Gael's Blood Potato Ale | Crannóg Ales

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Gael's Blood Potato AleGael's Blood Potato Ale

Brewed by:
Crannóg Ales
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This rich Irish red ale is made with organic potatoes for an exceptionally smooth, rich body. It is extraordinarily rich in malt flavour, with just the right amount of hop finish. It's an immigrant ale, uniting the staple food of Ireland with plenty of new world hops. (Formerly known as "Hell's Kitchen".)

48 IBU

Added by BDTyre on 09-10-2006

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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cidius
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ajcarp
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint from a party pig at a local restaurant with lunch.

A: Beautiful transparent deep copper color with a small, fine, light brown head.

S: Just the slightest hint of citrus (lemon)

T: Initial taste of sweet, fresh baked bread, with just a slight bit of citrus in the finish.

M: Nice full mouthfeel that leaves a fine, slightly bitter citrus coating on the roof of the mouth, while the sweet bread taste fades quickly into a clean finish.

O: A very well balanced beer. Just what I've come to expect from Crannog. I could and will drink a lot of this. It is just hard to believe that potato was used to make this beer. Amazing!!

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This to me is what an Irish Red Ale should taste like. Complex and full of malt but smooth as a Derry girls thigh. This is a tasty pint with that kinda rooty note to the midbody. Like all Crannog beers this is well balanced and the craftmanship shines through. If you are having a pint in front of a great Irish band then all the better

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on-tap at the 2007 NAOBF (Portland, OR). Program lists this beer at: 4.8% ABV, 32 IBU, 12.5 OG, 3.5 FG

A: Pours a fairly clear amber/copper with a light tan creamy/foamy 1/2-finger head.

S: Notably starchy potato aroma, earthy/root quality, coupled with a slightly smoked, faint cocoa-like aroma. Maltier caramel aromas and a hoppy finish give this the fullness a Red Ale needs. Very nice complexity.

T: Tastes more like a red ale, balanced nicely between maltiness and hop bitterness. Starts sweeter but dries in the finish, as hops and smoked malts kick in. Again, there is a starchy, dry potato (or potato skin-like) flavor imparted throughout this beer. Interesting...

M: Smooth, fairly crisp. Light to medium body. Hops linger a little but are clean; really the starchiness is what clings awhile.

D: Enjoyable. Easy to drink, light (sessionable ABV - again, listed at just 4.8%). Very nice flavor and aroma; I'd gladly drink this all the time. I'm very happy to have tried this here in Portland, as it is rarely served outside of BC.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colour with a slight off-white head. Cascading effect as a result of the cask. Rich, earthy smell -maybe this is the russett in it- with a caramelly malt scent and traces of hops.

Silky taste, very earthy. Sweetened up by the malts. Bitter undertone, probably from the hops. Very big taste, well balanced.

Smooth mouthfeel, not problems drinking this one.

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Gael's Blood Potato Ale from Crannóg Ales
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 12 ratings