Copper Coast | Dungarvan Brewing Company

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Dungarvan Brewing Company

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnfromDublin on 05-17-2010

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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a spectacular eggshell colored head that is about two fingers in thickness and has excellent retention....also, this is dense and cloud like in texture! The brew itself is yeast hazed and mainly of a brown color, with muddied red hues in the background....its hard to tell how much carbonation is happening and as for lacing, well it is frothy and sticky on the side of the glass! Definitely a nice looking Ale!

S- Heavy malt sweetness is immediate on the nostrils, with bready-yeasty creaminess noted as well. There is some dry Earthy graininess about it as well and to finish things off, there is some moderate hop bitterness found right at the end. Perhaps throughout there is some citrus like fruitiness....again, nice!

T- Very much of a typical Irish Red, which is a very good thing! Dry roasted red malt is the biggest flavor happening with hits of yeast, dry biscuit, citrus rinds, nuttiness, and Earthy grains. The finish is clean and the bitterness is sharp and quick.....nothing offensive about this....perhaps just slightly mild for the style overall.

M/O- The body is surprisingly light and the carbonation is reasonably aggressive and palate scrubbing, which I'm thinking is contributing to the milder flavors that I taste. Overall, this is a nice beer, nothing substantial but very social and I would enjoy these over the course of an evening. Will try again!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssantic
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of charlatan
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper coloured beer with a sherbet nose on cask at 'spoons. This has a hose water flavour which gives way to a pleasant hazelnut informed aftertaste with a finish on the dry side.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - Dungarvan (the brewery, at least) sure does a swell job of illustrating its local historical landmarks.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves some broad and sudsy archipelago lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, wet ash, spiced autumn apples, subtle earthy yeast, and leafy, herbal, and mildly grassy hops. The taste is sharp apple and citrus fruitiness up front, with a sturdy grainy, biscuity, and lightly caramelized malt sweetness, damp smoke, dark toast, increasingly noticeable flinty notes, and more herbal, grassy, and leafy hop bitters.

The carbonation is nice and fizzy, frothy, and fully palate engaging, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, both the hops and minerality taking it down a few notches. It finishes off-dry, the gritty caramel malt and friends maintaining themselves better than any lingering hops.

I suppose that most of us have been beaten down by yer Smithwick's, et al, in terms of this style, so it's quite pleasant to taste a craft version of it. Lots of complex malt and hop interplay here, of the appropriate sort, which renders an easy to drink pub tipple - I would imagine, if I were in one right now, but it's equally good at home, by the same token.

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Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of beerinabottle
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bryc9194
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of MacarthurParker
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jeeb
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly hazy copper color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, toast, light fruit, slight herbal

T-malt, toasted bread, little yeast, little orange, hint of sweetness, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent and easy drinking, but lacks some flavor and balance

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Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Beerstorian
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hunnybunny
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first written and posted review, I guess you must start some day. I've been trying beer and sort of reviewing for two years already, I just never dared to post anything on beeradvocate. Tonight's the night!

Copper Coast Red Ale ABV 4.3% from th Dungarvan Brewing Company Co. Waterford Ireland. 500ml bottle poured into Smithwick's pint glass in low altitude, Galway, Ireland.

Appearance: One finger head, little cream, very foamy. Retention is disappointing for a 4.3% ABV beer. Head is almost already gone.Colour is a nice non-transparent copperish-amber.

Sm: I barely have a sense of smell so I will do my best for that part. I get some notes of hops.
T: Doesn't taste like what you would expect from an Irish Red. I detect roast barley, this reminds me more of Guinness than Smithwicks and I don't mean it as a compliment. However it is not bad, I do like it. The taste, at first took me by surprise, but I'm coming around it and I enjoy it. The body is balanced. Maybe some hops comes through. A bit of bitterness on the finish but nothing overwhelming. I also detect something christmasy, maybe some sort of light spices?

Mf: Smooth. Pleasant bitterness.

O: At first I thought I was going to be disappointed, but I actually enjoyed it. Even though, it is far from Smithwick's which in my opinion is the reference in terms of Irish Red. But as a beer advocate told me once "every beer gets a chance".

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with 1-finger darker-than-cream head. Faint retention, but laces well.

Nose if faint, but more complex than most reds. Lemon, light cherry, light caramel seem to round things out.

Called an Irish Red, this has more hops, more body, and a bit more spiciness than others I've tried. Darker, richer flavor. Good bit of toasted caramel malt, more cherry than strawberry in the licorice, spicy hit at the back of the tongue, and a nice dry finish with a decent shot of mild bitters (think ESB). Still lots of sweetness from the red flavors, though.

Feel is heavier than expected and very welcome.

Overall, I was surprised and pleased with this one.

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Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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