see this becoming a regular session beer as the nights get cooler.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown in color with a head which dissipates to nothing after a minute or two. Smell is of malts and butterscotch. This smells like a scotch ale. Taste is of deep grains without much hops bitterness. A slight roasted taste and caramel as well. This tastes a lot like a scotch ale. Tastes better on tap. As I mentioned before this tastes an awful lot like a scotch ale. If you like that style then you will like this beer. Not much carbonation. Slightly sour aftertaste about halfway into the glass. Losing some of it's strong scotch ale taste halfway through. Not my favorite offering by King due to it's style.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A touch dark, and no head therefore no head retention. Smells biscuty, and grainy. Taste is straight away malts, no hop flavor picked up. Clean, good, not outstanding. Drinkable, very quaffable. Perhaps I'm spoiled by the likes of Dugan's Irish Red, and Conway's Irish Red, but to me, this is ho-hum.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nice medium colored red copper body. Almost non-existant white head remained as a slick on top. Decent amount of medium sized slow rising bubbles. Lacing rings.

A burnt herb scent. Smells is a combination of oregano and a light malt. There is also a distinct aroma of light peppermint tea. The flavors all dissipate as a coffee smell takes over at the end of the aroma. Confusing blend.

Watered down flavor had a faint hint of mint, a faint hint of coffee and not much else. Considering all the aromas in the scent, I expected this beer to produce more tastewise. Subsequent sips are samely dissapointing.

Watery body runs away quickly. A lack of real carbonation burst on the surfaces.

Just not worth the effort. This beer is too close to a glass of water. Would go well tot warm down burgers on a hot summer day. Pass this one up in the aisle of your store and go for something else.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange color with pretty much no head just a ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S- Really light here a bit of malts and also a tea smell.

T- Watery, a tiny bit of malts and maybe some sort of spice maybe even a little bit of mint.

M- Thin and watery.

D- No thanks I'll pass next time.

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King's Irish Red from King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 10 ratings