Seamus' Irish Red Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrJay on 03-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
74
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of corby112
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft at St. Stephens on Green.

Pours a dark coppery/ruby color with dark golden amber edges when held to a light and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much n the way of lacing.

Spicy, toasted malt aroma with lots of toasted sweet malt and peppery spice. Hints of rye, caramel and toffee with slight dark fruit, especially dark cherry. Subtle earthy hops but the nose is dominated the spice and sweet malt.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front and an overpowering peppery spice character. It's a bit abrasive and really takes away from the subtle hops and sweet malt character, lingering into a long dry finish. Sweet slightly toasted malt flavor mid-palate with hints of rye, caramel, biscuit and toffee. This creates a bit of balance but overall the dominant spiciness makes this beer very unpleasant and tough to drink.

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, a small sweet roast, a mix of gingerbread and tea. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Nothing exciting, but decent, nonetheless.

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Photo of Deuane
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask at Zeno's, State College, PA

A-Deep reddish brown with a thin and quickly fading head.

S-Faint sweet malt and not much else.

T-Sweet earthy malt. Little to no hop bite. This is WAY to sweet malty for me.

M-Good body from all that malt! A round brew...this is the best featur of this beer.

D-Not bad...but one will do me just fine. Way to malty for me. I am not an Irish Red fan at all...give me some hops please!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sly Fox - Royersford

By all accounts you think you're in for a more or less standard Irish Red but, if you have had enough Sly Fox, as I have, you'll be a little thrown off by the degree of bitter, grapefruit-lemon hoppiness. Its by no means overbearing - an Irish Red is in fact underneath - a smooth, clean medium malt body with, somehow, a touch of roast coming through. Weak though.

For some reason I wasn't anticipating that characteristic Sly Fox hop character that is pushed a bit much in their Pils and more or less appropriate in their Pale and IPA (those 3 are all too similar - citrus-hoppy and soft drinky malt-sweet, but that's another story...)

Its light red-amber color works fine, head/lace - attractive, if a bit too whipped-frothy. A sniff reveals those pink grapefruit notes, a real subdued malt presence, and some bubblegum? Yeah, in the finish of the flavor as well. Overall, the taste is dainty, likely made daintier by the off-balance of malt in favor of too citrus-floral hop.

Put it back easy enough, but very much off. Lackluster.

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Photo of JohnParadee
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of CHickman
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 3/6/10 - a growler from Bierkraft: pours clear red color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head that sticks around for a while.

Smells of grain and roasted malt, maybe some bread; the nose is very faint with nothing really jumping out to greet you.

Tastes of malt, roasted grains, light caramel, faint hops, some sweetness and a hint of citrus; pretty malty overall, with earthy tones, bread, and a very dry crisp finish that leaves a slight pucker and resin of either orange peel or pepper. The taste is one dimensional in that the malts dominate, but there is some good flavor mixed in this brew.

The carbonation is light, with a dry creamy mouthfeel and a medium body. The aftertaste is a combo of roasted malt and grains, which did not take away from the good flavor when this beer was going down.

A decent beer that is very drinkable, and it tastes like the Irish Red beer definition, but the flavor just doesn’t excite me. I’d drink this beer again, but would not seek it out.

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Photo of Viggo
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark orange, light red, medium sized white head forms, drops a decent lace sheet on its way down, solid ring of lace sticks around, good retention. Smell is quite sweet, some caramel, bread, orange peel, citrus, a bit earthy, some biscuit, a bit of vanilla sweetness, kind of underwhelming. Taste is similar, sweet and sugary at first, caramel, bubblegum, toast, honey, slightly grassy, very light roasty character, not bad but a little sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. An alright Irish red, just not enough going on to prop the sweetness up.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap at special tasting

Pours amber reddish color, yellowish head retains pretty well.

Smells of bready, slightly bitter malts.

Taste of some dryer hops and bready, grassy malts.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation.

Pretty decent, but not fantastic. Then again, I'm not a huge fan of the style. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way too.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Seamus Irish Red Ale

Appearance- Golden reddish brown with a finger thick head and moderate lacing.
Smell- musky malt.
Taste- Mossy/ earthy malt. Light flavor.
Mouthfeel- Light and slighty watery. The backbone of flavor is a little weak. The slightest of dryness in the end.

Overall- A decent beer to start off the evening. Could even be something you drink all night.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at D's in Swissvale, PA; had it the day after St. Paddy's Day.

Poured into a shaker: Thin layer of foamy head over deep amber body. Clean, no bubbles that I saw.

Smells of an apple & berry fruitness, though not real strong or sweet. Mild malty with decent tartness.

Taste is a mix of toasty, biscuity malt, strawberry, with a stone-dry character in the middle. Kind of falls flat quickly. Slightly cola-ish caramel.

Mouthfeel is engaging enough, thin-bodied, crisp.

Overall decent, nothing too challenging or outstanding. Not bad, but not exciting. I have a feeling this would go better as a companion to a card game, but not impressive in a "sit-down-&-critique" mindset.

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Photo of Budlum
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Seamus' Irish Red Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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