Davidson Brothers Irish Red

This beer was the one that I had when I came home from Ohio. My cousin brought a bunch of beers to a family reunion party and the brewery is right by his house in upstate New York.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Irish Red has a distinct reddish tinge with a medium body and a sweet maltiness. The hop flavor is potent, using aromatic British hops, although it doesn’t rise to the level of an IPA. Another session beer, this is for those who want a nice flavorful beer with a supple hop zest, without rising to the thundering flavor of the IPA.”

Random: My feet are freezing. Val got me heavier socks for Christmas and I think I need to put them on.

The brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had peat and lots of malt that was toasted. It had a subtle rye scent to it. The taste also had the spicy rye note that was apparent in the nose. Peat came through next and the sip finish with sweetness that reminded me of caramel candy. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with spice and peat. Since my cousin gave me this beer as a gift, I have no idea how much it was. This beer had some nice flavor to it and although it didn’t floor me, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cigar City Brew Bus Rollin Dirty

I absolutely hate getting sick. I’m a crappy patient and I refuse to call out of work for being sick. I also can’t review any beer. This really shouldn’t have any visible effect as I post in advance, but it just generally sucks. I’ve been battling this nasty cold/flu thing for 4 days now and I have a fever and congestion and I’ve been coughing like crazy. I can’t wait to feel better because this is just bad. I’ve been taking NyQuil at night and that stuff makes me have the weirdest, most vivid dreams and I wake up feeling hung over. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: “According to the brewery website, “An Irish style red ale, deep amber in color with a forward caramel flavor and hints of chocolate. English hops lend an herbal bitterness for balance.”

Random: This won bronze two years in a row (2014 and 2015) in Best Florida Beer Competition.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy, mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose had sweet, caramel malt with a touch of peat. Toffee was present as well. The taste had a lot of sweet malt, then herbal tea. It had caramel and toffee with brown sugar. The body was thick for the style with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lots of sweetness, specifically toffee and caramel. This was $2.08 for the can, which came to $.17 per ounce. This was a drinkable beer, but nothing outstanding. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale

For some reason (I’m blaming end of quarter), I’ve been absolutely exhausted all this week. I haven’t been sleeping well and been having really weird dreams. I had one last night that my boss was the head of a cult and kept having video meetings with us as to the rules and regulations of the cult. I woke up and was very, very confused. I really hope that I can get some decent sleep and relax for a little bit. I also would like it to rain soon since I put some new grass seed down. Speaking of green things, that reminds me of Ireland…which reminds me of beer…like this one!

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt.”

Random: I’m definitely drinking this one a bit late since it’s a seasonal from January.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the pint glass. The body is a clear, dark orange with light carbonation and floaties. The nose was all caramel malt with toast and biscuit. The taste was relatively boring. There wasn’t any noted hop presence, but caramel malt, toffee, toast and slight sweetness. I don’t know if this was an old bottle, but the flavor was light. The body was on the thicker side of the style with light carbonation. The finish was quick with toffee sweetness. This was $1.89 for the bottle, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. Despite the affordable price, this wasn’t a beer that I would seek out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Flying Dog Lucky S.O.B.

The other half and I went to Rocky Hill Inn for dinner awhile ago. I usually enjoy going there as it’s one of the few places that we both get meals we like and they have decent beer. On this trip, I wasn’t as thrilled with my meal, nor the service. The beer selection did have a few things on it that I’ve never had, this beer being the first. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Lucky SOB has aromas of slight sweet bread, followed by rich malt flavors, subtle hop notes, and a clean finish. It’s perfect with your favorite Irish fare, but even more appropriate accompanying drunken chants of ‘Erin Go Braugh.'”

Random: The Phillies looked pretty good last night. I was really impressed by the pitching of Aaron Harang.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left a modicum of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, light mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was nutty with very lightly toasted malts. It wasn’t all that complicated. The taste was equally complicated. There was nuttiness along with the toasted malts and some treacle sweetness. There wasn’t much hop presence to it, except for a little bit of grass at the end of it. The body was medium thickness and on the lighter side of moderate and could have been dialed up slightly. It had a long and nutty finish with toasted bread. This beer didn’t impress me, but I think that’s a complaint with the style. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Short’s The Magician

Lots has been going on which has precluded me from updating the blog. Work has been absolutely crazy. I guess people really want their expensive furniture in time for the holidays. But, for me it’s been a lot of fun. I really enjoy the people who I work with, which makes it even better. So, I’ve had this one sitting around for awhile. It was part of the stash that my parents brought back from Massachusetts awhile ago.
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ABV: 6%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A lustrous dark red London ale with a rich malt combination that lends complex notes of toasted caramel, raisins, chocolate, and roasted toffee. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the duration of this pleasurable experience.”

