Porterhouse Red | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Porterhouse RedPorterhouse Red

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-06-2003

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured off the tap into a nonreal pint glass in the Porterhouse pub in low altitude Dublin, Ireland. Pours a clear dark gould a one finger head of moderate, but appealing, cream.

S: Light pleasant note of malted barley. Weak, but nice.

T: One bland note of malted barley. The Porterhouse's booklet describes it as "fruit-filled", "caramel", and "roasted", but these notes are lacking, save for the fruit, which I only tasted when I really looked for it. Unbalanced and built poorly for a red. Finish is crisp.

MF: Nice coarseness, but too wet and not cleaned up in the finish.

D: At least it's 4.4%, but come on. If I'm at the Porterhouse, I'll have the Brain Blasta for near the same price.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of box299
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very disapointed with all the ales I tried at the Porterhouse Brewery in Dublin. As the name and location suggest, the thing to try is the Porter... They produce one called XXXX and it is outstanding. 5.5% great flavor etc...
I haven't completed my 20 reviews yet or else I would add it to the list and give it 4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5 The food at the brewery is also excellent!

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Photo of stcules
2.36/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Strong red colour, with oranged reflexes, foam creamy and persistent, almost like a stout.
The smell is scarcely pronounced, and difficult to identify (maybe some malt).
The taste is a little more strong, with malt and a light hint of cherry.
Very watery body, with some toffee in the aftertaste.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK, I'm done with these guys for a while, that's for sure. If yesterday's Oyster Stout is their best beer," ouch!" to that I say. This pours a beautiful Red Amber. Lots of carbonation and another creamy head. No lacing on this at all though. Smell, what there is of it, is gone as quickly as the head is. However, when it's there, it's loaded with nice stone fruit - cherries, peaches, nectarines, and some sweetness. Flavor is a different story. There's nothing there. As quickly as it hits your mouth, it's gone into a long and faint finish. Some saltiness, but not close to what's in the stout, and some hoppiness, but they instantly fade into this vibrantly colorless finish. Not worth tracking down.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Jesse13713
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice pull top cap.

Appearance - Pours with an impressively large head. A rich caramely red color. Less than impressive lacing. Creates a sort of sepia transparency when gazing through it.

Smell - Oddly smells like dishwater soap. I thought it was my glass, but the bottle smells like it too. A slight hint of roasted malts and caramel. Honestly not much going on here.

Taste - Very smooth and consistent. A very light cinnamon spice at the end that leaves a tingle on my lips. Slightly fruity with roasted and smoked malts on the finish. A good 'fireside' beer. It is sort of lacking in main taste, however. More watered down then I;d prefer it to be.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied and smooth. It isn't worth the plus five dollar price tag that I payed for it. I would much rather drink a Great Lakes Conway's Irish. The flavors here are subtle, which can be nice at times. But they just don't present themselves enough.

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Photo of Phelps
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Looks: advanced. The bottle has a cap I've never seen before - it's styled with rounded edges and a pull-tab metal ring like those you'd find on a can of soup. A quick yank, and the thing pops of with a hiss. The beer itself is a lovely color; not red, per se, but more of a burnt orange. The head is a fizzy light tan and quickly recedes to a ring.

Smells: toasty. Baked bread, roasted peanuts, bubblegum. Ok, but nothing special. A bit of skunky hops.

Tastes: subtle. Light bubblegum, a bit of toasty bread, peanut skins, and a bitter backbone of earthy hops.

Feels: unpleasant. Light, watery, fizzes up like soda as I try to roll it over my tongue.

Drinks: incompletely. Porterhouse Red has a lot of malt complexity for such a mild beer. Were it not for the mouthfeel, I'd call this a very decent Irish Red. As it stands, however...meh.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours a handsome clear dark amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent head. Aroma is fairly strong and malty with a fruity undertone. Flavor is fruity and malty, a bit on the thin side. Texture is somewhat fizzy and a little watery. Nevertheless, it is still palatable.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was pretty good, but a bit timid in flavour, and for me had a bit of a buttery taste which i didn't mind, but didn't like. Lightly sweet malts in the start, lightly dry and not really bitter hoppy finish. A bit light, yes, but not bad, Irish Red Ales have never been a favourite.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Eucrid
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jscal10
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of wl0307
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this beer on 28 April 05 by half-pint at the Porterhouse London branch, near Covent Garden.

Appearance: it comes in dark-amber to reddish colour, with very fine carbonation and milky-white, extre...mely dense and thick beerhead which lasts throughout the drink. Simply remarkable!
Smell: light-fruity note and hints of wheat...quite simple, and it had to be left for quite a while for more noticeable scent to come out. The serving temprature is way too low!
Taste: the problem is the same: temp. too low. And it makes the beer taste quite flat at first. I waited for a while and flavour of malts and mild hops followed later on.
Aftertaste: light-medium bodied ale; the mouthfeel was very clean, even crisp, with some mild and pleasant hoppyness lingering in the mouth; not long lasting though.
Drinkability: my overall impression of this red ale is that it is served way...too cold. The temp. certainly doesn't help because in my point of view, a good ale has to be served in a slightly chilled or just cool condition for the nose and body to be revealed. Alas, for this potentially pleasant half-pint I simply didn't have unlimited time to wait for it to warm up. A real shame.

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Photo of BobbyOlson
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Expensive, 4.99 a single and 15.99 a four pack???WTF is going on here in Ohio. Clear copper hue with a bright khaki head forming thick fine speckled lacing. Aroma has some herbal/grassy notes not so much pine, but it's there a bit. Hints of caramel but no candy like tones in the nose, really subtle malt profile, kind of airy. Flavor is really dry not even bready malt, kind of watered down cereal grains. A pretty big disappointment to me, based on what I paid for it. It looked like craft imported beer, but ended up mediocre import selections. Goes down smooth with bitter earthy finishing hops dry bitterness actually. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mellow carbonation that finishes bone dry. Drinkability is unimpressive a decent beer but not one I shoud be paying top dollar for due to rarity.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ang_Olive
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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