McSorley's Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's AleMcSorley's Ale

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102 Ratings

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.93% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by Lnedrive14:
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It it what it is. I actually didn't know that it was brewed by Pabst - that really hurts it for me. I used to think of it as a nice little Manhattan pub brew, but I guess I was wrong.

In any case, it pours a nice dark orange with a huge head. Very pleasant to look at. Not much in the way of smell. Tastes like a session beer is supposed to - not overwhelming flavor, but a nice subtle citrus flavor a bit of hop bitterness.

Not really an APA, more just an ale. I shouldn't say this on this website, but to me this is really just a better option than drinking B/M/C light for a long night of drinking. If I am gonna pound out 10 beers, I don't want a killer IPA, I want something like this.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour produced a bright foamy head with decent lacing. The aroma wasn't particularly unique in any way and I there really wasn't a particular component that really stood out to me. The color is clear orange amber color that looks a bit like an Irish red and the taste had some similar characteristics. The mouthfeel was fair and relatively well balanced, with malts and hops playing nicely together and not overpowering each other. If you look for them individually, you can pick out the light hops or the slight sweetness of the malt. The finish is smooth and lingers just a bit with similar balance.

My first impressions of this brew were not quite as favorable as I ended up rating it. It really isn't an extraordinary beer but honestly, it's a nice easy drinking beer that is generally pretty good. It has some subtleties that seemed to come out the more I looked for them which really made me think twice about its complexity. Overall I like it.

Photo of Jason
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head but a good clarity though, thin and sweet malty aroma. Slightly sweet with a forced carbonation bite, bitterness from the hops is mild. Faint toasted malt flavours are there but seem placid. Decent at best but does a great job of washing down the mammoth burgers I have at McHale’s in NYC.

Photo of far333
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was much better than I expected. Amber color with a beige, frothy head that lingers in the glass. As I start to sip, the head runs away and leaves no lacing. The smell is of smooth malt, with hints of hop, honey, and floral. Mouthfeel is very smooth with very even carbonation. The flavor is of full clean malt, with hints of hop and a light lingering hop bitter. I believe the McSorley's name from the venerable tavern in Manhattan is licensed for this line of beers, since the crest on the label and the fiddle quote are nowhere to be found in the tavern. Nonetheless, this is a rock-solid pale ale with high drinkability, and I'll have it again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Average looking beer, clarity, yellow/copper, average head. Aroma lacking anything beyond a minimal sweetness.

Wish there were more hops. Bland pale ale. Thin on hops and malt. English style pale ale at best. Lots of water in this one. No offputting flavors, just really, not much in flavor, unless mildly sweet counts. Pass.

Photo of dacrza1
2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light translucent orange body, with slight effervescence... swiftly dissipating white head.... sharp light beer malts, with hints of bread... active, carbonated mouthfeel... medium-bodied presence...becomes gassy quickly...low expectations and the rare "on-sale" price at Bottle King going in, McSorley's another American ale masquerader--eases up in the presence by mid-glass, and probably the fifth beer you wnat to reach for in a six-pack night...

Photo of BrewMaven
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a pub with dinner recently. They had the usual others on the list ..Bud, Coors etc. This held the only hope at being different. Label calls this an ale but I figured "Probably another run of the mill macro"...Glad I was wrong!
Poured a nice copper with a decent sized head that left moderate lace. Smelled nutty to me but had a bubbly, mildly frutiness that also surprised me. Mouthfeel was just north of thin with good carbonation. Finished nicely with a little hop bite. Altogether a good beer that I'll be glad to have again!

Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear amber color with a 2 finger tan head makes this a very nice looking beer.The smell has some bisquity aromas along with a faint malt scent.Not a bad taste,this has a full malt flavor and little else,but it's still a decent tasting beer.The m/f is light,but just a tad watery.All in all,this is a pretty good session beer,good for partys and tailgating.

Photo of tweeder263
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a gold brew with a small under one finger head,,highly carbonated. Has a slightly sweet smell to it,,i was expecting a macro type smell.Tatse is slightly sweet,not much in the way of hops. Has a weird slightly bitter aftertaste but not offensive.Mouthfeel is nothing special. Better brew then i thought but nothing special. Kinda tastes like a weak red style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been brewed by so many different breweries now that it's not funny. Like a cat, it must have 9 lives! The previous version brewed at Pabst in Allentown, PA was very nice. (My McSorley's Black & Tan from G. Heileman in San Antonio was pretty good as well). But based on this example from the City Brewery in Wisconsin, I have to wonder whether it's getting close to its final 9th life! It pours a hazy (it's not bottle conditioned) orange-amber with a foamy off-white head that drops shortly. Swirling the glass, however, will bring back up a fine-bubbled creamy collar and thin surface covering; but it will not leave any lace. The aroma is fruity with dried apricots & figs over a mild caramel malt. The body is medium/light with a fine and moderate carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor basically mirrors the aroma with a fruity maltiness that's lightly tinged with caramel and a barely noteable spicy/earthy hop flavor. The bitterness is subdued but well balanced against the thin maltiness. It finishes almost without notice, just slipping away as a short lived fruity note receeds in the mouth. Although this beer is just a ghost of what it's been in the past, and clearly not the pinacle of the brewer's art as far as process goes, it's not bad - just not very good.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Cole's in Syracuse.

The more I drank this, the more the malts came forward and it seemed like an amber. I found the hops to be minimal, just a bit of citrus while the beer was still cooled. As it warmed caramel malts came forward. They weren't rich and the mouthfeel was light, but that's not bad for the style. Still, more hops would have been nice.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this on draft at Comiskey Park this past summer. Enjoyed one during Elvis Night while the Sox spanked Texas, which can only impvoe my enjoyment of this beer.
A great find among the too many taps of Miller Gangster Disciples and Lite. Has a nice fruity hop nose on a decently amber body. A sweet caramel malt taste with a banana flavor (or is that phenol?). Balanced with milder northern hops. A good beer to enjoy, even in a plastic cup.

