Dungarvan Copper Coast Irish Red Ale

Reviewed by on March 25, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dungarvan Brewing Company

  • Origin: Dungarvan, Ireland

  • Rated On: March 25, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Ireland’s Dungarvan (the brewery, at least) sure does a swell job of illustrating its local historical landmarks in its released products.

This 500ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves some broad and sudsy archipelago lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, wet ash, spiced autumn apples, subtle earthy yeast, and leafy, herbal, and mildly grassy hops. The taste is sharp apple and citrus fruitiness up front, with a sturdy grainy, biscuity, and lightly caramelized malt sweetness, damp smoke, dark toast, increasingly noticeable flinty notes, and more herbal, grassy, and leafy hop bitters.  The carbonation is nice and fizzy, frothy, and fully palate engaging, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, both the hops and minerality taking it down a few notches. It finishes off-dry, the gritty caramel malt and friends maintaining themselves better than any lingering hops.

I suppose that most of us have been beaten down by yer Smithwick’s, et al, in terms of this style, so it’s quite pleasant to taste a craft version of it. Lots of complex malt and hop interplay here, of the appropriate sort, which renders an easy to drink pub tipple – I would imagine, if I were in one right now, but it’s equally good at home, by the same token.

Brady White

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