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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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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

A - Great looking deep and clear red with some off white head that had the perfect amount of head and perfect amount of lacing.

S - Malty sweetness, some breadyness, a very typical and average aroma for the style.

T - Taste is slightly malty, with some sugary and bready sweetness. Nothing particularly outstanding and not really better than your average Killian's.

M/D - mouthfeel is smooth and light, but not that impressive. Reasonably drinkable, but not much more reason to pick this over another.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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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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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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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very dark mahogany red with an off white head about an inch thick.

Aroma: Some good dryness in the nose. Floral hop, light citrus notes, caramel malts and molasses, a subtle twinge of licorice in the back.

Taste: Citrusy but mostly floral hopiness , Light crispness on the palate, caramel malts, raisins,

Aroma: Overall a good beer it could a little bit sweeter but still tasty. Cheers

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours from the wall-o-taps a clear, reddish-amber body with a scant, white head.

Smell: A scent of toasted bread crusts and burnt sugars with a pervasive, though light waft of harvested berries and some background, minuscule notes of earthy herbs and spice.

Taste: Toasty, bready maltiness with a sweet flourish of caramelized sugars. Hint of berry-esque fruitiness. Modestly earthy hops with an additional zip of complimentary spiciness. Medium-low bitterness. Smattering of fruitiness on the bittersweet, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Hovers comfortably around medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant brew to pair with watching the Masters this past weekend. Best of luck to Dempsey and here's looking forward to his forthcoming RIS and IPA.

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