1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

McSorley's Irish Pale Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

McSorley's Irish Pale AleMcSorley's Irish Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

291 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 291
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 16.83%

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cyberbmcd on 01-10-2009)
View: Beers (57) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 152 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of kyleTRC


3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decided to try something new. Picked up a six pack at a local liquor store. I enjoyed this very much for a pale ale. My friends asked me what it taste like and the best thing I can describe it as is a mixture of killians red and any normal IPA. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:16:04 | More by kyleTRC
Photo of flagmantho


3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at the Irish Exit in New York.

Appearance: amber orange hue with light effervescence and an unfortunately minimal head. Color is good, though.

Smell: sweet malt with a light fruitiness and lightly citrusy hop aroma. Actually pretty well composed.

Taste: caramelly sweet malt with a fruity, citrusy hop character. There's also a hint of berry and herbal character. It is working for me! Not bad, but there's some diacetyl butteriness that gets in the way of really enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not too bad!

Overall: relatively tasty and drinkable. I could probably quaff quite a few of these, although the diacetyl does bother me a little bit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 14:51:57 | More by flagmantho
Photo of metter98

New York

3.19/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste has hints of caramel and sweetness and then transitions to flavors of earthy and herbal hops with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes like an average Irish Red Ale. The only real drawback was that the smell was very weak and seems like it could use stronger aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 19:26:56 | More by metter98
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- A nice looking clear copper/amber color with a slim head that fades quickly leaving some nice lacing.

S- Doughy, biscuit and grass, semi-sweet caramel malt...and the deal breaker, butterscotch.

T- Not bad, bready and caramel malts. Slightly sweeter than it smells.

M- Pretty good body here, especially for a Pabst family brew. It is malted full, and sticky.

O- The bar that served this had no craft to offer, so I gave this a shot. Is it the same beer that I've had at McSorley's in NYC many times? I don't know. On its own, not bad. I'd try more. This beer would make a Yuengling drinker never look back.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 20:43:58 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear copper color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and caramel smell with some lighter citrus and pine.

Taste – The flavor starts out of a malty taste with a good caramel backbone. As the taste moves on some of the citrus and pine hop flavors come to the tongue. They are rather light in nature but balance some of the sweet and malt quite well. In the end, some of the sweet fades and leaves a crisper flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is average as well. Decent of the style and makes it rather drinkable.

Overall – A decently tasty and quite easy to drink brew. While not the best it is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:18:53 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of knoxtennessee


2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- This was a really exciting looking pint, great coppery amber color, crystal clear, good white cap of foam.

S- All too often I get beer from a brewpub or a small craft outfit and it smells so strong of diacytel. It's butter-ish, metallic, and sloppy. Any malt aroma that would be style appropriate is masked by this weird chemical burnt popcorn smell.

T- Same as aroma.

M- slick and sticky

O- Not good. I hate it when American breweries make a bad product and call it Irish. A slight hint of diacytel is appropriate, not an overwhelming character. It tastes rushed, like they didn't give it adequate time to ferment.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 05:45:54 | More by knoxtennessee
Photo of acevenom


3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear medium copper with a tall, creamy eggshell colored head. There are plenty of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are some sweet malts and floral hops in the aroma. I did pick up that medicinal odor a previous reviewer spotted. There's a mild sweet breadiness to the flavor. The hops come through on the back end, but it's not very strong. It's also a bit nutty. There's a bitter aftertaste that sticks to the mouth, but fades quickly. The mouthfeel is light to medium with plenty of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer. It doesn't really stand out from the crowd, but it's worth a try if you feel like picking up a single.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:07:49 | More by acevenom
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a hazy caramel copper with a large (2-3 finger) rocky cream colored head with decent retention, reducing to a thin film and a large collar which produced some good streaks of lacing.

The aroma was pretty basic of a light bread malt, floral hops and an earthy yeast and had hints of caramel, toffee and a mild medicinal odor.

The taste was a malty sweet with notes of caramel and toffee pretty much throughout with a light hoppiness at the finish. The flavor lasted a very short time with all taste of this brew fading quickly.

