Big Red Ale | O'Dempsey's

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Georgia, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s Big! It’s Red! It’s an Irish-Style Red Ale with a North American Attitude! With 30 IBUs and an Original Gravity of 1.058, this 6% ABV Red Ale has all the body you want with just the right amount of hoppy goodness.

Added by superdedooperboy on 04-11-2010

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by TheSeeker61:
Photo of TheSeeker61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice opaque red with a malty, rasin, dried dates nose. The taste is malty with a dried fruitty taste at the back of tongue. Medium thick mouthfeel. Overall really like this beer for the style. Must say it's the best red ale I've had thus far. Will have to try it again.

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

Poured into a standard pint a deep deep amber with a thinner light tannish colored head atop,my favorite thing about a well made Irish red is the deep rich color wich this beer pulls off well.Caramel and toast mixed with a little more brown sugar-like sweetness in the nose.Caramel toffee flavors up front with some fruity tones and brown sugar,a decent drying earthiness in the finish shows it's American made.My only slight complaint is it's a little prickly in the mouth but not to bad.A solid Irish red,it's been awhile since I have drank one,this is a nice offering.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, unknown date but recently acquired, served in a pint glass.
Pours a fine looking deep red-brown, clear, with a tan head of moderate size, with very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: roasted and caramel malt with some spicy hops. Hints of dark fruits. The flavor follows, although it is stronger and richer than the nose suggests, with a bit darker roast in the malt mix. Only a faint suggestion of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation

O: quite good and tasty Irish Red Ale. Recommended.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of seavercm
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of allthatAles
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep red with nearly brown shading. the head a thick khaki laces in just a few min. definitely hazed, full in the glass.

Nose: a little bready. almost but not a creme note denotes a lightly dry finish. not to much else...

Mouth: easily described as 'fruit forward' in my opinion, with a touch of cream, light bread and lightly dry finish, malt remains to leave a nearly bock-esque chew factor. you get hops in the mid-finish; also dry with nice spice notes. doesn't linger forever; could play to less than enthused with hop(s) types in addition to those who consume by the cone-ful.

I am pretty sure this is one of my favorite southern amber/reds. also the presentation is not overly campy. hops assert but not in, what i found to be reoccurring theme in some southern beers to play on the watery side. i dig it and the rumors of an IPA only interest me further into this "beer to die for"...

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Photo of ordybill
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a great roasted malt and caramel aroma. Appearance- Pours a dark amber color with a small beige head. Taste- Awesome flavor of roasted malt, top notch Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate to high carbonation. Overall- A really good beer from O’Dempsey’s, this is highly recommended.

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Photo of jmhart
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up at Hop City, poured into a flared pint glass.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a hint of amber in the light. Crystal Clear. Moderate pour yields next to no head, but a minor lace hangs at the edge of the glass none the less. The color is appealing, but the lack of head which is more typical for the style leaves a little to be desired in the appearance.

S- Very nice roasted malty notes, hints of butter, almost a little bit of coffee, and finally finished off (and balanced really nicely with) some floral hops.

T- Not surprisingly, the first hit is of sweet roasted malt, and follows with those nice floral hops that were there in the smell. It finishes a little bitter, but in my experience that's pretty standard for the style.

M- Thick and silky, medium to full bodied. Quite surprising and pleasant for an irish red. Really fills your mouth up and fills it with flavor.

D- Highly drinkable. Easy to drink but doesn't lack in flavor or body.

Overall, this is local and tasty, so I'll go for it again the next time I'm craving an Irish Red.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a medium slowly fading beige head. Aroma and Taste is caramel malt, yeast and fruity notes with some mild floral earthy hops. A medium bodied palate with a sweet mouth feel mad god carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity flavor with some moderate earthy hops and nutty flavor. A good session brew.

