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Reilly's Red Ale - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-11-2010)
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RHB33

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-30-2014 19:13:59 | More by RHB33
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MattSharpless

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-17-2014 17:21:55 | More by MattSharpless
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-02-2014 04:10:53 | More by JMUbrewz
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-02-2014 19:47:47 | More by Mattyb79
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-26-2014 16:14:36 | More by ShepardCommander
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tgatort

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-24-2014 04:09:12 | More by tgatort
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty deep amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell if of caramel malts, some sweetness. Taste is well balanced, caramel malts, some hops, tasty and very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer and disappearing quickly.

Serving type: can

05-11-2014 03:13:27 | More by tone77
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red body with decent head and lace and the aroma is bland as I get touches of sweet malts and hops but not too much really going on. The rest of the beer is the same as the beer is light, smooth, minimal hops add some but not complete balance and the beer is just an easy drinking caramel and toffee sweet malt mess that isn't bad but not something I want again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2014 01:04:23 | More by clayrock81
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have an aunt & uncle who live in DC and I was down to stay with them for a fest recently, after which, I headed for Dupont Circle where I always have a good time. I stopped in at Whole Foods Market, where I found this poor, lost rabbit who was running late for a very important date with The CANQuest (TM) and kept looking at his pocket watch. I scooped him up and brought him home, but I am still CANfused as to why a White Rabbit is on a Red Ale. It's a CANundrum if ever one existed.

From the CAN: "Slainte Cheers"; "Virginia Heartland".

Once the Crack! was heard, I sped the rabbit on his way with an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was perfect and resulted in a finger of tawny head that quickly dissipated, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. The color was a deep coppery-red (SRM = > 17, < 22) and looked like the hair color of a former girlfriend. I am not a huge fan of filtration, but this was filament-bright, adding to the overall appearance of the beer. Nose had a light grassiness to accompany the biscuity maltiness and I found this odd for an Irish-style Red as I usually think of them as being quite malty, where this was more subdued. Actually, in reading up on it, this was well within spec for the style, exhibiting a caramel maltiness in the mouth with just a hint of the grassiness that I noted on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium and I found myself drinking through it quite quickly. "Easy-drinking beer" may be a cliche, but I am unabashed in using it in this instance. The finish was semi-sweet, but just about right for my tolerance of sweet beers. Its relatively low ABV would make it a good CANdidate for the cooler.

Serving type: can

04-29-2014 14:20:08 | More by woodychandler
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delta490

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a creamy tan head. Head has some nice retention but no lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, fruit, and some earthy hops. The taste follows right along with the aroma and mirrors it closely in fruit and hops notes. A little thin on the palate but not bad. A tasty red ale.

Serving type: can

04-28-2014 23:05:21 | More by delta490
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AMCPhD

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-27-2014 15:43:02 | More by AMCPhD
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Zraly

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-26-2014 22:07:44 | More by Zraly
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-26-2014 21:58:42 | More by qcbrewer
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atrocity

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

04-25-2014 18:35:18 | More by atrocity
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zp6167a

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-20-2014 03:45:57 | More by zp6167a
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-05-2014 00:25:14 | More by dexterk1
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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-04-2014 18:12:49 | More by Drknight
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8stringfan

District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured straight into a large tulip style glass. Dark amber with hints of orange, and a one and half finger head which quickly goes down to a one finger head, which in turn dissipates down to a very light froth covering the surface of the beer. Nose is all sweet caramelly amber malt, roasted grains, warm bread pudding, a touch of milk chocolate, a hint of minerality, and some sweet floral notes from the hops. Altogether, it’s a sweet, crisp, clean inviting nose, and thoroughly appropriate for the style. Front of the tongue sees tart sweetness, while the midpalate sees a lovely expansion of the sweet malty flavors, including roasted grain and sweet bread notes, dark cherry, blood orange, and mildly tart apple. Back of the tongue sees a surprising, and well-placed hop bitterness, and a surprising and very subtle sense of lighter-roast, berry forward fresh coffee. The finish is a nice balance between the bitter and sweet and is very light on the palate, which reflects the surprising lightness of this beer overall. This style is not supposed to be terribly complex - it is meant as a session beer and this one is certainly sessionable, both in flavor and lower abv. Unlike some other Irish reds, the malty sweetness never becomes cloying or heavy and the balancing hop bitterness is wonderfully executed. You may have dozens, even hundreds of better beers this year, but you might not find a better take on the Irish red ale.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 01:45:19 | More by 8stringfan
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AWB3

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-31-2014 21:25:56 | More by AWB3
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-28-2014 15:51:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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bcheng

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-27-2014 03:40:59 | More by bcheng
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-26-2014 21:54:54 | More by cjgiant
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-26-2014 17:56:41 | More by siege06nd
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JayQue

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Toasty and easy to drink a lot of. This beer pours an orangy-amber color into a pint glass. A hard pour gives you a medium size somewhat off-white head with average retention. Some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet bready malt with some grassy hops thrown in as well.

Taste is more of the same. Caramel malt, somewhat sweet, some rich bready malt as well and grassy hops. There is a little sweet toffee like flavor here too.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. A good session type beer.

Nothing earth shattering but a nice everyday/session type beer.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 02:07:23 | More by JayQue
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-08-2014 20:43:18 | More by nmann08
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Reilly's Red Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.