McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by regspeir:
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. bottle (courtesy of Hamilton23) poured an dark amber with a small off-white head which dissipated into a coating. There was little lacing. The nose was dark fruit, caramel and roasted malt.
The taste is fairly sweet - brown sugar and caramel, tempered by rye and with a bready taste. The mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation. While this is a fine stab at the style, with so many great beers from this brewer, this one missed for me. Not a bad brew at all, this just isn't a noteworthy offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2011 20:36:02 | More by regspeir
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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.