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Photo of TSJ4000
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Borderline Brown Ale this Red Ale packs a punch. This is much more than your old-school irish red. Rich maltiness! Big flavor. This was a killer 6pk for the fall. I was expecting lame red but this is awesome! Chocolate and coffee all the way. Shoot, this beer even has sticky lace. Sticky lace? WTFudge? It's a must try for the Brown Ale fans out there.

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Photo of cantfindme
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee and brown sugar are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts, toffee, and dates. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is somewhat maltier compared to other beers in the style and doesn't have the distinctive tea-like flavor that you would normally associate with an Irish Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by Atlanta Brewing Company. 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a clear deep reddish-copper hue with a thin off-white head of foam that disappears quickly and fails to leave behind any lacing on the walls of the glass. Rather bland in the looks department.

The nose is surprisingly roasty, with a hint of herbaceous hops and even perhaps a little peat. A faint whiff of hard-to-pinpoint sweetness makes an appearance but is fleeting.

Light-to-medium in body with a moderate, uplifting carbonation. Malt character dominates in the opening, but is nearly devoid of sweetness, instead favoring a dark toasty base layered with a peaty, almost smoky character that becomes enhanced in the middle by the dry, bitter, herbal and resinous hop character; notes of sweet malt and brown sugar briefly show themselves toward the finish, which is very dry and a bit bitter and roasty.

Quite different as far as Irish Reds go, with a very distinct dry, peaty and roasty character, almost reminiscent of a very dry version of a Scotch Ale. Good, interesting, but nothing spectacular, and truthfully a bit more sweetness from the malt would be very welcome to balance things out a little better.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle in a smattering of GA?NC beers on a recent vacation.

I tried their IPA recently and it was pretty good.

A- Very dark and murky. VERY dark. Small head that recedes quickly.

S- Pretty good, very malty nose to this.

T- Nice balance between hops and malt. More malty and bready taste to the beer. I would say the smell, maltiness, flavor of this borders on a porter. Getting some real fruit and chocolate notes to this. It's probably one of the thickest red ales I've ever had and really not as crisp as I like a red ale to be, but I am digging this porter aspect of this!

M- Good thick texture to this one. Perfectly carbonated.

O- Very nice offering on this one!

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby with a 1/4 inch tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer of fine foam around the edges and across the surface. Smattering of lacing.

Aroma is mostly malts, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with brisk carbonation.

Taste is heavy on the malt with just enough hop bitterness to prevent it from being too sweet. The same chocolate/licorice notes I got in the aroma are present, with some additional roasted grains. Finish is sweet roasted malt with a little nondescript bitterness. By nondescript, I mean I don't detect the usual hop flavors of pine, spice, citrus etc.

Honestly, this almost comes across to me as leaning towards a porter with all the rich malt presence. Doesn't quite line up with the other Irish Reds I've had. Not a bad beer if you like malty styles, just nothing special.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish hue to this beer. Nice rich malty beer kind of a fall beer type. small head easy in drinkablity def a beer worth trying at least one in a llifetime

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Photo of Mojo
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - pours up a deep clear amber with a one finger head the color of butter. Retention is good, but there is no residual lacing to speak of.

S - very grassy and bready

T - malts are caramel and sweet, finishes dry and yeasty

M - moderate thickness, good carbonation, a small mouthfeel

O - unspectacular, but solid red ale.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ChuckS
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of stomioka
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of suspect
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Big thanks to my friend Audi for sharing this.

A: Beautiful cloudy amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a thin 1-finger head that disappears very quickly. Slight lacing...not a lot but it's definitely there.

S: Nice malt smell hits the nose first, followed by some nice caramel sweetness. I am definitely diffing the smell of this one.

T: Follows the nose really closely with some added fruit complexities not picked up in the nose (possibly due to age). Also picked up on a bitter back end.

M: The bitterness made me pucker a bit. Not the highlight of the beer. Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

O: A really solid Irish Amber. I'm very glad I got to try this one and I encourage the brewer to brew another type!

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of Stalgondo
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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