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Dragonmead Erik The RedDragonmead Erik The Red

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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.

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Photo of HighGravityMan
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Raime
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -16.4%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Stu_Grimson
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- reddish brown color with light coming through

S- slight hop smell with some citrus not very overpowering

T- not bad for a red, very carbonated and that gives it a bite towards the end, citrus and hops in the background

M- lots of carbonation and bubbling on my tounge

O- ok but nothing special a passable red that is drinkable

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Photo of guityler83
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Wow, this thing is highly carbonated. I poured it into an english style pint glass and it almost over flowed with half the bottle. A four + finger head was formed with medium sized bubbles that reminded me of cokecola. No lacing and it took a few minutes before i could pour the rest of the bottle in the glass. The liquid is a brown leather/mahogany color with a moderate haze.

S: The nose has a moderate amount of spicy, english style hop aromas (floral, earthy). A bit of a fruity ester character, maybe from the yeast. Also an underlying minerally character that i cant quite pin point.

T: Malt forward with a complex array of flavors. I'm getting honey, cocoa, bread crust, toast and a sweet bread flavor. There is some of the mineral flavors coming through also (maybe the water?) and the fruity yeast esters. There is a low hop bitterness and flavor but it keeps the malt sweetness low and its a nice woody, earthy flavor that blends nicely.

M: Highly carbonated, the bubbles tickle my lip as i sip on it. Mild body. if the carbonation was lower this would be very session-able.

O: The malt profile this beer has is very interesting, and combined with the earthy woody hop flavor underneath i'm a fan. However.. the carbonation from this bottle was out of control and made it more filling then it needed to be.

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Photo of SeanSweeney
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Excellent appearance, beautiful brick red in color with inch thick head. Head retention is lower than average. Heavy malt flavors tasting only a slight bitterness on the tail end. This is my first in depth review and I drank it the night before not currantly just based on memory.

Pairing: best with hot wings, I advise against nachos, jalapeƱos overpower the beer yet the wings did not.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the red fox pub in royal oak. Served in a pint.

A: Is a clear amber-orange color, with a short off white head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Can smell hops, citrus peels, wheat and grains, brown sugars

T: Sweet, hops, wheat and bread, mellow flavors to begin with, ending with a slightly bitter finish

M: Fairly well balanced in terms of carbonation and flavor, smooth light body

O: It was alright, average beer for an average price, I guess I wouldn't mind having it again but it's not something I would seek out for.

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Photo of punky796
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at O'Mara's Irish Restaurant in Berkley.

A - Dark amber-red with minimal head and lacing.

S - Light and hoppy, with some fruit flavor, mostly apple.

T - Pretty sweet taste, not as hop-centric as I was expecting. Has an Earthy feel to it.

M - Fresh without leaving a lot of aftertaste or bitterness, which I might expect from this style. Enough carbonation to keep it lively.

O - Overall a pretty good red, but there's better out there.

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Photo of jsisko01
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark copper/amber color with a very thin head and not much lacing.

Smell - Very sweet.. with toasted malts, hoppy, and a floral scent. Has a slight fruity aroma as well

Taste - Toasted malts, not so hoppy, and very sweet and tarty. It's very fruity but I can't decipher what kind. Apple, cherry, or strawberry? I don't know.. Has somewhat of a floral character also.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - I was surprised by the flavor of this beer.. I thought it was going to be a typical amber ale. It's very good. It's not far off from a wine cooler though.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Town Pump in Detroit. Pours a deep copper with a slight red hue to it. Small beige head formed on the top, leaving very little lacing on the way down. The initial smell is a nice combination fruity and malty, not many hoppy or floral scents. It was hard to get a good nose from the start, had to wait until it warmed up a bit to really decipher it. The strongest flavor that comes out is a tart red apple that is present the whole way through the beer. As it warmed up, I could taste a slightly warm, cinnamon spice coming through, which complimented the fruitiness quiet well. The body was light-medium, not too sticky or wet, with medium carbonation.

When all is said and done, it's a nice red beer for a cool fall day, but there are many better reds out there.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewery. Single finger head with nice lacing on a clear amber body. Caramel and toasted malts with light strawberry and herbal aroma notes. Flavor is plain and undermalted with a slight earthy and herbal hop note. lighter body than expected for the style and moderate carbonation. Many of these brews are boring and undermalted, expecially the red ales.

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Photo of Abel25
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very smooth. Mild taste with little aftertaste. Nice golden color with red hues. Thick head finger and a half high.

Apple taste is interesting, confusing even. Very interesting flavor.

Brewery is nearby. I look forward to sampling a few Dragonmeade beers fresh.

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Photo of morimech
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky, dark amber color with two fingers of head that had very good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like a run-of-the-mill amber ale. A lot of caramel malt with hints of apple and citrus.

Not a big fan of the flavor. Very sweet with an odd green apple flavor. Slightly acidic as well. Not sure what they were going for here.

A bigger body would of been nice but fine the way it is for a 5% ABV beer. Decent carbonation.