Random: I crack up every time I see the Geico commercial with the Slinky.

Anytime I get a beer that I know I can’t get in Jersey, I’m excited. So, when I saw that they brought a Short’s brew home for me, I was definitely down for it. The brew poured with less than half a finger of tan head. It lingered for awhile, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy reddish-brown color with moderate carbonation. The nose was straight out odd. I got sour cherries with some vinegar and some hops. The taste had plums, currants and coffee and a touch of biscuit. After a few sips, some hops also came out. This was just very odd to me. The flavors just didn’t work for me. The body was silky and appropriate for the style. Carbonation was on the moderate side. The finish was long and fruity. This just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Murphy’s Irish Red Beer

Another review tonight. I mean, what goes better with watching Criminal Minds? I had Katie’s baked ziti for dinner tonight and the rest of the prosciutto bread she brought too. It was possible the best prosciutto bread I’ve ever had. It had a hint of pepper to it, which I really got into. And now I’m hungry again. Anyways, this beer is an actual Irish beer from Ireland. I’ve only had one other beer from the brewery, so let’s see how this one goes.

ABV: 5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “After the Murphy’s brand was bought by Dutch brewer Heineken International, “Irish Red” was launched for the export market, as it was hoped that it would be more popular than stout overseas. The label copy for Murphy’s Irish Red (33cl bottle) states : ‘Product of the Netherlands.'”

Random: Criminal Minds is one of the only shows that I actually set time aside to watch during the week. It’s a bit of a routine in my house.

Indeed, the bottle does say that this is a “product of the Netherlands.” But, it poured with a huge and fluffy two-finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear brown color with lots of carbonation visible through the pint glass. The nose had notes of caramel malt, mineral water, toffee sweetness and a bit of hops. The taste was not nearly as good as the nose, and I didn’t even think that the nose is outstanding. The mineral quality was more pronounced in the taste than the nose. This overwhelmed all other flavors. There may have been a bit of caramel malt in there, but I couldn’t get it due to the other flavor. The finish lingered with the expected mineral/metallic quality. The body was slightly thicker than expected with moderate carbonation. This brew was a borderline drainpour. Avoid…

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Harpoon Celtic Ale

Another day closer to the weekend! It was an absolutely beautiful day out today. Unfortunately, I was stuck inside for most of the day. Katie came over and made me dinner, which was really nice. We’re sitting and watching that weird reality show, 19 and Counting. I seriously do not understand how anyone could have that many kids. It’s pretty scary. So, tonight I’m starting with my Irish themed beers in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s the first one of the mixed 6 pack.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Harpoon Celtic Ale is an Irish red ale. In its first year of production, it was available only on tap in the Greater Boston area. This was Harpoon’s salute to and the celebration of St Patrick. The following year it became Harpoon’s official spring seasonal beer. Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color. The flavor is malty and complex. Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer. Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors.”

Random: I wonder if these people are going to end up with more than 19 kids. Because seriously, that had to hurt. A lot.

This brew poured with a half a finger of off white head on top of a reddish-brown body with a large amount of visible carbonation. The nose presented with a generous amount of nuttiness with a hint of maple. The taste starts with a bit of caramel, some floral hops and a bit of sweetness. There was also a hint of nuttiness to it. The flavors were okay, but the body was way too thin and the carbonation was overwhelming and detracted from the flavors. The finish was pretty quick with a bit of the floral quality from the flavor. I thought this brew was going to be much better than it was. Although I’m glad I tried it, I wouldn’t have this brew again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Over the weekend, I hit up an Irish pub with my sister in Bordentown. They actually have a decent beer selection and the food is really, really good. After I took a look at the menu, I saw this offering and honestly, I had never heard of it before. So, I figured, why not give it a try?

