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Trafalgar Paddy's Irish Red LagerTrafalgar Paddy's Irish Red Lager

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Trafalgar Ales & Meads
Ontario, Canada

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Irish red was created in the 1800′s by master brewer George Henry Lett. Trafalgar has recreated the extraordinary nutty taste and unique amber colour with crystal malts and roasted barley. Tettenanger and saaz hops round out the bouquet of this fine dark lager. Paddy’s compliments such pub fare as stews, cheeses and meat pies.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 39
Photo of ericj551
3.67/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paddy's Irish Red pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a thin, bubbly head. The aroma is malty, with hints of caramel and nome nice herbal hops. The flavor is really nice, a well balanced blend of mildly sweet malt and a nice firm but not overpower hop character. There is a nice toffee undertone, with a hint of nutty chocolate.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A single included in the LCBO spring mixer pack.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is mild, touch metallic, some bready malts, hints of butter and caramel.

T - Again, rather mild, the metallic notes come through alongside the buttered bread and the finish is dominated by grassy and bitter leafy green hop notes.

M - A tad thin and finishes too dry for my liking.

O - Based on the style, it actually is quite fitting offering up tea-like hop notes and a super dry finish. That being said, the metallic notes were a bit of a turn-off, and the mouthfeel made for a less than pleasurable experience.

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Photo of SebD
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a deep golden yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy malts, light floral and grassy hops and light caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy malt character with some grassy notes, light floral presence and light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a thin and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; BB date Nov. 2011. Pours a clear, pale orangey-amber colour, topped with a finger of creamy, off-white head that dissipates to a thin collar and lacing within a minute. I seriously did a double-take while pouring this - it's supposed to be an Irish red but it looks more like an amber or blonde ale. The head is nicer than many Trafalgar brews so I cut it some slack in this category. The aroma is mostly pleasant, but nothing to write home about and not exactly what I'd expect from the style - sweet, bready malts with a touch of honey. A weird sour odour that I can't really put my finger on is blended in with this. Not real impressed so far.

Taste is of sweet, grainy malts, lightly roasted, with some bitter, earthy hop character drying it out in the finish. Normally when I use the term 'earthy' in reviews I don't intend to literally compare the beer to dirt... normally. Dirty hops are better than no hops, I suppose. This bitterness lingers for a bit after the sip. Light to medium-light bodied, with surprisingly little carbonation.

It's drinkable, but a very underwhelming example of the style and I can't envision myself ever recommending this to someone, or buying it again. If you must drink one of Trafalgar's IRAs, their Elora Irish Ale is closer to the style and at least marginally better. Honestly though, I like Smithwick's more than either of them... and that should tell you all you need to know.

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Photo of biegaman
3.07/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's difficult to take this beer seriously when the brewery calls it a "red" ale and it is, in fact, golden. Even the highest paid attorneys would have a hard time arguing this as even amber, let alone red. That obvious blunder notwithstanding, the beer still looks humdrum. Its tone is tarnished and carbonation lifeless.

Given the appearance I can't say I'm surprised to find that the aroma is boring, or that it lacks all the typical caramelly, biscuity, lightly toasty maltiness that characterizes the best examples of the style. It's far from foul though. The faint scent of grain husks, honeyed oats and delicate florals is actually fairly pleasant, if anything too understated.

Say what you will about Trafalgar's poor quality control, and about how even their more approachable brands are still painfully, pointlessly underwhelming, but truth be told the commercial Irish reds are no better. In fact, Paddy's emulates them well. It has only minimal grainy maltiness, a muted sweetness, a dash of hard minerals and faint impression of adjunct. It's without much character and sure to be quaffable to the average palate.

Not all the style's charm is lost, a great deal of it is there, albeit partial and understated. A light floral quality can be traced from sip to swallow. It imparts a delicate bitterness and refreshing, spring-time tone. The sweetness of the malts, although awfully stunted, has a very loose caramel quality. And the finish is dry and with a halfway roastiness.

