Clotworthy Dobbin | Whitewater Brewing Co

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Whitewater Brewing Co
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cypressbob on 11-18-2006

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by kmacphail:
Photo of kmacphail
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a 500ml bottle brought back from a recent trip to Belfast.

The beer poured a dark ruby colour with a dark creamy head that displayed both retention and lacing.

The nose was dominated with malts and barley along with a hint of fruitiness. This was very pleasant, however it translated into an even better tasting beer. Maltiness dominated with barley and a hit of nuts. This was followed by a pleasant lingering, slightly bitter, fruity aftertaste; making this a very well balanced beer.

The beer had enough body to let the drinker know that this wasn't a lager. At 5% a bit much for a session ale, but an incredibly nice and drinkable ale that reminded me of a dark Scottish beer. This was my first experience of Northern Irish beer and I was very impressed, I hope that I get to sample a few more.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of KarlMcGowan
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at The Magpie Inn, Dalkey, Ireland

A: The beer is clear dark russet in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast and dark and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts with hints of roast and notes of fruity yeast.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer blends interesting characteristics of dry roasted malts and fruity yeast.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle: BBD end of Jul 14, poured slowly into an 'Old Speckled Hen' vase shaped pint at home on 18th Oct 13. Brought back from Northern Ireland by my Son-in-Law last week.

Lovely looking brew: Mahogany, reddy brown body, clear and clean, on top a thin wispy off-white covering and collar. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising through.

Aroma is malted nuts and toffee with attitude.

The taste is all malt flavours with caramel, toffee and candid fruits to the fore: behind comes an undertone of hop bitterness and woody notes.

Certainly different and interesting: good depth of flavours within the body and overall a fine beer.

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Photo of BogBoyJD
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich mahogany brown body with reddish hues and thick white head that stays

Big butter fudge aroma and booze smell

quite dark on the flavours burned buttered toast & rye bread soon wield to yeasty bitterness not too unlike a good brown ale actually

great carbonation make an above average easy drinking ale

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half pint sampled at the Belfast Beer Festival, 17th November 2006 on the recommendation of cypressbob...

Poured a light mahogany brown colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thickly then faded slowly to thin layer... very light carbonation... some decent wispy lacing...

Aroma - Nice strong caramel maltiness, some light fruitiness (figs and raisins), biscuity hints, light molasses hints, some nice nutty sweetness, light peppery hops, faint toasted bread notes...

Taste – Lots of nice caramel maltiness, some light spicy hops, light nutty sweetness, maybe a faint hint of nutmeg, some biscuitiness, some light prune and fig notes...

Feel - Nice and smooth... Medium bodied... Very, very quaffable - a superb session beer...

Overall - A very good (and extremely drinkable) beer from Whitewater... glad to see a local brewer producing something so good.... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Dr_James
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Squibs
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a persistent head. It is quite a dark ale with a nose of plum pudding , coffee and sour citrus.

I drank it a little more chilled than it should be, so flavour was muted a little. Quite tart and hoppy. Nicely balanced. Merits your full attention - not a quaffing ale! Picked it up in a 5 for 10 sale. At this price I'd favour Hobgoblin for a more robust if less complex flavour.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at the Garrick pub in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from a bottle into a Harp pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark black with a four finger head of fair cream and retention. Appealing.

Sm: Malty. Maybe grapefruit. Fruit and estery hops.

T: Cream on the open to balanced fruity body with a pectiny citrus grapefruit finish. Strangely built and a bit unbalanced. The body is overemphasized.

Mf: Very crisp. Nice balance of coarseness and smoothness. A bit chewy.

Dr: Steep price for a decent beer.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a 500 ml bottle tasted on 15.02.09 (best by May 09). Already reviewed from the tap.

