Burly Irish Ale | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A slightly caramel, medium bodied smooth Irish Red Ale. Rich, creamy and mellow. A VPB favorite for 23 years! Designed to be a session ale at 4.2% ABV. Very lightly hopped to enhance the appeal for the masses. A true crowd pleaser. We have proudly served over a half million pints of this popular ale to our loyal customers!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2003

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sample glass.

Pours a nice deep dark ruddy brown that's almost black with a very small thin brown head. Nose is roasty and smokey.

Taste is a bit chalky and smooth and it's quite dry. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with light carbonation. It has a smooth finish.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had at Vermont Pub & Brewery. Pours a kind of ruddy brown color, clear, with a thin head. No lacing.

Caramel and peat in the aroma, not much in the way of hops, per the style. Taste is very caramel malt forward, doughy, notes of smoke and peat, finishes with a slightly dry earthy bitterness.

A well made Irish Red that isn't overly sweet like all the other commercial examples of the style. Surprisingly flavorful given the low ABV.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy dark red with almost no head. For an Irish Ale, this looks alot like a porter. The smell is light and malty with some cola scents. The taste has a roasted coffee flavor to it with not much carbonation. The m/f is light and creamy. This is a decent beer, but I was alittle disappointed in that this wasn't true to a Red Ale.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark red to brown with a nice layer of white foamy head. Dissipates at a nice pace. Moderate lace. The aroma started off with some toast, and caramel malts. Sly roast comes out as it warms. The flavor copies the aroma nicely. Light red delicious apple sweetness comes in for a sly balance. Crisp toastiness and malts in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice smooth semi-creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Overall, nicely done Irish red ale that I could have again.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mattgruv
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of fitzy84
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on a sampler flight. Served in a 3 ounce glass. The beer had a reddish tint to a somewhat brown colored beer with thin lacing on the sides. Aromas included malts mixed with a light spice, caramel, and some fruit, like cherry. Taste followed the nose and was generally bittersweet with some extra earthy flavors not in the nose, such as nuts. Decent mouthfeel made this drink slightly creamy while keeping a crisp carbonation. Overall, not a bad drink with your meal.

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Photo of scottg
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"slightly roasty, smoth Irish red ale. Rich, creamy, and mellow."
Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear garnet color with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly with solid lacing. Toasted malt aromas miz with chocolate and light smoke. Toasted malt flavor up front with chocolate undertones lead to a sweet, but not to sweet, carmel middle with a lemony hop & cherry finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, there is a chalky mouthfeel. This is a well balanced beer that you could drink all night.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nafredet1
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean reddish chestnut color with little head. Scent is pale and contains mostly toasted flavors with a splash of buttery toffee. Taste follows suit, follows the style guidelines but doesn't standout in any one area. Thinner body for style with active carbonation. Approachable and drinkable for the masses but lacking in excitement.

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Photo of founddrama
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A toasty roasty red ale. One of the first VT beers I ever had and still one of my all time favorites. Even if it's because of nostalgia.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

I've had this on all of my visits to VT P&B. A nice selection, harmless and simple. Poured a chestnut brown with ruby tints, and a nice-sized, well-retaining eggshell head. Toasty caramel in the aroma, vanilla, touch of cherry. Caramel in the taste, toasty, light fruits: pear and cherry, vanilla, mild earthy hops. Medium-bodied, and very easily drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a nut brown coloring with a filmy white head that sits a solid half an inch. Nose of nut, toffee, and roast characteristics. Flavors of roasted nut, cream, peat, and earth. Clean and smooth aftertaste is nutty sweet, with good roast to balance everything. Smooth, clean finish. Tasty beer, more of a brown than red, IMO.

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Photo of KGilmour
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s a clear reddish/dark chestnut colored brew with a quickly dropping head but solid lacing. Most of the VPB beers look very nice. Toasty malt in the nose; slightly roasty and vaguely sweet; hint of hops. Taste strikes a good balance between toasty caramel malt and a lightly floral hop note; a little sweetness but not too much; controlled bitterness.

Smooth and creamy with low carbonation. A nice beer, nothing extraordinary but a good sessionable brew that’s pretty tasty; balanced and more enjoyable than many of the other more “adventurous” attempts by this brewery.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Miccal
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lgmol
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of Ewhite2121
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Burly Irish Ale from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 61 ratings