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McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company

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McIlhenney's Irish RedMcIlhenney's Irish Red

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark red, malty ale. Eleven different malts, all used to contribute to a complex, malty sweet flavor and aroma. Hops are kept low (10 ibu's) for this multiple medal winner (GABF, World Beer Cup, etc)
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-19-2002)
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

SamuelR, Sep 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

sjrodriguez, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

blabaer, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Dmitchsd, Aug 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Enochase04, Aug 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

KidsDoc, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

TrojanRB, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

catbirdofdoom, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, burnt sugar, caramel, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and caramel qualities that come through slightly better in the taste to me.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Birmz, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

david131, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep ruby in color. A maple syrup like amber almost. Soft offwhite head.

S- Oh so bready. Has the baked bread character of a Doppelbock. Resinous hop notes and a touch of pine.

T- Follows nose really well. Bready start again with a healthy does of caramel coming through. a lingering bitterness in the finish. Rye is apparent throughout. Certainly leans heavy on the malty side of things.

M- Interesting. The nose and taste buds tell you this will be a heavy brew, but it turns out to be quite light in body. Dry finish.

O- one of the best Irish ales i have ever had. Nice complexity in a style that tends to lack it at times. Big malt character that drinks easy.

Bosoxfan20, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

warnerry, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great looking beer. Deep crystal ruby colored body in a glass. Faint microscopic carbonation all through with a faint matching tan color. Tan color continues to the head, slightly bigger than 2 fingers tall and leaves a simple thin puck. Great looking beer.

The sticky classic malts are all over this on the nose even as I pour. Mild sweet caramel, hints at cherry fruit strangely and some cinnamon spice. Where is that normally on an Irish Ale? Boy that's unexpected. Some nice dried clove like spices round out.

Probably one of the most unique tasting Irish ales I've had. Surprisingly light malt depth, but with a perfectly silky nearly creamy texture. Flavors hint from the nose, lots of the toasted brown spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and so forth. But very light and with a fleeting aftertaste that really hints of toasted brown bread and pumpernickel almost. Caramel comes in with a bit of warmth and brings some vanilla like cream as well.

Overall just a real fine easy drinking Irish ale, it's nearly perfect.

smakawhat, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

KVNBGRY, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kylehay2004, May 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DeanMoriarty, Apr 13, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's San Diego leftover from St Patty's Day

Normally I don't mention other reviews, but just scanning some other entries it's obvious people don't like Irish Reds. They're far from my go-to style either, but it seems the average-ish scores (for an Alpine brew) are largely due to the unpopularity of the style.

That being said, living in the land of hop bounty, sometimes a brew like this hits the spot. Or it at least allows you to enjoy delicious IPAs if by contrast. Either way, this is throwing back pretty easy right now.

A: The brew is a mahogany-red in color, clear, served with a nice 1-inch frothy head.

S: Bready bouquet, sweet, like squaw bread. There's a candied, almost cherry sweetness, along with some husky grain and a touch of alcohol.

T/M: A chewy, bready complexion carries toffee sweetness, with the cherry aspect detected in the nose more pronounced here. Toasted grainy with notes of dry grass and a touch of hop astringency balancing at the back of the palate, keeping in line with the style. Finishes long and sweet.

rand, Apr 10, 2014
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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.