Sunburnt Irish Red Ale – Living up to Ireland’s Connection with Red!
Type: Red Ale
In the remote surfing town of Bundoran in Co. Donegal, I walked into this pub right on the surf and asked the bartender for his recommended brew! He said it was perhaps a little too cold a day for beer, but if I must, he’d recommend little above the Sunburnt Irish Red Ale – by the time I was through my 4th pint within the hour, I was heartily slapping the guy on the back, agreeing whole-heartedly with him 😛
Brewed by the Eight Degrees Brewing Company, the Sunburnt Irish Red Ale is rather unique. Pours a mahogany brown color (no, not really red) with a creamy, thick head that slowly fades to a thin layer. Very light carbonation with a mysterious wispy lacing, possibly attributable to its New Zealandish/Australian hops?
The aroma is a mixture of strong caramel maltiness and something raisiny with hints of nuttiness and toasted bread! The opening notes are a lot of caramel maltiness once again, and in line with its scent, ranges from light sweet nuttiness and a faint hint of nutmeg & cinnamon with an aftertaste of biscuitiness and some fig-based notes!
The medium bodied brew is nice & smooth on the palate – one you could never possibly get enough of! Once again, not very easily available in many parts of Ireland, but was found in Co. Donegal & Co. Cork 🙂
Discovered At: Maddens Bridge Bar & Restaurant, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Overall Rating: 4.75/5