Sound O’Regan’s Revenge

Reviewed by on April 28, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Sound Brewery

  • Origin: Poulsbo, WA, US

  • Rated On: April 28, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A very old-country sounding brew, in both name and main ingredients.  Maybe this is a little late arriving for this year’s St. Patrick’s day celebrations, but ’tis ok by me – the countdown’s on for 2016!

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather creamy beige head, which leaves some crossed-stream lightning bolt lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of bready, slightly doughy caramel, a tame ashy roastiness, muddled dark orchard fruit, and kind of acerbic earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more brown bread, musty caramel, bruised apples and plums, a still understated, but niggling toasted character, and the same weird clammy, bordering on sour green vegetal essence from the nose. The carbonation is quite laid-back in its easygoing frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and somewhat thin in its otherwise unassailed smoothness. It finishes trending sweet, the bready caramel malt and a plain fruitiness the order of the day, with perhaps a suggestion of trailing smoke arising as things warm.

Not a bad rendition of the style, which by definition is pretty unassuming and simple – this one more or less nails that. That uncertain sour and pithy element doesn’t help matters, but it’s hardly debilitating, by the same token. Another offering that’s just better to drink in a dark pub, and not yammer on about, methinks.

Brady White



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