Rebel Red | Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

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Brewed by:
Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A malt driven Irish style red ale balance by the hop varieties Fuggles and East Kent Golding.

Added by stcules on 09-02-2002

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by richmof:
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in a pint glass in the Ginger Man. It pours a red-amber with an off-white (orangey?) head that retains quite well.

The biscuity malt is certainly the dominant impression on the nose and this follows through on the palate. The crystal malt does its work to give a nice caramel flavour without being too sweet. The hops come through to give the beer a nice round finish.

Could definitely drink a couple of these in a sitting but I think it might be a bit heavy for more than three.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has mostly caramel malts and some earthy hops. Taste starts malty but not sweet, a bit astringent and hoppy on the finish. Medium to light body with low carbonation, feels a bit watery. Not bad overall, it's easy drinking and has a nice aroma but it tastes quite bland.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of NilocRellim
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Franciscan Well Brewery.

One of my favourite beers of all time.

Very rich, deep, red/amber, very translucent/clean colour with a creamy head. The smell is very light and slightly floral, which is uncommon for a red ale, but it works. There is also a slight fruitiness and sugary/sweetness to it. The smell of the hops is very weak (in a good way), but still noticeable. The taste is not really floral or fruity at all, but has a very balanced taste of bitterness, caramel/sweetness, hops, and a very nice malt finish.

Would I buy it again? Of course! I wish that it could be found in more than just a choice few places spotted around Ireland...

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Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Purchased a while back from a supermarket. Named for Cork - the rebel county.

A: Poured into a cervoise. A deep reddish-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a smallish head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding and disappearing.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of caramel, barley sugar, faint bread, ale yeast and subtle stewed leaves. A twinge of cardboard in the background. Dull.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a vaguely sweet character and a dry finish. Notes of grain, mild barley sugar, subtle caramel, ale yeast, light stewed leaves and faint cardboard. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed leaves/husks, grainy malt and cardboard.

O: Pretty average. Perhaps the bottle age doesn't help. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a fairly bland mix of caramel malt, ale yeast and faint stewed leaves. Body is OK. Drinkable enough but nowt special. No need to hunt it down.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of fr0wn3r
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Drawn fr the tap at the brewery into a pint glass the beer is a dark
Ruby-orange with an off white head that has reddish hues, laces well and has mild retention.

Theouth feel is ok, could be thicker for such a fine malty looking brew. It is slightly on the thin side.

The smell in good, nuts and fresh backed white bread.

The taste is also nuty with a fresh backed sour dough bread on the finish.

Over all better then average and a good choice if this is you style brew but better brews are here at this bar.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franciscan Well Rebel Red has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, rust-red appearance, some visible white sediment roiling about, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of slightly sweet bread crust, some caramel, and a touch of citrus. Taste is of those elements, with tea qualities and a decent and noticeable, yet mild, bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Franciscan Well Rebel Red finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of MacarthurParker
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of Foley67
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerucee
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth red . in Gallaghers in Cork city.

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Photo of bryc9194
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of MillRat
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Bull & Castle in the Christchurch area of Dublin. The B&C private labels it as "Castle Red," but the bar staff will readily identify it as FW's Rebel Red. Pours a light coppery brown with a thin white head. Aroma quite caramelly with little hops, but the flavor brings out more biscuit malt and a firmer hop presence than the aroma suggested for a well-balanced beer with some definite caramel body. All in all a decent brew, but the caramel gets a little heavy.

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Photo of ConorGolden
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveHS
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber/ruby with a thin, creamy head. Light, streaky lacing.

S-Delicate earthy hops, a little touch of cherry, not too much in the way of maltiness.

T/M-Well balanced, sweet, bready maltiness. Tastes like a slightly darker, stronger version of the Blarney Blonde.

D-Another tasty beer from Cork city's local.

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Photo of AnSpailpin
4.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Look: clear red, coppery color, with a large head if poured well. However, the head usually fades before long.
Smell: not always strong, but a nice malty scent
Taste: the best attribute of this ale is that it's delicious. Obviously given the style there's a maltiness to it, but it's got more going on than other Irish Reds (e.g. Murphy's). There's a distinct hoppiness to it that gives it more character. I even think there's a bit of a nutty flavor as well.
Feel: The carbonation makes it pretty crisp, one might even call it "refreshing."
Overall: Once upon a time, I lived very close to Franciscan Well and drank Rebel Red on a very regular basis. It's still a treat to order one now and again. It's honestly one of the best ales I've ever had. Definitely one of those beers that's better from the tap than from the cans you get at the off-license.

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Photo of bigears
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap in "The Gingerman" in Dublin. This is the only pub I've seen that stocks this beer (I haven't been to their brewpub in Cork).

Malty profile, nicely balanced by hops. The caramel does come through, perhaps too much for some but I enjoyed it. Nice velvety mouthfeel, I am guessing this was nitro but I can't be sure. Definitely superior to the mass market Irish Ales.

Welcome addition, would be nice to see more Irish pubs serve microbrews.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of fallenshadow
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks very inviting, deep amber colour with a red tint.

Smells bread like with hints of caramel and hops.

Balanced taste all round. Bittersweet but with really interesting hops and malt flavour mixed in too.

Feels pretty decent on the mouth. Some place between watery and a thicker beer.

Wonderful beer overall, one of those I go back to buy again and again. Goes down so easy and yet is interesting to drink always!

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Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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