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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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had off the tap at fraunces tavern.
a. A clear yet deep red. Huge foamy tan head and lace.
s. Mild alcohol taste.
t. Has a dull sour ale-ish aftertaste. Nice caramel and apple taste. Very nice ale.
m. Sour aftertaste.
o. Not a huge red ale fan, but a wonderful unique taste. Nice for a cool day.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich deep red color with the thick amount in carbonation. Initial aroma is thick hoppy and roasted caramel with a trailing aroma of cocoa. Rich hoppy taste with an initial taste in of hopps with only slight bitterness and finishes smoothly and bitterness mellows out rather quikcly.

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper, big pale tan head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top, a little lace.

Aroma is toasty-caramelly barley, dry bread crust, light tea, leaf, faint fruitiness (plum wine).

Taste is light plumy fruitiness up front, some faint caramelly grain, and a tea-leaf bitterness with hint of peppery bit that takes over lightly at the finish and lingers. It has nice balance, a little nice complexity, and is very good.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Porterhouse Red

Appearance: amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: malty barley and honey.

Taste: light chocolate, grain, and a faint honey.

Mouthfeel: light.

This is just a slightly above average brew with a decent chocolate flavor. The cap is probably the most interesting part of this brew.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Porterhouse Central; served in a tulip pint.

A: Perfect nitro pour with a creamy white head and a blood-red body.

S: Not much in the nose, a hint of caramel and smoke, but mostly a whole lot of nothing.

T: A little improvement here. Hops pop up a little and malty sweetness persists.

D: Alcohol isn't very present, but neither is taste. The mouthfeel is too watery, especially for a nitro pour.

Overall: A bland, unoffensive beer from Porterhouse. This is tough style to accomplish, since it is so easy to make a boring beer. I don't understand why they put this on nitro; it killed the little complexity this beer had. Maybe a cask would be a better vessel for this brew.

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Photo of AEK
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A.Burnished orange coloured beer with a pillowy, foamy looking white head.

S. Caramel, roasted malts. I can also detect flavours that are associated with a Flanders brown ale.

T. Chocolatey and toffee. A slightly bitter finale.

M. Medium bodied. I am surprised at the amount of carbonation this beer has, something that I personally don't like in a beer.

D. I would appreciate this far more if it had much less carbonation in it. Nice to try but once is enough thank you.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sean Mac D's, Dublin.

Pours glowing ruby amber with a creamy nitro head that sheets. Toasted grain nose. Candy apple malts up front and orange hard candy hops to finish. Tight barky finish and a dry linger. Medium, crisp but chewy.

Nice fruity Irish red that avoids the swampy over toasted/peanut malts that plague many others in this style.

But is this supposed to be on nitro?

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a 330ml bottle that I tried on 15th March 2011, but I couln't see a date printed where it said "Best Before" on the label. Pull off cap.

As a side note, the label says; Grain: Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt. Hops: Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings.

Anyway, I poured the brew into a stemmed glass; a crystal clear red-brown body with an okay bubbly head that thinned fairly quickly. The aroma was dark toffee, metallic maltiness and a touch of "belgian yeatiness" reminiscent of Goudon Carolus classic!.
The taste was quite bitter but still malty. It was refreshing, would make a perfect bottle to chug while waiting on the barbecue!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. "pull-tab" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Light copper/tea in color, with a nice frothy head of off-white foam
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt,soft mineral note,subtle English hop bite. Very friendly and drinkable. Clean, smooth, and flavorfull. Would make an excellent St Pat's day session brew at 4.4ABV, however price is a bit prohibitive.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden red color as expected with a huge 3 finger head. Good Carbonation with a strong creamy lacing from the big head.

S- It took me a while to pin point this one but I was finally able to recall this smell from my childhood. Root beer barrel candies is all I can use to describe this one. A blast from the past for me, this beer smelled absolutely wonderful.

T- Caramel and coffee flavors. The coffee part reminds me of the taste that you "smell" when you walk through the coffee isle in the store. And not the canned stuff, I am talking the fresh ground bean smell, but in a flavor. Nice sweet taste with a touch of bitter on the back end.

M- Has a creamy texture that makes a thinner beer feel more like a medium body.

D- I may never go back to American Reds again. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of LukeK1231
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Porterhouse Central in Dublin.

A- Nice reddish amber color with a slightly tan head.

S- Slight malty, caramel, and fruit smell.

T- The tast was as most Irish Red's go, however a little watery. There were some spice tones that were nice, but could have come through a little stronger.

M- Light carbonation.

D- It had a watery, malty finish. Overall, a definite must try from the Porterhouse selection and as an Irish Red. Would have again although not my first choice in Irish Reds.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A spongy tan head sits atop of moderately good retention. Dull coppery in color with a fair sense of clarity reveals a feverish strong effervesce within. The lace is foamy, encircling the glass with a thin band but has some meaty substance sticking and clumping well.

S: The nose struck me as a bit odd at first with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon, sour cherries and a sour caramel malting. Musky damp and mildew hops, not what I expected from Nugget or EKG. Thankfully the aroma diminishes rather quickly though I continued to agitate to satisfy my curiosity and understanding of this strange scent.

T: The flavor faired much better then what I anticipated from the nose. Star fruit, white grapes and a toasty lemony caramel backing best sums up things here in a nutshell. Fruity like a bock, with some sour tropical hops of pineapple mixes with a fresh sense of semi-dry lemon and caramel for a finish. Like the nose the flavor was pronounced, though seemed a bit out of place per style.

M: Fullness was good, creamy and lush feel on the tongue. Quiet carbonation gently comes through. The finish is warming of sour citrus/lemon hops and sour caramelized grains ending a bit dry.

D: Overall drinkability was not bad, but certainly not what I envisioned or come to expect from a irish red. Felt really strange and ends up drinking better if you don't think about it the second time around.

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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 johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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 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 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 metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Creamy head with great retention. Red-orange and clear. Heavyish lacing. Quite pretty.

S: Sour cream masks more pleasant fruity notes.

T: Really food! Fruity-sweet with a perfectly-carbonated light bitterness. The fruit dominates and is complemented by caramel-sweet malt. Almost hidden in the maintaste, bitterness is left behind to pervade the aftertaste.

M: Mostly smooth, but with a spritely kick.

D: Quite nice, but perhaps not one to drink repeatedly or often. A great red ale! I might have liked more hops, but then the beer may not have worked as well. Recommended.

Grain -- Pale, Crystal, Wheat, and Chocolate malts
Hops -- Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings

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Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper with maybe some bronze hues and a nice multitude of bubbling. The head and foam are super thick and creamy, and leave awesome notches of foam on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is very malty with sweet biscuits and bread with a little caramel and honey. The hops add a little earthy sniff to balance the malts out a little bit.

Toasted malts dominate the flavor profile of this beer. Not so much as to be overly sweet by any means. I could taste biscuits, crackers, and white bread crust. The hops added a little grass and earth to keep some of the sweeteness in check. The mouthfeel has some a nice dryness to it that adds to this beers awesome sessionability.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear amber with a short but nice head that stays around til the end

S-gingerbread, chocolate, dough, yeast, cinnamon

T-strong roasted nose with a very watery middle, settles with an overlapping of other spices

m-almost water, very thin

D-a good pairing or session beer, not a stand-alone star

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 chickencoop
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big frothy deep caramel brown, solid head retention. Smell was a big bitter, skunky almost pale lagery after pulling the cap. Taste was nothing like the smell, almost watery and light, but definate roasted malts. This is quite drinkable but nothing special.

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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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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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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