Arrowhead Red Ale
Montauk Brewing Company

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #92
Ranked #38,426
3.67 | pDev: 9.81%
Montauk Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Notes: Malt lovers rejoice! This beer has a strong malt backbone, sweet caramel finish and low bitterness. Arrowhead Red has slight fruitiness and hints of roasted barley which make it a great beer for the transition from winter to spring.
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Bluecrow from New York

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-dark red-amber can pour with a fine tan cap. The aroma is malty with some orange and pine. The flavor is similar, mild but pleasant with toasted malt notes. The finish is dry and a bit bitter.

May 22, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great malt backbone in this mellow red ale from the east end. This is very drinkable but has minimal personality. Still, this is a very serviceable Irish red from LI's exploding local scene.

Dec 27, 2018
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moodenba from New York

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Montauk Arrowhead Red Ale purchased in December, 2018, was cooled to about 55F and poured from a can into a simple pint glass. The deep amber body is topped by a modest off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. It has a faint malty aroma. The roasted malt flavor is nicely quenching. The hop character comes out in the noticeable, but mild, bitter aftertaste. This is a pleasant beer that is contract-brewed for Montauk.

After another six pack or so of this beer, I've decided that Driftwood is a better beer, and have adjusted this rating downward

Dec 22, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber color with a thumbnail length creamy head. The head displays good retention.
The aroma emits a toffee and caramel like sweetness, buttery, biscuity and toasted malts. There is also a gentle wisp of citrus peel.
Clean malt forward taste with a moderate sweetness. Flavors of bready and biscuity malts with a light toffee character. Nice balance in the middle palate, featuring a mild hops spice. Light citrus finish that is semi dry.
Medium bodied, gently carbonated and smooth. Malt forward but finely balanced with a soft and clean bitterness. I liked this beer.

Jun 01, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Primetime. Pours red with white head. Aroma is of herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. Tasty brew.

Mar 15, 2018
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Billolick from New York

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, best before dating on the bottom, but I can make no sense of it

Pours a reddish ruby darker amber, typical khaki cap, leaving a thicker film, and moderate strands of fine lacing.

Malted up nose, with some honey, and whole wheat.

Malty brew, with more whole wheat coming to mind, also some vanilla, n honey. Medium mouthfeel and the carbonation seems pretty typical, to perhaps a bit on the flat side...all in all nothing very special going on here...middle of the road malty red ale

Oct 31, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a ruddy burnt dark orange almost amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that held and faded at a good pace. Some stringy lace. The aroma had a nice blend of roasted nuttiness, nice and clean caramel maltiness, and then a touch of some grassy hops for balance. The flavor leans initially towards the sweetness of the malts but tried to bring in the hops somewhat in a bitter fashion but honestly, they stay more in the background. Nicely blended aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation and the ABV felt fine. Overall, one of the better offerings by this brewery. I could come back to this.

Jul 15, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brief impressions from a can. 6 packs run $10.99 in NYC.

APPEARANCE: ~8cm worth of head lasts ~5-7 minutes. Body colour is an amber-copper. Translucent and transparent, but dull and uninviting.

AROMA: Fruity but a bit toasty. Pale malts, amber malts, caramel.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a toasty malt backbone which lends it some dryness in the third act and on the finish, but otherwise it's smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and refreshing throughout. More fruity than most red ales I've tried. Malt bill is amber, pale, and caramel.

Sweet but not sticky, with the toastiness reigning it in and keeping it pretty well balanced. Depth of flavour could be better but it's competent work.

OVERALL: Drinkable enjoyable fare, but not a terrific red ale. More toastiness, some roasted barley, and less fruitiness would be a good start, but this just doesn't have the depth or complexity of flavour needed to really compete with the best expressions of the style. Decent, but not impressive.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

Mar 20, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite malty, having flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a touch of smoothness.
O: This beer is nice and malty yet is still quite drinkable because it isn't heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

Jan 15, 2017
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Schrai from Germany

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a robust, dark amber. About a quarter to an inch's worth of head, overall looks very nice. Smells equal parts malt and hop, which is followed up by the taste, complimented by biscuit, but also with a relatively unsavory socky finish that--unusually enough--is something that I attribute to paler ales than an amber, which was jarring. The mouthfeel is just right; coating the mouth fully, but not so much for it to become constraining. It's a good drinking beer. It hits a lot of notes but the taste just isn't completely there.

Jan 14, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #113 (JUN 2016)

Malty, Toasty, Crisp, Smooth
The brewer’s intention was balance; I can clearly see that with the bitterness dialed in at 23 IBU. While the bitterness is modest, the hop flavor adds a nice layer of complexity. Toasty with a quick peck of sweetness. Arrowhead is a story of a seasonal that shouldn’t be a seasonal anymore. It finishes dry and slightly toasty. Crushable with enough flavor to keep it interesting sip after sip. Initially called an Irish Red, that qualifier has been removed from the name but not the beer. Brew this one year-round guys! [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 3.75| Overall 4.00

Oct 14, 2016
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kisthekids from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint from tap at Iona, Brooklyn.

A - Copper red. Medium head. looks good.
S - Malty, breaddy and maybe a touch of spice.
T - Malty, biscuity and very well balanced with a touch of spice and hoppiness.
M - Medium, little carbonation. A touch watery - quite quaffable whilst still enjoyable. I imagine this goes well with a meal as well as on its own.
O - Great. Very well-balanced in my opinion. Perfectly on point in terms of style. I haven't had a lot of Irish reds, but this is the best I've had so far. Tasting it wasn't an amazing experience, like with other beers I love, but I imagine this would be a great everyday beer to have several in the refrigerator for any occasion- I certainly wouldn't mind having it again and again. For the Irish red style this beer is quite good, maybe the best available. Is the style anything special? ...perhaps not. But maybe there can be a better Irish red than this somewhere out there...

Mar 06, 2016
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angusdegraosta from New York

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red amber color. Pours a generous head that stays a while - leaves some watery lacing. The malt and hops work in tandem. Neither sweetness nor bitterness dominate. Great style. As with many good ales it is pleasant cold but more flavorful as it warms a little. Mouthfeel is plenty crisp. This is a new brew from a fine brewery. It is as excellent an everyday go-to beer as you can get for my palate. I recommend it thoroughly and hope it stays a regular at distributors and supermarkets.

Feb 05, 2016
Arrowhead Red Ale from Montauk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 37 ratings