Burning Barn Irish Red | Granite City Food & Brewery

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Granite City Food & Brewery
United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 03-20-2006

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap in a snifter. According to the waiter, this one is so popular that they had to steal some from another location. I have no idea why. Besides it's glorious ruby coloring, the aroma and taste are, to be generous, subtle. Malt and biscuit, and water. A bit of sour tang on the finish. Drinks easy, but boring.

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Photo of PVMT
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerlover
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of psmith161
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of msquared36
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of pathead
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of target88
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of blackcompg
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - light red amber, translucent, nice lacing

Smell - light minerals, light toffee, light bread crusts, and so e nice light dark fruits

Taste - some nice minerals, light pit fruits, and a touch of sour cherry

Mouthfeel - nearly medium, very slick and smooth, smooth carb

Overall - not a bad beer, nice flavors, good drink ability.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of KellyScottMad
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of pmorey
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BierStein711
3.82/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent red ale, that really reminds me of Killian's. It isn't too different.

Three finger off white head, moderate carbonation. Light brown to red body.

Smells of malt, and biscuit..

Tastes: biscuity, bready, malty, with a crispy finish

Mouthfeel: Ok, but not great.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Try it to have something different at Granite City, but I don't think you will be wowed. But, then again this thing called taste is subjective.

I have had it once, I don't think I'll seek it out again.

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Photo of beerbrains
1.75/5  rDev -45.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At Roseville location.

Large mug with a finger of frothy beige head. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma: earthy grassy hops and bready, biscuity malts. Very basic.

Taste: clean grassy hops. Caramel malts with a touch of toffee. Lots of biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: smooth and crisp. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, this was pretty easy to drink on a nice spring day. Nothing crazy, but it drank pretty easy.

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Photo of Nate
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of SweJon
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of alleykatking
2.66/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Granite City. Review from phone notes.

A- Pours a pretty clear amber light copper color. Bartender said there might be some floaties in this beer but I saw none. Poured with a very little of white head...no real lacing to speak of. Just some gobs that fall back into the beer.

S- Like almost all their beers at Granite City the aroma is very muted. There was a light roasted almost semi-sweet caramel malt to this. Also, maybe some light nutty aroma but if this is true then maybe I was going out on a limb to smell this.

T- Caramel malts in this right from the get go. Some light roasted flavors right after the first sip but these wash away almost as soon as you can taste them. Very light hopping (bitter) in the background that seems to be almost non existent.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Nothing really going on in the mouthfeel....most past everything feels watery. Light malts left on the palate and some more light malts left in the aftertaste. Flavors were bland and blended together.

D- This was yet another bland flavored beer from a company who seems to pride themselves more in their food than their beer. Bartender told me this tasted like Killians and to be honest I think Killians has more flavor.

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Photo of Redrover
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served an in an Imperial Pint, the beer is a good looking red with bronze highlights and a thick and creamy beige head. It has nice lacing.

The beer's aroma is a bit underpowered, maybe because it is served too cold. There is a bit of caramel, some fruit and grains.

The taste is slightly sweet with some very lightly roasted grains, a bit of honey and some spice notes on the finish.

The mouth is a nice mix of slight thickness and active scouring bubbles.

This is a serviceable Irish Red that would be awesome if it could live up to its looks.

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Photo of MikeInIowa
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: appealing red amber.color, transparent, with a substantial head on its shoulders that recedes moderately and laces the glass gently as it descends.

Nose: lightly scented caramel malts.

Taste: caramel malts are subtle notes, to be sure, but yet quite nice, very pleasing.

Mouth: full-bodied feel.

Drink: Easily drinkable. Have one for St. Pat's

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer that was poured with a small head and served too cold. Half-inch tannish head that settled slowly into a smear. Amber of reddish-orange and clear.
Aroma was mild especially as it was cold. A generic malt quality eventually moved into a toffee tone.
Malt character at first, but as it warmed moved towards hop character in flavor and increasing bitterness (as I was told by server), but never in excess, just more than typical and more than expected. As warmed malt increased too with increasing toffee/caramel flavors that reminded me more of a scotch ale than Irish red.
Nicely carbonated in an soft, smooth yet somewhat intense manner providing a nice sense of body to a moderately built beer.
Overall more than reasonably drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.1/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This isn't that "red" really. Its more a dark amber and has no head or nose. The taste is sweet, maybe lightly roasted malt which quickly goes metallic before deepening to more of a caramel with a drying, lightly bitter hop finish. I'm picking up on some very small off-flavors but I can't quite pull them out. Mouthfeel is mid-wieght but syrupy with sparse but stinging carbonation. It'll help you wash your food down, and its reasonably priced, but with so may Irish Red beers to choose from this one only stands out in negative ways, and is definately not worth seeking out.

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Burning Barn Irish Red from Granite City Food & Brewery
3.2 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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