Red Head Red Ale | Dunedin Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dunedin Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Celtic Red Ale

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 90
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed, tawny-hued amber body with a near-white head.

Smell: A sweetish smell of toaster crisped bread slices, lightly caramelized sugars and soft fruity esters with minimal influences from herbal hops.

Taste: As with the nose, it's sweetish and toasty with a touch of scantly nutty caramel. There's an apple-like fruitiness, but also some light citrus showing from the hops. Lightly bitter. Semi-dry, near-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid, simple red ale.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The House of Brews in Jensen Beach.

A – Pour was a nice deep amber/red color with a solid finger of white head. Pretty frothy and it receded slowly and left a bit of lacing.

S – Toasted malts and caramel in the nose though not a strong scent at all.

T – Bready with a good deal of sweet malt. Brown sugar. Almost a burnt flavor present.

M – Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Fairly cleansing and bubbly on the palate.

O – Good red and certainly drinkable. Not overwhelming but tasty all the same. If you see it its worth a try for sure.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Dunedin Brewery. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it pours a dark, ruby coloring with a slight haze. The color has some brown muddle, too. Almost opaque. There was a thin, light, frothy head. Super-sweet toffee and caramel aromas, with a little roasted character, too. Caramel and tangy sweet toffee, with roasty/toasty undertones. The body has a light smoothness to it. The tartness gets very tangy towards the end. There is a slight sourness to the syrupy sweet aftertaste. The finish is slightly cloying, and lingers a bit.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A firmly malty red ale with a masculine sturdiness and American touches here and there.

Bread crust/light toast, molassas, and mild fruitiness give medium intensity in scent. Maltiness is the key here with only a background note of herbal hops.

Though the scent is moderate, the appearance is ideal. Bright clarity of deep amber colors. A froathy and consistent off-white head not only retains through the entire session, but provides multiple rings of lacing along the way.

Flavors of molassas, soft-sweet breads, and bread crusts continue from the aroma. More caramel and fruit (apples, cherries maybe) add to the malty-rich complexity. Where the beer tastes wonderfully, it still isn't as complex as authentic Irish versions.

Creamy and medium-full up front the beer releases its sweet start in favor of a malty finish with moderate dryness. The beer never acheives a total dry character as so much as a fleeting maltiness that makes for a super smooth and minty/alcohol finish.

Certainly a pleasure to drink, this Irish red ale just needs more malt complexity in aroma, flavor, and a toastier-drier finish to compete with O'hara's and the like.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prior to the existence of Cigar City, this lil' red brew adorned with the image of a locally renowned cross-dresser was the clear favorite of the denizens of Tampa Bay, as far as local brews. To be fair, there really wasn't much competition, as Dunedin Brewery dates back to the 90s.

This beer, however, is apparently now being contract brewed by Thomas Creek of SC.

Anyway, I haven't had it in a while, but back in the day I knew several people who kept it loaded up in the keg-o-rator.

A - Pours a deep crimson-amber, with an inch of ecru head that recedes to a thin frothy cap. Some lace appears now and again.

S -The aroma hints at rich caramel-toffee maltiness, and lightly floral balancing hop. It doesn't smell hugely aromatic, but that is in keeping with the style. As it airs out, the toffee picks up a bit, I detect some burnt-honey notes and a bit of general roastiness appears.

T - I think this brew tastes very good. I am getting caramel, toffee and white tea, and fleeting impressions of hazelnut. There is some similarity to a Wee Heavy, flavor-wise. Huh. This thing is quite dynamic. As it opens up, some honey flavors are intensifying and there is a faint nutty impression of smoked almond. I am shocked at how good this brew is, if you pay attention to the nuances.

M - Well-balanced; between the slight sugary slickness there is a punctuating prickle, it all works pretty well.

D - Very drinkable; I crushed this one in about 5 minutes.

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

Was not really sure what to expect out of this one, but decided I needed something semi light to enjoy while cooking dinner last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/27/2010.

The pour was nice enough, dark amber in color and very clear with lots of carbonation apparent coming up through the glass. Coalescing into a nice small head of maybe an inch it settled down quickly and smoothly, leaving behind token lacing and a broken crown for a head.

Aroma is bready, lots of caramel and bready, musky, and grainy malts are dominating this one. Warming brings a touch of an earthy hop, but nothing crazy by any stretch. Smooth, even flavor is nice, but again nothing really sticking out that would make me come back to this one in the future anytime. Still though nice mellow malts, touches of bittering hops in the finish and an even texture that stays light and well balanced. Very drinkable and smooth, the bottle went down without a fight.

