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Brú Rua

Rating: 3.7

Another beer from a new brewery for me now, this one hailing from Ireland’s Tidiest Town; Trim in County Meath. The beer is their Irish red ale and it’s another that I grabbed from a local off-license in Fermanagh over the holiday season just gone by. I was attracted to this beer from the three or four from the brewery available on the day and decided to give this one a go based pretty much entirely based on the name of the beer without ever knowing what it translates to. It’s actually a beer that I’ve spotted before when I’ve been in Ireland but for one reason or another I’ve never tried it before now, my thinking going in was that if it proved to be a good one then I’d probably pick up some more from the brewery at some point in the future.

Brú Rua

Appearance (4/5): This one sat with a slightly hazy looking body that was a light copper colour, almost amber in appearance with a centimetre tall, foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass while it sits there with nice retention over the opening minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fruity nose initially, the beer comes through with some nice sweetness from a few caramel malts and there’s a citrus backing to proceedings. Touches of orange and a few sugars seemed the most noticeable around the middle before some grassy notes and floral touches seen things out.
Taste (7/10): The taste kicked off with some sweet malts and a few floral touches, some peach and orange flavours seemed most pronounced along with further citrus flavours and a couple grassy hops. There was some hay and herbal touches around the middle with a subtle pine and grapefruit combination making itself known as well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and quite a dry palate, the beer featured quite a crisp finish that was complimented by fairly strong, lively carbonation and a couple of herbal touches; the finish was a moderately bitter one too.

Overall (14/20): This one was a pretty decent Irish ale and it certainly came through with a lot more flavour than I’d been expecting, there was some nice citrus flavours and basic hops that definitely worked well together. The beer was a fresh and fairly lively one with good caramel sweetness and biscuit flavours going down easily and the balance wasn’t bad either; a pretty good beer and one that surprised me some too.

Brewed In: Trim, County Meath, Ireland
Brewery: Brú Brewery
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Irish Red Ale
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reillys (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.29

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