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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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BA SCORE
82
good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 9
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:
Beer added by: Gusler on 12-19-2002

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.
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's more to Alpine Brewing that just the hops. To pay my respects, I venture to the malty side. Coming from a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The beer rests in the chalice a dark cherrywood color, topped with a semi-creamy head which retains well. As a bonus, the sight of whisped lace circling the glass doesn't seem to end. It smells like fruit snacks, pleasant fruity esters, toasty, earthy. Smells nice.

McIlhenney's brings respect to the Irish Red Ale. The beer won't blast your palate with a mélange of succulent flavors, but this beer combines easy drinking with a modest, well balanced flavor. The beer has toasty and sweet notes, pleasing fruity esters, and a wee note which reminds me of kilned malt. The beer has a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and as typed earlier is easy drinking.

This is a sleeper in Alpine's year round lineup. The malt mouth in all of us should give McIlhenney's Irish Red a chance.

Photo of ShowerBeers
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not my kind of beer. I hate writing these shoddy reviews but the "outlier" system sort of forces my hand

Photo of parris
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tally
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bilco
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swanfungus
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smelled caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee, faint coffee malts, dark cocoa, chocolate syrup and light copper. Very impressive for the style. Got chocolate, bitter roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, copper or another metallic malt, dry rye malts and faint coffee malts. Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Nutty, bitter finish.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.86 overall rating should be 3.87.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Dec. 28, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 2, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a red, auburn semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Good amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Above average sporadic foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee, faint coffee malts, dark cocoa, chocolate syrup and light copper. (Smell - 3.88)

Tasted maybe even better than the nose. Very impressive for the style. Got chocolate, bitter roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, copper or another metallic malt, dry rye malts and faint coffee malts. (Taste - 3.88)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Nutty, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a very good Irish Red and I’m not saying that just because I live in Alpine. Much better than I thought it would be. (Overall - 3.88)

3.87 | 87 | B+

Photo of JGam115
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ruby amber hue. Good sweet malt, burnt carrot, hints of brown sugar. Yeast, slightly sweet. Not as beefy, but solid Irish Red

Photo of the_encinitan
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GatorCoop
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of stimulus
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of gldnns
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of The_Jerk
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of SuperMario
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.