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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Photo of jjmbenoit
4.84/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favourite Irish red beer.

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Photo of UberGeek314
4.8/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent craft beer. If you are a fan of red ales, this is an excellent choice, and if you're in NS it's local.

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Photo of Loveofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +32%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of CurtisD
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of PiratePete
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label calls this Irish Red Ale Draught - unpasteurized and all natural. The great joy of micro-brews is the absence of all that extra stuff. Pours out a dark amber/red with a small brown head that disappears quickly leaving a slight touch of lacing. Wonderful malt smell (I like that) that is reinforced in the mouth. Great aftertaste - strong and secure. Good beer. Drank two: the second one was great with a garden salad laced with bacon, spicy Hungarian salami and old cheddar. Good stuff.

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Photo of JoshuaCCampbell
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown color with plenty of thick sweet head. Head stuck around for a while and left minor lacing on the glass. Scent consists of some sweet malts, which match the taste. Some roasty flavors at the end, as well as a somewhat creamy taste. Somewhat muted, but very drinkable overall. One of my favorite Garrison brews.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Ryften
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grogsky
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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 probert
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derf36
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on draft at The Rope Loft Restaurant in Chester, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, overlooking the water. Dark red with scarlet edges when held in the light, thin off-white head leaves quickly, thin ring, minimal lace. Smells of fresh cut wood, balsa possibly, and some malt coming through. Good steady low carbonation. Thin body seems out of whack with malty flavours, a bit of molasses, malt front and centre with a bitter malt finish. Minimalist head regenerated easily with a swirl of the glass, small bubbles, smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a beer with good refreshment value that's just a bit intriguing as well.

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Photo of PJ1
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mandrake for kicking this my way for CanBIF3!

Pours a clear red/orange, big fluffy off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring pretty fast, some lace spots. Smell is sweet and malty, caramel, sugar, citrus, floral hops, very fruity and yeasty, pretty decent. Taste is very sweet, caramelized sugar, tons of fruit, pineapple and pears, a bit plasticy, bready, bit of sourness, malty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, little bit rough and prickly. Not too bad, nothing spectacular, but I enjoyed drinking this. Thanks Peter!

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Photo of bobsy
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich chestnut body with a smooth, creamy tan head - definitely looks the part. Laces quite well. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts, along with a light fruitiness. Nice light caramel flavour, with decent levels of breadiness and fruit in the background. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Very drinkable and good for the style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garrison is doing the beer no justice by simply calling it "red". Surely "red" does not capture its kindled tone and lacquered-like complexion. Surely "red" oversimplifies the fusion of roast pecan and cognac hues. Surely "red" does not encompass the dashing contrast of its argent-tinted head. Surely "Red" looks like a damn fine beer!

I don't often get the chance to review Irish-style Red Ales so I had forgotten just how distinctive and appealing they can smell. There is a particular kind of caramely maltiness to the style that can really get the taste buds revving. Coupled with a grainy rye-like breadiness, a tinge of roast and an ample dose of peat, the caramely maltiness in this glass has me feeling thirstier and thirstier by the second.

And boy does this ever hit the spot. Although Irish Red is far from full-bodied it does have a little meatiness to it, certainly enough to make each sip rewarding. This is one highly quaffable ale. It coats the palate in a sappy, sticky sweet malt residue that leaves you with fond remembrance of the previous sip and an uncontrollable lust for the next.

I would be willing to bet, however, that a little more malt would have really amped this flavour up into high-gear. (At least it certainly would have earned it the next highest score with this reviewer.) The peaty, caramel-drenched maltiness is tasty as it is, but more of it would have been delicious. Speaking of wanting more, I wish I had another bottle!

Not many microbreweries offer an Irish Red (and even less offer a *good* Irish Red). I had forgotten just how respectable this style can be when put in a capable brewer's hands. Garrison makes a number of solid beers in styles much more exciting than this, yet I think the Irish Red may just be my favourite of the bunch. Thanks ThatWineGuy!

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Photo of souvenirs
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Long813
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red clear body with two fingers of thin white bubbly head. Retention is good and lacing is pleasing.

S: Aromas are not to strong. Some grainy hops and sweet caramel malts.

T: Clean notes of caramel malts with some interesting grainy hops.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Texture is smooth and water like with some odd grainy aftertaste.

O: One of my more enjoyable Garrison brews. It's very easy to drink and enjoy, but not lacking to much character.

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Irish Red Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
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