Mouthfeel was just a hair above light in body and creamy in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall a decent brew, but for a Pale Ale it was just a little light in the hops department. In fact it was more like an English Ale than anything else...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 15:09:21 | More by KajII
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, nice cap off faintly off-white froth. Scent brings a balance of light caramel, toasted grain, grassy and floral hops. Moderately flavorful hop profile, floral then grassy, sweet malt backbone with light caramel and light nutty and bready qualities. Lighter side of medium bodied, fizzy and watery. Somewhat of a decent surprise, didn't expect any character, but had some nice notes that make it drinkable and preferred over the BMC crap at this particular bar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 16:08:32 | More by rfgetz
Photo of jimineycricket20

3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a pint glass. I think this beer gets an undue average rating. While the taste is rather mild, it lingers pleasantly and is enjoyable to drink. I think this would be a good beer for someone who is interested in acquiring an affinity for IPAs as it is not quite as hoppy yet still has the essence of an Indian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 22:15:16 | More by jimineycricket20
Photo of chimaylvr

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in tulip glass

App: nice deep amber or orange-red, slightly hazy, one finger foam, light lacing

Smell: hard to discern - faint aromatic hop aroma, maybe reminiscent of winter spice like corriander, though faint..underwhelming

Taste: good balance between malt and hop, but I'm looking for more of a punch or kick but the ph - acidity is spot on. Back end of taste is nice, an authentic red

Mouthfeel: good carbonation, full taste, pale

Overall: I respect the long tradition of this beer but truth be told they need to tweak it. It's good but not one you'd say: "Damn good beer".

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:53:26 | More by chimaylvr
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, served cold.

Slightly hazy peach toned amber, 2 fingers of shortbread beige head, traces of lacing.

aroma of sweet, caramelized malt and not much else.

mouthfeel: ok

taste: bed of malt with a delicate tea like hoppiness.

notes: ok, it's beer. Drinkable. anything else?

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 20:04:45 | More by fx20736
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: bright red colored body with a small white head that lasts only a couple seconds, light carbonation surfaces slowly with some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass

S: some citrus with a bread/biscuitiness to it, some pine and earthy hops accompany in the back but are ever so light

T: bittersweet through the citrus and bread, some malty sweetness is there

M: light to medium, crisp, sessionable, no aftertaste, sticky malty finish

O: not bad, but not great, just an average Irish Red ale

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 14:22:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a bright red color with a small half finger head with little retention and some lacing.

S - A pleasant citrus aroma with a bit a of biscioty/bready malt character as well as a bit of toffee and some pine and earthy hop tones.

T - The citrus flavors are first on the tongue: orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. The malty sweetness blends nicely with the fruity character of the malt and hops. Finishes crisp.

M - Thicker than I anticipated and a little chewy though also refreshing in the carbonation though it could tone the carbonation down a little.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

D - Better than average.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 13:57:39 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of tbern007


2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber/copper. Thin head, does not last, spotty lacing.
Very little scent. Yeast, grain, a little malty.
Taste is slightly bitter malt/hop. Not much to say. Kind of grainy.
Mouthfeel is medium body, maybe slightly lighter. Tightly carbonated. A little bitter endfeel.
Not the greatest.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:20:17 | More by tbern007
Photo of NuclearDolphin


3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Amber with a slightly hazy look and some moderate carbonation going on. Head is a fluffy, slightly brown, 2 finger width that stays around for a while. Lacing is fairly sticky and a little more on the spotty side.

Smell - It's got a very yeasty-bread-like smell along with some floral hops. You can also smell this very sweet, malty aroma that gives it a pretty pleasant scent.

Taste - Biscuits and yeasts are the big flavors here, but there's also a fairly noticeable hoppy taste in here too. The malts give the flavor a slight depth with adds more to the flavor. I sort of expected more complexity in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light in terms of body & thickness and the carbonation is pretty light as well. It's a pretty easy on the palette as a whole.

Overall - It's a beer that's not too complex in terms of flavor, which is fine, but it leaves something more to be desired. Aside from that, it's a decent beer with no offensive qualities and it's a pretty easy drinker too and perfect for almost any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 01:59:44 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of lstokes


3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light, orange-colored red ale with a very thin head and a malty/buttery aroma. I quite enjoyed drinking this one--biscuit, fruit, toasted malt, a little bit of a hop presence, goes down very nicely, although it's again on the light and watery side. Fun to drink with chili but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:29:41 | More by lstokes
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my handy, dandy tulip glass. There was almost no foam, but the color was really nice to look at. The red is unmistakeable.

