Porterhouse Red
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #80
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3.68 | pDev: 13.59%
The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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Notes: Porterhouse Red is brewed using a well chosen mixture of malts and hops. It is a complex ale with a subtle flavor that does not overload the tastebuds and a nice smooth finish. Bottle conditioned, unpasteurized.

Grain: Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Wheat Malt, Chocolate Malt.
Hops: Galena, Nugget, East Kent Golding.
Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 172 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dcotom from Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into a Boddington's Pub Ale Willi Becher glass. This is my first non-Guinness Irish beer, and it is a dandy. Cola colored pour, with a couple of fingers of off-white head that left some nice sticky lacing. Amazingly complex aromas and flavors. Loads of molasses and licorice up front, with undertones of tart apple and citrus. Nice astringent and hoppy bitterness in the middle, with a little char on the finish and a hint of lingering tartness on the palate. Brewed with Pale, Crystal, Wheat, and Chocolate malts; hopped with Galena, Nugget, and East Kent Golding. My only complaint is the ring-top cap, which I finally pried off by starting with a chopstick and finishing with an oven mitt. YMMV. Sláinte!

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Sigmund from Norway

3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Keg halfpint at Mulligan’s, Dublin, as The Porterhouse Nitro Red Irish Ale. ABV is 4.2%. Deep reddish brown colour, creamy off-white to beige head. Moderate malty aroma. Medium roast malts in the fairly dry flavour, some bittering hops.

Apr 21, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It has a dark copper body with a tiny off-white head and a small amount of lacing.

The aroma has roasted malts, caramel, plum and chocolate.

The taste has roasted malts, caramel, coffee and earthy hops, with a bitter finish. Medium bodied, creamy and dry.

A very pleasant red ale.

Feb 07, 2020
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: almost an irish whiskey nose at first, something a little odd going on, malt and a little odd fruit or spice – the fruit almost has an old or almost rotten, almost garbagey smell to it, not much hop, malt and esters. Appearance: Rich rocky head, cream colored, multi-sized bubbles, excellent lacing, brownish white head, brilliant red brown, cathedral window lacing, leaves shelves of foam and ledges of lace: Flavor: Slight sweetness at the start and then a dry finish with a little hop that lingers into the after taste, a little roast in the background and some caramel – more flavor comes out as it warms – more caramel, malt and almost a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel: very creamy and dry, smooth, medium-low carbonation, no astringency. Overall Impression: The odd initial aroma goes away and results in a very drinkable beer – it could use a little more malt but is easy drinking with initial sweetness that finishes dry. Balanced to the malt but it has a little hop accent.

Jul 21, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London (£4.10):
Not a bad tasting beer, pretty much as you would expect from the style and the brewery without it truly excelling or standing out from the crowd. The beer had quite a good balance and a nice, easy-going flavour with some good earthy malts and sweetness but it’s probably not one I’d seek out again.

Jun 22, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of raisin bread, raisin, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, raisin, caramel, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toast and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a great smell, but there is an astringency in the flavors that diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Mar 05, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single 330 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A rather dark ruddy brown with a huge frothy beige head that initially filled two-thirds of my glass before settling to leave a few dollops of lacing here and there. Aroma quite sweet and malty with a clear fruity overtone: Brown sugar, apples, apricot, faintly woody yeast. Less sweet on the palate and by my reckoning features less of a toffee pudding or cookie flavor than do many other Irish reds. More sour fruit, nut, and molasses character with some citrus iced tea and herb notes. Medium thin pale ale-like body with a dryish herbal finish in which I can detect some leafy hop. More hop character than is typical for the style. Quite crisp and refreshing if on the fizzy side.

Jan 05, 2015
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Murrhey from Washington

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 11.2oz peel-cap bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- One-finger white head with very minimal retention. Walnut color body, moderate clarity.

S- Chocolate, toffee and roast malts. Slightly spicy. Warm aroma.

T- Roasty, slightly sweet, slightly dry flavor. Chocolate flavor.

M- Dry and clean finish.

O- Above average, roasty and tasty. Otherwise just OK.

Sep 02, 2013
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thierrynantes from France

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : red amber color with white foamy head.
Smell : malty an fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt caramel flavour leads to a little bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Irish Red Ale.

Aug 31, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice 1/2 inch of opaque head atop of a deep amber red beer, very clear and bubbly.
S - Smell is great toasted malt, caramel sweetness, and a touch of drying yeast. Very little hops.
T - A bit drying which is nice for an Irish ale. Caramel malt sweetness, a bit of toasted malts, and very little hops. As expected.
M - Light to medium bodied, a bit heavy for the ABV but its nice.

Overall this is a very good red ale, smell and taste is spot on, very clean and flavorful especially for the low ABV. Worth picking up for $1.75.

Aug 03, 2013
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear rusty brown, a medium slowly fading beige head, light lacing. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt and grains, yeast and fruity notes with some earthy hops bitter notes. A medium body, crisp, good carbonation. Finishes with toasted caramel malt and grains, fruity, some yeast, with an earthy hops ending for balance and mild nutty flavor. A good beer for the style, has the typical Irish Ale characteristics. A good drinking brew.

