Celtic Rose | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Description: Our version of a traditional Irish Amber Ale, Celtic Rose combines the richness of malt and spicy British hop taste. This delicious beer delivers a taste worthy of the Red Rose City.

Added by BeerIsland on 03-09-2007

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by LostInTheFlood:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, the Celtic Rose has made its debut and it's kind of interesting. It tastes somewhat like the Red Rose although, I admit, it's been quite a while since I had a pint. Matter o' fact, it even looks a little like the Red Rose. Check it out, new batch on tap!

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an easy-drinking red ale. And by easy-drinking I mean it's smooth but lacks much flavor. I think there's a little bit of crisp and spicy hops, but it mostly throws off an otherwise creamy mouthfeel. It kind of reminds me of Killian's Irish Red, even thought that's a lager. Oh well.

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Photo of pdotsoler
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark cherry brown with a small foamy white head
S - Smells of sweet sticky malt, a little sourness
T - Taste is very mild malty sweetness with a tiny amount of bitter at the end
M - Creamy very drinkable

Poured from a growler I got 7 days ago from the brewery. Seems that 7 days may have been a little much? This seemed to have more sharpness to it last week but maybe ti was the food I was eating? Nice middle of the road sweet beer

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to mug, the appearance was a dark copper/amber color with a steady foamy white head that fell off at a decent pace. Sly messy lace. The aroma had a nice arrangement of toffee/caramel malts blending nicely with some earthy hops, came across also with a slight floral to spicy note. The flavor had the spicy to earthy to floral to sweet quality melding together fairly nice. With a nicely blended aftertaste between all of the previously mentioned tastes, the finish was malty with a little bit of that spicy note. The palate was about medium bodied, sitting perhaps just a touch under and complimenting the carbonation pretty nice. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, pretty nice Irish red ale that I would have again.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Lancaster Brewing's Harrisburg shake-down cruise benefiting the Children's Miracle Network.

A: The ale is a light copper color, clear save for the rampant carbonation. A decent sized head quickly dissapated, leaving no trace.

S: The nose is full of mild grains, bready without an aroma that really stands out. Hops are there, but add little beyond bittering.

T: The beer is strong on the malts, grainy with toast flavors appearing prominently. The malts are strong but a little shy of the Irish ale that I envision as the target. Some hoppiness mid-sip adds a nice diversion, but as quickly as it appears it is gone. The beer is solid but does not stand out.

M: Graininess abounds, creating a chewy mouthfeel that finishes long.

D: The abv is reasonable, low even, and the flavors are strong enough that I'd belly up for a few more.

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Photo of TLove
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(From Notes)

On tap at the brewery.

Unfortunate. My mom seemed to like it. Probably because it had the name "Celtic" on it. She likes anything Celtic or alcoholic.

Most of the body is comprised of a thin, sourish malt with a light yeasty, floral aroma. It was too light to really extoll many of its virtues or vices. I did notice a little bit of light spice, lemon, haw leaves, and a club soda carbonation.

Watery finish and barely noticeable carry-through. Very dry finish, leaving me with a bit of an over-roasted grain dryness.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Lancaster Brewing Company

A- pours a nice deep, dark chocolate color. A huge 4 finger head overflows my weizen glass. Nice and burnt siena brown color to the head.

S- bready malts and dull hops. Nothing more to smell.

T- a burnt and roasted caramel hop flavor. Also i can get some hints of coffee.

M- creamy and chewy but grainy as well.

D- The flavor was good bit some times overwhelming. A nice beer to have on occassion but not something i would drink every day or every week.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a big mug.

A- pours a nice amber shade with a one finger white head. Looks nice enough.

S- smells very sweet...almost like raspberries? Not at all like what I usually get from an amber.

T- has a mildly hoppy floral taste to it...not bad, just not what I was expecting.

M- good feel, albeit very malty. Nice and light.

D- its good drinking, but probably shouldn't be considered an amber...was talking to the bartender, and they apparently qualify it as an Irish Red. I'd say that would be a little more apt.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with about one finger of white fluffy head with good retention.

Then scent is of sweet caramel malt. Notes of sweet fruit also.

The taste is of toasted malt, sweet caramel presence and some fruit.

Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation.

This was tough to rate since it is categorized as an American Red Ale, which it doesn't really present itself as. In which case I thought it was a below average American Red Ale, but a very good Irish Red Ale.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a decent, bone-white head that had decent retention throughout. The color was rust-red with NE-quality clarity. The nose was lightly sweet with malt. The mouthfeel was slightly thin and had a mild hoppiness to go along with the sweetness. The finish was mildly bitter, but it also had enough sweetness to keep the malt set happy. This was another red which did not overwhelm me with its sweetness. I may have to rethink my stance on red ales as a result.

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Photo of odietrying
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 5 oz. sampler.

A: Dark copper, clear. Thin head and lacing.

S: A little hoppy, but nothing else note-worthy.

T: The hops certainly have a kick, a spiciness, bitter aftertaste.

M: Smooth and well-carbonated.

D: I probably wouldn't reach for another right away.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ? (maybe Johnny Brenda's)

A simple, well-balanced choice from LBC. Poured a clear, copper brown, with a thin white head and noticeable carbonation. Mild malts and grains in the aroma, and a hint of hops. Toasted grains and malts on the tongue, nutty, and again, just a hint of hop bitterness. A little stale in the aftertaste. Medium-light mouthfeel, not too flavorful, but drinkable overall.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a cold growler picked up at the LBC on eisenhower blvd in Harrisburg.
Sampling with a pint glass the beer pours a clear amber hue with creamy beige head of 3 cm even with a gentle pour, almost overflows the glass. The keg did kick at the brewpub so maybe contributing to the foaminess?
The beer aroma is relatively mild but pleasant with mostly grainy and husky malt and a bit of caramel. I also get some earthy hops but in the background.
First sip reveals an average body with medium carbonation. The beer goes down very easy with each sip.
Flavor is similar to nose with grainy malt and a bit of caramel, again just hints of earthy hops come through but the beer finishes pretty clean and is enjoyable.
I like this brew and found it easy to drink and refreshing, I would order a pint of this if I was sticking around for a meal too.

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