The flavor is nice and light. You get some grain flavor from the wheat. Also present was a little bit of sweetness.

This was a pretty good beer. I was surprised to taste a beer of this quality from Papst. The other McSorley's wasn't on par with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:53:46 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of mpcrump


4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Good amber color. Lots of carbonation. Large head that stayed for a while. Lots of lacing.

S: Biscuits, caramel, grains, and a mild hint of citrus.

T: Nice start with malts and grains. Hops kicked in the end.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good Irish Ale. Perhaps a bit lighter than some but good body and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 16:48:58 | More by mpcrump
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber red / coppery ale heads up decently but does not last. Acidic aroma . Taste is almost a cross between Smithwicks and Killians, but with an acidic astringent bite. I'm not sure what needs to be changed about this brew but something is just plain off.Odd aftertaste as well. Still not the worst thing i've drunk!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 17:29:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up down at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge a few weeks back. I had been to McSorley's years ago for Saint Patrick's Day, in the beginning of my beer-drinking days. I always knew that they had two beers there - light and dark - but it was only recently that I noticed that I could buy their offerings in bottles. Even though it's nowhere near March now, I figured that this would be a decent change from the Summer beers that I've had lately. While this isn't the best Irish Red Ale out there, it's good enough to take me back to the place with newspaper clippings on the wall and sawdust on the floor.

This had a typical pour for it with a relatively bright copper hue and some head that faded quickly. The lacing wasn't really there but the carbonation was persistent throughout my drinking session. Lots of malt here with a very sharp taste and a slight caramel base underneath. The bread and biscuit flavors were present up front and gave way to a slight sourdough-type flavor in the aftertaste. This was too hard to enjoy quickly and probably would call for some accompanying food in order to offset the rough edges of this beer.

The alcohol wasn't too high or low here and had it been, it would have added to the slight heavy-handedness of the taste. Thankfully, the carbonation is just right and adds to the mouthfeel, allowing for this beer to go down a bit easier. This would go great with a corned beer sandwich and a viewing of The Quiet Man but for a drinking session, there's a lot more out there that pleases easier. This is only worth a try for die-hard fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 15:17:25 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of PierceMyers


3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most remarkable characteristics for this beer were it's color; which was rich, full, and slightly reddish, and its great balance. It immediately struck me as being very appetizing in its appearance, which featured a thick head along with the nice color. The aroma was not particularly remarkable, but that was OK, because the flavor was full like the hue. It was slightly heavier than I expected in a pale ale, which kept the bitter on the back, allowing the malty side some attention. It was overall very appetizing to the eye and to the taste. I'd buy more.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:56:48 | More by PierceMyers
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a red color with a light tan colored head on it. The smell of the beer had a slight sweet malt backbone with just a touch of hop aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer was pretty typical, it had some malts and some hops in there. The mouthfeel was decent. Overall it's not the best Irish red I've had but it wasn't terrible.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 16:45:25 | More by Knapp85
Photo of soju6


3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an amber / dark copper color with a small white had that fades quickly, with some lacing.

A; Mild aroma , not a lot here, just a bit of malt and a trace of sweetness.

T: Starts with a bit of malt sweetness with a bitterness at the finish. Not a lot here either.

F: Fairly light body, crisp that seems to be a bit rough around the edges. Maybe it is from the carbonation.

O: Not a beer I would go out of my way for. Doesn't seem to be a Pale Ale or an Irish red. The bottle says it is now made in Utica, NY.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 19:56:07 | More by soju6
Photo of MattyG85


3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Retail version. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with lots of rising bubbles. Huge 3 finger off white head that has great retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted caramel malts that give a strong aroma of biscuit. Also some grains and a mild aroma of earthy hops with a light hint of citrus.

Taste: Roasted malts and grains up front giving it a lightly sweet, bready flavor. A little bit of earthy hops in the finish help balance things out. Very malt forward but it tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly chewy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Irish ale. On the lighter side but still has some good flavor. I would like to try this at the pub in NYC someday.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:40:25 | More by MattyG85
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.