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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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300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cyberbmcd on 01-10-2009)
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

03-12-2012 18:21:52 | More by wtighe03
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

11-12-2012 14:19:40 | More by hockeyfighter19
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Stoshua

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:57:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Rudgers73

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:48:38 | More by Rudgers73
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tugdriver7

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 00:35:51 | More by tugdriver7
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thekanna

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:55:31 | More by thekanna
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev +27%

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New York

4/5  rDev +27%

11-15-2011 18:29:24 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev +27%

05-03-2012 03:11:23 | More by UrbSuburb
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Shakydog68

New York

4/5  rDev +27%

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RheinSchaefer85

New York

4/5  rDev +27%

12-30-2011 00:42:36 | More by RheinSchaefer85
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ehnesandrew

New York

4/5  rDev +27%

02-16-2012 18:43:21 | More by ehnesandrew
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mpcrump

Indiana

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
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4/5  rDev +27%

08-27-2013 21:53:13 | More by shacawgo24
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Hoagie1973

New York

4/5  rDev +27%

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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +27%

11-30-2011 18:13:25 | More by kelvarnsen
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gboy515duo

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 16:20:27 | More by gboy515duo
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 01:54:29 | More by JohnFatAss
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 03:04:35 | More by superdedooperboy
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albern

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer at all, quite refreshing, and even more surprising coming from Lion Brewery. The brewpub is located in NYC, but they bottle elsewhere. The look of the beer is good, it has a clear amber color with some nice foamy, and partly creamy white head that retains a bit and laces ever so slightly. The nose is very typical ringwood yeast, some crystal malt, some slight caramel notes too. This is a very classic British pale ale aroma, with the taste that follows suit.

The beer has the ringwood yeastiness, it has some unmistakable dry crystal malts, it is lightly carbonated, there is a bit of diacetyl in the taste as well. It is just a tad prickly in the mouthfeel, and it does have a slightly chicory hint or two. The beer is a bit smooth, not all that creamy, it has a touch, just a touch of leafy hop, to balance out those crystal malts, but not by much. This is a very traditional British style irish ale with a slightly sourish finish. It is quite good, refreshing, light, and hits all the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:37:42 | More by albern
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bluetravlr

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: Like a peeled orange. I didn't pick up on the scent until I tasted this brew. Then . . . a bit of citrus baked in bread in a forest of pine and toffee.

T: Surprisingly great taste. Grapefruit, lemon-zest, orange-peel, and pine are strong in this one. The fruity flavors are great. The sweet (but not so malty) backbone of this beer is what makes it taste so great. It's like drinking candied fruits.

M: Slightly thick and syrupy. An effervescence of bubbly tingling is needed in order to bring out the citrus in all its glory. I hate over carbonation . . . but this one may be lacking.

D: The flavors are right, the abv is right, the syrupiness is the only thing wrong with this beer. It leaves a candy-coated feeling on the tongue. Other than that way way way drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 11:53:04 | More by bluetravlr
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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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