McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company
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3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. into a pint glass
P: Deep cranberry with a light cream-colored head of thick foam with little tightly-packed soapy bubbles on the surface. Showed decent retention before it sank to a thick collar and left some skinny webs of lace behind.
A: Big, juicy, deeply-toasted caramel malts that give it that signature 'red ale' smell. Behind it is some floral notes, citric hops, toffee, toasted nuts, and a very subtle chocolate that comes out more once it warms up a bit.
T: Juicy caramel malts, toffee, and the toasted nuts make up the sweetness that dominates the profile before a more-than-expected citrusy hops presence shows up to keep it from becoming overly-cloying. Make no mistake, though, this is prettys sweet from beginning to end as the bitterness stays pretty mild. Subtle and very well-orchestrated notes of baker's chocolate come through on the back end to further compliment the profile before it finishes pretty clean and leaves a nice aftertaste.
M: McIlhenny's Irish Red is just a notch above medium-bodied, and has a rich, smooth feel with a little creaminess that I think enhanced the flavor nicely.
Notes: This is a solid Irish Red that left a good impression on me. It's got a good nose, flavor, and mouthfeel that comes together to make this beer quite drinkable, but not necessarily sessionable for me because of its sweet nature. You can tell the guys at Alpine know what the hell they're doing! Very solid
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2009 08:42:35 | More by sweetbrew82
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