Jul 18, 2013
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popery from California

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull reddish brown. Nice, warm color. Some cloudiness. A couple fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Rich malty aroma. Lots of sweet bready malt and toasty caramel. Mild spicy hop character. Fairly simple aroma, but for a 4.4% abv beer, it's relatively big and rich. Taste is similar. Considering the strength of the beer, there's lots of sweet caramel malt flavor and a good undercurrent of hops in the background. Carbonation is pretty low. Just a bit of prickliness. Kinda soapy. Finish is a bit mineral-ish, and the beer mostly dries out. It's a nice, low abv red ale with a mild hop character and rich malt. Easy to drink.

Mar 21, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml pull tab bottle poured into tulip 10/3/13

A clear reddish amber with lots of tiny bubbles throughout floating up to a well retained two fingers of foam that leaves lots of random lace

S malty with some earthy hops, dry cereal, fruity nut bar and a hint of coco with a slight metallic aspect

T more of the same really, slightly more cereals and the handful of pennies I was smelling is toned down in the mouth

M pin prick bubbles, lighter side of medium bodied and a earthy fruity finish

O pretty solid Irish Red that's a nice blend of nutty fruity malt and earthy tones, lots of flavor in a low alcohol brew

pretty solid example of the style and I like a flavorful brew that I can drink several of without getting buzzed

Mar 11, 2013
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Odd peel-off cap in the place of a traditional crown.

A: Deep red-orange with great clarity. The off-white head is very creamy looking and displays excellent retention. A thick, foamy coating of lacing paints the walls of the glass. Impressive.

S: Caramel and toffee. Fruity with aromas of plum and maybe even grape skin. Subdued roast impressions of coffee beans, brown cocoa, and some woody/nutty smells. Extremely faint hint of acidity. Subtle grassy hops.

T: Caramel, toffee, and hints of cola. Slight acidity. Roasted coffee beans on the mid-palate. Light, vague fruity presence. Much cleaner than the nose suggested. Nutty yeast. Slight balancing grassy hop presence. Very toasty, slightly buttery. Bone dry finish with a light, lingering coffee roast.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and almost velvety. Filling in the mouth, but with a very light and airy quality. Strong, seltzery carbonation scrubs the palate. Great mouthfeel.

O: Porterhouse did a great job staying true to style with this one. This is a textbook Irish Red, and the body/mouthfeel is truly great. Highly sessionable to boot. I could see it pairing very nicely with a grassy Irish cheddar. Unfortunately, the American palate tends to only appreciate sweeter, hoppier "Americanized" reds. I can see this gem slipping through the cracks in our market. The high price tag doesn't help.

Mar 03, 2013
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(nitro pint serving at Fraunces Tavern, NYC - served on 28 Oct 2018, reviewed from notes 29 Oct 2018)

With nitro pour, look and smell were of course skewed... beer looked beautiful: clear garnet-amber liquid, creamy mousse foam lusciously sculpted atop... roasted barley most prominent on nose, bit of toasty grain as well... mellow flavors of roast and toast, lingering roasty bitterness, dry aftertaste... body of course light and soft; the foam smeared like whipped cream; very easy drinking, fairly crisp, not too watery... so the nitro pour did mute much, but the roast/toast did still manage to shine through; would probably opt for bottle version during next visit

(original rating 4.25, 18 Dec 2012)

Dec 18, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, thanks to the rep for the sample. I hadn't noticed the 'right-handed' label feature on this brewer's label before. Cute, as is the description for the main graphic's askew nature (6 degrees off-kilter).

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy beige head, which settles at due pace, leaving some nice roiling wave lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel and pale malts, some further toffee/cocoa notes, a reserved dense orchard fruitiness, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is more nicely roasted bready, caramel malt, with a touch of chocolate and coffee, dried black fruit, a slight acidic note, and softly offsetting earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is reserved, and just strong enough to provide unseen support, the body a more than adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, a simple edginess marring things only slightly. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt still on top, though the musty, leafy hops don't exactly fade away.

A pretty tasty Irish red ale - my go-to has always been Smithwicks (sometimes even just to pronounce it properly), but were this as readily available, the contest wouldn't even be close.

Nov 21, 2012
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OF001 from Canada (BC)

4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-ruby hue on the pour with crisp clarity and a very thin head that is maintained by light but constant carbonation, very little lacing worth noting, but it occurs.

Smells of medium roast pale and chocolate malts that is rich and teasing. Caramel, toffee, chocolate and cooked dried fruits (prune, raisin? mostly on the sweeter notes). Notably sweet.

Dark fruits and a light copper not round out roasted cocoa nibs. Butter toffee and light tobacco/leather notes. Finishes a little dry and an iron minerality that I thought would have given the hops a little more bite. The low ABV allows some of the more subtle flavours to show, although I burnt y tongue on coffee this morning it can only help ME so much, and it does.

