Irish Red Ale | Flat Branch Pub & Brewery

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Flat Branch Pub & Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich reddish-brown ale brewed with six different malts including the Scottish Golden Promise variety that is known for it’s fine malt taste. The English hop variety Northdown is lightly used to allow the malt flavors to predominate.

11 IBU

Added by maxpower on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flat Branch Pub.

Appearance was typical amber/red. Small white head was present and laced the glass nicely.

Smelled very malty, but nothing I could pick out individually. Taste was slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Very good for this style I thought. Low abv made this awesomely easy to drink.

Overall I was impressed with this beer. A solid representation of the style...I'd try again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version - although it looked like a nitro-pour I'll take the bartender for his word.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a slick one-finger white head. The head slowly dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of caramel malts that have been lightly toasted with hints of nondescript fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt flavors up front carry through until the slighlty bitter ending and are joined midsip by light fruit flavors - maybe pears and white raisins?

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a creamy thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could easily have a lot of these, especially at 4.3%.

Overall I was impressed - a solid Irish Red and a very sessionable one at that. Worth a shot.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of phantomanboy
2.24/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jmccullough108
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of MTNboy
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had good red amber body but there was not much for the tan head and lace. The aroma was malty but that was about it as far as aroma. The taste started out well. It had some grassy/grain tones with a very mild bitterness but the aftertaste was a little off and sour. This beer seemed to be watered down. It had an extremely thin feel to it.

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Photo of strandm
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the pub. Beautiful red ale, nice bit of head.

Smell and taste is all malty, very smooth, easy drinker. Soft and creamy. Would love to get this in bottles. The overall flavor was an easy fill of malt, signs of dark fruits in the taste, not complex but good. Cask made it great, not sure if it would be as good in bottle, but worth seeking out at the pub. Full description at: Notes that the IBU level is 11.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 3/4 inch head (off-white color) that takes a long time to finalize its appearance. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, and some caramel. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with low carbonation levels present. Tastes of sweet malt up front, roasted malt background, some caramel, and a little hint of nuts. Overall, the body isn't that strong, but the multiple flavors make up for that. Worth a try!

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with ruby highlights. It had a enormous, foamy, off-white head that left thin tings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, grassy hops and subtle fruity notes.

T - This has a nice sweet caramel maltiness with a grassy hop taste. It is a pretty good representation of the style.

M - It was creamy, soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is technically a cask ale, but the way its done is very close and makes it all the more enjoyable.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my way back from doing a concert at UCM in Warrensburg. Was shocked when the bartender filled the growler from hand-pump!?! Figured I better drink this before the day was out. Shared with Chris at a house party twelve hours later. Served in a stein.

A - Looks like cask beer. A hard pour yields a big bubbled head that slowly dissipates to a thick ring. A few specks of lace remain on the sides of the glass. The body is a lightly hazed red-brown color, with the occasional chunk of sediment.

S - It's a traditional Irish Red. Low hop character, tons of toasted malt, caramel, and fruit punch flavors. Packs a lot of depth for the low ABV.

T - Taste is similar, but with more sweetness. Very juicy in flavor, with a clean finish that features a hint of grape. Not as complex as the nose.

M - Obviously very low in carbonation. Sticky and chewy, with a medium body that implies more heft than 4.3%

D - This is something you could slam with no adverse effects. The low carbonation makes it easy to pour down the gullet, and the minimal aftertaste and pleasant flavor makes one want to do so quite quickly. Chris and I had to restrain ourselves from finishing our pours on the walk from the kitchen to the living room.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft at the source. The beer appears copper hued with a thin white collar. The aroma offers sweet malt, sweet breads. The flavor continues this sugary trend. Just too sweet too enjoy more than a small sample. Light in body with moderate carbonation. I'm always happy to try a new beer, but this one missed the mark for me.

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Irish Red Ale from Flat Branch Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 13 ratings