Patrick's Poison | Rivertowne Brewing

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Patrick's PoisonPatrick's Poison

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Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by InspectorBob on 04-05-2014

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If a new CAN comes to Lancaster, PA, you CAN bet that The Friendly Greek is going to have it in their Mix 'n' Match cooler! I get so excited every time I walk in there that I have had to cut back for fear of passing out from the rush.

From the CAN: "This one was cooked up for the Irish in every one of us! Blessed with the perfect flavor combination of hops, this Irish Style red will put the Saint in your soul! Cheers to this high gravity offering and the good things that will come! Cheers and thanks, [undersigned] Andrew T. Maxwell Brew Master".

Something is fishy on the label! The fish, "poisson" in French, looks like he is in the "Breaking Bad" meth lab. Poison poisson, indeed!

The Crack! was directly followed by a banging on my front door, so I turned on the fume hood and proceeded with an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was really happening when I happened to look out the back door and spot some clowns wearing D.E.A. jackets behind the fence. I gave the two fingers of dense, tawny head a chance to settle before running upstairs to a better vantage point and loading the AK-47 that I keep in a closet for just such occasions as these. The nose was like inhaling pine tar and it occurred to me that in listening in one one of my phonecons, they thought that I was referring to heroin, like black tar heroin, and not pine tar, as in the depths of a forest. I opened the window to try and point out their misCANception, but when the first shot whistled past my left ear, I had no choice but to get off a volley of my own. I took a moment to look down at the now-settled beer and it was a magnificent deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with button brightness, which was not helping matters, since I had shut off all the lights. Mouthfeel had an unexpected fullness, not quite up to creamy, but close. The hops were really prevalent on the tongue, quite minty with just an underpinning of caramel hops to offset them. I remember a brewer once telling me that the AmeriCAN Amber style was as dead as the yahoos now littering my lawn, but that was before the style got reinvented in this way. The finish was dry and breath-taking and I had to catch my breath as I hauled the bodies into the basement, where they are now stacked up like cordwood. We'll be loading up a U-Haul It van later tonight and duping them in the Susquehanna River under cover of darkness. Now, I've got to wash the blood off and remove the sticky lacing , both of which CAN be attributed to this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint.

A nice medium amber color with good clarity. A finger's worth of thick tan head that has some good staying power. There is a steady stream of small bubbles rising with purpose throughout the beer. The head leaves some sticky lacing behind as it subsides. This is a pretty beer in the glass.

Piney, resiny hops is the aroma. The carbon dioxide being released from solution tingles in my nose as I breath deeply of the hops. Some caramel malt notes are along for the ride, lending some balance. Nice!

Beautifully bitter with a nice sticky hop punch in the flavor. Caramel malt does come through is the middle before that nice lingering bitter aftertaste that leave you wanting another sip. Mouthfeel is actually fairly smooth with medium to big body. The body is right on for this style.

This beer should define the style in my opinion. A nice big sticky red.
Well done to the brewers at Rivertowne!

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheRamie
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Photo of Kvothe
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good seasonal. Enjoyable beer for the late winter early spring

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rivertowne "Patrick's Poison"
12 oz. can, no freshness dating
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Andrew Maxwell has a penchant for making solid, reliable and highly drinkable beers and this one is no exception. Initially expecting a standard "Irish Red Ale" I was pleased to find that "Patrick's Poison" is actually a stronger and more malty version.

It's a slightly hazy copper with a crimson cast, and it's creamy tan head holds well and leaves short mountains along the side of the glass.

In the nose it's malty with cereal grain, brown sugar, and caramel backed by leafy and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied, almost becoming full; and the median carbonation is fine-bubbled and smooth across the palate.

The flavor is rich and malty but not overdone. It's sweetish to a certain extent, but balanced by a solid bitterness. It's got notes of golden caramel, medium caramel, sweet malt, oats, and soft brown sugar. Going into the finish the bitterness rises and the hops appear, leafy, spicy, grassy, and somewhat floral. It dries readily, and then lingers for quite some time.

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Photo of J_Wheels
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat_usher
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yes, you guessed it. The previous reviewer, woodychandler, hooked me up with this beer. The greatest trader ever. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a touch of caramel, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beoirific
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed reddish copper color with a 1 1/4" light tan head that persists for quite a while and creates some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Sipping pretty much cleans the side of the glass, leaving on a few scattered small speckles. By mid-way through the beer there's still a thin layer of foam and a small, slightly thicker, irregular island of foam.

The aromas include some caramel, some dark brown sugar and nice hints of earthy, grassy hops.

The flavors are somewhat as expected from the nose but more complex in that they show off both the malt complexity and the dark brown sugar sweetness balanced nicely with a touch of bitterness and while blending in nicely with earthy and grassy notes from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and crispy with the moderate, persistent carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the sweetness begins to fade a bit and the bitterness emerges more strongly in company with earthy, grassiness. All of them then gradually fade to a nice dry finish that invites another sip. The earthy bitterness lingers longest.

Overall this strikes me as a well brewed beer with an interesting complexity of flavors playing nicely together. I'll certainly be looking to have it again. BTW: This beer is a bit temperature sensitive and should definitley be allowed to warm to about 50 or so as when chilled to refrigerator temperature the bitterness may be too prominent.

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

Photo of ttylicki
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josh24
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was expecting bore here...just a normal irish red...ok

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Photo of drwatson32
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Patrick's Poison from Rivertowne Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 47 ratings