Copper Coast | Dungarvan Brewing Company

very good
10 Reviews
Read the review
Copper CoastCopper Coast

Brewed by:
Dungarvan Brewing Company

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnfromDublin on 05-17-2010

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 29
Photo of ChrisCage
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

 1,398 characters

Photo of charlatan
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

 180 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

 1,417 characters

Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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

 316 characters

Photo of hunnybunny
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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".

 1,423 characters

Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 678 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Bull & Castle, Dublin.

Murky auburn with steady loose off-white froth. Chestnuts and candy apples on the nose.
Red currant, autumn leaf, cocoa powder, red pear, and maraschino cherries, with no hops to speak of and a slight peanut skin ending.
Sweet balsamic end and lean linger. Light to medium, soft, dry, not much chew.

A tart take on the style - I wonder if the cask is responsible for that tang. Definitely puts fruit ahead of toast or nuttiness. Goes down quite easily.

 493 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Sufficient lacing on top of the deep reddish-brown brew. Smells of split-open caramel apple with grainy, spicy and yeasty undertones. Exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel within the medium body. Caramel and a mild salty, mineral tone to start. Toasted biscuit middle to end. Orange and grassy hop flavor and balancing bitterness. Yeasty and a tad buttery with a long, drawn-out fruitiness of fresh figs. A whole lot going on in this beer, all pleas- ing and in no way detracting from its great level of drinkability.

 579 characters

Photo of LukeK1231
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a O'Hara's (Carlow Brewing Co.) pint glass. Enjoyed while studying abroad in Dublin.

Color: Cloudy red-amber, quite different and nice. (I assume because it's unfiltered)

Aroma: Slight caramel notes, however some hoppy tones as well.

Taste: I had to definetly try a decent amount of this beer to come to a conclusion. As an Irish Red, I feel this is very unique and different. However, I do like it. I has a caramel and almost spice start and then turns into a very flavor taste of bitter hops.

Finish: The bitter hops finish off, with a smooth finish and a little carbonation.

This beer is definelty well crafted, very flavorful, and great, however, it may strike you as different than most Irish Red's.

 735 characters

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the three new beers just released to the market from the new Dungarvan Brewing Company.

Tasted a pint from cask in the Bull & Castle, Dublin on 14.05.2010. Appearence was of a slightly cloudy tawny red coloured brew with a thin (but lasting) white head. Lacing remained on the glass all the way down.
The aroma was a curious mix that at first reminded me of a subdued Rodenbach Grand Cru tang. You know the one that gets the juices flowing! Some nice malts also.

The taste was a solid, and not like any Irish red ale I had had before; as it had plenty of flavour. It seems to me that some spices may have been added to this brew (?), combining with warming maltiness and more subdued hops.
There was a slight 'stickiness' to it, maybe from the sweetness. Overall it feels a bit stronger than the 4.2%; a nice satisfying red ale. I will review the bottled version in the coming weeks.

 900 characters

Copper Coast from Dungarvan Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.