McSorley's Irish Pale Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Irish Pale AleMcSorley's Irish Pale Ale

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cyberbmcd on 01-10-2009

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me thinking she found some crazy hard to find beer....I love my wife.A nice pour started out this beer,a deep bronze color with a creamy-like 1/2 finger white head that sticks like glue to the glass.Very faint aromas just light butter and that crystal malt,flavors are light but not bad,its a malt driven ale and it is what it is.Buttery with sweet biscuit flavors with atinge of toasted malt,there is a decent fruitiness as well.T o me this more like an English pale than an amber,maybe somewhere in between.Not all that bad but not anything to go seek out.

Photo of generallee
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I didn't notice if there was a freshness date or abv% but the back labels have different stories of the famous Pub in New York City.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden amber color with a small one finger thick head on top. The head is very light and soapy. It fades out quickly and makes no lacing at all.

Smell: There is a light sweetness with a touch of light roasted malt and grain. There are some light hop notes too which add light herbal and metallic notes.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor pretty much walks the same line as its aroma. Mildly sweet grainy malt hooks up with herbal/metallic hop bitterness for balance. It finishes with some of the odd tangy metallic hop notes hanging on to the tongue. Its light to medium bodied with light carbonation and a boring feel.

Notes: Overall it was average at best. I was just not excited about this beer.

Photo of pat61
3.71/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this because I had heard of McSorley’s Pub in NYC and didn’t realize until later that it was brewed by Pabst. It pours hazy amber under a 1.5” white foam cap. Spicy hops and fruit aromas. The palate starts creamy with some light fruit and finishes with spicy hops. Medium light body, creamy, medium carbonation. Drinkable but not special.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into SA perfect pint glass. 3 17 11 UTICA NY stamped on neck.

pours out a clear brownish red with a one finger of soapy white head. faded to a thin retentive layer and left lots of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

light aroma mostly of caramel, toasted grains, and light chocolate. maybe a trace of grassy hop.

light flavors of caramel, toasted malt, light chocolate, grassy hop with just a slight bitterness. decent sense of balance.

light to medium bodied, but not the best overall mouthfeel. carbonation could feel better and a little chalky.

ok drinkability, but i wouldnt buy this agian.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper amber hue with light beige head forming thick and dwindling rather quickly, lacing is strung thin and scattered on the sides of my imperial pint glass. Aroma offers a nice sweetness full of cereal grains and slightly sour mash, just a touch of herbal hops in the background. Definitely more of an Irish Red than a pale ale. Flavor wise, a mix of tart and bitter sweet notes between slightly metallic rusty finish to tart lactic twang. Sweet cereal grains with a touch of caramel and herbal hops in the finish, these flavors do compete more than they are cohesive. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with ample carbonation, not bad but not what I'm lookin' for. Drinkability is okay but if I had to pick between this one and the Irish black lager I'm going with the roasted malt side of this equation.

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up the day before St. Patrick's Day at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with a nondescript, slightly sour fruit smell taking over as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The fruit flavors take over sooner than in the aroma, with a toasted malt backbone. The finish is mildly dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Nothing exceptional, but nothing terrible either, in the thickness and carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This goes down pretty easily, though I wouldn't mind switching out for another.

Overall this beer is just another stop in my quest for a nice Irish Red. It's not terrible, but there are many others I'd prefer before this.

Photo of Brenden
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is closer to red than pale, being a deep, nearly copper orange color. I don't know if this is actually a red, "Irish Pale" (whatever that means), or some sort of hybrid. The head makes a valiant struggle and manages just better than average in size, retention and lacing, left in thin spots moderately on the glass.
There's some nice toasty malt character on the nose with lots of bread, dough, toast and the like. It's a little light and ends up being doughy/bready malts with a strong grains presence with a bit of sweetness added and a bot of hops bitterness for balance pulling through.
The taste follows suit here, but with problems as it gets a bit weak and light. Bready/doughy malts and maybe some caramel from malts getting a bit of balance from a light floral hops presence and some sweetness lingering underneath. Hops add some spiciness and a nice grassy/earthy thing. I do get a bit of diacetylic butterscotch sort of thing going on as it warms.
This one loses something in the mouthfeel, as it's really much too thin. Nothing impressive in terms of crispness or smoothness keeps it lively other than just enough carbonation to at least keep it from being flat and terribly dull.
Overall, this isn't a bad effort (maybe BA bad), but I rate it as I like it and, as such, it's above average for me and not one to run away from.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

McSorley's Irish Pale Ale

A- Clear amber red with a decent light lacing head.
S- Buttery caramel malt with an earthy dry hop presence.
T- Very smooth buttery creamy malt with bits of shortbread. Slight dry leafy earthy hop touch.
M- creamy malt dominates this 1. Malty and buttery sweet throughout slight earthy dry hop finish.

