McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by sweetbrew82:
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
More User Reviews:
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.