Red Nun Red Ale | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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Red Nun Red AleRed Nun Red Ale

Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by Norfawkers on 06-15-2010

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 82
Photo of 88caprice
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall: A good red ale. More dependable than exciting.
L: Red. Creamy head. Nice lacing.
S: Bready malts and herbal, tangy hops.
T: Bready and hoppy. Balanced, but not complex. Straightforward. Not much of an aftertaste.
M: Medium/light body. Biting and sparkly.

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Photo of tigg924
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, ruby red, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, light breadiness, with herbal hops. This makes for a slightly above average, sessionable red ale that is good enough to try, but not rush out for.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter from my doctor friend---Thanks Chris!

This ale pours a medium ruby red with a beautiful head of foam that dissipates to a thick layer and ring with excellent lacing. Nose if weak---a dash of sweet malt, some grains, and a touch of hops. Flavors follow the nose with a medium hopped lightly sweet ale with a lightly bitter hop and grain flavor to the aftertaste. Solid and sessionable, especially on a hot day, but nothing too outstanding. Crisp and highly carbonated mouth feel. Decent


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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at O'Connor Brewing Company. Pours a nice ruby red into the glass with decent head and lacing. Smell, however, is very faint and I'm not getting much at all except faint malt. Taste, however is pretty good, with a nice tart quality I like. Mouthfeel is also good, with a smooth fullness on the tongue. This is a pretty solid offering from OBC.

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Photo of Csikic93
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this on tap at o Connor every time I go there which is frequently. This is my go to beer. Poured in a typical pint glass it is a nice red Amber color. It is crisp and refreshing. This is by far o Connors best beer. Ask them to mix red nun with great dismal black ipa it's called a checkerboard, I also recommend this.

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Photo of embass
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this nice and cold in an Alewerks snifter.

Poured a nice red-copper (almost orange) color with about one finger worth of off-white foam that faded fast and left minimal lacing. Good amount of carbonation. Had a mild-to-strong malty (barley grain) smell through and through with a slight aroma of citrus sitting in the background. On taste; there was some sweetness and tart (citrus) up front that ultimately gives way to a more earthy malt taste.

Very good malty red ale; seems to fit more of an Irish red in spirit for me. If I had my druthers I’d ask for a little more hoppy bitterness in there.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was good, epecially seeing as how I don't usually care too much for Ambers. Simple malt character, very very mild hops. The malt sweetness was pretty strong. Smooth and drinkable. I'd have it again, but not really my style...

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Photo of Frank_TX
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have had many of the O'connor products here in the Hampton Roads area, especially on draft at local bars. A strong but not bad malt flavor with little hoppiness. Red Nun is almost as easy to drink as their Green Can (personal favorite). The Red Nun seemed a bit flat but overall not a bad beer and could easily finish the 6-pack due the 5.5% ABV. Wish the price was closer to the adjunct American brewers.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - yep - red. About as red as I've seen a red ale

S - Earthy sweet caramel malts.

T - Caramel goodness and a sour cherry blast gives has to a hoppy finish with lingering sweetness. Leaving you with the feel that you just ate a big cherry cheesecake in a glass

M - While a bit of fizz, overall it's creamy smooth

If you can take a little sweet, this works well as a superior clean crafted red toned dessert brew.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks LambicKing!

Super light amber body. Pushing damn near orange. Thick frothy white head.

The smell is dead on for a malty red. Like scarily on. Biscuitty malt dominates the smell, with a hint graininess coming in late. Light caramel and toffee try to come in as well. I love how this smells. seriously.

Im not 100% on how I feel about the taste, Its very earthy, more so than Great Lakes. Theres an astrigent-type bite that lingers that Im not fond of. Its very earthy, and could use a good dose of either sweet malt or serious hops.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish-copper, with a hint of haze. Head was 1-finger of off-white foam that faded quickly, leaving just a hint of lacing.

S: Bready malt, with just a hint of citrus in the background. No complicated aromas here.

