Elora Irish Ale | All or Nothing Brewhouse

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Elora Irish AleElora Irish Ale

Brewed by:
All or Nothing Brewhouse
Ontario, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Trafalgar’s version of this brown ale is reminiscent of the old style of ale brewing. Brewed as an “anytime ale” this beer is smooth and refreshing. Willamette hops are used to provide a subtle background to the dominant grain flavors of the unique blend of four malts. It is best accompanied by rich full flavored dishes.

Added by pootz on 12-30-2005

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
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3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark copper with a light beige foam head that holds on for a little while and then slopes up the sides. Good sustained lacing throughout.

Smell - malted barley and some nutty characteristics with a slightly caramel scent.

Taste - pretty good to what my expectation was from the aroma, definitely tastes of roasted malt with a gentle but firm hop presence at the end. There's just the right amount of sweetness on the palate and then a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - this is a smooth beer. It's got some fizz but it's not poppy and it coats the mouth in a decent way.

Drinkability - this happens to be the only one I have from a Discovery Pack but I'd choose it in the future against many other options.

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More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +38%

Photo of mintjellie
3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish brown with almost no head to speak of. No head, no lace.

Dried fruit, nut, and mild roasted malt aroma. Toffee.

Sweet dried fruit and mild roasted flavour on the palate. A little bit nutty. Earthy hop flavour. Mild bitterness. Tastes like it smells, basically. Bitterness gets more assertive as it gets warmer.

Thin bodied, lightly (but noticeably) carbonated. I think it could be a bit more substantial. Not a bad beer though, otherwise. I got through it pretty quick and easy, for what it's worth.

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Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The best tasting of This brewery's reincarnations of the old Elora Mill product line. sugary aroma. Watery mouthfeel which is DNA of this brewery. Looks and smells and even tastes like cola, with moderated carbonation.
Passable beverage, nothing that hits the style.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a medium off-white head. Smells of lightly toasty caramel malts and some slightly metallic notes. A bit sweet. Roasty caramel flavors; overall pleasant maltiness. Very little hop character aside from some light bitterness. Medium/full body with low carbonation. A surprisingly nice take on an Irish red.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with an average foamy head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with no discernable hops and some dry malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined grain notes with a somewhat dry finish. Body is a bit thin but with some average carbonation. Not as bad as some other beers form this brewery but too plain and boring for my taste buds.

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Photo of irishkyle21
1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ludachris
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another courtesy of TheHammer. Finally, my last beer from the OCB series 2 gift pack that has been hiding in my fridge.

Pours a deep amber with ruby red highlights. Two fingers of creamy off-white head top this beer, with suddy bubbles floating on top, leaving behind a decent amount of lace.

Sweet smell of dark fruits, juicy raisons, caramel and toasted malts. It took awhile for it to come out, but it was nice when it did. My only complaint is that the nose seems somewhat simple and constrained.

Dark fruity esters, grain, a hint of coffee and light toasted malt are seemingly all that goes on in the taste. Much more subdued in comparison to the smell. Instead of some hops making an appearance in the finish, the sweet notes just drag out until the end, becoming more and more watery as they move along.

Light bodied and very watered down. Decent balance between the limited amount of tastes. Good drinkability, but I'm not sure if I would want more than one of these.

Overall, a decent offering from Trafalgar but much better than the Robert Simpson's Confederation Ale I had much earlier, which was part of the same pack. I couldn't see myself buying this again, but it was worth a try for me.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO along with a few other randoms. Never had any of Trafalgar's beers but their reputation sort of precedes them. Fortunately I always try to stay open-minded when new breweries are concerned, and I'm not exactly hard to please when it comes to Irish reds, so we'll see how this goes.

Pours an attractive amber-copper colour, topped with a very thin tan head. The head doesn't last very long but there is some stringy lacing left on the sides. The smell is of sweet roasted malts; toffee, brown sugar and a bit nutty.

Actually this stuff ain't half bad. Dark roasted malts, a bit of toffee and nuts, with some spent coffee grinds. A bit of hoppy bitterness and baker's chocolate in the finish. The flavour is actually quite nice, very nice balance between the malts and bittersweet finish, it just seems kind of watered-down or diluted somehow. Medium-bodied without much carbonation; very smooth going down.

Wasn't sure about this stuff after the first sip but it kinda grew on me. Nothing epic about this; it's a mediocre Irish red. Worth a try, but I think I still like Smithwick's a bit more.