Trafalgar's slogan is: "We only sell what we can't drink ourselves!". There's a reason you can find so much of their brands on the shelves here in Ontario - obviously even they don't want to drink the stuff themselves. Certainly no one else will want to take it. While Paddy's may be one of their more agreeable offerings - in that it's not infected and reasonably drinkable - it's still strives to be nothing more than an average beer.

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Photo of bryehn
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Doesn't look red by any stretch of the imagination to me. More like a murky golden color. Champ of a head though, left lots of lacing and it's still around after almost an hour.

Smells like dirt and honey. Rather gross really from start to finish.

The taste is still dirty, but in a toasted cheap malt kind of way, rather than actual soil. Also has a fruity tone, a bit of light flower and a sweet taste on the back end.

The mouthfeel is thin-bodied, but thanks to the long-lasting head also smooth and creamy too.

Too dirty smelling and tasting to have more than one or two (ever) unless it was all that I had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry unrefined grain is somewhat bland. Taste is also dominated by dry unrefined cereal taste with no discernible hops and not that great of a drinkability factor. Very bland average for style and though there is no brewing flaws there is nothing too spectacular to speak of.

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Photo of seand
3.06/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very slightly red amber with a foamy eggshell white head. A reasonable layer retains, enough to leave quite a bit of lacing.

S: Hoppy, with a somewhat earthy bitterness.

T: Quite bitter, with a mild slightly nutty sweetness. Not much body to the flavor.

M: Medium to high carbonation, medium to light body.

D: Drinks reasonably easy I suppose, if you don't mind the bitterness.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored from north of the border, let's give it a whirl. Nice foamup on popping the tall boy. Poured into a pint (american 16oz) glass, it is red but also gold, nice foamy head. Smells kind of adjunct. Taste is very different. Balanced but from both ends. Very sweet malts then offset with peppery sharply bitter, but not overly so, hoppiness. Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is there but not over evident. In the aftertaste the bitterness continues and fades to a dry finish. Good head, holds up throughout the pint. A good pint overall the noble hops add a nice touch.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.24/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one is the fourth of six in my OCB mix pack #3. I can't say I'm looking forward to this, as I have yet to encounter even a respectable beer from Trafalgar but every beer deserves a shot.

Appearance: Well, this one scores some serious points for the head of this beer. Solid thumb and a half of head that laces and retains like crazy. However, usually I would expect a red beer, to be...well red. This is more of an orange, leaning closer to Lager yellow then red. Good clarity though.

Smell: Sweet malt, with a rougher roasted grain smell, but something is off about the whole experience. I think I'm getting a touch of malt vinegar from the beer. It's not too strong though. It did take some warming to come out.

Taste: Starts out with an almost watery cardboard taste, which then turns to a be of sweeter toffee and honey flavored malt, which then gets destroyed by a taste, best described as malted dirt with the barest touch of earthy hops. There is some nice points in the middle of the beer, but it's not enough to save this offering.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation does make it's presence known throughout the beer, but the aftertaste is that awful soil like taste and it lingers on the back of your tongue. Transitioning could be done a bit better too, as the pleasant middle doesn't last as long as you'd like.

Drinkability: The aftertaste really kills me desire to put this one back. It's not especially refreshing, and is surprisingly medium bodied, which in this case isn't a good thing. It's downable but I wouldn't want to be stuck with a six pack of this stuff.

Final Thoughts: After having this beer, my thoughts suddenly turn to the Simpsons and that episode where Homer has Red Tick Beer, not sure why but I think the Red Dog on the can might have done it. Anyways, I will give this to Trafalgar, they are consistent. When I need to tell someone a brewery to stay away from, they are at the top of my list. I know they sell mead, in addition to beer and maybe it's a bit better, however this offering was disappointing, which sadly seems par for the course for this brewery. I can't also help but ask, why brew this? Their Elora Irish Red is quite a bit better then this, so why brew this stuff?

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.07/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Pint can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Color is golden orange, not red at all. Lots of carbonation flowing upward from the bottom of the glass. One finger white, pillowy head with decent retention.

Aroma: Some slight hop character, but nothing much at all. A little caramel flavor from hte malt is also present. Not very aromatic and really not muhc going on here.

