Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale

Irish Red, Marzen, Scottish Ale and IPA courtesy of Church Street Brewing Company

Irish Red, Marzen, Scottish Ale and IPA courtesy of Church Street Brewing Company

Nothing makes me happier than to see more good beer being produced in my area.  I recently had a chance to visit Church Street Brewing Company in Itasca, IL and I was really pleased with what they had to offer.  Located in an industrial park, not easy to find, and with tap room hours of 4 to 7 on Thursdays and Fridays, Church Street Brewing Company quietly produces beer that is appearing in area restaurants and as of Thursday, they started bottling their brews, including their best-in-show Heavenly Helles.  Today, however, I’d like to tell you about the wonderful Crimson Clover Red Irish Ale.  Poured from a freshly filled 64 oz. growler,  Crimson Clover isn’t red as much as it is mahogany with a ruby cast.  The head is generous and lacy, and recedes to a persistent thin layer.  The sweet bouquet has hints of berry and light perfume, with a lightly roasted caramel follow up.  Mouth-filling tastes of caramel and toasty malts are mixed with a little shot of dryness/bitterness.  Crimson Clover finishes with more of the sweetness and perfumey/floral hops that was foreshadowed in the bouquet.  The finish is a tad dry but the sweetness lingers in an equal, balancing amount.  I love Crimson Clover because it is light-bodied without being weak, creamy and smooth textured and at 5.3% ABV a very drinkable beer.  In fact, I’ll have another pint, thank you.  Overall a well-balanced brew and very enjoyable!

93/100 Red Ale

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