Dragonmead Erik The Red | Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Erik The RedDragonmead Erik The Red
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Dragonmead Erik The RedDragonmead Erik The Red

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Irish style red (amber) beer. Light in finish but bold in taste. Melanoidin malt is added for the red color and the spicy finish comes through from the Chinook hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2005

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Mikexw
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Ruby colored beauty with a light tan head, aromas are Igor caramel and some hops.

Taste is even lighter, with the hops a bit more prevalent than the caramel. It misses the style mark a bit, but it's still a beer that you can enjoy.

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Photo of n2492004
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hartsells01
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SirWalkAbout
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HighGravityMan
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a bottle with the label giving away little aside from the brewery name, beer name, style, and a strange warning from the surgeon general. Seeing as it's one of the most expensive beers on the shelf full of craft brews, I was expecting the ABV to be up there, but as you can see it's very average.

Appearance - Transparent red, hard pour produces small head that dissipates into nothing after a few seconds. No lacing
Smell - Malty, hints of caramel, relatively mild. Not much hop aroma if any.
Taste - Also relatively mild, possibly owing to the style. Nice malt out front with caramel coming through. Hint of grassy. Mineral flavors. Nice bitter bite of hop helps make this beer pretty well balanced.
Feel - Medium-light body. Leaves slight filmy feeling.

I can't quite figure out why this was so pricey. It was enjoyable, but decidedly not my thing. Perhaps because I was expecting a mouth punch due to the price. Not that I don't like mouth hugs as well, which this is. I'm too not familiar with Irish reds, but I think this is a faithful representation. If you prefer Irish reds then you may like this beer a lot better than I did.

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Photo of QuadriderMX
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dragonmead Erik the Red.

Somebody suggest this to me on the forums awhile ago. Don't remember who, sorry man/woman. Anyway, I've only had two beers outta these guys with one being good but not great and the other being pretty bad. I really do not have high expectations for this beer but I found a single and figured why the hell not give it a shot. Alright let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a rather attractive amber red with a moderate amount of clarity along side a two finger slightly off white head that is an initial finger and a half in height which quickly dies down to about half a finger if thick, bubbly forth amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be rather high but since I haven't had much out of this style I don't know if that's typical or not.

Smell - The scent was actually better than I was expecting. There is a huge hit of sweet caramel malts with a nice touch of fruityness that cannot be ignored. I do get a bit of the apple the other reviews noted along side a spice that seems to be from the hops. Its not a huge complex nose but it is more impressive than reds of the past.

Taste - The flavor profile really keeps that sweet caramel malt aspect and introduces a touch of cherry sweetness. The hops at this point are clearly Chinook and very earthy, which is usually one of my least favorite varieties however it works rather well in this beer as it gives a nice spice factor to compliment the rest of the flavors. None of the aforementioned apple aspects come through in the flavor profile for me. Sweetness is not cloying and very well balanced.

Feel - The feel is about what I had expected given the other aspects of the brew. Beer sits medium bodied and very clean without a touch of cream. Carbonation is a high as it looks swirling in the glass. Swallows easy and sweet without becoming cloying.

Overall - This was actually a pretty good beer and definitely the best I've had out of this brewery. Not a massively complex beer by any means but it's better than any other Irish Red I can remember having. Actually kinda makes me wanna try some more out of the style...IF I COULD FIND THEM. Pretty shocked by the lower ratings on here, but oh well, personal preference. Could have a few in a sitting..

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a 22oz glass at max and Erma's at DTW while waiting for a flight. Poured chestnut brown with amber and copper hues, no head by the time I was served
Smell was malty and taste was fairly off putting and not very well balanced. Too sweet with way too much carbonation, more like a malted beverage than a beer. Taste lingers for quite awhile....I will not be getting another

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lochef81
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/22/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Irish red ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of castelli1981
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised by the "fizz" of it but a good beer I would drink again

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Photo of ljc973
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluHatter
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AdaScott
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Subliminal64
4/5  rDev +12%

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