Donovan's Red | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.16%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottum on 02-22-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very taste brohiem

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark red-brown color. Moderate head and With a bit of lacing.

S- malt and barley on the nose.

T- pine, caramel and sweet malt.

M- full and smooth. Mild to moderate carbonations.

O- solid session ale. A lot of flavor and rather drinkable.

Serving type: growler

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Alchemist's Donovan's Red

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 94/100

Poured from a growler, ok sorry... I took a vacation to Vermont not only for beer, also for the foliage and Ben and Jerry's and just to get away. Anyway, I had planned my vaca MONTHS in advance and the day I arrive, they announce a new Growler system and growler fills. Was almost like winning the lottery for an Ohio guy.
Then a week after we got back, they announce the store front shut down. Anyway...

I thought this was a rather solid specialty. HUGE hop presence, easy to drink and just fresh. I cant compare it to anything else. Just every sip you wanted more and more. Almost had a bit of a addictive effect.Was truly a treat and would love to see it mass produced one day~

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from 64 oz stainless steel growler.

A: A dark, dark red color poured with a minimal head.

S: Smell of lots of hops with citrusy notes.

T: The hoppy smell follows through to a very hoppy citrusy taste.

M: The active carbonation gives this hoppy beer a very nice profile.

O: Overall a very solid beer that I was lucky enough to try.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So glad to finally see this!!

A: Hazy and brown, with a medium off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Pine-herbal-citrus hops up front but not too strong, then whiffs of dark malt with a faint roast note in the background.

T: Like it smells. A moderate American hop flavor blends with dark malts. Perfect balance. Hints of plums and grapes, then a little roast flavor at the end.

M: Medium carbonation and medium-light body. A nice dry finish after all that sweet malt, with a walnut skin note that I associate with dark Munich malts. Super flavorful and extremely drinkable.

O: This beer covers just about all the bases flavor-wise without being overwhelming in any way; love the way it lingers on the tongue. Donovan's was an Irish red for the first year or so but then got a little darker and hoppier each year, and was more of an American brown ale by 2011. The 2013 edition is maybe better than my last one at the old pub.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz stainless steel Alchemist growler into Treehouse tulip. Thanks Don (DonFrap) for sharing this.

A- Pours a murky reddish brown, a fairly slight white head forms that dissipates fairly fast. Not the most appealing looking beer, but appearances don't mean everything.

S- Caramel red malts with a nice piney slightly earthy hop balance. Fairly hoppy for a red ale, very nice balance, about average aroma strength.

T- Restrained but decently bitter piney hops, a tiny bit of orange juice, caramel, finishes with a red malt backbone. Again fairly hoppy for a red ale, a little bit on the bitter side, very well balanced.

M- Very drinkable, smooth, a little bit juicy bordering a tiny bit on the watery side.

O- Donovan's was a very crushable red ale that didn't disappoint. Not my favorite style, but this is definitely one of the better representations that is fairly on the hoppy side. I could easily crush a couple pints of this, I hope in the future (albeit the probably distant future) they can can this along with Heady Topper.

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Donovan's Red from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
3.97 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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