Burning Barn Irish Red
Granite City Food & Brewery

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #244
Ranked #47,689
3.23 | pDev: 14.24%
Granite City Food & Brewery
United States
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

May 27, 2015
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blackcompg from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mar 14, 2014
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BierStein711 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Apr 18, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 11, 2012
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alleykatking from Indiana

2.66/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Apr 08, 2010
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Mar 31, 2010
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MikeInIowa from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
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

Mar 15, 2010
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Apr 01, 2008
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

2.1/5  rDev -35%
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.

Mar 21, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heavily orange-influenced caramel brown with brilliant tangerine borders. There may have been the slightest reddish blush, but then the flames consuming the barn are more likely to be orange than red anyway. Unless the barn itself is red, then... where the hell was I? The ecru head was one finger to start, fell over several minutes to a barely covering film and left wavy rings of lace with each sip.

There wasn't much of note going on with the nose. It was low on power, as expected, and smelled of slightly sweet, well-toasted malt. Maybe a little nonspecific fruit as well. Not the sort of nose that makes one excited to take a drink.

Any notions of sweetness were quickly jettisoned when the beer came in contact with my taste buds. It was low on malt (as almost all beer from this brewpub is) and lacked any sort of dextrinousness or sweetness at all. The flavor was of steely toasted caramel and metal flake orange. Odd that a tap beer should taste that way, but it did.

It lost a little of that 'sat too long in a stainless steel drum' flavor as I got deeper into the pint and actually acquired some halfway decent flavors of brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder. It didn't occur to me until I was leaving, but BBIR tasted quite a bit like (my memory of) the Oktoberfest that I had at this place last fall. The finish was short and bitter.

The mouthfeel was as unimpressive as all the rest, maybe more so. The malt-deficient nature of the beer resulted in an unwelcoming thinness. It wasn't as harshly bubbled as experience led me to expect, but words like smooth and creamy never even entered my mind. Let the parade of mediocrity continue.

Burning Barn Irish Red is a pretty good name for a St. Patrick's Day beer. Unfortunately, whoever designs the recipes for Granite City beer, and whoever brews them, continue to sleep through the five-alarm fire that is laying waste to their brewpub's reputation. I find it ironic that too much water (at the expense of actual ingredients) keeps this Burning Barn from smoldering, much less catching fire.

Mar 20, 2006
Burning Barn Irish Red from Granite City Food & Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 31 ratings