Porterhouse Red | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Ireland
porterhousebrewco.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
168
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a rather nice looking red color with a healthy looking tan head on top. The lacing is very light but the retention is good. The smell of the beer is earthy, slightly sweet and a little nutty. The flavors are creamy, nutty, a bit of caramel and some grains. The mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable. Overall this beer was really quite nice for a good drinkable brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured into a pint glass with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and always kept a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of toasted malts and caramel. There are some hints of bitterness and spices in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high level of carbonation. There is a mild amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly; I could easily drink this beer all night long.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 12/18/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short very dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, tea, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet and creamy flavors of caramel, tea, honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character brings some breadiness. Then a mild but complementary hops presence provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of smithj4
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a burnt orange/amber color with an off-white head.

S: Sweet and slightly toasty malts with a bit of caramel. The hops are nearly absent from the nose.

T: Nothing really stands out in this beer. Slightly sweet with caramel notes and a bit of toasted bread/malt. Very light earthy hops.

M: The mouthfeel is similarly unassuming. Medium in body and carbonation.

D: Not at all bad, but there's nothing here that makes me want to drink this beer again. It's fairly bland and uninteresting. I'm not trying to be a "typical American" here and need some monster ABV, but some nice flavor would be a good start.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New beers available at the local today, even at 5 bucks a bottle I still pulled the trigger.
Pours a deep dark golden almost reddish in color with a good sized fuzzy white head that slowly recedes to form a cap and lots of sticky lace. Smells great! Dark crystal malt sweetness hints of dark fruits and burnt sugar. Very little to any hop present in the aroma. Taste is malty sweet with light caramel slightly bready with some dark fruit and an earthy hop bite that surfaces just long enough to keep it on the right side of cloying. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation and a medium to light body. Very simple but quite tasty brew, very easy to drink sessionable ale. If not for the price tag I could easily see more of these in my future.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hinr of sulfur, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight hop, hint of sweet malt, sulfur, and hint of grain. Overall, the sulfur hurts, but other than that a generally weak Irish.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a two finger sudsy white head. There was gdecent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an earthy caramel malt with a noticeable chocolate malt element. Clean hops detected as well.

The taste consisted of a sharp grainy malt, cocoa and a touch of charcoal. A multitude of hop varietals provided a complex and lingering bitterness at the finish. I was especially surprised to see the use if nugget hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a tasty and rather complex red ale.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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