Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red AleWild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale
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3.89/5
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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red AleWild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
beaus.ca

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong (6.5% abv) interpretation of an Irish Red Ale. Part of the batch has been aged in wheat whiskey barrels, and then reintroduced adding subtle wood and vanilla nuances.

24 IBU

Added by bryehn on 03-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,822
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
69
pDev:
10.03%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Photo of wwwagainsttimeca
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ok. Overall fairly bland both in taste and smell. Not a big fan.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing spectacular. Nice colour. Very boozy.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale, slightly hazy amber, like skin of a nectarine; dense head the colour of white sand with great retention

Aroma: very grainy, wheat; some lemon peel

Taste & Mouthfeel: pretty bland really; again all grain, cereal with a bit of tart orange or grapefruit that creates some pucker in the finish; was expecting a sweeter and more full malt experience and not getting much; that tang becomes central to the profile but it's not very interesting; the suggested whisky notes are too well hidden for my tastebuds

Overall: very disappointing effort from a great brewery; odd flavours for the style and just not a fun drink

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 02 28 13.
Poured in to tulip.

A -Medium golden orange; translucent. Two fingers of cream colorued head.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted grains and a floral hop aroma. A very light oak/woody aroma is present as well.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and toasted grains with a floral hop presence. A very light toasted oak flavour is present. The barrel, although, present, isn't nearly as prominent as I would have liked. The overall favour profile is fairly retrained.

M - Light to medium body; somewhat watery at times. Light carbonation.

O - Another underwhelming offering from Beau's. This one certainly wasn't bad, but there was nothing memorable at all about it.

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Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apricot orange, slightly hazy brew under a moderate head that settles down to a film. Leaves some lace.

Some caramel sweetness and grain, a whiff of flowery hops, a touch of wood. This carries on through to the flavour of the beer. Nothing really leaps out at you. A decent beer, but not especially memorable in any way. Soft drinking like you'd expect an ale to be.

Drinkable, but undistingusihed.

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3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cattersley for the delicious trade.

A: Giant 4 fingers of foamy carbonation settles to a blanket of bone white mini foam. A burnt orange brew with a slight haze with just one or 2, lazy streams of carbonation.

S: Smells of fresh cut oranges, sweet malts and rock candy, smells clean and fresh.

T: Tastes fresh with mild malts, candied orange peel and a buttery chardonnay flavour. Flavours are mild, but the oaks finish strong with a mild linger.

M: Medium chew and a syrup feel that clings to the palette. Some buzz of carbonation that grip the tongue.

O: A pleasant brew that's an easy drinker, not especially sweet or complicated, but an approachable drink.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. A deep orange-red, looks nice and rich. Short head, great retention.

Caramel, predictably, on the nose, with a bit of vanilla, but nearly as pronounced as I would have thought.

Dark caramel to start, but a bit restrained. Vanilla and wood make themselves known, but the flavours are a bit flat, all a bit ho-hum.

It's a fine red ale, but there isn't anything particularly interesting about it. Every part of this needs a boost.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Caramel, grass, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, metallic notes, and an earthiness. There is also some anise, caramel, and a hint of wood. It ends with a malty earthy aftertaste.

Overall – An interesting beer.. I was on the fence with this one. Didn't love it but I can appreciate its nuances. Not my favourite style of beer but from my experience with irish reds this one seems well done.

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Photo of Ryry10
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good tasting beer filled with Amber flavour.

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Photo of nullbort
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stoneyard Brewing Company in Brockport, NY.

This one pours a dark reddish brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like very mild whiskey, cereal grain, caramel, and vanilla.

This is an interesting red ale, but not quite punchy enough. The barrel-aging is definitely subtle, which is fine for the style and ABV, but I just didn't find the Irish red base that interesting. It's got some cereal graininess, and some caramel, and very mild biscuit malt, but it doesn't feel bold or rich enough for me, unfortunately. The barrel imparts some very mild sweet whiskey, and a little bit of barrel vanilla.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly thin mouthfeel, finishes a little weak. The carbonation level is lower, but not certainly not that low.

A really interesting attempt here, got to give Beau's credit for that, but not exactly entirely well executed.

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Photo of Wajohnst
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebD
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of toffee, caramel, bready malts, floral hops, oak and tart cherries.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet toffee, caramel, some woody oak, bready malts, floral hops, some citrus and a bit of sourness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong Patrick isn't green, but it is another colour of the Irish flag: orange. Held to the light, the beer appears so brightly, clearly orange that it were as if the brewery must have made it that way on purpose. Whatever the case, it's good looking. And the head, though again not green, is spongy as florists foam and never loses its shape.

The aroma is super toasty, bready and sweet. It has pronounced nutty notes and a barrel aging component that is... not at all apparent. It exhibits a definite butterscotch edge and has, only for the most sensitive noses, the comforting spice of rye whiskey and notes of maple. Something like I imagine springtime in the northern Ontario woodlands smelling like.

The flavour features nice nutty, toasty notes; the beer is plenty malty, enough to act as a Vienna lager even, but has the dried fruit esters characteristic of ales. There is a subtle element of smoke, but it's lost to a sappy, sticky sweet malt residue. It has the earthy floral qualities and sweetness of a locally sourced, unpasteurized honey.

I love me a good single-malt scotch but haven't found an Irish whiskey younger than 18 years old worth my attention. I'm not sure which brand whiskey barrels were used for this offering but any notion of either oak or whiskey (if there is any) is so fleeting as to be barely recorded. Still, the hint of vanilla is smoothing, and fans of Jameson should love its sweet malt core.

Reviewing an Irish Red Ale typically calls on every muscle and every mental skill because they are so uniformly pedestrian. I figured a whiskey barrel-aged example from a progressive brewer would have given me something to write about but, frustratingly, no. As decent a beer as Strong Patrick is, it is no more special than any others in this reliable, if unexciting style.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of phirleh
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt notes with some notes of whiskey and vanilla which brings nice character. Taste is also a mix between sweet caramelized malt notes some whiskey and vanilla notes that are not overwhelming. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite enjoyable and I really liked the well balanced usage of whiskey barrels.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a style I choose often, but seemed like an appropriate day for an Irish Red and believe this to be a well brewed example.

Pours a luminescent copper colour which is surprisingly flat, with few bubbles and minimal head. Mouthfeel is slicker than expected. Malt forward aroma has a variety of caramel and toffee tones, plus hints of the oak used for a portion of the blend. Flavour is predominantly sweet, with a mild bitterness and more notable alcohol warmth in the finish. Vanilla and barrel tannins are mild and the only elements I can distinguish to separate this from a “standard" or mass-produced IRA.

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Wild Oats Series No. 18 - Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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