Irish Red Ale
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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #37,958
3.67 | pDev: 14.17%
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada
Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale
Notes: This ale is brewed in the traditional Irish style. The result is a wonderful balance of malty sweetness and spicy Kent Goldings hops.
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Dec 24, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Jul 25, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jul 08, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - Clear reddish-brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for almost 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, cooked vegetables, pears, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, light hops, and malts. There is also a pear juice sweetness, some odd cooked vegetables, and a bit of a vinegar/rusty flavour. It ends with a malty slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Either I'm not a fan of Irish Red Ales or this was a poorly made beer. There was just too many odd flavours going on to make this one enjoyable.

Mar 02, 2012
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fostachild from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

have had numerous times before...

pours a dark, somewhat clear red/brown colour. 3/4 of an inch of white head - decent retention.

smell was bitter, had some malt and hops, roasted aromas.

taste had sweet malt and was roasty. okay carbonation and drinkability.

overall it had that typical scent/flavour found in all picaroons but was enjoyable enough and wasn't too bad of a batch.

Oct 16, 2011
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LazyL from Canada (BC)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good mahogany colouring with red highlights and a light tan head. The smell is all sweet malt and carmelized sugar. The taste again is sweet brown sugar. The mouthfeel is dry and there is a slight hoppy presence. Its a fairly easy drinker and the mild hops balances it out enough to become a relatively good beer.

Cheers to Spree for sending me out this East Coast sample.

Apr 29, 2011
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark but clear red body with a calm pour showing 5 fingers of head. Head of off white, very frothy and dissipates quickly. Leaves little lacing.

S: Light scent of malts and grains. Average for it's style.

T: Very very weak flavour of caramel malts with some grassy grains.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Water like texture and leaves an unpleasant malt finish.

D: Very poor brew by Picaroons. Wouldn't drink this again. I don't think it's not in it's prime, but that also raises another point as no date is seen on this bottle.

Aug 01, 2010
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany, with a huge head that threatens to escape the glass, before settling down to a thick foam and leaving some long streaks of lace behind. I can't help but feel the crazy carbonation of all of Picaroons' brews is down to a mild ainfection. The aroma had me a little bit worried as I pondered on this - fruit vinegar mixes with floral hops, before mellowing out with some warmth.

The flavour has a mild sweet and sour thing going on. The beer hasn't turned, but there's a little bit of a sharp fruity edge. Moderately roasted malts bulk things out, with the floral hopping providing a mild bite. Its certainly fine for the style, but would never wow anyone, unlike the carbonation, which made me think 'wow, this is fizzy'. Get to work on that Mr. Brewer.

I don't understand the ratings for some Picaroons stuff. Maybe its far better on tap or when newly bottled, but I find most of it middling and over-carbonated. That said, its was good to try, just not something I'd return to.

Cheers to Jremy and Karen for sharing.

May 22, 2010
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Seanstoppable from Canada (NS)

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noticed that Premier WIne and Spirits started stocking some Picaroons, so I picked up a variety of them. The Irish Red is the first I have tried.

Pours a dark red with a very large amount of solid white head. Head was slow to evaporate, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell consisted of a sweet yet lightly toasted malt.

Taste was more of a slightly bittersweet (yet still toasted) malt. Slightly reminds me of toasted almonds. Slightly creamy finish. Leaves the mouth fairly dry.

Overall, not a bad Irish Red. Feels a little bit heavier than some others I have tried. I wouldn't recommend it for long term drinking, but it would be fairly good with the right meal.

Oct 11, 2009
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berley31 from Canada (NB)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with an average-sized, creamy, light-brown head that diminished over time to about one-finger. Good lacing. Body was a dark-red color, and slightly hazy. Aroma was of toasted malt... nice. Light to medium body on the palate, and slightly thinner than I had expected, but still with some oiliness/creaminess to it. Sweet, malty flavor with a short finish... quite good, but not as impressive as expected from its appearance. A good representation of its class.

Jul 07, 2009
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nighthawk from Canada (NS)

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red/deep orange with a large off-white head that drops quickly to a clumpy ring.
Smells grainy, sweet, with some caramel and citrus notes.
Taste is a mix of grains, toasted malts, caramel and very mild fruit/citrus. Thin body, mild carbonation and slightly astringent on the finish. Goes down quite nicely.

Oct 12, 2008
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elricorico from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium to dark brown with a hint of redness. Thin cap of beige head.

Has a balanced aroma of toffee and citrus, with a bit of toasted white bread in there.

Flavours of toasted bread with caramel spread, and a bit of earthy flavour which I'm thinking is from the house yeast of the brewer. Hops show up with a bit of citrus impression, but the malt steals the show in this one.

