Celtic Ale | Long Ireland Beer Company

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Long Ireland Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Durge on 06-11-2009

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of zipzaps11
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RMann
4.67/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time in Appelebee's, it was their guest beer of the month. I like Irish Reds and this was very good to excellent on the first glass. Smooth with a caramel/butterscotch taste, it was easy to put a few down quickly. I made a special trip to the brewery in Riverhead, where Greg showed me around and indicated that they were going to be bottling shortly from their Riverhead location. I can't wait, this Ale tastes great!

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Photo of illpass78
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass tankard.

Appearance: It pours a hazy orange. Carbonation is pretty heavy. Despite the somewhat light color - I expected a deeper red - its color is very thick. I can't see through it at all. Lacing is minimal to moderate. Head starts off gigantic and recedes to about an inch, and to nothing after about eight minutes.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, toffee and maltiness in the nose. It's floral and inviting. Smells like something you'd want to drink.

Taste: We've got a winner. This is a really delicious beer - malty and full-bodied without pummeling you with alcohol. The flavors follow the nose, and it's very easy drinking. I haven't had a ton of domestic Irish Reds but I really can't imagine there are many better than this. Also better than the mainstream of American pale ales and amber ales.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate and quaffable. Suitable for any weather, but I'm glad I had this on a grey, snowy day, because the smooth, easy-drinking character of this beer made for a good way to warm up.

Overall: You'd be pretty nuts not to seek this out if you're a fan of U.S. craft beer and love Irish reds. I had it with some BBQ tempeh, mashed potatoes and broccoli, and it was the perfect pairing. This beer is proof that American brewers can do cool things with fairly standard styles without resorting to mondo hopping or zany flavors. Would drink again.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Jon Thomas Inn, in 12 ounce Pilsener glass.

No head to speak of, spotty lacing of glass. Aroma of sweet fruits and sea grass. Body is deep copper/amber lightly carbonated. Taste is of sweet malt, like Easter egg candy filling, yet not overpowering. No hops to bitter are tasted. No aftertaste, crisp clean finish. A light beer enthusiast would appreciate it as well, my wife enjoyed it, and her favorite is Miller

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Photo of funkel81
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this one for the first time over a year ago at the governor's island beer fest in nyc. had a bunch more since then since it's now all over long island (at bars and restaurants)

i'm a big amber fan and this one is right up there with the best of them. i know ambers don't get a lot of love on this site, but if you like the style i'd recommend giving this one a try if you see it. very well balanced and just gives me that caramel malt flavor that i crave from time to time when i'm all hopped out

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of allistermcg
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my local spots (Shoreline Beverage) does taster growlers of 10oz (like frappacino bottles) and they had this one at their growler station today so I decided to give it a shot. One of the guys that works there recommended it to me last week and again this week. A bunch of the local spots have been talking this brewery up to me lately and the story of the brewery is kind of interesting so why not?

A - Poured from 10oz sampler growler into a Maredsous chalice a deep copper with a shiny golden tint. At first it had a lively burst of bubbles when I poured it, but they quickly vanished. Looks better than avg for the style (which I've read really isn't supposed to be Irish Red but rather traditional irish), but nothing to go crazy over.

S - Very strong roasted caramel smell. Malts jump out as well as an almost oatmeal coffee type smell. Very unique and earthy smelling, but smells good.

T - Smokey roasted malt dominates the flavor. Somewhat watery mix of caramel and oats. Even and subtle, but tasty.

M - Very subdued and even feeling. A little on the watery side, but the mellow flavor and subtle carbonation are nice. Crisp and clean aftertaste.

D - This one is extremely drinkable. A bit on the watery side which makes it go down easy, but the flavor is nice and subtle and it leaves my mouth feeling cool. I could easily throw several of these back.

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Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served at The Maple Tree (barbeque; highly recommended) on 5/24 and again 5/27 during my vacation in Riverhead.

It's a thick dark orange color, a little heavier in the middle, with an off-white head just taller than one finger. Retention is good, and it sits at that height pretty consistently while leaving creamy broken sheeting in its wake.
This beer has what I expect and hope for in an Irish red: it's very well balanced and isn't heavy in either aroma or flavor but offers strong hops and malts. It's got some caramel and breads balanced with earth and softer green bitterness. It has a great complement of sweetness and bitterness working in accord. The flavor is a touch deeper than the aroma.
The body is medium, and this wouldn't work as well as a classic Irish style if it was much heavier. It's got lots of depth, but what really impresses me is a clean and robust balance against an incredibly silky smoothness that coats the tongue without slickness and flows like silk. Impressively, it doesn't give up crispness for all the smoothness.

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Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of antman27
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Portside in Port Jefferson, NY.

Look: Poured a deep, golden copper color with a little red in there. Looks almost like maple syrup. Thin, cream colored head that retained very well and left a good amount of lacing.

Smell: very strong roasted malt smell. Caramel, earthiness, and a little grass hop smell.

Taste: roasted malt dominates the flavor. This beer is very sweet and has caramel and oats in the taste. Not much in terms of hops in the taste. There's some smoke but not much and some nuttiness as it warms up.

Feel: fairly on the thin side. Good carbonation and not much bitterness so its pleasant to drink.

Drink: good. Easy to drink and could put a few of these away.

Overall, I like it. Irish Red is a style that I feel is underrepresented and thought I'd give it a try when I caught it on tap. I'm glad I did. I would definitely give this a go and I'll be looking for their other beers in the future.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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