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Johnny "Blood" McNally Red Ale - Titletown Brewing Company

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Johnny "Blood" McNally Red Ale
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BA SCORE
83
good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Titletown Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Paxman1965, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Riik3, Nov 12, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

This red ale falls on the sweet and malty side of things.

Pours with a caramel malt color. Light sweetish-caramel malt aroma. Sweet and caramelly-malt flavored with a dollop of caramel finishing it out. A little too sweet for my tastes overall, if this review wasn’t clear enough.

elNopalero, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

yankinwis, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

I had this one on tap at the brewpub and also at the bar at The Hyatt which is right down the street. Served in an Imperial Pint, the beer is a dark garnet with a beige head.

Nose of caramel and malts. It is fresh smelling.

The taste is old school red, w with caramel malts, a bit of ripe red apple and just a whisper of citrus from the hops. It is balanced and easy to pair with food. Not overly exciting, but it is what a standard Red Ale should be.

The mouth is decent with low carbonation and a bit of heft. This is an easy drinker and easy to pair with most food.

Redrover, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of dhannes
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%

Had on tap at a local restaurant...poured chilled into a standard pint glass, that I let warm up a minute or so before trying.

A=Very nice brownish red; but head disappointed--very thin white head that didn't last long.

S=Nothing at first, then a faint whiff of licorice/anice. Nothing to make me want to try it.

O=First sip...almost nothing. Eventually a slight hint of dark roasted malt and a hint of caramel, but flavor was barely present...not nearly as good as most reds I've tried.

M=Too watery...very light body, average carbonation.

O=A bad representation of the style...opt for a Killian's over this. Watery and almost flavorless.

dhannes, Nov 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

yooper920, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

rayj212, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of r3o
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

An amber color with red hues, the head is a tan color, thin with no much lacing for me. I got a smell of urea, but mostly malt/bready smell. It has a caramel taste, with some milk-like after taste, bitter malt in the middle. It was kind of chewy and creamy, some acid too with plenty carbonation. Overall I think it was nice, would do it again.

r3o, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%

I tried this as part of a flight of 9 beers offered at the Titletown Brewery in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The bartender described this as a cross between an American Amber Ale and an Irish Red Ale. I guess that makes the Johnny "blood" Red my first hybrid beer.

Well, the color certainly lives up to its namesake. Nice amber/red beer with a 1 finger off-white head that lasted over a minute and left lots of lacing.

There wasn't a lot of smell to this. I could pick out a bit of citrus hops and faint malt, and that's about it.

The 3 hop varieties and rye really dominate the taste here - not sure if I really like that combination. Could be an acquired taste. Grapefruit bitterness and rye spiciness are the main flavors. There's a touch of malt in here, but not enough to call it balanced. Certainly interesting, but not sure if I'd call it good.

The body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is medium. The spiciness from the rye lingers into the finish and the swallow. If you like spicy beers you might enjoy this. If you want something sweeter, stay away from this.

One final word before ordering this. Let it sit and warm up a bit. Like many reviewers have said - the beer is often served too cold, and I agree. This one improves with warming.

matjack85, Mar 17, 2010
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2.13/5  rDev -42.3%

In the time I've been interested in craft beer, I've gotten over most of the common beer myths I once believed - that dark beers were "heavy," that skunkiness was just part of an imported beer's taste profile, etc. However, one I just can't get over is that a beer that's on cask in a brewpub must be that brewpub's best offering. I walked into Titletown, saw a beer engine with this beer on it, and immediately assumed it must be something special. I was wrong in this assumption, and not for the first time.

This beer is weird. It had a red color...like Kool Aid red. It had an extremely floral aroma. "Floral" usually describes something pleasant and hoppy. This "floral" is more scented lotion. And flavor was very much like juice of some sort. "Fruity," but like "floral," I don't mean this in a complimentary way. Mouthfeel was OK; it came off the beer engine - that means mouthfeel has to be at least OK, doesn't it?

This beer was not very good. I had a Hop Monster after it, which was terrific, and made me pretty pissed that I'd fallen into the "the beer on the beer engine must be good' trap.

BeerBelcher, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Into a pint glass, poured a good red color with nice head, shrank pretty quick. Aroma is pretty weak, probably cause its been served too cold, some light malting and sweetness is all I get. Taste is under hopped, but still comes off pretty decent with a good malting to boot, but also something odd, a little sour perhaps, didn't quite fit well with the rest. Body if fine, good carbonation, just served too cold for frick sake. But, it stood up well when my jumbalaya came, so that earns some props. Overall, I was jonesin for a red, and was a little let down, but nevertheless its a decent beer.

objectivemonkey, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours into an imperial pint glass a light orange-red with a half inch of foam that immediately dissipates to glass clinging lace. Very acceptable appearance but served way too cold.

Aroma is light caramel sweet malts and hints of light fruit.

Taste is perfectly balanced caramel malt and red sourness. Some light fruit is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and balanced.

Drinkability is high but excitement is only moderate.

Note: I am told that this recipe is very different than that, which received the glorious reviews in the past… From reading the reviews, it seems that the big change is a lack of hops. I detect almost no hops in the beer what-so-ever and certainly am not picking up on any IPA like grapefruit or pine qualities. Such a shame, I would have like to try the original.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of murrayswine
4.95/5  rDev +34.1%

I tried this before at a beer event, but was a little gone at the time. I was comped this 1/2 gallon growler from Brent, a management guy for Titletown Brewery. I made the mistake of leaving it with battlekow unattended. Whoops.
Appearance is a pecan brown-red with a nice tan head that stuck for a minute or two.
The smell is peanuts in the shell, toffee, creamed coffee, slight malt, and good cream.
godamn this beer is amazing! Huge malts, but with balance that brings a good nut-toffee body, with a whipped butter finish. This could be the most drinkable beer out of Wisconsin. Spotted Cow hasnt got shit on Johnny Blood! I will continue to annoy them until they bottle.

Amened 02/17/06- This beer is not a "Rye beer" as listed, it's a mix of an American amber and an Irish red, so says Titletown
http://www.titletownbrewing.com/beer/index.php?beer=2#stats

murrayswine, Nov 04, 2005
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Johnny "Blood" McNally Red Ale from Titletown Brewing Company
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