Light bodied but a bit sticky, with average carbonation. Just fine for mouthfeel.

An easy drinker, I could see myself drinking this fairly regularly if it was my local brew.

Jul 15, 2008
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle received from NASH! Thanks Greg!

Poured in a nonic pint, slightly hazy reddish orange, almost rust coloured, big and thick off white head forms, slowly settles down, some decent lacing, drops to a solid layer. Smell is very grainy, caramel, lots of lemony citrus, some floral, very fruity, very sweet sugary punch to it, very pleasant. Taste is nice, bit of a tartness, grains, bread, caramel, really dry in the finish, nice fruitiness, bit of a spicy bitterness, sourdough bread finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink, neat flavour. Thanks Greg!

Mar 01, 2008
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charlesw from New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dumb, dumb, dumb. That'd be me. "Hmm. This smells like strong coffee." Says the guy who just poured that in a (wait for it) coffee mug.

That said... Even in a real glass (a clean one at that) it smells like strong coffee and dry chocolate. Go figure. Earthy, peaty.

In the mouth I definitely get that coffee as well as maybe a hint of ginger. Chocolate. On the thinner side for the mouth - maybe I just need to let this one warm up a bit more.

It's a decent brew - something I'd drink with relish on a really hot day. Not entirely what I expect.

Feb 24, 2008
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle, label as pictures above.
Dark amber color with gold holights, tan foamy head. 1/4 inch of foam lasts the whole glass.
It smelled fruity and earthy, with a little bit of toffee. Grassy flavor to start, a bit of fruitiness, mango tang, bitter hop finish. Lots of carbonation, actually starts a bit watery feeling but does fill the mouth.
Thanks to MMansfield for trading this beer with me I really enjoyed it.

Jan 25, 2008
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JustinBathurst from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red that's fairly opaque with a thick tan head.

The aroma is heavy on roasted coffee beans, celery, burnt cookies, and caramel.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with low-medium carbonation. It's a bit thicker than most Irish Reds.

The taste is coffee, sweet caramel and a mild bitter finish. The Kent hops are there, but not as much as I'd like.

Sep 28, 2007
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MMansfield from Canada (NS)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend living in Fredericton.

Appearance: Pours a deep deep red with a giant foamy off-white head. Quite remarkable

Aroma: Strong malt nose with elements of butterscotch & roasted coffee.

Taste: Not as sweet as expected. Coffee appears again. Nicely balanced with toasted malts and is suitably bitter.

Moutfeel: Truly it's bread and butter. This is remarkably creamy and goes down like velvet. A pleasure for the mouth.

Final Statement: Wonderful brew! This is a beautiful take on an Irish Red Ale, very quaffable. I would session this until the sun came up. Highly Recommended.

Jan 03, 2007
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge, suddy foam and big bubbles cling as lacing. Clear, but very deep in colour. Brown really, with some copper red. Not much as far as aroma goes, but maybe a gentle coat of amber malt. A surpringly tasty first sip. Crisp water. A great, clean drinking red ale, which I find is often rare. I don't where they put the Kent Goldings, but this beer did fine without anyways. Aside from a slight bitterness, this isn't much of anything. Still a good, clean drinking pint and on par with other good Picaroons offerings. They've done a fair and simple - but good - job with a style that is so often lifeless and flat.

Jul 20, 2006
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More plasant surprise flavour. Floral hop aroma. So.Kent golding hops. Mahogony red. Biting but also mettalic. Peppery and creamy, sourish finish. An interesting session it was. Bit of nuts. Good with food. Light even watery on palate. Nice effort and pleasant surprise again from New Brinswick.

Sep 06, 2004
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waughbrew from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear orangish red with a creme-colored head with nice stay and lace but looks a tiny bit sudsy. Aroma is of prickly Kent Goldings and dulled toasted and slightly roasted malts. Taste is wonderfully smooth peanuts, tobacco, butter, caramel, and a hint of cough syrup when it gets warm. Finish is a gradual fadeout of said flavors. Almost plastic-coated in its low-carbonation smoothness.

Another absolute winner from this brewery - so damn drinkable yet complex enough and balanced enough to never get bored or annoyed. I want kegs of this stuff to put on draft at home.

Jul 02, 2004
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PiratePete from Canada (NB)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep red colour with what looked like a beige head (I hate pub lighting) that shrunk to a light cover with minimal lacing. A nose of malt . Mouthfeel was a little thin - not watery but thin - and yet had a pleasent taste. There was no pronunced aftertaste but the hops were there. Its a nice pub beer. It was good with the fish and chips. It certainly was easy to drink.

Nov 10, 2003
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