While we are wrapping up our Tailgate Throwdown: Men are from Marzen (not really the name) from last weekend, I’ve decided to put together a few reviews about some of the more recent brews we have had on the side. This was another one that had slipped through our cracks, but managed to pull out just in time before the winter really sets in.
We mentioned about a month ago that this was the time of year for reds. Irish Red Ales to be exact. And while we are slowly getting into fall (finally…in October) it is the perfect time to enjoy the slightly maltier beers. This has always been a highlight of mine when heading to Three Notch’d, but I wanted to put together a stand alone review of one of the best traditional Irish Reds in the state.
Hydraulion Red, Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Chalottesville, VA)
Irish Red Ale, ABV: 5.3%
Presentation: Can pour into pint glass. I was able to snag a 6-pack from the brewery and enjoy outside of tasting. Reasons to numerous and understandable.
Appearance: Heavier reddish bordering on brown, clear with white head settling nicely.
Smell: Decent malt aromas and light citrus. Not to overpowering, but not faint in the least.
Taste: Roasted and caramel maltiness up front, but not as much as the aroma would indicated, with continued accentuated malt flavors developing late finishing with a citrus/light hoppy finish. Unlike, say a Marzen or Brown Ale, the flavors develop slower than heavier beers, which is why this style is still enjoyable in late summer.
ABV/IBU Feel: Light sugary front-middle settles into crisp citrus aftertaste. It is a little heavy on the ABV scale at 5.3%, but it is not very noticeable. The IBUs sit at 22, and just poke their heads out at the end, nothing too shocking.
Overall: This beer is available year round, and for good reason. It is the perfect in-between season beer, one that is not too heavy or too light to be lost if broken out on New Years or 4th of July. I have had some that have been maltier closer to the front, that the ‘majority’ finds more appealing, but if you are looking for a great example of a straight forward 15A from Virginia, I know of no better example.