Kildare Irish Red - West Sixth Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Built for the spring season- St. Patrick's Day deserves a malt-forward, yet highly drinkable ale that can be thrown back at will.
The Irish Red Ale pours strictly amber in color, albeit--you guessed it--on the redish side. It's slightly diffused haze allows the beer to glow slightly, but testifies to its hearty taste and texture to come. Capped by an off-white froth, the beer retains firmly and laces with a broken collar as the beer fades.
Medium in intensity, the beer's scent is malty with caramel, bread crust, and heavy starch. With a nutty backbone and part-grain character, the beer prefers complex malt aromas to achieve balance rather than reliant on hop aromas.
Similar in taste, the beer is starchy-sweet- lead with light caramel, mild toffee, nutty pecans, bread crust, light toast, and a modest butterscotch-type taste. Again, the light hopping rates keeps the beer balanced with herbal bitterness in finish. But the beer relies on malt complexities to govern taste, balance, and intrigue.
Its highly drinkable medium body is allowed because of a malty-dry upstart that carries seamlessly through to finish. All the while, it prefers the starchy richness of malt early, but ends pleasantly grainy and mildly warm to finish.
Kildare is an unmistakable Irish Red Ale that's clean, crisp, malty, and toasty. It includes all things that are prescribed by the style, but there's several of those aspects that I want to be pushed into bolder and more pronounced character. It's a firm Red, albeit on training wheels.
Serving type: on-tap
04-09-2013 05:03:35 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep amber or rich auburn coloring holds a stiff creamy head.
The scent is of rich, burnt malts with a toasty breadiness. Robust roasted cracker or nuttiness follow a rich toasted, roasted malt.
The taste is nutty and caramel malted with strong burnt malt flavor. Roasty and toasty, this is rich and tasty. It reminds me of Killians Irish Red when it was an import and was a truly roasted red ale. I cant help but think that the name resembles Killians, which at one time was a very good example of an Irish Red. It would seem appropriate as this, too, is a very good example of the style.
Serving type: on-tap
03-25-2013 00:36:23 | More by KYGunner
Kildare Irish Red from West Sixth Brewing Company
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