Irish Red Ale | Picaroons Traditional Ales

Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale
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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PiratePete on 11-10-2003

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber color, with a copper hue, and dense activity. Weak creamy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of caramel, dark malts, nutmeg, faint molasses, berries, plums, prunes, and herbal spices. Sugary malty and estery feel, lightly earthy with bitter leafy spices. Smooth full body with crispy carbonation. Moderately strong finish, nicely spiced, lingering toffee feel with a dash of smoked barley. Rich and bold red ale. Pleasant to drink, good balance and freshness. Quite tasty and well intensified. Overall pretty good quality craft.

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Photo of jfreeze
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Albertahab31
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StephenPerr
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of souvenirs
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cam477
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a copper-red colour topped by a 2 finger creamy white head that seemed to disappear fairly quickly. Minimal lacing left on the glass. Overall, a great looking Red Ale!

S- The aroma of this brew is fairly sweet with lots of bread/biscuity notes. There is also a tangy/spicy citrus that leaves a bit of a tingle in the nose. Nothing overly exciting but a great smelling ale nonetheless!

T- The taste is a bit more forward on the sweetness and is almost fruity in nature. However, there is a spicy hoppiness (also noted in the nose) that comes in towards the finish and balances the taste quite well. This is one of the better tasting red ales I've had and I attribute that to the hop notes in this brew. Very nice indeed.

M- Fairly low carbonation and an extremely silky smooth mouthfeel. This (In my opinion) suites the style extremely well and I have to say I really enjoyed the smoothness of this ale.

O- Irish Red Ale is one of the better Picaroons brews I've had the pleasure to try, even though I'm not a big fan of the style. It's a great looking ale, the taste is extremely well balanced, and the mouthfeel is intensely smooth. That being said, the aroma is somewhat lacking but that doesn't prevent this beer from being great. Two thumbs up, Picaroons! I really enjoyed this brew and I encourage anyone who can access it to do so.

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3.96/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the brewery store in Fredericton.
Pours a beautifully clear reddish amber color with a decent sized frothy tan head that shows great retention. Aromas of caramel and toffee with a hint of earthy hops. Diacetyl rest, what's that? The flavor is rich and malty with lots of caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Burnt sugar and light earthy hop flavor to counter the maltiness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. The diacetyl fits a bit better with this style than some of the others I've had from them, a bit too much for my palette.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml squat bottle, the same sort used by Gahan - must be a regional style and/or supplier preference thing. Oh, and nice to see this brewery's wares available in Alberta - it will cut down on the number of 'nopes' I have to utter on a weekly basis.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves very little in the way of lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, sharp drupe fruit, root beer syrup, a twinge of juicy sour citrus, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more of that sweet and sour fruitiness straight off - apple, pear, cherry, and generic citrus - bready, mildly crackery caramel malt, hard toffee, soft earthy spice, an oily nuttiness, and more weedy, leafy, and faintly spicy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its workaday frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and plainly smooth, a minor creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt, muddled bittersweet fruit, and fading zingy hops playing us out.

An agreeable enough version of the style - rendered well by its malt, fruit, and noble hop characters. Simple, and not worth getting all geared up for, but worth a go if your tastebuds tend towards that end of the spectrum.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ZachT
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StomachUlcers
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of hef
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DirtyDurds
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Irish Red Ale from Picaroons Traditional Ales
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