McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company
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4.58/5 rDev +26.2%
This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thin white head. The head fades too quickly, leaving minimal laces.
This beer has a malty sweet aroma. I detect some toffee. It boasts a slight nutty aroma also. Almost no hop aroma is present.
This beer has a rich nutty flavor. A strong caramel sweet malt flavor is also present. As with the aroma, the hops are almost non existant.
This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a nutty sweet aftertaste. It is a little undercarbonated in my opinion.
This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, and the flavor is good and not too aggressive.
Overall: I am happy to have had this as my 300th review. I am surprised that I have never had this beer before. It is good, and I definately plan to make it a regular in my beer fridge.
11-04-2006 03:48:58 | More by OStrungT
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
Nice clear coppery color in the glass with a small head that melts to merely a ring of white.
The nose is fruity and sweetly amber malts.
Sweet malts on the tongue immediately are overcome with a fruity, grainy taste and a bit of citrus hops. Decivingly dry and slightly bitter makes you think it is hoppy until you notice the spice and graininess of rye malt used in this brew.
Not really a big red as first percieved. More a reddish-rye if that makes any sense.
03-04-2007 19:50:23 | More by IntriqKen
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
Fairly mirky red with a dark amber tone. Nice 1-2 cm tan head with decent retention and no lacing.
Smell is kinda like a bowl of mixed sweet and sour dark fruit consisting of cherry, plum, raspberry and blackberry.
The flavor overall is pretty good. It is lacking character though. Tough to determine distinct flavor characteristics. It's interesting and different for a red in my opinion. Definitely doesn't really have the roasted chocolatey finish that the bottle states. Caramel malt and Slight roasted malt on the back end.
Mouthfeel Is medium bodied overall. Starts light and finished a tad heavier. Medium carbonation.
Overall the beer is pretty good. I really think the 10 IBUs is really what is keeping this beer from being a pretty great beer. I think it's seriously lacking character and maybe dry hopping would just set this beer above and beyond.
07-14-2011 02:32:50 | More by MrVonzipper
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a very nice looking red color into my pint glass. Very thin bubbles and a small but consistant head formed on the top. Good lookin beer.
Smell is not much. The malt smells wonderful but no hop aroma. Smells almost like a Maibock.
Taste is pretty good. Although I like my reds hoppier this one focuses on the malt. Almost no hop flavor and only slight bitterness. The malts do taste good though.
Mouthfeel is good. The head offers a certain frothiness. A little more carbonation would be nice.
Overall it is a tasty beer. Better than alot of reds I have had but for sure not the best. I wouldn't seek it out unless Reds are your style but it is a good beer to grab if you see it.
01-20-2010 02:38:43 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
Bottle from City Beer in SF for $6.99, which is a little high for an Irish Red, but oh well. I was surprised to see Alpine there.
Pours a clear firetruck red color with a creamy two-finger light beige head and good lacing.
Aroma is typical for the style: bready caramel malt, slight roast, earth, and even a little rye.
Flavor is caramel and toffee, rye, wood/earth, and mild fruity notes.
Medium body with a nice smooth mouthfeel.
Not terribly exciting, but drinkable and good for the style.
03-18-2010 17:45:20 | More by nickd717
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours a pretty dark but clear red, with lots of streams of carbonation present. The overall impression here is it's more of a toasty brew, less smooth but more flavorful than other macro irish red's I've had. There is a distinct hop bitterness in the finish making it feel somewhat harsh. It was ok though, a good compliment to a pepperoni pizza.
07-21-2008 20:55:27 | More by MiScusi
3.08/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
04-10-2014 01:30:02 | More by Alieniloquium
4/5 rDev +10.2%
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/09. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep amber with a finger of foamy off-white (nearly tan) head. Retains with a thin creamy look, that flares up nicely, drenching the sides of the glass with lace. The aroma has a good bit of substance to for an Irish Red. Lots of toasted malts and caramel sweetness in the nose, along with a nice and fresh floral feel.
The taste packs the same robust mix, with toasted bready malts, caramel, with a touch of zesty citrus character thrown in for good measure. There is a more moderate hop profile present. It's enough to balance the profile but pulls back just enough to also allow the malts to really shine. Sweetness and citrus linger past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied wiht a nice easy carbonation and overall smooth feel. Very drinkable for a 6% beer.
This one took me by surprise a bit. Nicely flavored for an Irish Red and the drinkibility was right on! I didn't get to drink any "Irish" beers the day before on St. Patties Day, so this was a nice belated pint to celebrate with.
03-30-2009 16:59:27 | More by Kegatron
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
From a growler into a pint glass, this brew pours a clear reddish amber with a half inch of porous off white head. Retention is short as it settles quickly into a surface cap yielding random strings of lacing.
Smell is of roasted caramel malts, a bit smoky in fact. Yet clean and uncluttered as I sense this brew isn't overly sweet for the style. A notable hop presence blends well with the roastiness of the brew.
Taste confirms my suspicions and offers a welcome light yet complex malt flavor. Roasty up front, segueing to a clean finish and a dry aftertaste. Hop bitterness is less than anticipated given the nose. Offers a good carbonation level which fits the beer well. Drinkability is above average for the style due to the relative lightness of the malts. A nice Irish Red that doesn't smother things with excessive malt notes.
01-13-2009 05:55:24 | More by HalfFull
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
Thanks to xlperro for grabbing me a bomber.
Pours a copper color with some red tints. Small light tan head dies very quickly.
Aroma of caramel with rich bread notes and some roasted nuttiness.
Flavor has a big caramel front, wheat bread tones and some resined hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-boided and mildly sweet with a mellow roasted feel.
Drinkability is very good. Great transitions between flavors and progression of sweet, roast and bitter.
03-12-2005 21:47:40 | More by CRJMellor
McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.