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McIlhenney's Irish Red - Alpine Beer Company

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McIlhenney's Irish RedMcIlhenney's Irish Red

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82
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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark red, malty ale. Eleven different malts, all used to contribute to a complex, malty sweet flavor and aroma. Hops are kept low (10 ibu's) for this multiple medal winner (GABF, World Beer Cup, etc)
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-19-2002)
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PlinyBeMiney

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

06-02-2013 03:33:29 | More by PlinyBeMiney
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mactrail

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -25.6%

Seems like a lack of inspiration meets a category of low aspirations.

Lemony and fruity, is the best quality. Slight sweetness. Very light bodied. Coppery amber in the glass with a decent head and lacing. Just a little taste of hops. Light all around. Mostly beery with a little murkiness. Totally forgettable. The cask version certainly doesn't add anything to the flavor or mouthfeel.

This makes me wonder about the medals at beer-judged events, if this won gold anything anywhere. I don't see that we, the Great Unwashed horde of BAs, like this so much. On the cask at the Linkery in San Diego.

03-21-2012 05:38:37 | More by mactrail
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dianimal

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

01-07-2013 02:33:20 | More by dianimal
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emilylee

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-25-2013 05:56:49 | More by emilylee
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -17.4%

The beer as it sets in my glass a limpid mahogany color, the head average in size, frothy in texture. Light tan in color and the lace a decent covering upon the glass. Malt dominates the nose, fresh and clean, sweet as it the malt-laden start; top is skimpy in feel. Finish is lightly carbonated, the hops present and mild in their bite, dry aftertaste, average beer, drinkable and pleasant enough when your into something on the lighter side.

04-02-2003 15:48:17 | More by Gusler
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-27-2012 23:44:39 | More by Hophead717
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antieau


3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-23-2012 19:26:02 | More by antieau
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ACB

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-22-2013 19:30:07 | More by ACB
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

05-23-2012 01:02:13 | More by hockenbeer
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JDJTEXAS

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-07-2013 21:16:18 | More by JDJTEXAS
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glitchedmind

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-02-2012 16:57:07 | More by glitchedmind
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Dmitchsd

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-27-2014 13:54:15 | More by Dmitchsd
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-22-2013 01:35:00 | More by XmnwildX12
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eulerthegrape

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-05-2014 23:54:51 | More by eulerthegrape
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aracauna

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

Nice dark plummy red brown but the head is licaking. The aroma is malty, a bit roasty but little else. The flavor is more roasty than expected with a light sweetness. Not a lot of complexity except for a little melon, and really low hopping. Of course, low hopping makes sense for the style, but the lack of fruitiness doesn't. Boring but not bad.

02-02-2003 23:19:10 | More by aracauna
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drseamus

New York

3.05/5  rDev -16%

Got this beer from metallitone1 in Bday '07 and I'm drinking it on St. Pats day. It pours a brilliant dark amber red and is crystal clear. Not much to speak of in terms of aroma, mostly light caramel and dark fruits. The taste is pretty tame. Nothing really stands out here to grab my attention. The body is good but the flavor is weak. What is there is some caramel sweetness and malt. This would be a decent session beer, but I've been more into bolder beers lately.

03-18-2007 04:17:03 | More by drseamus
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and fruity. Tastes of pretty much the same - fruitiness and caramel. Some graininess too. Thinner body.

Notes from 12/12/05

11-11-2008 02:49:49 | More by hopdog
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jcalabre

California

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Thanks to xlperro for this brew.
Appearance: McQlhennye's Irish Red pours a crystal clear reddish brown color w/ a two finger dirty white head. The head slowly dissapates.
Aroma. The nose is nice and malty
Flavor: This brew has a slightly malty taste with a touch of hops.
This is a nice session beer.

07-05-2003 19:05:15 | More by jcalabre
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

A - Just a half finger of light beige head that quickly falls. The body on this thing is moderately cloudy. Color is a rusty red, maybe indian red. Slight lacing

S - A malty freshness to it. Some banana and raspberry compliment the bready backbone.

T - Here is where the fruitiness doesn't help. A sour-milk flavor in this one. Raspberry still there. Biscutiness does not go well with the sour-milk.

M - Strong carbonation which holds up a bit weaker body.

O - The flavor just seems off on this one. Some weird berries don't go well with the rest of the beer.

08-26-2012 17:52:10 | More by RuckusDu
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terpinsd

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-27-2014 05:53:51 | More by terpinsd
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JRO

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-11-2013 18:11:54 | More by JRO
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Enochase04

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-11-2014 18:12:33 | More by Enochase04
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-10-2013 21:06:18 | More by Fusebuddy
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Birmz

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-29-2014 03:08:23 | More by Birmz
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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.