UPDATE: Tried again 12/04/2011, this time in a 500 mL re-branded "Irish Ale/Traditional Brown Ale" bottle, but it is clearly the same brew with no modifications that I can discern from the previous try. Drinkable, not off-putting, but as I predicted I have had Smithwick's a few times in between the last review and now... it is less bland and watery than this.

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Mindsquall
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up along with a few others tonight. Bottle has a label resembling the Retired Irish Ale, indicating it was brewed in Elora, however the bottle cap was clearly one from Trafalgar.

This poured a nice dark red with a head that quickly dissipated to a slight ring leaving much lace. Smell is of caramel, slightly roasted malts. This is reflected in the flavor, overall not too bad, very mild hopping with a strong malt character. Very smooth, and very thick, Pretty drinkable, however it is quite heavy

I'd say this is a pretty decent example of the style, and I'd likely have another one of these again.

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Photo of Derek
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish-copper/caramel, light tan head, very little retention, light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, earthy citrus and a light, floral hop aroma.

T: Caramel, earthy citrus, slight breadyness, modest bitterness.

M: Residual sweetness makes the moderate body slightly syrupy; moderate carbonation.

D: A little sweet for my taste.

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Photo of demcorhip
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north.

A slightly hazy deep coloured ale with reddish hues. Huge 5 finger head resulted from the pour (22oz bomber into my 30oz mug). Finely carbonated, and sticky clumps of lace stick to the inside of my mug.

Some of the signature Trafalgar bandaid/cheesy plastic aroma detracts from what would otherwise be a solid ale. An underlying toastiness and UK hoppiness with a decent floral and earthy, leafy woodsiness present. Damn shame about the off yeast scent.

Again a shame about the off yeast flavours that come through to seriously detract from what would otherwise be a solid ale. A nice, deep toastiness comes through from the malts, with just the slightest hints of dark fruits. Solid floral, earthy and woodsy hops with a decent level of bitterness make for a good finish.

A nice light bodied ale. Decent carbonation level and dry finish makes for an almost refreshing drink (damn off yeastiness). Nicely balanced with the hops.

Its a good thing my palate quickly numbs itself to the strange signature cheesy plasticness of Trafalgar's brews, it saves them from the drain. Wont be in any hurry to look for more however, unless i hear good news about quality control successes. This could have been a very nice, refreshing ale on a warm summer night.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Although not clearly the Elora Ale series, it seems to fit the reviews.

A - Pours a surprisingly dark ruby red colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Caramel with a touch of smokey peat and some rusty metallic espresso notes.

T - Much like the scent with the bready caramel and peat notes dominating. A tad tart and an off sour carboard citrus flavour lingers.

M - Probably the best factor of this ale, nothing overly offensive.

O - One of the better Trafalgar Ales I've tried to date. I still struggle to see how this company gains the distribution rights over some of the higher quality OCB offerings available. I'll continue to give it a chance, but I have yet to be blown away.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark deep brown with a small white head that quickly vanishes.

Smells of breaded/toasted malts, sort of sweet and hoppy.

Nice and malty and spicey upfront, bready notes and finishes off nice and hoppy. This more tastes like an english ale like fullers than a Irish red.

Watery mouthfeel, but a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of pootz
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 ML bomber. A hard pour revealed a clear copper-brown beer with virtually no head and weak carbonation. Aromas of musty fruit sweetness and graininess slight sour tones. Fair start with some burnt toffee sweetness, some roasty malts finishes abruptly with the fuggles hops coming through and a slight smokey woody bready taste. Mild sweetish and musty... The lack of carbonation gives the impression of a watery mouth feel..that’s too bad because this brew has potential but just doen’t deliver...nice taste, very drinkable but possibly too overly mild and understated to reveal the craft in its recipe...a nice ale not a great one> I like this ale but I don't know why.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.4/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got a bottle called 'Aarrgh!! Ale" with an ominous looking skull on the label. Its promoting a Pirate Festival coming to Toronto (pretty cool advertisement if you ask me). I was going to add it as a new beer then I saw 'Elora Irish Ale' written in tiny letter under the bar code.

It pours a mahogany ruby color with a head that lasts about 3 seconds. There is no lacing at all. The aroma is sweet, with some sage and some vegetal notes. The taste is sweet with a lot of off flavors. The sweetness isnt a natural malt sweetness, more processed tasting. In the background there is some spicy hop bite and also bits of cooked veggies and plastic. The mouthfeel is pretty thick with light carbonation. The finish is sweet and only tangentally bitter.

