Handsome dark shade of coppery brown with some rings of suds in the glass. The aroma is actually rather nice and woody, maybe a touch of roasted grain. Pleasantly carbonated with a mineral sensation. Just faintly sweet but certainly malty. Tastes stronger than it needs to be.
A buttery taste greets the lips. A kiss of hops and a brambly, dankish aftertaste, but not very bitter as you'd expect. Fairly dry and quite drinkable, but sort of a watered-down American Red Ale. I suppose this is actually better than most Irish Reds. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Chuck's 85th St. Market in Seattle for $5.59.
22oz bottle - a little late arriving for this year's St. Patrick's day celebrations, but 'tis ok by me.
This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather creamy beige head, which leaves some crossed-stream lightning bolt lace around the glass as it gently fades away.
It smells of bready, slightly doughy caramel, a tame ashy roastiness, muddled dark orchard fruit, and kind of acerbic earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more brown bread, musty caramel, bruised apples and plums, a still understated, but niggling toasted character, and the same weird clammy, bordering on sour green vegetal essence from the nose.
The carbonation is quite laid-back in its easygoing frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and somewhat thin in its otherwise unassailed smoothness. It finishes trending sweet, the bready caramel malt and a plain fruitiness the order of the day, with perhaps a suggestion of trailing smoke arising as things warm.
Not a bad rendition of the style, which by definition is pretty unassuming and simple - this one more or less nails that. That uncertain sour and pithy element doesn't help matters, but it's hardly debilitating, by the same token. Another offering that's just better to drink in a dark pub, and not yammer on about, methinks.
Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium to dark mahogany and copper amber with a fine, half finger very light tan head with great retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of bready and caramelmalt, brown bread, dark and light fruit with a hint of sourness. Flavor is caramel malt, plum and apple juice. Finishes light and a bit bland. Light to medium bodied. A satisfactory Irish red, but tastes a bit watered down and simple. A pleasant light malty beer that doesn't have the wow factor of most offerings from this stellar brewery.
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and slight hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a caramel flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but fairly boring in my opinion.