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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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of leinie13
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of aaronh
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks incredible. Nice rich, red body topped by a thick light tan head that shows nice lacing and decent retention. Aroma has some nice caramel notes and a bit of hops, but also a fair amount of what smells like corn or DMS. And holy crap, it's actually bottle conditioned! Swirling it a bit to pick up just enough yeast to make the beer slightly hazed effectively covers the off aroma and throws more of a bread and caramel note in the aroma. Amazing transformation. Flavor actually smoothes out a bit as well, but it still has a slightly skunky & adjunct flavor. Decent bitterness comes through in the flavor. Mouthfeel is fair. Drinkability - well, not a favorite of mine, but I will finish the sixer. Definitely a step in the right direction from the BMC fizzy yellow beers, but not quite a leap. But hey, it's brewed in Arkansas, and it's more than I though I would find down here! And for the record, I find Arkansas to be a beautiful state, just not real beer friendly. I drove for hours from Texarkana to Fort Smith and I swear the entire trip was through dry counties, so to find beers brewed in Little Rock was a real treat. Honestly.

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Photo of Redrover
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Diamond Bear Irish Red on tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock. Served in a large pilsner style glass, the beer is a rusty red with a thin tan head.

It has a mild nose of malts and a bit of plum.

Taste is as expected, a bit sweet with some doughy bread notes. Faint fruit notes at mid glass. Hops are for the most part mia.

The mouth is on the thin side. Not a whole lot going on here. No off or odd notes, but not a lot of flavor either.

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Photo of youradhere
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear ruddy hue of amber; thin cap of foam s falls quickly. No notable aroma. Tastes rather bland, some caramel, watery cola, slight earthiness. Body was fairly thin on this, nothing exceptional whatsoever about this beer. Definitely an English style. Next.

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Photo of JPDOG
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Dirty25
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Admittedly not my favorite style, but this one is not great even for the style. Definitely drinkable, but too light and not the best from their stable of beers. Pours red with a medium head, nothing special, but nice enough. Smells sweet and a little corny- smells of adjunct. Tastes similar, with more sweet adjunct flavor and very light hops. Just okay.

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Photo of Westyn
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Prufrock
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a pint glass.

slightly hazy reddish amber. half an inch of off-white head that falls quickly and leaves the slightest lace.

sweet toasted malts, toffee and caramel in the aroma. a faint hint of balancing hop bitterness.

flavor is somewhat light, but dominated by a caramel malt sweetness. faintest hint of cherries and a wisp of smoke. fairly light mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation and a clean finish. comes off more as an amber ale than a red, but it's drinkable and inoffensive.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of -ronin-
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Seabass1964
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of KevieJames
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of trappistlover
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 kylehay2004
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Squire123
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber/red in color, thin, evaporating head.
Malty, spicy nose, pleasant enough, on the sweet side.
Big carbonation on the tongue, quite a fizz, then fast fading.
Not quite enough in the flavor to report on...some fruitiness, a touch of nuts and caramel. A bit thin in the body department...yeah, the malt could be richer.
Nice enough sliding down the throat, rests pleasantly on the palate, but I had a hankering for a beefier taste. Just a little, anyway.

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Photo of Benh777
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of estlinska
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the tap room at the brewery in a standard shaker. Pours a reddish, ruddy brown like a wet split piece of red cedar. The head is very minimal and dissipates in a flash, but carries a mildy orange hue to it. No lacing left on the glass. The smell is malt, like white bread (very little) and some maybe floral edge to the smell of the hops. The taste is pretty sweet overall; the 32 IBUs really don't show up very much. There is a little bit of a dry finish, but not much bitterness overall. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but not too bad. It's a fairly average beer, and I liked it overall; just nothing dramatic about it.

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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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Photo of LuckyJohn
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Irish Red from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 20.3% out of 100 with 64 ratings
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