Hard to get excited for this beer. Some off flavors going on here but they seem to be intended. Glad I just have the one bottle.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on the bottle or label; pours a clear, light amber color with a bit of red hue. Very carbonated, with a three finger tan head, but it dissipates very quickly and leaves nearly no lacing.

Interesting aroma featuring some caramel malt and a note of citrus hops. Not overpowering or complex, but plesant enough.

The flavor is much more tart than I would have expected from the aroma. Tart apple/cherry is prominent along with the sweet malt.

Light mouthfeel with a tangy finish. Not something I would drink every day, but an interesting spin on a red ale.

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

This pours a particulate-laden deep red with a small sandy head rising and falling leaving no lace. On the nose there is pine tar and a good deal of caramel malt. It smells like a couple of pretty sticky things. In the mouth, there is a nice citric flavor that is almost but not quite out of place. It's more like a great addition to a nice malt base. Surprisingly it's not a very sticky body, almost light, which I guess given the ABV is no surprise. The finish is medium and it's the citric acid that hangs on longest.

Overall, this is a fine but maybe undistinguished red ale. It sort of cements Dragonmead in my mind as a fine but maybe undistinguished brewery with the exception of Final Absolution.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber color and a modest head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Caramel and raisin

Taste: Opens with the caramel and raisin from the aroma which produces a flavor that is vaguely reminiscent of spice cake; by mid-palate, earthy hop flavors add balance but the finish is malty, with a bit of vanilla added to the spice cake, producing more of a bread pudding character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and much more flavorful than expected for the style

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Photo of AllensMtClemens
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good pouring, brilliant red/amber hue, not too much head. Great aroma, has a distinct "heavy" smell. Some carbonation, but not enough to "bite." Very refreshing, one of the best darker beers I've had for the summer. Not a lot of sweetness, quite dry, but still fresh tasting. Clean finish, almost a lemon/bitter aroma at the finish, it was there, and now it is gone.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a murky brownish red color and literally a foam bomb. Couldn't pour slow enough to avoid a glass more of head than beer.
S-Sweet molasses and brown sugar aroma with hops and malt as the second team.
T-Roasted malts with dark fruit and fig flavors.
M-Way, way overcarbonated which distracted me too much from the flavor of this beer.
D-Not a bad tasting beer overall but just too over the top with the carbonation.

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Photo of MIMicrobrews
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a beautiful cloudy deep amber with a slight head (after a fairly aggressive pour) that dissipates quickly. Definitely not aromatically challenged. I get a very pleasant & mellow malt essence with a tinge of sweet. It has a good meaty scent to it, but it's not piercing my nostrils; already, it seems balanced and tasty, and that's coming from my nose. The taste is nice, dry & crisp. Light to the sense, yet packed with malt-flavored goodness. It's a fine mix, as some ambers pack on the flavor, and the density; whereas this brew almost drinks like a lager, but yet has plenty of girth to back it up as an Irish ale. I love how there's a hint of sweet and a slight bitterness, yet it's almost like they mask each other. There's a 'bready-ness' to the taste that allows each flavor to blend and create its own taste. The aftertaste is a nice lingering malt sensation. It hits the back of my throat in a refreshing way and sits there until the next sip. I get a nice hint of bitterness in the end.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with almost not head and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent of caramel, a hint of cherries, and tobacco. A bit too juicy, but still pretty good.

Taste of caramel, bread, a hint of cherries; not bad at all. While it isn't great, this is something I could drink again if I was in the mood for the style.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy amber pour,with two fingers of soapy white head.Aroma of bread, toasted malt and herbal hops.Flavor is sort of a toasty ,piny,nutty,and herbal hops,medium sweetness, A sweet honey type finish.Thin mouthfeel,kind of a watery body, drinkable but nothing special

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.06/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up on Vacation to the greatest beer state in America, Michigan!

A - Standard amber ale - light amber body, tan head.

S - Lots of hops in this aroma, spicy, fruity, and earthy. Seem to dominate any atempts from the malt to contribute...

T - Kinda weak in the mouth. Watery in the finish, with just a slight amout of fruityness and dryness. Some mild carmel malt sweetness in the entry.

M - Good carbonation, weak body...

D - I hate to say it, but this was not good. The fruitiness I noted reminded me of young homebrew. Love to try this on tap, and see if that helps with the conditioning. Weak body, weak flavor. Still looking forward to try more from these guys though...

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single from Bello Vino for $2.49

This beer is unlike the few other Irish reds I've had, in fact it reminds me more of a Scottish ale, but I suppose they can be fairly similar. While it had a standard red, with white head, appearance, the aroma and flavor, especially, came off as dry, thin caramel malts with some bready flavor mixed in. The yeast seemed to add a creamy note as well, but the malts carried this beer. Tasty and drinkable, worth trying.

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small 8 oz. chalice glass. Creamy eggshell tan foam, high clarity reddish orange body.

Whiff of sweet toasted cereal grains.

Fairly sweet malt flavor is predominant, faint earthy hop note in the background. Muted citrus, with a light astringency. Lower carbonation, bit of a watery finish. A decent Irish Red, not one i'd seek out, but an adequate beer.

$2.69 single at Sicilianos.

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