T: Sweetness surprisingly strong up front, yielding quickly to a tart, citrus flavor. Hops makes a strong and lasting appearance in the finish, with a bitterness like grapefruit rind. There's a faint fatty acid taste in the finish as well, detracting from the experience somewhat.

M: Nicely carbonated, with a slightly dry finish.

O: Just so-so. Not what I was expecting from a red ale, especially the bitterness (I can't believe it's only 35 IBUs, as the bottle lists). I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I ordered this on tap at the Green Turtle in Chesapeake, VA. Served in a tall pint glass.
It was a brownish-red with little head and light lacing.
The smell was malty-sweet but I didn't pick up the sweetness in the taste.
It was plesant enough, smooth with just a hint of bitterness at the back end. Taste was more understated than I had expected, but I would happily try this one again or recommend to a budding craft beer drinker.

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Photo of mattbk
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish amber copper brown. Nice light tan head that stays around. Looks fairly carbonated.

S: Light caramel toffee nose, maybe a bit of spicy hop at the end. Not a ton of nose though, definitely not hoppy like some of the ambers I've had, more malty characteristics.

T: Malty sweetness, mostly toffee, with some light breadiness as well. Definitely some likes more of an Irish red than an amber, just not hoppy enough to be an American amber. Not bad though, definitely drinkable.

M: Light to medium-light body. I think this was a bit too carbonated. This wound up being pretty dry as well.

O: Reminds me a bit of Killians Irish Red, with a bit more malt toffee flavor. It does get points for being drinkable, but I usually subtract a few points when the style designation is off, and this is more of an irish red than an amber.

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Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a shaker pint glass, medium amber in color, light layer of carbonation and some spotty lacing

s: sweet caramel malt, quite biscuity, mild grassy/herbal hop aromas

m: carbonation light-moderate, body the same with a slight sugary slickness

t: opens with sweet caramel, some flavors of sugary light fruits, crackery/biscuit malt, hops mild with a dry grassy flavor

o: certainly pretty plain but not a bad option, the biscuity malt is nice and the beer drinks well as a whole

draft at Taphouse Ghent, Norfolk

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at A.W. Shucks in Norfolk, VA

A- a burnt orange amber color with champagne style carbonation. 1 finger of white head and no lacing.

S- smokey honey with a bit of alcohol. reminds me of a cross between red wood barrels and a bbq grill scent. Make me want to fire up the grill and get some ribs.

T- has a tart off flavor like a granny smith apple with caramel. A slight bitterness.

M- clean with a med body but nothing special happening.

O- I may need to review this one again in the future to be sure but this one just didn't do anything for me. Still a very drinkable beer though.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice goldenish red body body w/ a decent head that had slow retention and left lace down the glass. Light-bodied and smooth and there is a bready malt base along with some minor citric hops. Unfortunately, the sweet malts don't get a chance to shine as they are somewhat overpowered and the finish is a bit unbalanced and overly dry. A decent ale but just not up to snuff.

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Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice session beer or one to have with food. This one was a brew of the month selection at the Green Parrot in Va Beach VA. Good hazy reddish/amber color. Medium size white head, fades fast, minimal lacing.

Smell is mild - sweet caramel and bready malts. Taste features sweet malt with a little bitterness at the end.Overall nice blend of flavors and a great partner with seafood.

Mouthfeel is average, a little rich and a little crispness. Drinkability is good, well balanced - not too sweet and low enough abvto enjoy with food.

Nioe to see a local brewery featured in a Tidewater VA establishment. A pretty good beer!!!

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O'Connor's best beer of the three they offer so far. Support your local brewery, Tidewater/Hampton Roads!

Appearance: Reddish copper with a thin white head

Smell: Mostly malt with some earth and a bit of apple

Taste: Toasted malty goodness and almost stout-like with its earthy undertones

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lingering finish of smokiness

Drinkability: A very drinkable stout/ale hybrid and worthy of try at your local watering hole (available at Cogan's and Jack Quinn's)

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Red Nun Red Ale from O'Connor Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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