Overall it was very solid. A very nicely done and quite session able red ale. A notch above average for sure.

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Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received as an extra in trade with blitzstyle. Thanks! Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a very clear dark amber color with a foamy finger of cream colored head that leaves some light lacing behind as it drops down to the surface.

S - Caramelly, metallic, perfumey and floral hops. Just finished a Dunedin Pale Ale - smell about the same with just a bit more caramel presence.

T - Caramel, a bit of sugary malt, metallic, light hop bitterness, some diacetyl. This brewery definitely has a common flavor profile in its beers too. The pale and the amber are extremely similar.

M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level that is fizzy on the tongue. The caramel rides into the aftertaste and carries this one along. Metallic aspect is quite noticeable
and takes a bit away from this one.

D - As with the pale ale, not a bad example of the style, but a couple of flavors in the beer are a bit distracting to my pallete and overall it misses the mark from me. Interesting to try a couple beers from this brewery back to back...the similarities are strong and quite noticeable.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2010. Bottle courtesy of M, thank you!

Served in a Celis shaker pint. Large foamy orange tan head. Moderately carbonated. Clear deep red brown color. Sweet malty aroma, brown sugar, slight astringency. Taste is lots of toasty bread, slightly sweet. Mild flavor throughout. Finiahs and aftertaste has a touch of astringency. Mild ethanol. Light body.

Could see having a few of these on the beach but not terribly compelling.

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Photo of jpittman80
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep crimson and crystal clear. Small off-white head that doesn't last.

S - Not a whole lot of aroma, but what I can pick out seems to be a tiny bit of caramel and even less roast malts.

T - Not bad. Roast and caramel plays nicely together, creating a chocolate flavor, along with prunes and raisins. Medium to low bitterness. Not much hops.

M - Smooth medium body. Medium carbonation.

D - Yeah, you could drink alot of these. Nothing special, though.

I feel like this is an Irish Red Ale, as it has very little in common with other American Ambers. Very malt-centric, which is what leads me to the Irish Red conclusion.

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Photo of Shaw
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this is contract brewed for Dunedin in North Carolina. Are they still in transition at the brewery?

It pours a beautiful deep red with a foamy off-white head.

A very tight aroma of toasted malt

It has a good roasted malt flavor with a hint of astringency.

The body is smooth and isn't watery.

Overall this is a fine red ale.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

C. Clear, like very clear
H. Crimson red, almost lke cranberry juice
N. Not Much

Well after first taste I felt like I just licked a rubber band. Strong rubber taste to this one. This was the second Dunedin Brewery Beer that we have tasted and I think its safe to say that it will be the last. No current plans on swinging by that brewery on my next trip to Tampa. Not saying that I could brew better, but I probably could. This won an several awards too. Honestly I would hate to have gone to the beer competition where this won an award...seriously how bad were the beers there. I was once told by a young woman that once you go red you'll wanna go to your bed...yah I might want to do that and go to sleep, hopefully forget about this beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep red, light brown with a thick tannish head.

Smell is a nice, rich biscuity malt, but finishes a little empty.

Taste is hop forward, then is sort of stale bread with a slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad.

this is a decent beer, but not deep enough.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at an expo for their distributor. Nothing like free beer.

Nice red color. Head is a little thin, but still an attractive beer.

The smell is a little faint, but the malts are very nice when they can be bothered to reach my nose.

The taste is very nice. The sweet malts come out nicely.

The mouthfeel is light and lively. Very nice.

This was a very refreshing beer. I would definitely have it again. Maybe at the brewery next time.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured a clear amber with a huge white head that quickly subsided into a ring around.

S - Toasted grains with some sweet malts.

T - Caramel malt, minor roasted/toasted flavors with some spicy hops. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body.

D - This is an ok brew.

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Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of markwise poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear reddish amber with a huge fluffy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. A really solid-looking amber.

The is fairly straight forward for the style with some lightly toasted sweet caramel malts and a hint of light fruits in the nose. There are some toasted grains as well.

The taste is more of the same with a hint of sweet fruits on top of the toasted malts. There is a toasted bread and grain character that shows up throughout the taste and the finish is fairly sweet with some grassy hops thrown in.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style with plenty of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable if not complex amber. The flavors are fairly subdued and there is an ever-so-slight sour twinge that takes away from things a little bit.

