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Porterhouse Red | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 68
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of plfahey
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in half pint glass.

A/S: Pours a red colour with a generous fluffy tan head that lasts til finish leaving a decent amount of thick lacing to the glass. Light, malty, with a fruit and nut aroma, hazelnut predominantly with a hint of roasted and chocolate malts.

T/MF: Taste is malty with tastes roast, caramel, chocolate, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and autumn fruits, some spice, perhaps cinnamon. Medium bodied, fluffy feel with low to medium carbonation and a smooth, dry and hoppy finish.

Overall a pleasant red ale on par with other Irish craft reds. Definitely not to be put in the same brackets with the only macro red brewed in Ireland - Smithwicks and it's nitro sibling Kilkenny. Recommended.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on febĀ“11
Pours brownish red in color.White brief crown is dense with small bubbles.Yeast & fruity aromas, chocolate hints.Smooth hoppy flavor slightly sweet,hues of chocolate & dry nut notes. Crispy mouthfeel, full body & good carbonation. Brief dry bitter aftertaste.Refreshing.

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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A sandstone, red-brown colour, one finger head with a tan hue - dissipates quickly.

S - Apple, grape, light nut odour.

T - Red fruit, pear, apple, almonds, peanuts and other mouldy nuts, slight hoppy finish on the back palate.

MF - Has a light carbonation with a distinctly fluffy finish, nice body which brings out well the said flavours.

O - A very well crafted red ale, something that the style most certainly needs in terms of refinement and freshness, highly recommended.

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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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