Irish Red Ale | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medium-bodied red ale with distinct hop character and a touch of caramel sweetness. Served on nitrogen for a creamy mouthfeel.

35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a fair amount of clarity and a frothy dome capping that was light beige in color. Retention was extraordinary while leaving a thick lustrious stratified layering down the glass. Traditionally most of their beers have the same thin creamy whipped topping, this was the first that I can recall that showed a protruding nature with a firm bonding. Visible effervesce was a dense showering display of micro-bubbles that rained upwards at a rapid pace. The frothy topping gets good regards here.

S: The nose was a bit of a let down with little or no distinguishing character. A light graininess of white toast is faintly picked up with a bit of dry flowery appeal.

T: The initial flavor had a nice grainy sweetness to it along with a soft dryness of flowery hops. In the middle lied a nice helping of maltiness. The flavor reminded me a bit of an octoberfest style malt and hop wise, which is a good thing. Overall showed a superb balance of malts and hops with a nice cleaness to the palate while finishing up with a light dryness of grains and flowery hop cones.

M: A nice mid-level fullness that was creamy and smooth composes the mouthful as it slides around the tongue with pleasant regards. The abundance of visible carbonation is only slightly picked up here with a soft massaging nature of tiny bubbles dancing on the tip of the tongue. A soft residual, almost powdery malt lacing is left behind.

D: Great drinkability, incredibly clean and one worthy of many repeats especially with such a modest abv. Session and growler recommended.

 1,577 characters

Photo of audirs4s
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average beer. Nothing in this beer really "wow's" you but it is still a nice beer to drink.

It starts out smooth with a hint of caramel and then finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. None of the flavors overwhelm you and would be a good beer for someone to try who is just getting into beer tasting to see what a slightly above average beer tastes like.

This slightly reminded me of the more readily available Killian's Irish Red which may or may not make you want to try this.

 503 characters

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Iron Hill put their Irish Red Ale on Nitro with satisfying but somewhat underwhelming results.

The beer pours a nice crisp amber colour with a creamy as hell slightly off-white head that is nice and sticky.

The aroma is a bit floral and a bit of sweet caramel, with hops definitely noticeable and seemingly somewhat strong. However, everything is somewhat tame overall.

The flavour is of creamy hops, both floral and sweet. The hints of caramel are still noticeable and there is more evidence of a malt balance here as well, however, the nice creaminess that he nitrogen brings also takes away from some of the overall flavour.

This is still a fairly good brew, but I think it could be even nicer without the nitro in the way.

 738 characters

Photo of tgbljb
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented as a light reddish beverage with creamy white head. Smell is a light mixture of fruit and a very subtle hop presence. Taste brings out some more of the hops, but the sweet malt seems to dominate. Mouthfeel is riich and creamy and pleasantly enjoyable. Finish is slightly dry, but more sweet. A very nice drinking beer.

 328 characters

Irish Red Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3.55 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.