Mouth-feel is medium bodied and well suited to this style. Willing carbonation makes it lively on the palate and probably adds to the dry finish.

Well balanced and fairly complex. Better than the majority of reds I’ve had in the last little while. Light and slightly spicy hopsg with juicy, roasty-toasty sweet malts and long finish makes this a joy. An approachable beer for most, but not complex enough for the seasoned, the flavour and mild complexity make a great and affordable everyday beer.

Nov 09, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an Irish red ale? Okay. If you say so. Seems to carry a decent spicy hop thing in there. I'd say there is a pleasant malt base on there as well. Perhaps I am used to explosive flavors American brewers are delivering. Or perhaps it's just that not many people are making irish red ales, so I don't know what to compare it to or what to expect. Either way, this is a pretty nice ale. Good character. Well rounded. Pleasure to drink. I can dig it.

Aug 20, 2012
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plfahey from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep amber copper color with a thin, pale khaki head and relatively good clarity. Head retention is fair.

Aroma-Interesting-smells leathery and almost a bit musty on the palate, with large notes of robust caramel, toffee, raisins, and prunes. Hints of dry toasty breadcrusts, but on the whole the aroma is rather sweet.

Flavor-Butter caramel, with sweet toffee and just a touch of raisins. Dry and toasty in the mid-palate, and moderately low bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is slightly reminiscent of the initial caramel, but a bit drier with a light leafy/earthy hop flavor and hints of tobacco/leather.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, with moderately low, gentle carbonation, which lends a creamy mouthfeel.

Irish Reds are a style generally bereft of character, but this beer's got it in spades. Interesting, complex, drinkable, and low-abv, a fantastic session beer if you ask me.

Mar 28, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear auburn copper with carbonation throughout. A one inch, off-white, creamy head drops in stages leaving a coating of lace on a Harp nonic.

Lightly toasted malt is similar to ground coffee with caramelized sugar. There are no distinguishable hop aromas.

Toasted bread with some caramel in a long, dry finish. Bitterness is well balanced against sweetness but there is nothing to get excited about.

Medium body with ample carbonation. This one is quite dry with no alcohol and a woolly texture.

This is a fine beer for the uninitiated, and could easily be a transitional brew from the mass market to the world of craft beer. Otherwise, this would be well suited to a tailgate party or other event where beer is not the focus.

Mar 11, 2012
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Rugglesby from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby/Burnt Orange.
S: Green apple. Caramel. Sweet malt. Nutty.
T: Malt forward with a nutty middle. A clean finish with slight hops on the back of the tongue.
M: Effervescent and clean.
O: A decent beer, not overly complex but fits the style. I could imagine myself downing a few pints of this with some traditional Irish cuisine at a pub.

Mar 10, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to red in color with a two finger tall fluffy white head. The beer exhibits good head retention and significant lacing is observed.

S: Aroma is mostly grain and malts with a lot of sweetness - caramel and honey - with hints of toasted malts and some hops.

T: Flavors are very malty - roast, caramel, and grain present. There is quite a bit of sweetness in the flavors of caramel and honey and a slight bitterness in the finish. Also, there are some more subtle hints of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really enjoyable and really refreshing - this is very much a session beer. Very good example of the style and drinkable like the other beers I have tried from this brewery.

Feb 26, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with decent lacing on a deep amber and garnet body. Aroma is very sweet with malts and even some dark fruit notes. The flavor is also mostly malts but they are strongly represented with a mild hop bitterness to the finish. This is very robust red, even for an Irish red. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very complex Irish red, one of the best out there.

Feb 22, 2012
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

189th Review
Served in a glass
On-tap at Porterhouse Central

A: Medium red. Single (creamy white) fingernail head. Very nice pour!

S: Loads of grain and malt. Subtle caramel, honey, and earthy grass.

T: Loads of caramel sweetness followed by toasted malt and faint hop profile. Somewhat dull for a red ale.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, silky carbonation. Very creamy.

O: A slightly above-average offering, but wish there was a bit more complexity here. Easy to drink and quite smooth, but they have better offerings for sure.

Feb 19, 2012
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BrewerB from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on a recent stop at Whole Foods.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Good clarity, copper/reddish color. An off-white, slightly rocky foam formed 2-3 fingers from a quick pour and leaving a ton of lacing behind.

Nose includes caramel malt sweetness with a wintergreen/minty hop in the initial burst and a toasted malt character creeping up at the end.

A toasted and caramel malt introduce themselves first with a herbal flavor in the middle and a nod towards brewed coffee as a parting gift. Finishes dry and only a moderate-low level of bitterness.

Medium-light bodied on the palette with a moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer certainly emphasizes drinkability with enough malty sweetness/flavor to keep me interested. Given it's NYE and I've got a long way to go, opening up with a modest but well-flavored beer like this made sense to me.

Jan 01, 2012
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