Redheaded Stepchild | Northampton Brewery

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Brewed by:
Northampton Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by goodbyeohio on 05-30-2005

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of shigg85
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rorjets
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SABERG
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the Brewery into a shaker pint glass.
Color was deep copper, with a steady stream of carbonation feeding an off white cap.
The nose was deciduous, and malt forward.
The taste was well balanced, slightly piney and a hint of caramel.
Feel was medium bodied with a tight dry finish.
Overall a treat to find a well crafted red ale, one to be tried again.

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Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Enriquehopnog
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of smb71481
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brewpub
Comes to the table a cloudy amber color with a creamy off white head. Malty caramel aroma with a solid shot of resinous hops. The flavor is malty and rich with a huge resinous earthy hop flavor that I really wasn't expecting. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. A bit hoppy for the style, but hell I'm not complaining it works.

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Photo of DrewBest
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of EatonHops
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of hylton44
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of the four beer paddle when stopping by the Northampton Brewery on a recent trip to MA. The Readhead was an aromatic beer with more of a fizzy, than foamy, head. Taste-wise, this was actually very much like a Pale Ale, except with a whiskey-type of vapor-burn on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper colored with a low head of off-white foam that settles out quickly.

Low aroma of toasted bread malt and tangerine.

Hopppy flavors upfront, surprising for the style, but tasty, full of big citrus. Malt is fairly understated but makes itself known with some bready undertones.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Seems a little off style, but a tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery red with a white frothy finger thick head. Head falls quickly to nothing, no lace.
Aroma is moderate malt, honey and caramel, with a piney citrus hop aroma.
Taste is somewhat balanced but tends to hop bitterness. A continuation of the caramel and honey of the aroma overlaid with citrus bitterness that keeps into the aftertaste.
Light bodied with good carbonation, even after pulling on the jug all day.

Very pleasant but not really Irish. Got docked for style, it definitely would do better as an American Red. Highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was on tap at the Northampton brewery. Not sure if its back for good or for how long it was retired but it was definitely available. It had a sharp amber appearance with a good sized head that thinned out eventually. Spicy hops were what I mainly smelled, but I also sensed a hint of caramel. It was sweet but definitely watered down. This helped it from being too overpowering or being sensed as too "artificial" with the sweetness. Malty overall. Light-medium body allowed the drink to be refreshing but nothing too crisp. In the end, it was a pretty good ale.

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Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a clear amber color. There was a little head and minimal lacing. The aroma is a bit weak. It is lightly sweet, with a bit of caramel malt. The taste is slightly dry, and somewhat malty. This is a decent enough session beer.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this at the brewery on 9/1/06. $3.00

A: Pours a copper color with a slight one finger caramel colored head. Not much retention. Decent spider web lacing.
S: Aromas of sweet caramel followed by a blast of grassy hops.
T/M: A bit watery right off the bat. Slight citrus hop notes peak in and out, but very faint. Grassy hop notes are noticeable and present in the bitterness. Sweet malt in the aftertasteVery little carbonation makes this beer slide through the mouth. Gets a tad better as it warms.
D: Not very drinkable. Would rather have tried this on tap instead of in the bottle.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All about the nose! Poured a solid brown with a slight orange hue. Not much of a head when the waitress brough it out. Nose was fantastic. Fresh and piney. Kind of like when you walk through a field of Christmas trees. Not overpowering piney, but fresh and relaxing. Very Irish Springs. Flavor was a bit of a downer after the nose. All malts. With the biscuits kind of undercooked. The hops were not particularly present. Medium mouthfeel with a slightly creamy finish. Still a quite drinkable beer, but for the nose, it was not really all that remarkable.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

this beer pours a clear, bright pumpkin orange color. lacing is present with a lofty head. hoppy scent is medium to intense, with a nice mix of fresh citrus and toasted, darker hop bitters. malt figures its way in to create a staggeringly intense aroma for an irish red. taste is super bitter, somewhat too fresh and crisp for an irish red. malt is there, and brings out a vanilla aftertaste, but does not add a proper smoothness. drinkability is thus limited, but still a decent beer.

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