Taste: Light caramel flavor upfront but fades quickly Some bitter hop notes near the end, not much in terms of flavor, ust a slight bittering effect. Just really watery tasting. Nothing much going on here.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with a very watery feel. The carbonation really is not even noticable.

Drinkability: Light flavors, moderate ABV, and a light mouthfeel make this really easy to drink. The bland flavor doesn't make it worth it to stick with for a full night.

Overall, a watery, bland and lackluster Irish Red. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but there just is some flavor that is missing here. The flavors are not bad, just not alway there. Just lackluster all around.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.02/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't been too happy with Trafalgar's offerings, but I figured I'd give this one a go. I'm a bit of a sucker for brews with dogs on the label, hoping to find that elusive 'Red Tick Ale'.

Pours a lighter amber hue. Certainly not red, looks more like a pale ale. About a half inch head, settling as a ring around the glass. Good amount of lacing, actually. Other than the colour, it doesn't look too bad.

The nose is...strange. I get that typical malty-caramel combination, but it's followed by what I can only describe as sour butter. I'm bad with identifying odors, but suffice to say, whatever it is it doesn't smell good.

The taste is okay. I'm getting malts and caramel up front, and I find the finish to have a bitter, peppry character. Not hoppy, just... bitter. Not nearly robust enough for me - and certainly too sweet - but otherwise it's drinkable.

Mouthfeel is a touch undercarbonated, slightly creamy.

Aside from the disastrous nose, this brew wasn't too bad. I'll probably not get it again though, knowing how many other reds there are available to me, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of kjyost
2.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is a stunning dichotomy. It pours a nice rich head that is lacing heavily, yet it is much too light a beer to be described as 'Red', having had numerous pale ales redder than this. The nose is lightly hopped and malty sweet and enjoyable, but the body does not meet these very characteristics. It is a little bit bready and thin with a hint of bitterness. Isn't strong in the mouth, but is an easy drinking beer with a little bit of character.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Second period beginning, full of munchies, GO CANADA!

This beer pours a slightly hazy faded copper colour, with two fingers of chunky beige head, which renders some spotty lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of mild bready caramel malt, and weedy hops. The taste is more bittersweet caramel malt, some acrid alcohol edginess, and hollow, weedy, almost skunky hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body kind of thin, and rocky, and finishes mostly dry, but with that unpleasant astringent edge standing out.

Too bad this beer doesn't hold up to Team Canada's play: 2-0 after two periods; but no extra points for this underwhelming Canadian suds offering.

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Photo of eat
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a small initial off-white head, which recedes to a thin blanket across the top...and then nothing. The beer is clear and not red at all; more like honey or light-amber. Some lacing.

Grassy and piny hops, bread, sweet macro-style malt. Simple but not too bad. The hops smell pretty nice actually. Too bad the smell pretty much completely disappears with the head.

I had pretty low expectations for this beer but it's not really all that bad. Definitely not great but better than anything Molson or Labatt, or even Sleeman, are brewing. Looking at older reviews, I think they must have changed the recipe since I don't consider this to be too sweet. Pretty solid hop bittering (noble hops, as stated on the can). Some light, sweet malt. This beer doesn't have much character, but it has more hops than average and I wouldn't say it tastes bad in any way. Fairly well-balanced. Medium-dry finish.

Decent medium body with moderate carbonation.

I had expected much worse. I'm not sure if I could call this a "red" ale, but it's moderately tasty and pretty drinkable. Won't be buying it again but wouldn't turn one down. This could be a good gateway beer for people who drink macro stuff; it's a step up but nothing that would scare someone away.

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Photo of Viggo
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can. I used to drink this stuff in university.

Pours a clear orange/amber, some reddish highlights, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, no lace or retention.

Smell is basic, lightly sweet and malty, some honey, grain, very clean and lager like, a bit of fruitiness, light floral, not much going on.

Taste is similar, just sweet and grainy, some malt, light honey/caramel, sugary, a bit of fruit and some floral, sweet in the finish, pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy to drink and theres nothing really wrong with it besides being totally plain. Reminds me of Rickards Red.

