Irish Red Ale | Garrison Brewing Company

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This classic beer style was inspired by centuries of Celtic brewing history. Specialty kilned malts such as dark caramel and munich dominate the Irish Red resulting in a ruby red colour and smooth malty taste.

20 IBU

Added by PiratePete on 10-07-2003

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by Danielr26:
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2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Waterfront Wharf in Halifax, just a stone's throw from the brewery, on a cool and rainy fall day.

Poured into a Garrison pint glass. Certainly holds up to its name with its clear bright ruby-copper hue. Decent half inch of head, recedes into a thick ring with lots of lacing.

Nose is faint, and doesn't offer much. Malty, caramel, a bit of fruit and mild hops actually. Smells like your standard big market red ale.

The taste is thankfully a touch better, with a nice malt profile, bit of grain, tea-herbal hops, and mild fruit and spiciness.

Thinner bodied, sharper carbonation than I'd like.

Decent red ale, certainly highly drinkable, but neither is it among Garrison's better brews. Still, when it's consumed within sight of the harborfront, it adds a certain something to the experience.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at the brewery in Halifax and consumed the same day.
Pours a surprisingly reddish red-brown with a decent head and lacing.
Sweet aroma resembles a bakery. The flavor is more average but still nicely malty and well above average.
Good, lively carbonation for the medium bodied ale.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, the final soldier in the Garrison mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a consistent ring of undulating, but eventually drooping lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, biscuity toffee/caramel malt, a touch of underripe drupe fruit, a mildly stringent mineral character, and weedy, grassy hops. The taste is kind of stale white bread, grainy caramel malt, softly buttered biscuits, cold red apple skin, an ethereal hint of wet smoke, a bitter, almost metallic alcohol edge sans any warming, and a bit of earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and somewhat spritzy, the body medium-light in weight, and leaning well towards smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, biscuity maltiness still presiding over some latent herbal hoppiness.

An Irish Ale with an identity problem - it maintains the big, enjoyable old-school malt base, but the other off-flavours, at times, push the low-rent local brew boundaries. Still easy enough to drink, I suppose, but certainly not all night.

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one-dimensional, grand cru level coriander, and water. Very watery, it owuld be nothing iwthout over-the-top coriander. Decent amber colour. Aggressive carbonation. Was unfinishable. Have had much better Maritime ales, bt a worthy experiment.

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Photo of socon67
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Color is reddish amber with minimal foam. The smell has some sweetness of caramel. The taste I found a little disappointing. It seemed diluted to me. none of the tastes seemed all that strong.

The red has a smooth finish and I could see this being drinkable. This was not one of my favorite irish reds by any stretch, but it is still a decent beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear red-brown with a thumb of tan head, dissipated slowly
S - caramel and roasted nuts, leafy hops and some alcohol sweetness
T - molasses malt with a dry leafy hop note, a little nutty, buttery and sweet finish
M - lightly creamy and quickly drys out, very dry finish
D - maybe not a session beer but could definitely enjoy a couple

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Photo of Mandrake
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives at my table a brilliantly clear and bright red, with a modest off-white head that is reasonably well retained and leaves some lacing for the first half of the pint. Smell is bright and fruity, will notes of strawberry, apricot, and pear dominating the malty profile. Taste is similar, with a very fruity base and little hop bitterness to balance its sweet and malty nature. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but still decent and with nice carbonation, and drinkability is good. Not a bad offering.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Part of a 6-pack bought at the NSLC in Hantsport, NS... not much else there for craft beer, so I figured I'd give it a try.

A: brown and clear, with three fingers of fluffy tan head.
S: grassy hops and roasted malts.
T: Nice balance of hops and roasted malts. Very drinkable.

Overall: Good but not amazing.

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Photo of Ryften
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear copper with a finger of sticky looking, light orange-tan head.

Smell. Strawberries, melon, caramel, and some toasty grains.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt and pears. A little grassy hops in the end. Finishes pretty clean and sweetness isn`t offensive. A little watery.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall. I liked this. Light and refreshing with nice hints of fruit.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light red/amber color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light cereal notes and some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel malt with light sweet notes and no discernible hops. Body is a bit light with OK carbonation. Decent but a bit too bland to be truly interesting even as a session beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a variety 6-pack, in a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear deep russet amber, thin creamy off-white head.

Nutty caramel sweetness on the nose, faint tinge of leafy hops.

Something of a worty sweetness in the flavour, mild notes of nuttiness with mild spicy and herbal hops on the finish and which lingers on into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth with a bit of a creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

Sweet and somewhat generic, doesn't really stand out for the style.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derf36
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Tfergus
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DreamDeath
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle- A deep mahogany pour, with a creamy and beige off white cap. A malty and fruity nose. Mostly earthy malts with some caramel, red plum, some spices. Tastes of sweet malts, quite grainy, some fruity notes, a bit of spice. Creamy and malty finish. Good. Thanks Darlene.

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Photo of Mdez
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried one of these while on a vacation to their brewery in Halifax in August 2012. Compared to the few reds I've had, this was a pretty pedestrian offering; nothing offensive yet nothing to write home about. I found myself wishing I'd ordered something else instead and that's kind of disappointing.

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

Bottle, label as shown above. Received via trade.
Pours a dark reddish brown, one inch of off-white head. Decent retention, minimal lace. Smells of roasted caramel malt, and a bit of yeast. Sweet malty taste, a bit of caramel, then some bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Very drinkable.
Another good one from Garrison.

Note: after having got this one from the Maritimes, I was able to try another sample at BeerFest. Now is readily available in Calgary. I will definatley have this one again.

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Photo of Mousel
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yoozeo
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Irish Red Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
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