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McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 66
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hoppy91
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterGone
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was a pint from West Coast BBQ (which rumor has it is now the same people as O'Brien's... so I ahd high hopes).

A deep, ruby-copper red, well fitting the style. But then, things fell apart. There was no nose whatsoever at first, which I attributed to a cold brew. After sitting, there was just the slight hint of maltiness. The flavor was also very subdued. I expected some serious malt-forward flavors, but got a little caramel and a little roasty malt backing. There was a nice little bitter blast in the finish.

My hope is that this was the result of the pour or equipment because everything else I have had from Alpine has been top notch. I will try again in a different setting.

Photo of sillyhed8
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Geoffq
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ela
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tbone2131
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.