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Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing Co., Aarsh Irish Red Ale

May 17, 2011

Ding Points: 75.50

Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Feel: 70.00, Global: 70.00

Tasting Notes:

I’ve been dreadfully disappointed over the years with the mutiny series, even to the point where I have stopped buying several of them, so to be quite frank my expectations have been significantly lowered.

Pour offers a pretty nice looking amber body, some good clarity and a head, retention and lace that I would describe as above average.

The nose and initial tastes offer a nice hop and malt balance that drop back as the beer warms. A little bitter, slightly spicy note in the hop presence, along with a few biscuit malts bringing up the rear. The beer actually flirts with being quite sweet at times which I initially am concerned by. The idea of a beer of this style giving any kind of precedent to sweetness over a dry finish seems to clash with classic ideas, but surprisingly it works reasonably well.

This beer is a long way from typical for the style, but somewhat unusually it comes together quite well.

Drinkable, and an ABV that although not remotely low, does disguise itself well enough not to interfere with the drinkability too much. One of the better beers in the mutiny series, but then again, that ain’t saying much.

Other: Irish Red Ale, 7.0 %, $4.99 Cheers in Carrollton, GA, USA.


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