Photo of bashiba
3.11/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color with a thick white head, good retention.

Smell was light sweet caramel malts.

Taste had a light semi sweet toasted malt taste with almost no discernable hops.

Mouthfeel was a little thin and a touch watery.

Overall, not bad, but slightly boring.

Photo of TLove
2.39/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle at Crazy Bruce's in CT.

Thin head, thin body, orange-yellow color with very minimal carbonation. Smell and taste is a touch hoppy, a touch sweet, and a touch grainy, but the strains of malt is more English/Euro than American (mis-classified as an APA).

Sweet malty character and watered down finish. Light bodied and relatively smooth. I could probably have another but I luckily have bigger and better things to try.

Photo of AaronRed
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I assume that this general label of "ale" is for the lighter style of ale served at McSorley's. Two mugs worth comes per order, but of course they are half foam. I This light one is just OK. Nothing special. Very drinkable, sort of made to get you intoxicated. This beer is not far removed from a mass produced prodcut, but because I drink it at McSorley's, it's good.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, isn't McSorley's from PA and not Texas? Anyway, gorgeous red in color. Good head that dissipates quickly. Leaves little lace. Scent is sweet and malty.

Sweet and malty, just like the smell. Leaves a tingly taste on the tongue. Really smooth going down. Dry taste in back of the mouth.

Good beer. I had this once at McSorley's in NYC, and it was much better there. But out of the bottle, this was nice.

Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always approach a U.S. made beer that tries to look like it is from Ireland with some caution. "Look at me! I'm a (not) foreign beer!" This offering was not bad at all. Golden with a touch of copper, the head hit and ran. Malty with a hint of fruit in the yeast. A good companion for a burger off the grill with blue cheese. Nothing outstanding, but drinkable.

Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber hue with a one finger thick head. There is decent retention and lacing.

The smell was all malt. A nice sweet aroma with a hint of toasted grain.

The taste was all malt up front. However, a decent hop finish balanced the flavor well. A mild sharpness that detracted a bit from the taste. But, there was enough flavor to keep things interesting.

The mouthfeel was average. Some superficial carbonation.

Overall a nice drinkable ale. Nothing to write home about. However, I don't know why this is categorized as an APA. I'd say an American Red Ale is more appropriate.

Photo of BBM
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a medium amber/copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is pretty good though. I couldn't quite place the smell, something between corn malt and spice, although neither came through too pungently.

The best way to describe this beer is "Killian's Lite." It doesn't have the same nutty flavor as Killian's, but the maltiness and bitter hops are certainly present. The taste lingers around too long for me, too. Mouthfeel is carbonated and thin, like a macro. Drinkability is average, as you can certainly have a few in a row and go back to it, but after a while you just need a break from that aftertaste.

Overall it's a decent attempt at a red ale. If it's not trying to compete with Killian's, then it's paying macro homage to it. Unfortunately it's not quite as good. Still, it's cheap and sessionable, so it's worth a try.

Photo of KraegerB
2.66/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear deep copper in color. The head seem on the thinner side and has a decent retention time.

The smell is lightly herbal.

I felt the taste was a little off-balance favoring hops.

I felt this beer was a little over carbonated and had an almost chewy feel.

This certainly isn't my favorite beer but it wasn't the worst I've had.

Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an old favorite back in the New York days, because it was relatively cheap and drinkable. This attractive amber brew pours into my pint glass and keeps its head for a few minutes. The nose features caramel and toffee as it warms but it's relatively faint.

This is a reasonably malty ale with caramel and a nutty quality that make mostly pleasant, if boring drinking. Crisp and slightly bitter in the aftertaste, this beer is a reasonable quencher, although a bit huskier and malt reliant than most APAs.

I know this isn't a real good beer but it's been reliable for me for years.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, honey, some fruit and a touch of pale hops; it’s a little sweet for the style.

T: The taste is malty, bready and sweet but the sweetness isn’t over-powering. It begins with flavors of grain, honey, caramel and spice. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good kick, this one seems more like an English Pale Ale or an Irish Red Ale, but it’s pretty good. It’s worth drinking over the course of and evening and at $2.99 for a six-pack on sale; it was definitely worth trying.

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle:

Pours orange amber with an off-white head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving some traces of lacing.

The smell is of caramel, lightly toasted biscuit, with an earthy spicy touch in the back.

The taste is of sweet caramel with a bit of buttered biscuit, a touch of bitterish hop spiciness in the finish.

Light-bodied, as advertised - and when they say "light-bodied" they mean it. The carbonation is ample, but stops short of aggressive. Very (too?) clean and very smooth.

Nothing great - but not a bad choice for an easy drinking, "sessionable" brew if you are in the mood for something lighter (in all but the surprising abv), but with some flavor and balance.

Photo of iceball585
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden copper color, semi-clear, very thin cover that lowered to a thin ring around the glass

S- Caramel, toasted malts, corn, sweet, hint of hops

T- Pale malts, grains, caramel, corn, toasted nuts, fairly sweet flavor

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, slightly watery

D- Worth a try

Just another typical american pale ale. Nothing really stands out about this one.

Photo of medic25
3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a decent sized head. Malty aroma. Taste is a little bitter and thin, mostly hops. Quite strongly carbonated, clean enough aftertaste. Nothing special; funnily enough I think this beer tastes better from the bottle than served in a glass.

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McSorley's Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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