ABV: 4.30%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Kilkenny is a nitrogenated Irish cream ale from the makers of Guinness, which originated in Kilkenny, Ireland. The brand is managed and produced by Diageo. It is available in draught and cans. It is brewed in Ireland and its heritage dates back to the 14th century. Kilkenny is similar to Smithwick’s Draught; however, has less hop finish and it has a nitrogenated cream head similar to Guinness. The ‘Kilkenny’ name was originally used during the 1980s and 1990s to market a stronger version of Smithwick’s for the European and Canadian market due to difficulty in pronunciation of the word ‘Smithwick’s’. It now refers to a similar yet distinct beer.”

Random: For some reason, I wasn’t surprised that this was brewed by Guinness. It’s probably because of the head.

The brew poured with a thick, one finger, white head on a clear, dark brown body. The head reminded me a lot of Guinness. But, unlike Guinness, there wasn’t much to the nose, perhaps a little bit of malt? On the first sip, the head (which I also managed to get on my nose, smooth, I know) tasted exactly like Guinness. The taste itself was light, yet creamy, with little carbonation on a thin body. There was a hint of bitterness that lasted until the finish. But, honestly, very little flavor on this brew for me. It was mediocre at best. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

McSorley’s Irish Pale Ale

This was another brew that I had with Chris at Firkin Tavern. I think I had this brew at a party years ago, but I don’t really remember much about the brew. Not the greatest picture of the brew (I’m still getting Chris used to taking the beer pics for me when we’re out because I have an old camera-less phone).

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “McSorley’s Old Ale House, generally known as McSorley’s, is the oldest ‘Irish’ tavern in New York City. Located at 15 East 7th Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, it was one of the last of the ‘Men Only’ pubs, only admitting women after legally being forced to do so in 1970. The aged artwork, newspaper articles covering the walls, sawdust floors, and the Irish waiters and bartenders give McSorley’s an atmosphere that many consider, correctly or not, reminiscent of “Olde New York.” No piece of memorabilia has been removed from the walls since 1910, and there are many items of “historical” paraphernalia in the bar, such as Houdini’s handcuffs, which are connected to the bar rail. There are also wishbones hanging above the bar; supposedly they were hung there by boys going off to World War I, to be removed when they returned, so the wishbones that are left are from those that never returned. Two of McSorley’s mottos are ‘Be Good or Be Gone,’ and ‘We were here before you were born.’ Prior to the 1970 ruling, the motto was ‘Good Ale, Raw Onions and No Ladies’; the raw onions can still be had as part McSorley’s cheese platter. New York magazine considered McSorley’s to be one of New York City’s Top 5 Historic Bars.”

Random: This beer is brewed by Pabst Brewing Company…interesting.

This brew poured with a barely there white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body from what I could see (again, bad lighting), was a yellowish color. I also couldn’t see a lot of carbonation on the brew. The nose is grainy with a hint of metal. It almost reminds me of a macro. The taste is a lot of carbonation with a hint of hoppy bitterness, but this is very mild. This is definitely an easy drinker and would be a good session beer, but there’s really just not much to the flavor of this. I also got a bit of a metallic taste on the finish. This is just generally an unremarkable brew. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Samuel Adams Irish Red

Yesterday was a normal day. Another rainy day in New Jersey. Nothing all that interesting to report, but just one of those days you want to come home and relax with a beer. This is another leftover from the Sam Adams variety pack. When I started drinking, Irish reds were my style of choice (think domestic, so nothing great). I don’t know why, probably because I’m partially Irish, or I thought they looked cool. This is the first “craft” Irish red that I’ve had (in quotes because of the current dilemma over whether Sam is still craft). I also got some brand new beer glasses (Rogue Dead Guy Pints and Rogue XS Goblets), so it’s been a good brew day.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Irish red ale, red ale, or Irish ale gains its slightly reddish color from the use of a small amount of roasted barley.The term red ale or red beer is used by brewers in countries other than Ireland; however, the name Irish Red is typically used when roasted material is used. In America the name can describe a darker amber ale, and some breweries may produce a ‘red’ beer that is a lager with caramel colouring.”

Random: I never had an Irish red when I was in Ireland.

This brew poured with a one finger white head. The body itself is a cloudy brownish-red. On the nose, some notes of caramel, although it’s not really a fragrant brew. There was a hint of hops in the nose as well, but you really have to search for them. There was no visible carbonation in the brew due to the cloudiness. On the taste, the first thing I got was the moderate carbonation. The hops make more of an appearance on taste. There is also a slight bitterness from the hops. There is also a hint of caramel and possibly toffee. This was a pretty good beer. Not one of the styles that I would seek out, but an easy drinker. The finish is quick and malty. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0