Overall- Slightly faint and weak, but worth a try. If I were at McSorley's I'd drink a few of these.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery red liquid topped with an off-white head. 'Tis what 'tis.

Can't discern much of a smell here at all, other than maybe some caramel, some cherry taffy and some soggy grain. Or maybe I'm just trying to hard and there's nothing there at all.

Flavor has some cherry-like sweetness to it, a little kick of mineral, herbal tea, something that reminds of ginger ale, faint caramel maltiness and a trace of grassy bitter hops, but just a trace, and mostly found in the finish.

Generously carbonated, almost to the point of being abrasive, but the body's not as light as expected, which is appreciated as it helps offset the harsh bubbles. Pretty dry.

This is okay, performing pretty well taste-wise, and that's where it counts most. Easy to drink despite too-aggressive carbonation.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap at my local bar and served in an ice cold pint glass.

Copper colored brew. I did not notice much of an aroma.

Sweet malty taste, very little bitterness and easy to drink.

It really hit the spot. I don't know if it was because it was served so cold, but it sure did taste good and went down easy.

Photo of nickd717
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at McSorleys, where I think this is what the "light" beer is. Hell if I know though.

Deep clear amber pour with a lasting two finger off-white head.

Caramel and cereal grain aroma with mild earthy hoppiness.

The flavor is big on caramel, grain, and bready notes. A little herbal too, not bad.

Medium-bodied and slightly crisp with soft carbonation.

A reasonable but not exciting beer.

Photo of hdofu
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a great beer, but not a bad one either. Smell was pleasantly hoppy. Taste was ok but boring. Mouthfeel was kind of thin. Overall its a beer worth drinking but not worth going out of the way for either. If your looking for something different keep looking, if you looking for something familiar but different this could work

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.22/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Just started drinking my first of a six pack for St. Patty's Day. Wouldn't usually just buy a random six pack before trying a single, but got a good price and felt like drinking something that said Irish on it.

Not sure what this is, it calls itself a pale ale but BA calls it a red. It certainly pours more like a red, with a nice deep copper color with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipates after a minute and leaves a sloght bit of spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, and some apple. kinda sour apple, weird aroma. Can't get any hops at all from the nose.

Taste is of caramel up front, which fades quickly into an apple flavor. Slight hoppy bitterness and citrus notes present themselves next. Finishes pretty dry. Better than the aroma, still not great, though.

Medium bodied, with a nice level of carbonation. Doesn't seem to be out of date, just has a weird aroma.

Photo of animalchin
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dull amber - also light caramel color with a quickly dissipating head with some clinging lacing around the circumference of the surface.

S - Slight fruit that is masked by this unidentifiable musty aroma.

T - Nothing "pale" about this really - but decent. Some malts, nothing out of the ordinary.

M - A little too brutal for me - the carbonation seems a little high. I tend to want to swallow quickly.

D - Could probably have another if available.

Nothing bad - I feel like a little more could go into this.

Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a amber copper color. Two finger off white head pops up but then dies right away. No real lacing left on the glass but everything falls back into the beer.

S- Light malts with some bready body in there. Muted smells except for an apple like aroma. No hops to speak of but tons of apple in this. Don't know what to think about this...maybe infected or it just is suppose to smell like apples.

T- The taste is nothing really special it follows the nose as far as muting goes. Tastes like spiced apples and not much else. Kind of interesting to me.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the high side for me. Crisp flavors which is a good thing. Apple flavor left on the palate and into the aftertaste. Light metallic flavor as well.

D- This is a alright beer that I would drink again. Summertime drinker for sure. Don't know if I would call this a Irish Red though.

