Lanigan's Irish Ale | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue

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Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
Alberta, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by IronDjinn on 07-09-2004

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - lightly cloudy red-brown, creamy head retained at a decent covering
S - strong butterscotch, fresh cream, light leafy hops, all very rich aromas
T - roasty malt base with butterscotch sweetness, the dry leafy hops balance the richness well
M - creamy smooth with decent carbonation, finishing creamy and dry
D - impressed with the richness of flavour and the sweetness, a very smooth drinking brew

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a deep amber colour, served with a thin creamy head. There is a bit caramel malt on the nose, followed by crisp hops. The flavour profile is mostly malt, with some buttery caramel, and a clean hop finish. Smooth mouthfeel possessing some carbonation. An okay Irish Red, not my favorite of Brewsters line-up, and not as comparable to Big Rock's McNally's Extra Ale (same style), it contains all the factors for a decent Irish Red, it just doesn't follow through with enough character, it seems subdued. Pretty average overall.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lanigan's is on sale weekly, so have had it a number of times, but this is the first time to actually sit down and review it.
Color is deep and dark, seems more brown thann red/amber. Arrived with a thin cap of beige head. Smell has some caramel malt and a touch of hop bitterness. As the glass warmed up, could even get a bit of roasted or chocolate. The flavor is qiute full of caramel malt. It finishes with some clean hoppiness, but personally wanted more 'bite' in the end. Little carbonation makes it smooth and creamy. An okay Irish Red, and works as a sessional for me.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Tried an industry pint at Brewster's Calgary Crowfoot location. A reddish bronze brew with pretty minimal beige head. The taps at Brewster's often fall flat in the latter regard. Oh well. Aroma is toasty, fruity, and mildly herbal, with some bubble gum and banana peel esters, caramel malt, and a whiff of citrus rind discernible. Palate is quite crisp, dry, and toasty, with some burnt toffee, cacao powder, dry biscuit, nut shells, and dark bread crust notes. Quite thin-bodied and rather prickly at first, did smooth out over time and became more pleasant as the temperature rose (serving this sort of brew in an ice-caked glass is not a good move). Finishes dry, with some lemon rind and floral English hops providing a fairly unique feature for this style. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, although I've had Irish ales with more of a tea-like tannic character that I appreciate. This one is toasty, arid, and a tad coarse.

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Lanigan's Irish Ale from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 5 ratings