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Photo of chaunur
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again on tap at the brewery. A nicely poured pint, reddish tan..of course..with a light tan med thick head, little strength in that head though, average lacing. Good aroma, mainly sweet malts. The taste didn't quite live up to the presentation, again mainly a med sweet malt flavor, lacking the hop finish that would have made this beer. Still drinkably, just a only slighty better that average red ale

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Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yet another great little 'extra' from a recent trade with Kiefdog. Consumed on 6/21/09, reviewed from notes.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a big popping ivory head that fizzes away quickly. No lacing. There's a big metallic twang on first sniff, but this melts to a slight smoky, roasted scent.

Crisp mouthfeel that dries the mouth a smidge. Tastes a tad like metal, as the scent hints at. Some sweet caramel bumps that out of the way quickly though. Also some toasted bread crust, and bready malts in there as well. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a clear reddish amber color with a thick tiny bubbled off white heading. Globs of lacing stuck throughout.

Smell is all sweet malt's a little overpowering.With an aroma of caramel and very subtle hoppiness I caught on the backend.

Taste is a burnt caramel taste but still very sweet if that makes sense.

Mouth is very smooth swoosh it around a bit and you get a mouthful of foam. Medium bodied.

Drink is ok nothing fantastic but with that burnt caramel taste I really didn't want to have another one.

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Photo of mullenite
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear blood red with visible carbonation and a 3 finger off-cream colored head that went away after a couple minutes to leave a spotchy thick canvas over the of the beer. Leaves a very thick but not very stick lacing down the glass.

Nose is a very nice caramel sweetness and some alcohol in there(?). Smells almost like a doppelbock. Very sweet.

Caramel is the primary flavor on the tongue, very little hop for a red/amber ale... Some roast and tobacco flavors lead to what is a slightly dry finish.

Medium body with a nice cleansing carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink but aside from the appearance and mouthfeel this is an atypical red ale. Not too much going on in the way of hop flavor at all. Freshness may be an issue but as I didn't purchase this from the brewery I can't be sure. I didn't buy this from one of my regular stores so I'm not sure how long it's been on the shelf.

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Photo of bataround
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a dark-colored pour for an amber. The freshness is inviting. A sweet nose above the constant bubbles. A delicious spiciness thanks to the hoppy finish. A great Amber, both in presentation and taste. I might need to make a trip to the brewery for one on tap.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: coppery-ruby-brown, great clarity; thick layer of sudsy, loose foam that expands and collapses to a meager ring

Aroma: cane juice, brown sugar, grain husks, unripe apples

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a tangy edge of roast and an herbal hop taste; brown sugar and a hint of tobacco; finishes dry with a green hop aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, spritzy carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: A lively, bubbly brew with a gorgeous color. It's a bit "raw" tasting, though (if that makes any sense).

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color into my tulip glass with about a finger of foamy tan head. The head held up well and provided excellent lace.

Smells like caramel malts with a hint of hops.

Tastes sweet and malty with just a bit of the hops on the finish. Nice bit of balance on this brew, very tasty.

Medium body, very smooth and drinkable. It flows over the tongue and feels silky smooth on the roof of the mouth.

This one goes down smooth and easy. Left me wanting another one.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Lost Kangaroo Pub on 11/29/05.

Poured a dark amber color with a small white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing.

Average hoppy aroma.

Medium body with a creamy texture.

Moderate bittersweet flavor with a small bitter finish of short to moderate duration.

Average drinkable brew.

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

Poured from tap in a bar in Palm Harbor Florida into a 22 ounce weizen glass.

A: A nice reddish brown color with a one finger off white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Malty sweet with some fruit and a mild hop smell.

T: Sweet fruity malt flavors with hints of caramel, fruits, spice and some grainy earthy hops. Not overly complex, but a nice mix of malts with hops. The hops kick in the back of the beer but don't really linger in the mouth. Nice an light.

M: Lighter mouthfeel that disipates quickly. No trace of alcohol.

D: Good, they go down nice and smoothly and this would make a nice session beer.

Overall an ok local beer that I had a few times while in Florida. It could use a little more hopping for my like, but hey it's still a solid beer.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is hazy and almost a pure red with some orangish hues. Head was light tan, foamy, and 2 and a half fingers thick with somewhat poor retention.

Smell: Nice rounded malt profile introduces things with a mix of nutty and caramel notes. There is a hint of fruit in there... apricot comes to mind most readily. Overall the aroma is somewhat faint, but is pleasing.

Taste: Starts with a light fruity character that quickly makes room for a surprisingly full malt profile that is primarily nutty. Finishes balanced with a slightly fruity hoppiness. Fruit note is somewhat cloying after a while, with a strawberry flavor that feels a little bit out of place.

Overall, a pretty good tasting beer that is well rounded, if a bit too sweet.

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