Suds on the top as the bottle uncapped. Poured this a dark tan clear brew with generous cream coloured head. Nice lacing evident on the glass.
Smell was an instant aroma of sipcy malts with a touch of coffee.
The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma; slightly rusty, slightly coffee malty brew. Solid nonetheless. Crisp finish. Overall a nice rounded brew.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the 2006 Belfast Beer Festival

Pours with a deep rich red body, some burgandy highlights and hints of maroon, some shimmering ruby hues. Off white tight creamy head, fantastic retention and some lacing on the way down the glass

Smell, thick aromatic sweet malt initally on the nose, slight hint of a few well balanced floral hops but they definatly take a backseat on the nose allowing the thick, burnt sugar, caramel malt to take over

Taste, as smooth as it could possibly be, buttery mouthfeel (not typical diacetyl butteriness but just an overall smooth, slick mouthfeel). Thick caramel and toffee malt, some dried fruit in there too, slight hint of esters lingering in the background also. Very subtle hop character but its there and is balanced to perfection

Was looking forward to see what whitewater could pull out of the hat for this years festival and to be honest they've totally out done themselves. This is an example of how good the brewery can be, a fantastically drinkable ale which has session beer written all over it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby with lumpy beige head that pits but fades without trails. Raisins, cinnamon, candy apple, some earth and oven fresh bread crust, - bold and bright.
Prune juice, hot buttered rum, roasted peanuts, poached pear, carob beans, a roasty hit in the middle, and some gentle orange pekoe tea hops.
Cranberry and chocolate finish and cleanly bitter linger. Medium, lots of chew, smooth.

For starters, Irish Red Ale is not the whole story. The brewery tags it as "ruby porter style", but is really just it's own man. Perfect example of brewing beers, not styles.

Plenty of roast and chocolate for the porter side but lots of fruit and nut show the Irish red influence, too. Hops show themselves in balance more than flavor since this one is all about malts. Considered by some to be the best beer made in Ireland, and they're not wrong.

Idiosyncratic, complex and delicious.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jspruit
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this 500mL bottle while on a trip to Northern Ireland after hearing good things about Whitewater Brewing.

Pours a nice light brown with a bit or reddish toned while head up to the light. Small 1 finger head that is off-white and sticks around for some nice lacing.

Wonderful aroma of light fruits, hops, and a bit of malts. Very nice and inviting.

Tastes of a mix of hops, rye, light malty sweetness, and some fruit hints. Very nice overall and with a good balance-the hops are nice.

Goes down nice and smooth and leaves you wanting more too-which is great as long as you have more.

I could drink more of this if given the opportunity, but it's not readily available here in the Republic. It would be interesting to try it on draft or cask.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2011.

A - Dark ruby red colour with a good thick off-white head that hangs around a while and leaves some lacing.

S - Roasty caramel malt smell with some coffee hints.

T - Well balanced between the slightly sweet rich malts and hop bitterness, with a lingering, slightly bitter finish.

M - Good medium mouthfeel, very smooth, mild carbonation.

D - An extremely drinkable beer, would work well as a session drink.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml dark brown bottle. Freshness stamped on label.
Pours a ruby-hued brown leather color with a thin, but lasting beige head and a fair amount of patchy lacing.
A smell of fruit cup rises instantly. A background smell of crushed barley and dry hay and whiff of limes linger. A slight sweet perfume aroma follows.
A lightly caramel sweet and edgy rye-like malty taste is upfront. The complex hop profile provides distinct tastes of grapefruit, limes, citrus peel and a slight metallic bite. As it warms a bit, a taste of tea and honey is noticed. The malt to hop ratio is very balanced.
The mouthfeel is nearly oily slick and fluid. Smooth!
This is a well-made, highly drinkable ale.
Thanks Cypressbob!

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of flyingpig
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown in appearance with a thumb sized, foamy head that is off-white coloured and stays well.

Malts and caramel along with some medium strength bitterness and a light fruit aroma in the background. The beer is quite earthy with a nutty smell but overall it was nice, if a little weak.

Rich bitter malts and a hint of caramel along with some fruits and earthy malts along with a good nutty base. There was hints of grapefruit and citrus in there as well.

Smooth and with mild carbonation along with a light bitter and earthy feel to it. Quite subdued overall but it does have a nice mouthfeel.

A basic red ale though, and although one I would drink again it's not likely to be one of my regular beer and is by no means a classic.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

IICFTBABI, If I Can Find This Beer Again, Buy It. (Found it in Dublin.)
Listed in the "1001."

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Richie71
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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