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 acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some golden highlights when held up to the light and moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white to light beige head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt with a light amount of sweetness and some lightly toasted malts. There is a light amount of earthy hops.

T: The primary flavor is that of toasted malts with a lighter amount of caramel malts sweetness. There is a light amount of earthy hops that contribute a light lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Nothing special but still and enjoyable and easy to drink beer - could definitely be sessionable since it has a moderate ABV and an easy to enjoy flavor.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Painters in Brookhaven NY.

A - Amber with ruby highlights that come out when you hold it up to a light.

S - Mild. No char or caramel, just mellow malt.

T - A bit of booze up front. Toast through the middle of the profile, it's subdued though. Just a whisper of hop bitterness in the finish. *Note: the beer I had was accompanied by an off-taste that I'm pretty sure was due to a dirty draft line.

M - Opens with a medium body that holds out for about a seconds, then transitions rapidly into a lighter body that fades throughout the end of the profile.

D - Decent. The mouthfeel and alcohol content are easy enough on your palate to throw a few of these back. The taste just doesn't keep me coming back.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness info..

Uninspiring look, minor head, very quickly departs leaving no head, no film, no collar and surprise, no lace.

Bleh..some caramel malt notes are the "highlights" here. Low carbonation and zero reason to go for more then a few sips...pass this one by

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr. Beery, Bethpage, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light malt with a touch of earthiness and a balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a good and servicable ale.

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Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy, tan in color, with minimal head. Taste is toasted malt, meadow, grain, and slight earthy hops. Medium bodied and mostly sweet. Tasty, sessionable, but I prefer others in the style. Nothing to rush out to get but nothing I would pass over either.

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Photo of LoveStout
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of dar482
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Zekenyce
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 socon67
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours red and settles to a reddish brown. A reasonalbe amount of foam.

S - Good smell of caramel hops. A little bit of toffee and butterscotch is there as well.

T - This is a tasty and dry irish red. At first is isn't quite special, but it tends to win you over.

M - A little light, this is an easy drinker.

O - A solid and enjoyable effort from the local folks. I would try this on tap if I came across it.

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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 Durge
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler direct from the contract brewer in Connecticut, this one shows a dark maple color with a fair off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma is pretty simple sour apple caramel malt, pretty sharp. Upon the first mouthful this is somewhat thin, an aqueous finely carbonated ale which somewhat resembles a sweet brown ale. I also pick up some smoke but the dominant taste is tart rhubarb and sour brown sugar. At first it seems too sour, almost like it's over "ripe" but as you get through the first pint, it mellows and the sweetness blends in a bit more and you get the nutty brown ale qualities, and always a touch of smoky wood. Drinkability is good, it grows on you. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky lemon iced tea color. The off white head is short and wispy and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is bready with notes of caramel and honey. Not much else going on in the aroma.

The taste is bready with a caramel presence. Slightly bitter from some grassy hops. Brown sugar notes round out the sweetness. Some earthy notes to help balance.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a grassy bitterness. Slightly dry in the finish.

Fairly standard amber/red ale. Not as dry as most which is nice. Decent flavors but boring.

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Photo of kwjd
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sirsteve42
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rorjets
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTHomer
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: graham cracker and brown sugar;

T: sweet malt up front that becomes caramel-like by mid-palate; very light bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: OK, but not worth chasing;

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Celtic Ale from Long Ireland Beer Company
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