Cottonwood Irish Style Red Ale | Carolina Beer Company

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Cottonwood Irish Style Red AleCottonwood Irish Style Red Ale

Brewed by:
Carolina Beer Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JISurfer on 10-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by srrn:
Photo of srrn
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these at an Irish pub I gigged at in SC. Let me first say, this brew was served at the proper temperature, not too cold and not in a frosted mug. The head quickly diminished, but the beer looked good otherwise. It had a nice malty taste and a bit of hops in the end. Nothing spectacular here but a better example of the style than most. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few bottles of this to take from the brewery,pours a rich deep amber with a fluffy off-white head,very fruity aromas with some toasted grain and caramel in there.Well it has all the stardard qualities of a good red some sweetness and toasted malt but what makes this better is the real fruitiness to it,it really makes this beer come alive and make it better than the standard red in my opinion.A real solid offering I wish I could find this in Greensboro.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cottonwood's Irish Red pours a beautiful reddish copper body beneath a full head of creamy off-white froth that holds fairly well and leaves some minor lace at the outset of the glass. It's medium bodied, lightly creamy, and smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation. Its sweetish malt is obvious in the nose, and its toffeeish character really comes through in the flavor! Hop flavor, as might be expected, is relegated to the background; and it's well-balanced by a restrained bitterness that puts the emphasis on malt, but is firm enough to lead to a drying finish.

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber to red with a 1/2 offwhite head. Some lacing & okay head retention

Smell: slight hint of iron & that's all I got

T: Fruittyness up front folled by slight hops & grainy taste. Mellowed out to fruitty with malt presence as it warmed.

MF: Medium with good balance and carbonation

Drank pretty easy, just a easy sipping red that doesn't provoke a lot of throught. Give it a shot

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Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this as a taster on the brewery tour right from their tap today. It's the only one that I could not bring home in bottles (other than the Frostbite) and is only available right now in kegs. Though the taste may have been affected by the other three I tried before, I was impressed with a style that I'll enjoy on occassion. A bit difficult to rate its appearance other than color, which was a nice hue, because it was served in a four ounce plastic cup. However, there were a few pieces of sediment on the bottom. Would definitely purchase this if available in bottles.

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Photo of Sayson
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single on a whim at the local Total Wine. Twist off with no freshness dating

Appearance: Red in color. Some chill haze

Smell: Lots of maltiness, some breadiness. Smells like bread crust on a baguette.

Taste: Little taste up front, some maltiness. Some fruitiness and slight bitterness in the atfertaste, which quickly subsides.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full mouthfeel.

Drinkablity: Surprisingly drinkable.

Could be a great entry point for those who want to take a step into the world of craft beers. I like this beer better than I thought I would.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this in a beer sampler in the Charlotte Airport while I was on a layover. There is a little bar that is a branch of the Carolina Microbrewery. If you are on a layover it is definitely worth looking for.

Appearance- The color is more of a dark amber than a red. It forms an average head with a little bit of head and lace.

Smell- A good bouquet of fruit and hops.

Taste- Nice and pretty complex. Very woody like and pleasant with some fruity bitterness. Followed by some toffee sweet malt.

Mouthfeel- Very balanced with a great body.

Drinkability- Very smooth. Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of h00dak
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew came to me via the mail in my beer of the month club. I did a double take when i saw that the bottle had a screw cap! This certainly put me off a bit but i kept an open mind while pouring it into my chilled Founder's pint glass.

Beautiful red/amber color. No head. No lacing. I took a smell and was not impressed. Not much of a nose on this one.

I took a sip. Much better than my observations would have led me to believe. Malty in the beginning. creamy and a hint of hops left on the tongue. Smooth as anything could be but i could tell by the numbness in my mouth that it had an above average ABV.

Is the low carbonation/headless/no lacing all characteristic of the "Irish style red ale"? Just curious.

This is a very good beer. Not great but well above average.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--medium white head and a light ruby body. clear but not brilliant.

S--Sweet almost melon like scent

T--very maltly but not cloyingly so. Almost grape like. The longer you drink it the more hop flavor comes out.

M--sort of medium to full body. I little thick.

D--I really don't care for this style other than it has a unique color. However, this is a very nice beer. Not syrupy sweet like so many others in this category.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Whole Foods in Raleigh before hitting the bars on St. Patrick's Day. Pours an almost maroon amber color with a blink and you'll miss it head and plenty oof carbonation. Smell is suprprisingly fruity up front with strong notes oof coffee and a touch of caramel. Very sweet but balanced enough to make it palatable.

Again fruitiness at the outset but quickly rolled up by sweet malt with just a hint of hops for balance. Mouthfeel is nicely smooth and crisp although a little thinner than I'd prefer. Overall, flavorful and worth seeking out if you want to celebrate the day without tossing back endless stout.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head above the orangey amber brew. Head hangs around due to quite active carbonation, and lacing is average. Aroma is lightly of malt and fruity hops. Taste lets me down, with a sort of rotty wet grain start, fading into a slightly sour middle, and nary a hop to be felt. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, and drinkability is limited by the off flavor and busy bubbles. Not a hit for me on this one.

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Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with a decent light beige head at first from fast bubbles and very active carbonation. Malty, nutty, and toffee aromas and flavors. Delivers what's expected; a fully malty Irish Red. Light bodied ... seems a bit thin due to carbonation.

Per CB website: Seasonal: May-June

'6013' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 07/29/06

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Photo of ericwilson54
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 12/8/09

A - Dark, hazy copper with crimson highlights & a few hints of brown. Poured a negligible head that runs to the inner perimeter of the glass, leaving a bubbly island in the center. Retention is in this vein.

