Red Biddy | The Biddy Early Brewery

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The Biddy Early Brewery

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 06-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Bunnyhop:
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, dark brownish ruby red irish ale; the pour finishes with a semi-large tan head. I smell a sweet maltiness, as well as, raisin. There is a slight bitter undertone to the smell, this could be the heather mentioned on the label. The taste is slightly toasted followed by a sweet raisin flavor finishing with a mild hoppiness. This beer has a nice firmness in your mouth. Overall, I think this a very nice red ale.

(source: RealBeer Tour)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mjsarch
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle purchased at the brewery / pub on 3/23/07. Label indicates a herb ale. Sampled with Irish "Round Tower" farm house cheese:

A - Dark copper to red, with abundant, fine carbonation. Thin head similar to a draft bitters pour,

S - Possibly a whiff of heather in the background,

T - Slightly bitter for the style. Caramel malts apparent, and herbal qualities compliment the hopping,

M - Medium body,

D - Excellent alternative to the pedestrian red ales (I'm thinking of Smithwick's and Kilkenny) typically available in Ireland.

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Photo of fattyre
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark brownish red with a largish tan head. It has a strong raisiny(a word?) sweet malt smell. The taste was a sweet maltiness headed fading into a resiny hoppiness with a pleasant firm mouthfeel. I thought it was a pretty nice assertive red ale. What Killians wishes it was but will never be.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep clear garnet color, the head is beige, frothy, portly, the lace clings in thick sheets to the glass. Malt dominates the nose, sweet, hints of caramel, and lightly toasted grains. Malt sweet front, the top skinny, the finnish is modestly carbonated, sparingly hopped, dry aftertaste. I have sampled this beer several times and try to like it, but the lack of hops, and the cloying sweetness detracts from its appeal. Drinkable nonetheless and a decent session beer I would venture to say.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured pure barley malt with a wild honey like aromatic sweetness.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel malt, toasted grain and a bit of cocoa. There was an usual heather spiciness as well.

The mouthfeel was full with a suprising dry finish.

Overall a very interesting red ale. The use of bog myrtle instead of hops made for a unique flavor.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright ruby / dark cherry red with a light brown head which leaves nice lace. Malty aroma with light fruitiness and a very light spice character. Malty flavor on the sweet side. Medium bodied and rich.

Purchase before Jan 03 Tasted 11/25/02

[11.2 oz]

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Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of drperm
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Red Biddy is a wonderful brew. Easy-drinking and congenial, it was the absolute perfect thing to enjoy along with a bowl (or three) of homemade potato soup on a rainy Irish afternoon, after a morning of soggy hiking. If ever you are in the west of Ireland, find it and drink it. It can be found here and there in Dublin as well.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at the brewery, June 8, 2005

Couldn't believe it: we were on vacation (just left London after ten days in Germany) and had flown into Shannon Airport. Driving on the LEFT side of the road on the way to the Cliffs of Moher, we came to this little village called Inagh (couldn't be more than 200 people), and there at the only stopsign in town was (and still is, I presume) "The Biddy Early Brewery." So we stopped and sampled their wares.

Red Biddy is completely unique -- it's filtered through local bog-myrtle!
It's a gorgeous cloudy light red-brown amber ("Like a roan horse," said my daughter), with a creamy off-white fully-lasting head and excellent lacing.

The aroma is floral, herb, orange, with a back note of coriander and heather or currant. "Like an herbal tea," said my son.

Things dropped off a bit in the tasting -- rather less vigorous than I would have expected from the looks and smell, but really quite pleasant nonetheless. Nice light malt mixes with moderately bitter hops with an average acidic finish.

A medium creamy body with soft carbonation makes for a very drinkable and eminently smooth mouthfeel.

Here's the info about Red Biddy from the brew-pub's website, which is a really interesting wesbite to be sure:

What a great stroke of good fortune to happen on this tiny brew-pub!
If you're ever in Ireland . . .

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Photo of packetknife
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red-brown with a bubbly tan head. Smells like a green tea w/ grapeseed. Slightly cooked caramel, grainy malts. A bit of spice. Stays on the tongue. Just thick enough and very dinkable.

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Photo of marburg
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was definately a good brew that'd be worth having again. The color seemed a little more brownish than red to me, but perhaps that's because when I think of "red," I think of a lot of the fruity Belgian ales -- which are truly red in the most fire engine sense of the word. Anyhow, this beer was of a reddish kind of sienna brown color. An amber-ish, off-white head graced the top of the beer.

Had a nice earthy, oakish aroma to it. Kind of a more aromatic but still expected nose.

The flavor was a little surprising. Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy feel to it. Buttery undertones. Very smooth.

I thought I detected a kind of toasty roasted malt finish on it. While there was like zero hop bitterness to this beer, I think the roasted flavor at the end contrasted nicely to the very malt-sweet dominated profile up front. Good beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label says this is the only herb beer made in Ireland. What herbs? Ingredients are malt, hops and starch. What does starch mean, potatos?

Appearance - dark crimson body with low head.
Aroma - chicory, carob been and hershey chocolate aroma
Taste - carob flavor come strongly to the fore, with a higher quality of chocolate than hershey (cause that is pretty bottom of the barrel) Medium to low hops (then again I am a hop head, so it may be "hoppy" to those with more sensitive palates)

Mouthfeel - medium with sweet creaminess.
Drinkability - Dispite the great flavor, something about this beer does not call me back to it. Once is enough.

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Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is red (cocacola like), with a compact and creamy foam, thick.
The smell is malty (caramel), lightly floreal, maybe pear (sweet), but maybe chicory too?
Creamy and full at the taste, with aftertaste of licorice, bitter and chicory). Medium-light body.
Well balanced, with notes of cream and vanilla vs. chicory and licorice.

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Red Biddy from The Biddy Early Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 13 ratings