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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Photo of pdotsoler
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of BeerCon5
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brew pub. Served in a pint glass. A beautiful rich amber color with a nice one and a half finger head on it. The aroma was nicely developed and not overwhelming to the point where it overpowered the beer. When I drank it I could taste the richness of the hops and malts which made the beer that much better. If you can get this on draft get it! I said to the bartender that they should bottle/can this brew, and the bartender said that he would pass it on.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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 cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken visiting the brewpub this past summer. Hung out in Hershey Park, ate some chocolate, dealt with having to buy cases only when looking for beer and hit up this brewpub (not the one pictured, the other location).

poured a deep amber. it was bittery and hoppy. smell was not really all that upfront. lively. this one was an ok drinker too hoppy for my tastes, but a great try for the hop heads.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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 TLove
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
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 dananabanana
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Translucent, copper color. The head is a bright, clean white.

S: Slightly nutty, but not a very strong aroma overall.

T: Light wheat, not too strong. Hoppy finish.

M: Smooth, almost caramel.

D: Okay, but the flavor is a bit too bland to want a second.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of odietrying
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
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 HopDerek
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at LBCs Harrisburg brewpub

Poured a clear deep amber/red color with a good 3/4" of bubbly off-white head, good lacing. Smells are of very grainy malts with just a touch of hops. Tastes very sweet and malty, like caramel and bread, with a bitter hop finish. Medium in body with good carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. A very sessionable amber ale to enjoy while at Lancaster Brewing.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Slatetank
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold in an imperial pint at the Brewery.
A - Deep copper w/ good clarity and a thin off white head.

S - A malty aroma w/ subtle hops, generally light w/ the smell of yeast.

M - Fizzy, light and slightly dry w/ a bit of hop spice.

T - A malty feel w/ out much depth at first, plenty of carbonation makes for a gassy taste - Crisp w/ minimal sweetness, there is a light lactic quality and mostly seltzery in flavor until it becomes warmer and the malt is allowed to make its presence known. A full dry effervescent ale that is on the lighter side.

D - Not my favorite beer from Lancaster, more of a palate cleanser, it lacks what I consider drinkable qualities. Too much gas and it a long while for the malt to even grace my tastebuds. I will skip this in the future.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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 WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a tame pale and light crystal malt scent. It seems a bit grainy. It has a mild hop aroma that really rounds out the nose. The taste is decent as well. It has a light, malty flavor with a dry bitter finish. Again, there is a grainy element, but nothing too bad. The hops are light, but welcome in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This a decent amber ale. It's light and easy drinking; nothing too complicated.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub.
Served as a reddish colored beer with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smell has notes of caramel and some sweet malt.
Taste also shows the caramel, but the hops that come through are a bit tto strong.
Finishes a bit too dry for my pleasure.
An OK beer, but there are better beers at the brewpub to select from.

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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 cichief
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Friscoes Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- A deep ruby-red amber, with a thin off-white head.

S- Not much there, slight malty scent.

T- Bready, sweet, with hints of fresh fruit, with a decnt dry finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, well done.

D- A good beer all around, balanced.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Celtic Rose from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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