S - Malty, sweet aroma comprised mostly of caramel. Notes of toasted malts & dry bread. Earthy hop undertones with a faint indication of floral hops.

T - Mostly in line with the nose - just bumped up a notch. Solid caramel presence at the core. Toasted bread is more apparent to taste, the dryness of which acts as a counterpoint to the caramel sweetness. Modest hop bitterness hits upfront & on the peripheries.

M - Medium body with carbonation tending toward vigorousness without being too prickly or effervescent. Just a touch of bitterness lingers on the finish.

D - This is an easy-drinking beer. It's certainly not the most interesting, but it is solid & rather enjoyable. I'm in no rush to get it again, but I'll enjoy the rest of the 6 pack.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass yields a lightish red amber body capped with a thin off-white head that retains at a thin sheet and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a spicy, juicy note.

Taste is fruity with a dry pale malt background and a nice citrusy sting of hops. A minerally note complements a mildly bitter finish.

Crisp and refreshing; well-carbonated superb drinkability.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours an amber color with a good off white (almost reddish hued) one finger head. Couldn't see the lace as I had it in a solo cup.
S: Floral hops with a caramel maltyness that peaks through also.
T: Tastes of hop floral fruit at the front of the mouth with a maltyness at the back of the mouth. I was impressed at the complexity and longevity of the hops as they stick for awhile leaving a good aftertaste. They compliment the malts very nicely.
M & D: Mouthfeel is slick at first and then oily. Smooth on the palate and definately an easy drinking red with a nice dry aftertaste. Good drinking red ale, had a few of these on tap. Would have another if I could get my hands on it.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the newer name for the amber that they had before. They just changed it, so I guess it is either in the markets now or will be soon.

Once again, I had this on tap at the brewery, which was a total delight. The color was an amber body with some cloudiness. I believe that they are useing unfiltered yeast or something to that effect. The head was creamy, but lasted only a little bit. The taste was similar to most ambers, but I think had more body to it, in the way that it was more roasted tasteing than most and also had hints or some floral/citrus/nuts accompanying it. I'm not going to hype it up or anything, but it was simply so easy to drink and not have second thoughts. That's why I had 2 samples of it and a pint!

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Photo of Lldeegan
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a crystal clear mahogany color that gives off an ample, off-white head.

The nose is mostly grains, some citrus.

Light caramel malt on the palate, some floral hops on the back with a bitter twang of a finish.

Light-medium body with heavy carbonation make it a refreshing and easy drinking beer while still having nice full flavors without being too bold for the tastebuds.

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Photo of AMo
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cottonwood Irish Style Red Ale pours an amberish red with a short lasting initial head. The smell is faint and odd. Taste isn't real great either, it comes across with a kind of mixed malt and floral taste. Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation and is really pretty smooth. This is the best part, but that odd taste just kills it for me making this brew not even close to being enjoyable.

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Photo of atsprings
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served a crisp slightly dark amber with no head whatsoever. The aroma was light and malty with a slight fruitiness. The taste was slightly well balanced but nothing that special. The beer was light on the palate with decent carbonation. This is a decently drinkable beer, but it's nothing spectacular.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a reddish bronze with nice clarity and a nice sized, red-cream colored head of about one finger in size. Generous lacing is also present.

Aroma is very fruity and malty. Toffee aromas as well as raisins and prunes and dates. Nice dark fruit aroma. No detection of hops. Nice and malty.

Taste is a facsimile of the aroma. Big dark fruits with mollasses and prunes and figs. Some toasty bread notes and overall bready aromas. Pretty sweet tasting as well, but nowhere neat cloying.

Nice mouthfeel. A nice medium body. Nice carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Sweet mouthfeel. Overall a nice beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of chaz410
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from bottle.
Pretty typical irsih red ale colored body (dark reddish brown body). Thin foamy head.
Smell is sweet caramel, light barley and light european hops.
Taste is slightly smokey, malty and sweet but in a very mild way. Slightly tart spicy flavors and slightly tea like flavors.
Drinkability is nice, it's an easy beer to drink but i've had much better irish reds.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. single from Whole Foods into a pilsener glass.

Pours an iced tea-like burnt copper color, with an undersized cap of off-white foam that recedes quickly to a thick ring of tiny bubbles. The aroma is rife with candy apple, caramel, butterscotch toffee, and faint kiss of floral hops. Very enticing presentation, to say the least.

While the flavor of this Irish Red isn't exactly a complex explosion of tastes, it certainly gets the job done. Biscuity malts pair with fresh honey, caramel, a toffee nuttiness, and some mineral notes. The latter imparts a crispness to the medium-thin body, making this a refreshing, sessionable beer. The body is a bit overcarbonated, however, as the fizziness detracts from the flavor's subtleties. Overall, this is one of Cottonwood's better offerings in my opinion, but I'd still like to see this brewery get a bit more creative with its brews.

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Photo of mortarit
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a good off white (almost reddish hued) one finger head.
S: Floral hops with caramel malt that peaks through also. Smells sweet and malt
T: Tastes of hop floral fruit at the front of the mouth with a malt at the back of the mouth. I was impressed at the complexity and longevity of the hops as they stick for awhile leaving a good aftertaste. They compliment the malts very nicely.
M & D: Mouth feel is slick at first and then oily. Smooth on the palate and definitely an easy drinking red with a nice dry aftertaste. I would have another when the time comes. Cottonwood has yet to disappoint me.

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Cottonwood Irish Style Red Ale from Carolina Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 28 ratings