Irish Red Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

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Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Zorro on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by sam_bliss:
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3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12ounce bottle into tall weizen glass

Typical light amber color. Browns and red give way to clear copper. A small white head leaves spotty lacing. The smell is adjuncty and quite bland. Almost like a lager. The taste is super dry, as is insinuated by the label. There is no aftertaste, which is kind of nice. The body is fairly light. This beer has some citrus hoppiness - it's much more hoppy than a real "Irish" red would typically taste. Sweet malts and corn keep the flavor mostly subtle. It's pleasant but far from fascinating. Carbonation is medium.

Overall, this Irish red ale from Seattle has an identity crisis. Some red fruit and ginger ale notes permeate the blandness. I could mistake this for a well-hopped lagered brew.

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Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off white head rises up to about a 1/2" and dies back immediately... the brew is clear deep copper/cherry wood....

Nose is clean dark toast... fermented out caramel essence.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with something that reminds me just a tiny bit of roasted malt... crisp and clean with just enough malt sweetness to make this crushable... medium/light body with light carbonation.

Pretty authentic... no diacetyl like many Continental brothers.


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Photo of Spaz7
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear light brown to red colored ale. It is only red if you hold it up to a light. Small tan colored head forms and then disappears.

Smell is malty and aromatic with caramel and wheat bran scents. Toasted grain and a faint raisin scent. Nobel hop gives this a grassy hop aroma.

Starts out malty and a little sweet. Caramel and toasted grain with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a mild ale that does nothing to offend. This could be more complex though.

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Photo of RyanTeeter
2.22/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

a: Nut brown in color. Not clear and great head and head retention. Almost a 2 finger head that had a dense consistency.

s: The aroma was almost musty with a hint of malt. Not very pleasant.

t: Even keel malt with mild roast & slightly flat flavor that does not last. I do get the hint of a slight nut flavor however also weak.

m: Light weight, short lasting sensation. Weak.

o: Overall this was a let down. Per some of my other reviews I truly typically enjoy Pyramid beers however I think this one missed the mark for my palate however maybe it'll be different for you.

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Photo of cre83
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoy by 06/12/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard yellow branded pressure cap and uninspired label acquired as part of a variety box at my local Vons grocery store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 5.50% ABV confirmed. Expectations are below average; the brewery has been pretty meh so far and this is a style I'm intimately familiar with having lived in Ireland for a year.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of okay cream, nice thickness, and nice (~3-4 minute) retention. Body colour is a somewhat vibrant fairly dark caramel-amber; translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is thin and even. The body colour isn't the red hue that defines the style; this leaves a lot to be desired. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Caramel malt. Light toasted malt. Brown sugar. Bready grains. Minimal floral hops. Gingerbread. Light nuts. An above average strength aroma. Misses the mark for the style, but it's not bad when considered outside style conventions. I'm intrigued, actually. Great beers in the style feature a more prominent toasted malt aroma and have a lot more depth. This is built differently but it's interesting for what it is. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Unpleasant caramalts and artificial toasted malt comprise the prominent malty body. Some brown sugar rounds it out. Light floral hopping. A simply built poor example of an Irish Red. Bland and without depth. Badly balanced. Doesn't feel like a cohesive whole; it's a bunch of disparate ingredients cobbled together. Lacks focus and direction. Comes off artificial; maybe there's some light fruit syrup here. Tastes like a homebrew extract kit beer. Not particularly good.

Mf: Overcarbonated. Smooth. Wet. Too thick. Too full-bodied for its lack of flavour. Bad presence on the palate. Doesn't suit the style, or the flavour profile.

Dr: Badly done for an Irish Red, and underwhelming overall. Very pedestrian, very macro. Bad execution. Drinkable, but I wouldn't get it again. Decently priced for what it is. I'll finish the other two from my variety box, but I'm not a big fan of it. There are far better Irish Reds available at this price point. Another subpar beer from Pyramid.

Low C-

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Photo of mactrail
2.72/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

What is this, corn syrup added after brewing to enhance the flavors? Sweet and cardboardy with a strong caramel taste. Soda water with weird fruity notes and a candy bar finish. The smell is not anything like beer, but perfumey and dishwatery at the same time. Sprity mouthfeel is the redeeming beeriness factor.

Pale dull copper brown in the big chalice, though a paper dixie cup would have done the job. Not like any Irish Red I have tasted, which would be a good thing if it was any better. It's the oddity-- a beer that's even worse than the average in a lousy style. This stuff is dying to be mixed with a DIPA. Pyramid makes some wonderful beers, and I"m glad to see them experiment for better or for worse.

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Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +25%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $13.97 for a summer variety 12-pack
Purchased: March 30, 2013
Consumed: April 10, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish brown nut color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head that dissipated almost right away. Minimal wet lacing on the side, poor retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled very malty right from the beginning. Got dark fruits and malts full nuts, toast and caramel. Seemed to be some faint bitter notes in there late. Reminded me slightly of a Newcastle.

Tasted a lot more bland than the smell. Still malty, but not as flavorful as the smell. Toast, nutty and faint caramel.

Medium-to-light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Longer smooth finish.

The definition of an average beer.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a dark ruby red color supporting a dissipating head leaving nil lace. Smell of the roasted malt upfront leaving the hops in the back. Taste of the roasted specialty malt with enough sweetness and hop to blend it. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. Not great, but a good Irish red.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Irish Red Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 19 ratings