Photo of TAMU99
2.19/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a good looking orange. Medium, quickly dissipating head and little to zero lace. Smells of cheap beer and alcohol, some brown sugar mixed in. Taste is sharp, again with the alcohol and some present, but confused hops. In other words, it's bitter but not good. Mouthfeel is average, but the drinkability suffers from the below-average taste. If it were good we'd call it "complicated", but this is just muddled and lost. I'd avoid.

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 13, 2010. The pour is a darker amber with about a finger and a half of creamy, frothy off white head. It lingers. The aroma has some sweetish malts, a dash of hops, and toasted bread. The taste is much the same but a bit milkier. Light hops come up from behind. I liked it better than many other BA reviewers it seems.

Photo of CheapHysterics
1.84/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - looks good. Amber/Bronze-ish in color with a 1 finger white head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles rather quickly.

S - sweet and a little putrid, like rotting fruit, with a bit of a burnt smell.

T - bad. initial cloying sweetness dominates, followed by a bitter, metallic aftertaste. Actually has a lot of flavor - just not good flavor. Improves a little bit as it warms, but not much.

M - thin and a bit over carbonated.

D - Hard to make it through one bottle.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium apple with rusty orange tints. A creamy smooth ivory bone colored head moderately retains on top. Visible effervesce was faint and sporadic. Not much else to note here, rather ordinary and average at best.

S: The nose was ripe apple skins with a dry munich malt touch. Sweet fruity notes of peach skins and light fresh canned pears were detected. The nose came off more fruity then hoppy.

T: Nice malty sweetness, with semi-dry toasted notes starts things off. Strong fruity hints of apple peels and semi-tart oranges with canned pears give this a unusual fruitiness per style. The hopping is floral, medium in strength with traces of dry lemon peels. Overall the flavor had a decent semi-dry toasted bread taste, light biscuity notes and was backed by soft complimentary lemon floral backing.

M: medium full with a nice biscuity and bready feel. Slightly creamy with a light touch of carbonation. Overall a pretty decent feel.

D: Decent downer with a decent balance of dry toasted bread and pale grains with soft hop accents. Good for a few, but not an all nighter.

Photo of SickGnar
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangey amber, bright & clear with some rising bubbles. Decent head of light tannish foam falls to a skim and leaves moderate lacing. Pretty dark for a pale.

S: Toasty malt with diacetyl and some fruity esters coming through along with a fair bit of caramel sweetness. Not really sniffing out any hops. Smells pretty good, but too malty and not enough hops to really have a pale ale nose.

T: Malt forward if a tad thin. Light crystal - toasty, soft caramel, some grainy sweetness, and a touch of biscuit. Buttery and fruity notes are firmly present, but reasonably appealing. Hops are there but stay in the background. Grassy and a touch herbal with earthy undertones, the hops grow with the finish. An odd astringency sneaks up as well.

M: Medium-light body, crisp carbonation, and a drying finish. Comes off as a bit thin.

D: Decent as an Irish Red. As a pale ale...not so much. Assessing as an Irish Red: it looks and smells nice, but the flavor and mouthfeel cannot continue the illusion. It's not bad, but it does some off as constructed and mediocre.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one after drinking the Black lager. Liked this one better, and I usually prefer the "darker" beer. So this was a pleasant surprise! Nice reddish/amber color with a soft foam on top. Fairly rich malt in the nose, a touch sweet (in a good way), with a nicely balanced (very mild) hops bitterness. Roasted caramel taste continues and the balance is maintained right down to the end. Little true hops flavor, per se; but it is really unique in that way. Definitely worth trying. Something I'd seek out and buy. Very enjoyable. Thanks, N, for bringing it by.

Photo of TexIndy
2.21/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Lasered best by date on the neck (8.10.09). Was a brownish amber color with some carb streams and no lacing. It had a small beige head that quickly settled into a collar with some whisps.

The aroma was heavy burnt malt with barely any hops. Smelled like a skunked Killian's. The taste followed the aroma. Burnt taste with not much else there. Watery mouthfeel. Drain pour worthy

Overall, not a good beer. The aroma and flavor are burnt malt with a bitter aftertaste. Don't recommend. One and done.


Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear, copper color with no head. It's aroma is fruity with bread and maybe some honey mixed in. The flavor has notes of citrus, molasses, and pine followed by a curious taste as it warms. The mouthfeel is light, paving the way for a good drinkability. Lion McSorley's Irish Red Ale is a decent beer, slightly recommended.

Photo of knoxtennessee
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.