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Church-Key Red AleChurch-Key Red Ale

Brewed by:
Church-Key Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Ale Although there is some dispute as to whether Red Ale is a genuine style or the same as English keg Bitter, our red is a traditional, typical and genuine REAL RED. Primarily our German imported caramel or roasted malt render the reddish hues as well as unique flavors. Unfortunately there are some unscrupulous breweries that add red coloring to their beer to achieve the desired color, then dub it a red beer. Our RED is a perfect balance of natural toasted malt characters and a light hop fruitiness. Our traditional brewery uses only imported naturally caramelised malt from the famous 125-year-old world’s leading Weyermann specialty malt house, giving this ale its distinctive colour and flavour, making this a very popular and pleasing ale for both restaurants and bars.

17-28 IBU

Added by Sammy on 11-30-2009

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 10
Photo of barleywort
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving: A pint's worth from a growler into a nonic glass.

I picked up this little gem on a Beertrip weekender; it was our first stop!

It pours a not-so-translucent coppery red with a beige, one-finger head that sticks around longer than expected, but still thins out quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

The nose is biscuity malt, nicely toasted with loads of caramel flavour and the faintest hoppy, floral (dare I say chlorophyll-type) smell.

There is little to be surprised at when it settles over my tongue, with caramel sweetness and fresh bread tastes vying for front-end supremacy. A further touch of that hoppiness on the back-end, but I would say that much of the bitter of this beer is derived from the malts (fyi - it's not all that bitter).

A full-bodied (in relation to style) mouthfeel with moderate carbonation; an odd sensation, but it treats your mouth the same way as a swig of some reasonably salty fluid would - lots of salivation.

Irish Reds can be pretty plain, and while this beer doesn't offer the panacea to the sometimes borderline anemic style, it's definitely the healthiest examples of an Irish Red I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo.

Pours a clear reddish orange, some amber in the corners, thin white head forms, settles to a thin ring, a few spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell is good, caramel, some toast and biscuit, a bit of fruit, very clean malty aroma, a bit of floral, very basic but well done.

Taste is similar, nice and malty, caramel sweetness, biscuit, fruit, touch of floral hopping and some roasted barley, sweet finish but mostly balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing exciting but a pretty solid red ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Volo. Orange red coloured body. Hoppy, above average mouthfeel. Well carmelized. The taste is of the malts, and that gives it drinkability, and there is a hint of some roasted malt. Above average for the style, which by itself is ordinary.

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Church-Key Red Ale from Church-Key Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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