Crimson Clover | Church Street Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 03-14-2013

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by matjack85:
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3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this at the brewery on Valentine's Day. $5 for a pint glass.

The beer poured a clear brick red color with a 1-finger creamy beige head on top. Retention was good, as was the lacing.

Pleasant caramel/toffee smell.

Bready malt flavor with with some caramel and toffee sweetness. There's a slight burnt taste as well. Earthy hop bitterness is mild, but noticeable.

Light to medium body with moderate to medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a very tasty Irish red.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PatrickG
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of InsaneBeerLover
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bwood06
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is actually a beer that my wife ordered during a recent trip to Church St for dinner and brews. As always, I got a couple sips in order to log a review and to see if I would like it for future ordering.

This beer pours a copper color that is nice and clear with virtually no head. The head is in the form of lacing from the get-go and is white in color. Carbonation is light in appearance. 3.5/5 The aroma is of moderate intensity and leans toward sharp rather than sweet, although not by much. The malt presents as moderately toasted grain and a bit of earth from a nutty profile (hazelnuts). There is some sweetness but it is not overpronounced and seems to be mainly a grainy sweetness. Hops present chiefly as earthy and herbal in nature with a bit of peat moss. There is a spiciness to the aroma that really reminds of a Belgian type of beer, possibly Belgian yeast. 4/5 The flavor is quite strong for this style and leans fairly well toward the bitter side of life. The malt here presents as dark toasted white bread, hazelnuts, and lightly sweet grain. The hops really come out nicely with an earthy peat moss nature and a bit of an herbal note. Pepper and coriander come out at times, making this feel more like a Belgian style beer. Bitterness is moderately high and lingers for a just a bit after swallowing. 3.5/5 This is a medium bodied Red Ale that has lively carbonation and is fairly drying, but also mouthcoating at the same time. Dryness persists after swallowing for a moderate length of time. 3.75/5 This is a decent Red Ale that is light on the alcohol and mouthfeel making it very sessionable. This just feels more like a Belgian than an Irish Red to me. Regardless, I still enjoyed the sips/mouthfulls that I had. 3.5/5

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Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Tasted in a 16 oz pint glass from draught at Firkin on March 16, 2016. Look is clear ruby red Amber with a thin head and lingering lacing. Taste is sweet malt flavors and rock candy.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

Tommy James would be proud (no word yet on the Shondells)... Anyway, this stuff pours a murky rust topped by a half-finger of glowing tan foam. The nose comprises tobacco, earthy greens, and a bit of blood orange peel. The taste continues the earthy vibe, but increases the blood orange ever-so-slightly and adds in a firm backbone of caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, an okay Irish red, one that focuses on earth and spice, possibly partially to its detriment.

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Photo of stanale
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany color. 3/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, slight tea, hint of spicy hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, slight tea, hint of spicy hops, and slight candi sugar. Overall, cloyingly sweet and too carbonated, but otherwise average.

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Photo of BrewClint
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Fittingly this is the March beer of the Month at Pints in Elmhurst. Served in its own marked glass, the beer is a chill hazed garnet with a beige head.

Nose of grains, a bit a caramel and hint of tobacco.

The taste is earthy in a good way. Lots of crystal/caramel malts and some toffee. lightly toasted grains and bagel round out the taste. I would like to see a little move bitterness for balance.

The mouth is workman like and gets the job down. I have had this one now three times, so I guess it falls under the "occasional" category for me.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of onlymurderers
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SCZ
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TheStepChild
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle bought at the brewery. Pours dark brown with reddish hues with a very slight haze. Small stream of bubbles from bottom of glass. Tan head with light retention. Flavor is minty and roast with sweet toffee. Low bitterness. Aftertaste is spice with light roast character. No esters. Aroma is the same with roast, tofee and light spice. A good example of the style very drinkable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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