Review: Beau's All Natural Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale
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One thing that sucks living west of Ontario is that Beau's is impossible to get unless if you have a friend or family member who lives in Southern Ontario. Thankfully in my case, I do. This beer's been hiding in my hoard for a while now, but it's time to get it out before my roommates drink MORE of my beer.
Beau's is one of Canada's only organic breweries, quite a feat and I don't blame them - in a beer scene like Ontario where breweries are popping up every week, you have to do something unique and original, so a beer consists of only natural ingredients, no chemicals is always a real treat.
Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale is one of the beers I got to try by Beau's, at 6.5% ABV and in a 600ml bottle, it's going to calm down the body after a long day. The wrestler mask label also makes me laugh, reminds me of the late great Strongbad
Appearance: Strong Patrick Irish Red pours a mostly clear reddish caramel, with a light beige head that's about 2mm. Decent amount of carbonation.
Aroma: Notes of caramel and toffee, a bit of an earthiness, a bit nutty, lightly bready and only a faint oakiness vibe, as it's part of a 1/8 barrel aged blend.
Taste: A sweet Irish red, lots of caramel and toffee notes, a bit of apple juice-like aftertaste on the tongue that leaves a bit of a bitterness. A bit of a watery mouthfeel, quite sweet, malty, and a bit of a graininess from the barley. Very solid Irish Red Ale.
Overall Thoughts: I'm not a fan of Irish Red Ales but this was quite decent, decent amount of sweetness from the malts with notes of caramel and toffee, light amount of oakiness, a large amount of aftertaste on the palate. With St Patrick's Day coming up in a few weeks, this would be a great beer to have a pint to - though it won't ever be available in Manitoba anyways. 600ml bottle, 6.7% ABV. Part of the Wild Oats series. 2013