It’s been a while since my last review of a beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, over a year in fact. This is no slight against the Vankleek Hill brewery: I just rarely see any Beau’s brews in the LCBO aside from their Lug Tread Lagered Ale, the only Beau’s brew I’ve previously reviewed. I leave it to you to check that review out for some information on the brewery and my impressions of their flagship beer. My luck changed this week, though. I found a 600-mL bottle of Beau’s Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale waiting for me on the shelf. Though I’ve seen it before, I’ve always been a bit suspicious of their “The Tom Green Beer!”
Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company – First Sip
When held up to the light, Strong Patrick is a bright shade of vermilion with about an inch of foam that eventually turns into a ring at the top of my nonic pint glass. I get a faint whiff of berries as I take my first sip, and enjoy Strong Patrick’s boozy maltiness. Typical of Irish red ales, Strong Patrick doesn’t rate high on the bitterness scale. Whatever bitterness this beer shows doesn’t seem to be a result of a hops flavour. Instead, this beer’s grainy flavour and oak-y finish provide that bitter kick common to many craft brews. Its moderate carbonation level and oak-infused aftertaste give this beer a velvety mouthfeel — not watery but not thick, and not smooth but not fizzy.
Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company – Last Sip
Anyone who’s read a previous review of mine knows that although I like a wide variety of beers, my true beer love is a well-hopped IPA, CPA, APA, or AusPA. I missed the hops, especially as I was finishing this beer. Its vanilla-laced oakiness is great, but at 600 mL (with a 6.7% ABV rating) it presents a lot of flavour.
I suggest drinking this beer from a glass. Not that the beer will become bad if you drink it straight from the bottle, but you’ll miss out on the complex aroma and flavours this beer has to present.
Because of its malty, almost sweet, flavour, I and others suggest pairing this beer with a savoury dish. A hardy stew of some kind is a good pick, or, if you’re not as financially challenged as I, try it with some game meats to really bring out this brew’s flavours.