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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: 315
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: cyberbmcd on 01-10-2009)
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Stoshua, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love this ale. It looks great in the beer glass, with it's not-too-bubbly red appearance and creamy head. It smells like good hoppy ale, with coffee notes. The taste is outstanding, with just the right amount of hops and somewhat of a cream ale flavor. Mouthfeel is watery and cheery. This product has excellent drinkability and it goes down smooth and nice. I think I could drink this one daily. It's very good with spicy and and robust foods. But, it's also quite nice to drink it by itself. Highly recommended.


RonaldTheriot, Dec 28, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Boddingtons Imperial pint glass. Light red in color with a good sized sticky, fluffy head that settles to 1/2" leaving nice lacing behind. This smells great. It has that characteristic nutty/toasty Irish aroma. I can smell slightly chocolate and bready malt. The hops are faint in the nose, but smell like a mild english variety. The taste is pretty good as well. Light and toasty, much like the smell with a sweet overtone. Slightly acidic toward the end. This is an ale that Killian's wishes it could be like. Rich with flavor and balanced nicely with a bitter finish. You could almost make an english brown ale out of this if different yeast was used. Very drinkable, and although the ABV isn't stated, I think it is very sessionable as well.

Nice mild ale.

Rudgers73, Sep 07, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

tugdriver7, Mar 31, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a huge tan head that leaves spotty clumps of lacing down the side.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some yeast.

T: Sweet caramel malt taste and a bit of toasted rice devolves into a great, not overwhelming hoppiness and slight metallic earthiness.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, kick-back-and-have-a-few stress relief kind of beer.

thekanna, May 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +27%

ehnesandrew, Feb 16, 2012
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.

mpcrump, Oct 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +27%

shacawgo24, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +27%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful dark brown, amber colored body with little to no head.

S: A strong malty aroma with very present spices

M: a very strong bite, decently carbonated.

T: A very nice malty taste, almost creamy. The hops were also noticeable in this ale. After a few sips other flavors seem to creep out, such as an almost chocolately or coffee flavored hint.

D: Definitely could drink this one all night long.

gboy515duo, Jun 27, 2010
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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.

MattyG85, Jun 04, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

JohnFatAss, Apr 11, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown longneck bottle poured into a 19 oz. "pub" glass.

Deep copper-amber in color with nice clarity. The one-fingered head of off-white foam is short-lived, falling away rapidly and leaving behind a clean glass virtually devoid of stick.

A sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt aroma enters the nose, with a bit of herbal, resinous hop character.

Light-bodied but not watery, with just enough carbonation to scour the tongue; a lightly toasted, semi-sweet caramelly maltiness provides a backbone supporting dry bitterness with resinous, piney, slightly herbaceous hops, finishing very dry and bittersweet, with a hint of resin and maple.

Nothing too complex, but should it be? An Irish Red Ale needs nothing outlandish to be good, and a Pale Ale, particularly an American variant, requires about an equal level of complexity; and so it is with McSorley's "Irish Pale Ale," a beer straddling the line between Irish Red and American Pale, and doing so rather nicely. Two down and another could easily go: just the way a brew of this sort should be.

superdedooperboy, Jul 28, 2009
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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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