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Looking for a commercial version of a local Irish Red Ale...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by metadog, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. metadog

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    Hi! I was attending a funeral last night and right next door was this Irish pub called Brian Boru where I had this great Irish Red Ale called "Galway Red Ale." It was smooth and tasty, not hoppy or bitter, I loved it. Unfortunately, I don't live in that town and don't get there very often ( a suburb between Baltimore and Washington D.C.). They also don't sell growlers of it, or any take away version. I don't even see mention of it on their web site (though it is possible that I cold have missed something).

    Now I am in search of something similar that I can buy off the shelf or order online. I know I am not giving you a lot to go on, and I am still learning a lot about beer. Is Irish Red Ale a genre that I can easily explore? Can you make a recommendation? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. jesskidden

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    The restaurant's website says their house beers are "... brewed locally for us following a special recipe for each product that model Smithwicks and Harp in their characteristics..." so start with Guinness' Smithwick's.

    Since you chose not to put your home town/state in your BA profile, it's difficult to suggest US-brewed Irish ales that might be available to you but beers of that style are listed here - Irish Red Ale.
     
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  3. metadog

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    I actually called the pub and asked them about the ale. Turns out, Budweiser makes it. Bud used to have a product called American Ale that they now tweak for Irish pubs. Unfortunately, they don't sell it retail. So...
     
  4. Ri0

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    Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale just came out if it is available in your area.

    Top Irish Ales would be a good place to start. Read some reviews of any in your area to see if the sound appealing. Best way is to start trying some out.
     
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    And here comes the maelstrom of BMC comments....
     
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    There's not exactly ton of Irish Red Ales out there. As recommended above, I'd go with Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale. It's in season now too and I believe Great Lakes distributes to DC, so that's definitely the way to go.
     
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    Samuel Adams makes a decent one... It's year-round in sixers and I believe it's also in the Spring 12-pack... Probably very easy to find in MD.
     
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    It's seasonal, but Boulevard Irish Ale is a good one.
     
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    As Irish Red is simply a version of good old fashioned bitter you can probably find more candidates under that label.
     
  10. Gregfalone

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    Killians Irish red is a macro Irish red. It's really not bad. I don't drink it anymore, but it isn't bad!
     
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    Recently I've been enjoying Irish Red's. In particular, Sam Adams and Smithwick. They are both good. However, I am liking Smithwicks a bit more due to the nutty, vanilla flavor. It also is a bit more dry than SA. And even though the ABV is alot less than SA's Irish, I can still feel the buzz just as much, after a session. Does anyone here have any love for this style of beer? Any more alternatives for Irish Red's? Great football beer. :cool:
     
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    If you can get your hands on a Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes I highly recommend it, also Boulevards Irish Ale is better good as well.
     
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