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Reilly's Red Ale - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Reilly's Red AleReilly's Red Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-11-2010

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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 15
Photo of fishguyac
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a little thin...but a very good example of the style.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear red amber that has a slight orangish brown hue. The beer leaves some lacing on the glass but not much.

The beer smell is exceptionally sweet but a little bitter as well. The smell comes with notes of sweet malt notes that resemble toffee. The beer also has a slight cinnamon nose and an earthy hop presence as well. Overall, the beer smell like a tea with orange added to it. The scent is pretty nice and subdued but not weak.

The beer taste is the best part of the beer. The beer taste is a bit sweet with a chamomile like flavor and a malt note that comes with a toffee and toasted bread taste. The hops also provide a slightly bitter and orange taste to the brew that marks a nice contrast to the tea like taste. Overall, the taste is pretty good and, while it does share some of the same notes of other red ales, the hop notes sets it apart in a good way.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of being medium bodied.The carbonation is very little but still gives the beer some much needed texture. Other than that, the beer is pretty smooth.

Overall, a pretty good Irish Red Ale and one that doesn't lack in flavor. I highly recommend getting this brew.

Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

A spectacular looking brew, perfect clarity with more than enough suds on top. Fresh toasted bread, spicy rye, faint toffee, & woody hops in the aroma. Lush crispness, smooth creamy body. Lots of malt to wade in, some caramel then some spicy rye ... all meld very well. Clean palate throughout. Quick smack of hop bitterness keeps this ale in check. Some pretty stellar drinking here, sessionable as it grows on me sip after sip. We have a winner here.

Photo of cwtowler0724
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FoodFan101
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Jlavelle1979
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Zraly
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Reilly's Red Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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