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George Killian's Irish Red - Coors Brewing Company

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George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red

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70
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2,741 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,741
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 355 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Ratings: 2,741 | Reviews: 835
Photo of Wilshade
3.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

ABV: 4.9%
Glassware: Pint

Appearance: opaque ruby tinged copper with a thin off-white head

Smell: Strong roasted caramel. Very much like the caramel popcorn you get at the little stand on the boardwalk.

Taste: Roasted caramel with subtle sweetness

Mouth feel: Dances on the tongue. Finishes smooth with no after taste.

Overall: A nice, refreshing beer on a warm day.

Photo of acdcsmith22
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer to pair with food, especially pizza. It is a darker beer however can still be considered one of those everyday drinkers. Reminds me of one of the darker Sam Adams. 2-3 Finger tall head of foam however it quickly dies. Nice amount of carbonation. Would definitely recommend if you haven't tried this before.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK to try but not something I would pass off on anyone as a worthy goal

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

meh, it's a nice drinkable red beer that goes great with dinner, mostly because it's the best beer available at most restaurants. my wife likes it. but she still can't drink the whole bottle sometimes.... I don't mind finishing it. I guess that says something. don't even waste decent beer.

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid red color filled with taste that stimulates the tastebuds

Photo of YumaLaowai
4.03/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great irish beer that should be enjoyed and NEVER chugges

Photo of UPBrewer92
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a reasonably cheap beer that can be found most anywhere, this ranks high on my list

Photo of Fargrow
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malty amber that was tasting so nice on St. Paddy's Day.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste of caramels, biscuit and a bit peanut-y. I really enjoyed this beer, and it goes to show you can still make a good beer by sticking to the basics.

Photo of anon
2.04/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks okay. Tastes generic. Watery red ale. Have had far better. Would not buy again.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I usually drink these straight from the bottle, but what the hell. Pours in to a Craft Beer Exchange pint glass with a nice amber color and a high degree of transparency. 2 fingers of light beige foam disappear quickly, leaving only a thin film and a small collar. The aroma is pretty clean. Just some sweet malty aromas. Perhaps a little hint of ripened fruits. Not much there, but pleasant. The flavor of Killians is unmistakable. Of course there are the typical sweet caramel-like malt flavors that are common for the style. But there's also something more. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'd say it's reminiscent of a vanilla extract flavor. It's a bit earthy, and reminds me of Jordanian almonds with that hard vanilla candy shell. I've picked this up in "vanilla" beers such as Snowdrift and Breckenridge, so it's odd to find it here, but it seems to work. The body of the beer is medium and easy. Quite unintimidating. It's simple and accessible. Despite some of the flavors being a bit disjointed, and a notion that the product may be on the "cheap" side, it comes together pretty well in the end. This is a classic that helped launch my love of craft beer. It was one of the first brews that I sampled that dared to stray from the fizzy, yellow water recipe, and I for that I am probably a bit a partial.

Photo of 31Sam13
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really not so bad...my Dad had a penchant for this stuff and I had some as a youngster and it was the first time I remember savoring a beer...for what it's worth...

Photo of Izzi
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but not as good as other Irish Reds

Photo of ALC82
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much better on tap than in bottle

Photo of CTJman
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not that interested in this style

Photo of Bretton511
3.97/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely underrated beer, very good robust flavor with little bitterness.

Photo of BB1980
4.02/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Commercialized Red, but tasty. Used to have a good price tag on it but the price has continued to rise on it as if Coors was trying to get more drinkers by making it seem more like a "craft beer"

Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A classic. Here goes:

A: Reddish-brown with a massive head and lacing. Also has a ton of carbonation. Crystal clear. Splendid-looking beer.

S: Baker's yeast, amber and caramel malt. Generic red lager.

T: Good. Caramel and amber malt give way to a touch of baker's yeast. Well-balanced and tasty.

F: Very well carbonated.

O: Solid beer. Would definitely have it again.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a good red ale. It's usually pretty cheap at the bar too.

Photo of Premo88
3.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: dark orange-red ... brilliantly clear; minimal head of beige foam, maybe 1/3-inch tall, no stick; no lacing but it's keeping a 50/50 skin and nice collar of beige foam; no major lacing

S: sour grain ... toasted barley; sweet nose, very pleasant; sour corn ... sour/toasted corn

T: good toasted barley malt, lots of sweetness, no major hop presence ... some corn, sour corn (not creamed corn); just a hint of rubbing alcohol taste, perhaps a bit medicinal

F: full, prickly carbonation and good midweight ... very solid

O: not bad at all ... this red almost has a toasted-malt taste like a good California Common, but there's definitely no hop presence, not even a bit of dirt; too big a swallow has a vodka/rubbing alcohol taste, but otherwise it's a decent little malty lager with some nice toasted notes and nothing to keep you from downing a few for a good session. very decent brew and a pleasant surprise.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Reddish brown with a large tan colored head

S: Little sweet malts, mostly lager yeast smell

T: Sweet malts, not much else. I had it a little too cold, I think a little warmer would bring out more of a flavor profile.

M: Medium

O: Not a bad beer for the price but not the best ever. Will buy again.

Photo of RyanK252
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours redish amber with a bubbly light tan head that settles rather quickly with no lacing.

S: Pretty tame, a little bready and caramel malty sweetness, and a little earthy hops.

T: Caramel/toffee sweetness, bready maybe slightly toasted malt, a little earthy hops, and some grainy and cooked vegetable notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not terrible, better than your average BCM lager. Not a bad choice for a 6 pack to take to a party with a lot of non craft drinkers.

Photo of auswild
3.72/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of all the commoners, this is a personal favorite.

Photo of Jobin_24
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

alright tasting beer, cheap taste

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Excellent Red Lager with character.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,741 ratings.