McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by kevanb:
3.81/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
650ml bottle poured into an Alpine Pint Glass.
The beer pours a nice red brown color, slight haze but generally clear. A thin, fizzy off white head appears, about a finger high that dissipates immediately, no lacing or retention. The aroma is very malt forward, very sweet and rich, some mixed berry aromas pop out and lend themselves to the sweet and almost fruit forward maltiness. Hops are pretty much out of the picture here, not what I really want to see from Alpine, but true to the style. The flavors match the nose nicely, lots of rich malt, slightly sweet and mildly fruit forward, a bit of brown sugar pops out as well that plays nicely with the fruitiness. Touches of berry at the finish that is creamy and sweet. The body is nice, rich, light zestiness from the carbonation with a great creamy finish.
Verdict: A nice Irish Red from Alpine, but obviously this isn't going to turn any heads when compared to their hoppy line up. Still a nice beer for someone who likes a sessionable, malty beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 01:09:53 | More by kevanb
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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 simply 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 the delicious IPAs if by contrast. Either way, this is tasting pretty 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
04-10-2014 05:59:11 | More by rand
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 01:30:02 | More by Alieniloquium
McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.