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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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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Gusler on 12-19-2002

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.
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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of fantastic cream, beige colour, nice thickness, and good retention. Very appealing. Colour is a semitransparent caramel-red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, chocolate malt, cream, caramel, vanilla (?), and very subtle fruit notes - I even get a hint of grape in there, and it actually works. Quite dry and musty, suiting the style. I'm getting really excited about trying this. A perfectly subtle mild strength aroma. Quite intriguing.

T: A toasted and caramelized malt backbone immediately sets the tone for this solid Irish red. Some cream up front, with dried bright fruits emerging throughout, blossoming as the second act progresses right into the full-bodied brilliant climax. The third act features diverse fruit flavours, but they should be wrapped up by then. In any case, it's a solidly built beer in the style. I'm impressed. The flavours are balanced nicely; I just wish the stucture was.

Mf: The finish should be coarse and dry, but it is instead quite the opposite. This is the biggest failure of the beer. It's thick but not overly so. Nicely carbonated. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is wrong for the style and distracts from the flavour.

Dr: A very drinkable Irish red boasting a lot of diverse enjoyable flavours. I don't know that I have had an Irish red this good since Smithwick's. I'd definitely try this on draught; it's as good as most Irish Reds I drank while living in the auld country. Bravo to Alpine.

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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.