Beau’s Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on March 10, 2017 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
- Origin: Vankleek Hill, ON, CA
- Rated On: March 10, 2017
- Best Before: packaged January 6, 2017
- ABV: 6.7%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Irish Red Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 600ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some gnarled tree branch lace around the glass as it quickly and efficiently subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, hints of vanilla and medium cocoa powder, a slightly vinous black orchard fruitiness, mild nougat, a wisp of smoke, and very tame earthy and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, rich toffee squares, Oreo cookies, quite subtle generic whisky notes, some plain dark and estery stone fruit, and more understated leafy and floral hoppiness. The carbonation is rather placid in its rudimentary frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really extant here that might press the issue. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel, toffee, and vanilla the most prominent (ma)lingerers.
Overall, this is a pretty solid version of this venerable Old World style, the focus duly on the malt, with a ‘did they or didn’t they’ woodsiness acting all spectral and shit. Anyways, I’m enjoying drinking this one more than parsing it, so I’ll just say – check out Strong Patrick, especially in the lead up to, er, St. Patrick’s Day!