1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Reilly's Red Ale - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Reilly's Red AleReilly's Red Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-11-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 15
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of zp6167a
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of 8stringfan
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of AWB3
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of bcheng
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on had tap at Pizza Paradiso Alexandriahad into a shaker pint.

An absolutely perfect copper amber, glowing deep orange and clear. Very creamy tan one finger head presented with a nice puck.

Nose has a yeasty sticky caramel, and muted malt sense. Quite closed not much really going on.

Palate comes with a nice creamy mouthfeel and moderate combination. Slight hints of grass and mild hop bitterness. A very slight twinge of chewy grapefruit and citrus on the finish. Caramel sweetness seems to be missing and lacking a little. Warmth brings out more character but still toned down.

Different a little bit of a spin on the style, not bad.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bmjivi221
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Devils Backbone Outpost

A- pours a rusty copper color with a two-finger creamy white head, good retention and tons of lace sticking as it settles

S- grainy malt, slightly toasted, a touch of caramel and clean hop

T- nice toaster malt profile that starts out slightly sweet with some caramel and dark fruit notes, transition to slightly toasted with a dry, clean hop finish

M- light-medium body, moderate carbonation with a smooth finish

O- nice malt profile, well balanced, solid amber

Photo of trigger467
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of jadams11
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of herald83
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Reilly's Red Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.