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Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am yet to be impressed with this brewery. They need to make some serious changes, but that's just my opinion.

It starts with a decent head but no retention and very little lacing. A red brown colour.

Smell is all malt, sweet, caramel and something unpleasant.

Taste is unbalanced too much sweetness for me. Also has a weird fruity tang. Not worth buying again.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another one that I Picked up from the brewery, Thought I'd give it a try.

This interestingly did not pour a "red" as it was supposed to but more a dark brown with no head to speak of. Smell was of strong malt, a sweetness existed there too. This is carried into the flavor as well, sweet but tolerable malt character with almost no hops. This I found tasted very flat and not terribly appetizing, With some carbonation this wouldn't have been that bad, however the way it is, not that good.

I thought I just got a bad bottle, But it doesn't seem anyone else's opinion of this brew is much different from my own. Unforunate, really.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.57/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear red, as expected I guess. No head to speak of though, like... none.

S - Muted hops, I guess this is goldings? Slight toastyness.

T - Again, same hops with a toasted grain and very light coffee (and I mean VERY light). A slight fruity touch rounds out the flavour profile. Overall though, the flavour is very mild.

M - A little watery, carbonation is low. Dry.

D - Not overly tasty, mild, sessionable drink. Light and refreshing if you like that sorta thing.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Orange-red color with a big head of white foam that had little retention. No lace. Medium low level of carbonation.

S: Holy Caramel Malt! Strong, very strong.

T: Sour malts and grain. Some artificial bitter flavor that I can't put my finger on. It's like having a penny in my mouth. Unsweetened syrupy aftertaste.

M: Similar to bubbly water, with no realy noteable character.

D: No thanks, i'll likely pass.

Notes: Is this really a red? Seriously, I think Trafalgar can do better. Much better.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is too sweet.

This pours a reddish chestnut color with a scummy off white head that dissappears with laughable speed. No lacing here. The aroma is sweetish with a little caramel and nut flavor. The taste is similar to the other Trafalgar beers Ive had, very sweet with a synthetic malt flavor. Theres some caramel, hay, grains and herbal flavors that develop as it warms. The sweet flavor is just too dominant. The mouthfeel is undercarbonated and cloying. The finish is not bitter at all, very sweet. Where are the hops?

This was another lackluster beer from this brewery. I get the impression that they are an all extract brewery, and that they have an irrational fear of hops. I agree with everyone else, stay away.

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Photo of pootz
2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle: Pours a dark cola-red with a fair off- white cap that has modest retention...some lacing. Aromas of caramalt over a distinct vegital tone....wierd! Tastes better than it smells medium bodied chewy texture. Malty,toasty sweet, some cocoa then this God-awful veggy taste....I think its the hops trying to make an appearance but it tastes and smells like celery..weird!

Another "red" beer that isn't red and isn't worth buying again.

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Photo of slitherySOB
1.65/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is sort of an orange/red, dark tea colour. No head whatsoever. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of caramel malts and used teabags. Taste is a bit sickly sweet, with a bit of a nutty character. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Rather bland. Would not drink it again. Am rather upset I'm left with five more bottles.

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Photo of Derek
3.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with an impressive, fluffy, off-white head. Unfortunately, there's no retention or lacing. Ruby-brown/caramel in colour.

S: Caramel malts.

T: Initially sweet, with a caramel (crystal 30/40 and 70/80L?) & malto-dextrin flavour (I wonder if they add this for body?). Finishes with smooth bitterness, but leaves a syrupy sweet aftertaste.

M: Mild to moderate body is creamy, which is quite nice, and also impressive for it's strength. Moderate carbonation.

D: A little more flavour than Richard's Red, but it should still be easily approachable to the average consumer. It is a little heavier & sweet though... a 650 mL bomber was enough for me.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
1.24/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one of the worst beer I had in a while! Okay appearance, a red robe, a bit clear nothing spectacular but still average.

No smell at all that reminded me of a good beer, smelled like macro,

Tasted like, it was freaking disgusting, first time in a while I put a full bottle in the sink. It tasted like sugar syrup.

It wasnt a nice experience

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