Irish Red | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Irish RedIrish Red

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.86%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Caramel 80, Roasted Malt
Hop Varieties - Fuggles, Willamette
Original Gravity - 12.8*P
Bitterness Units - 31
Packaging Options - 12oz bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl

Added by BrewAskew on 11-30-2003

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Photo of Pav42
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Diamond Bear- Irish Red

Big thanks to Davey for this 1!

A- Deep amber red/ brown, clear with a good frothy head. Decent lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Light sweet bready malt with hints of cocoa.
T- Toasted bread crust malt, molasses, chocolate, and an earthy dry sweet hop finish.
M- Lightly sweet with a big thick malty body. Slightly dry earthy hoppiness near the backend but finishes sweet and malty.

Overall- Nice and clean. Good balance between the malt and earthy hops. My 1st from Diamond Bear and a good 1 at that.

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Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle while in Fayetteville. This is an interesting red ale. I'm getting nutty flavors that remind me more of an English brown ale, while this still looks and largely tastes like a red-amber hued, caramel malt. There's also a nice tan head that lasts the whole beer through. And while this is a tasty beer overall, the body is bit thick, making it feel more like the heartier American red ale style. Still worth a try for an interesting take on the style.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 1+ finger of tan colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt & some steely hops

T: Toasty, toasty malt, leafy & metallic hops, plus grainnyness up front. Biscuitty malt & dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes with juicy grainyness, leafy hops, & dryness, plus slight fruittyness; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation & good balance, thickens up a bit at the end

Great drinkability, not a bad Irish Red

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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with coppery-ruby highlights, largely clear, there is just a whisper of haze. A few bubbles were noticed in the liquid, they lazily raced towards the head, which was beige in color. The foam reached almost two fingers in height before fading quickly to a thin cap. This cap lasted awhile but left the beer completely before I removed all the beer from by glass. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose has modest potency but the most vocal aroma was toffee. Very light sweetness, in fact it is a little dry. Toasted malts with a slightly earthy undertone finishes the bouquet. Clean. Simple. Inviting. The palate is pleasant. I like it. Malt leads the way, Brown Ale-like roasted malts (tasty), toffee, light sweetness, some earthiness, chocolate, and at the finish is a tickle of hop-induced bitterness. Throughout the taste is a small note of astringency. The finish is creamy but dry with a Scotch Ale-like vibe. There isn’t much about the taste that says “Red Ale” but, thankfully, this beer works, it works well. Tasty stuff. Of the three beers I’ve tried from Diamond Bear this one is the best. Medium in body, maybe a little bigger, the carbonation is modest, the mouthfeel is very good, filling. This is a pleasant quaff. I’d buy a six-pack and drink away the day. It is a solid, uncomplicated beer. A good complement to stews or chili I would think. I have no criticisms about the taste, mouthfeel, or drinkability. I do wish the nose were louder and richer in smells. Oh well. If this was my local I’d be happy. Thanks rugger for the bottle.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle
Dated: July 2011
Drinking Date: Nov. 1 2011

Glassware: Mug

Appearance: Dense red-orange color with a beige head that has some retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing as I drain it.

Smell: Not a strong smell... Sweet and floral.

Taste: Throughout the beer is an even flow of sweet, bread-like flavor with very mild bitterness at the end. A mostly clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied; good bit of carbonation.

Overall: Decent beer. Nothing special, but good flavor. A very suitable session beer, because of its continuously interesting, but mild, taste and fairly light body. I will drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BrewAskew
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze Medal, 2004 World Beer Cup
Gold Medal, 2005 GABF

Pours to a deep crimson/amber color and everlasting beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and earthy hops peeking through with a whiff of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. . Flavor is roasty, alcoholic and earthy (but not in a bad way) with a nice balance of maltiness and bitterness. Similar to Scotch Ale but without the smokiness. Finishes roasty and somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is medium and there is a slight sugary feel of chocolate syrup. A very good beer if you are drawn to the style.

Revised March 2014. this beer has gotten better every year. Diamond Bear flat-out knows how to make kick-ass malt-forward and "balanced" beers and this is at the forefront. I don't know if this is a "true" Irish Red, but damn, it tastes so good!

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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of Fata!!). Pours clear mahogany with thin off-white head. Nice lacing and light carbonation. Aroma of dark caramel, jell-o chocolate pudding (?!), brownie, and biscuit. Taste is sweet and malt forward with light bittering hops. Medium bodied and oily texture. Pleasant bitter finish. Not bad for a style I generally don’t care for.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A warm dark amber - sort of a reddish chestnut, especially when backlit. Short light tan head that falls fast to patches and leaves decent lacing.

S: Malty sweet nose with toasty, bready, & caramel notes. Not really any hops. I am, however, picking up a distinct tea-like something.

T: Malty caramel - both flavor and sweetness. Toasty bread in the background with darker toffee and even chocolate notes. Balancing hop bitterness that is grassy, herbal and a little bit spicy. Lingering sweetness in the end, but also an astringent note.

M: Body is just slightly above medium with firm yet creamy carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

D: Very drinkable overall. Not all that dry and a bit thick & hoppy for an Irish Red. But it is at the upper end of the style abv-wise. I like that it is reasonably complex to go along with the heft.

(from notes - tasted March 2010)

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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.12/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from via trade from davey, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and malty with flavors of caramel, toffee and a touch of smokiness. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a while.

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Irish Red from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
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