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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

157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by beagle75:
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beagle75

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light reddish-amber color with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasted bread and grain, not as much caramel as the appearance might suggest, with some faint tangerine citrus occasionally emerging.

T: Begins barely off-dry, malty with bread and caramel. A fruity quality that reminds of maraschino cherries is also present early, likely formed by a combination of yeast esters, crystal malt, and careful hopping. Acidity is well-balanced here, perhaps even remarkably so. Vanilla ice cream is detected in the middle, where some of the other previously-noted flavors fade considerably. The finish is dry, slightly bitter, and even leathery at times.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, fluid on the palate--even occasionally creamy--with moderate carbonation.

D: Alpine brews a few different amber ales--this one, as well as Alpine ale--that are remarkably similar. This Irish red ale is malt-forward, never extreme, and just what one might expect from one of Alpine's less abundantly-hopped beers. It pairs well with a variety of food flavors, reminding at times of New Belgium's ubiquitous Fat Tire--but with less overbearing biscuit flavor than that other beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:43:04 | More by beagle75
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2014 20:52:38 | More by TrojanRB
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UCLABrewN84

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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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06-26-2014 04:15:14 | More by david131
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3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-30-2014 03:22:07 | More by warnerry
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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04-13-2014 22:14:51 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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Alieniloquium

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3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Reddish brown body. Small khaki head. A thin collar and some lacing.

Smell - Nutty malts. Caramel. Hint of roasted malt, like chocolate. Some English hops.

Taste - Brighter. More of a hop presence. English hops. Nutty malts. Sweetness builds into the finish.

Mouthfeel - It gets a little sweet. The low bitterness doesn't cut any of it, either. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not many Irish Reds are very exciting and this is no exception. It is well made, though. No trouble sharing this bomber.

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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.