This beer is mediocre. Its too sweet and lacking in beer flavors (read: hop bitterness, natural malt flavors). Im sure this brewery uses malt extract.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.64/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Thank you to my big sister and her family for turning me onto the Ontario Craft Brewers' Discovery Pack No. 2: 6 assorted bottles. All the way from Toronto. Nice Christmas gift, EH?
#3 in a series.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with ruby flarings when directed at the light. Minimal white head dissipates immediately before settling to a paisley island of foam.

S: Interesting aroma: Toasted malt with suggestions of coffee, butterscotch, and green apple.

T: Opens mildly sweet with a surprisingly bitter bite. Continues with notes of caramel malt, toffee, butterscotch, and coffee. Finishes dry with a trace of vanilla.

M: Extremely thin-bodied mouthfeel, bordering on watery with pronounced carbonation on the tongue.

D: Its light-bodied nature makes this Irish Red Ale easy to drink. A complex nose and interesting taste profile provide enough character for session drinking.

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Photo of atomicbolt
3.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as part of the Ontario Craft Brewers Discovery Pack. I felt this was sort of the odd pick of the bunch, since Trafalgar has a lower profile than the other breweries, but let's see if they're onto something.

Medium-brown/cola colour, with a thin off-white head that dies down. The smell's great - big fruity and malty aroma that caught me off guard, with a floral and hoppy bite. Definitely not what I was expecting from a casual glance at the outside of the bottle.

Fruity and caramel tastes dominate upfront, while at the back there's a pleasant surprise from a bitter hop kick. The aftertaste is dry and distinctively nutty. The medium carbonation mixes well with the smooth mouthfeel.

Ultimately, it's an enjoyable, refreshing ale. I hope Trafalgar can keep this up. They've shown themselves to be a worthy addition to the Discovery Pack.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber from the lcbo. bb jan 08

served from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass.

A- Dark red in color with a decent head which settles down to a thin layer of foam with some lace spots.

S- Aromas of dark fruit with some roasted malt notes.

T- Fairly roasty caramel malt character with flavors of nuts and cocoa and some hints of dark fruit / plums, with some flavors of hops but somewhat over-powered by the malt backbone.

M- slick and oily, medium bodied with pretty decent carbonation.

D- actually not too bad, have a couple bombers with a few friends.

Overall a decent beer but I also have a feeling that there is extracts used. Worth a try.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one of the OCB Discovery pack #2

Appearance: The beer poured with a sold two fingers of head, and retained half a finger of it for a good long time, even if it barely laces. The beer itself is a dark brown with a touch of red to it that shows a bit of carbonation.

Smell: The beer itself is quite pleasant but it took a good deal of warming to come out. Definite malt mixed with dry hops and a touch of an almost tea like aroma. The background has some notes of butterscotch and toffee, but it's really hard to make out.

Taste: Starts with the sweeter malts which then turn a bit more aggressive as the hops take over, but are very well balanced. The experience is finished off but a butterscotch flavor mixed with the hops and an almost almond taste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation for this beer is quite solid, but the bitter hop and almond aftertaste is a bit pungent however it doesn't linger at all so that's a good sign.

Drinkability: Well, on one end, the beer is medium on the stomach and has no gas issues. On the other end, it is a bit rough going down, although not so rough that it stops you from drinking it. It's also not that refreshing, but that's kinda to be expected from the style.

Final Thoughts: Overall, not a bad brew, and I'm glad it didn't possess the heavy stomach feeling that commonly comes with this style. There is certainly room for improvement, but all in all solid offering that is worth a try.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle from this summer's OCB mix six pack that I received on a recent trip to Ontario. I was looking forward to this one, as I really enjoy Irish Reds.

Pours a really dark reddish brown, with a finger of slightly off color head. Head was in no hurry to evaporate and left some decent lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell is slightly hoppy, with some sweet malts.

Taste seems a bit off. There is an uncharacteristic flash of hoppiness to start out, though this quickly gives way to a slightly sweet and creamy finish.

Overall, not quite your typical Irish Red. The extra hoppiness kept throwing me off a bit, but a decent brew when everything is said and done.

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Photo of Bestuurder
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a dark copper colour with a very fluffy and over-carbonated head. The head though was of nice colouration: off-white towards the brown spectrum. All from a 341mL standard brown bottle.

The smell is off. Overly hopped and of burnt malt. Not the worst, but very dry and sweet at the same time.

Taste was overly sweet, with a bitter finish. Carbonation was achieved in bottle through secondary fermentation. Actually offsets all flavours.

Kind of gross after a couple of sips, nothing too surprising considering the sweetness and bitterness.

Could not muster to get through the first to be honest, let alone thinking of opening another.

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