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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Photo of gskitt
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish color, bordering on brown. Little head, little lacing. Smelled no hops, muted malts. Tasted those malts, and maybe some caramel. Mouthfeel and drinkability are the best parts of this red ale for me. Smooth mouthfeel, slight carbonation, clean finish. Way drinkable at 5%. This is a very relaxed session-able brew.

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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 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 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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz plastic cup sample from a keg at Big Z Beverage - Huntington, NY / Long Ireland Brewing Company tasting on 11/7/09.

Red/Amber color with a beige head.
Some what watered down malty aroma.
Taste is a bit watered down, malt and sweet tea with a little bit of bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.
It went down easy, so I had another sample.

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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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