Irish Red Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by LXIXME on 06-01-2012

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by animal69:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish brown with a solid head that fades slowly and leaves lacing a quarter-way down the glass. Smells of roasted malts and light caramel come from the head. Tastes consists of dominant malts with a light spice and caramel note before a barely hopped finish. Taste is slightly sweet upfront but balanced for the style. Medium body with medium carbonation that is just a little bit creamy. Good red that isn't spectacular but definitely solid.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Just in time for spring, this Irish Red Ale will bring out the malt-lover in all of us. Using a subtle blend of American and Noble hops, this beer is a harmonious anthem to malty goodness. Brewed with the highest quality heritage barley and succulent golden oats, this Maris Otter based brew, bursts with smooth caramel and chocolaty notes with a clear garnet hue. Its delicate sweetness compliments the full-body flavor of this session brew trailed by perhaps this beer’s most intriguing characteristic—its dry finish. To the beer-lover who appreciates a true session beer, this Irish Red offers an excellent balance of malt’s two signature attributes—sweetness and roasty dryness. Slainte!

Availability: March, April, May
Starting Gravity: 13.9 degrees Plato
Ending Gravity: 4.6 degrees Plato
Malts: Maris Otter, Heritage Crystal, Golden Naked Oats, Roast, Crystal 135-165
Hops: Bravo, Hersbruker, Goldings
Yeast: British Ale
Alcohol Content: 4.5%

Above is the description from Santa Fe Brewing Companies website and below is my review of this product.

I poured this can of beer from about an inch above the glass and that gives this beer a medium to big light light brown head the settles into a decent lacing above a clear dark reddish amber colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with light roast caramel malts mixed with roasted cherry wood, if there is such a thing. Also in the aroma there are hints of dark roasted fruits like apricots to maybe prunes, a pretty interesting nose on this beer.

The taste had somewhat of a dark side to it, dark fruits, dark roasted caramel malts, a hint of some light bitter hops.

A medium bodied beer with a light but quite dry aftertaste with some roasted malt hanging around.

I enjoyed this Irish Red pretty much, I think the hops even though you hardly notice them held the malts in check.

A pretty good beer, even if it isn't an IPA.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the source, Santa Fe Brewing.

A- Finger thick, frothy and persistent head... Chewy-looking head... Dark amber color, almost brown and nearly opaque...

S- sweet malt, molasses, slight graininess and earthy hops

T- very sweet and creamy... Blend of sweet malt and citrusy hops at the finish... Dessert-like...

M- Very creamy and thick-bodied with a slightly carbonated feel... Malty until a dry, mild hop finish...

It's a tasty and enjoyable beer. I liked the creamy sweetness of it all.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper/crimson with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Pretty nice lace & head retention

S: Caramel maltyness & leafy hops, some metallic notes as well; pear notes.

T: Pears, leafy hops, & dryness up front. More pears, a touch of caramel & dryness once warm. Finishes dry with pears & touch of grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, could've used a little more malt backbone

Drinks fairly easy, not in my wheelhouse, but fairly spot-on style-wise; not a bad session beer, but nothing to get excited about. I put this about middle of the pack for the style & the first canned offering I've come across other than Killians. I can knock back a couple before wanting something more interesting

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another can courtesy of the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is caramel malts, a bit of hops, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Santa Fe Irish Red Ale has a thick, somewhat soapy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear (with a slight haze), rust-red appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is not too strong, but one can detect sweet, bready, crusty malt, and a slight citrus note. Taste is of all of those elements, with a noticeable tannin quality. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit soft, and Santa Fe Irish Red Ale finishes refreshing, easy-going, and delicious. I recommend checking this one out!


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Photo of BrockLanders
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Dark red amber. Cream colored head recedes to a film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Faint malts, barley, caramel sweetness.

Taste: Malty sweetness and grains spill into a brief hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Overall: A good session beer, and mostly true to the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The old adage that 'it pays to advertise" certainly held true in this case as a recent thread posting on my part to try and jump start The CANQuest (TM) resulted in a veritable deluge of CANs.

From the CAN: "Your new Irish drinking buddy"; "Product of USA, Taste of Ireland".

The Crack unveiled yet another brimful craft CAN and the inverted Glug had a cascade-like effect that resulted in over two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep, coppery red with NE-quality clarity, which brings me to the reason for this choice of beer tonight. I ran into my high school flame today and her hair was as red as it had ever been, while mine CANtinues to clog the drain of my shower. Cheers, baby! Nose was not as malty as the style would lead me to expect, but instead had an underlying minty hops quality to accompany the caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was full, not quite creamy, but close and the initial taste was cereal-like malt followed by the minty hoppiness noted on the nose. Finish was very malty and lingered well after the swallow. I am not a huge fan of the style as a self-avowed hophead, but this was very tasty and coupled with its low ABV, I could easily drink a couple/few.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown/red color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hop, sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of pale malt, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and a hint of spice. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but the body is dominated by the malts so that the blend is overly sweet.

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Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mikecap
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a short whitish head, some noticeable lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malt, some caramel and toffee, not really a ton going on here.

T: Malty with very little hoppy character...some caramel, a bit of spice, but otherwise not a ton.

M: Light to medium bodied and clean with low carbonation and bitterness.

O: Meh, I don't drink the style often so I'm not the best judge but I didn't particularly care for this. Overly malty to me and doesn't really do much for me.

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Photo of craigmj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful red ale with a tall, thick head. The aroma is malty, with some biscuit and toffee scents. Some background herbal hops. The flavor is more intense than expected, for the style...balanced and drinkable. Medium-to-full in body. Nice.

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Photo of jklecko2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foam-up in the tall Witbier glass. Certainly on the red side of brown. Spritzy on the tongue.

Seems really heavy with the earthy taste. Kind of dank for the modest hoppiness. Light bodied. Not a hint of malty sweetness, though it's not really tart. Just dry. There is a flash of roasted malt in between the dirt and darkness. Aftertaste of bitter nut shells.

A nice mouthful of suds, but the flavor is bitter water with some dried mushrooms. I'll call it average for the style, but don't ask me to drink it. From the 12 oz can bought at the Grapevine in Denver.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EF4
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Tsrohnek
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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Irish Red Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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