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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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Reviews: 153
Hads: 323
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 metter98
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.41/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear lighter shade of amber with a head that is quick to fade and leaves not a trace of lace behind

Smell: Unusual aroma of grain and diacetyl - not very enticing

Taste: While there is a bitter, earthy hop element up front, the overall flavor profile is grainy with a strong diacetyl component that grows, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm afraid I just don't have much positive to say about this beer so I will leave it at that

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

McSorley's Irish Pale Ale shares a lot in common with both English Pale Ales and Irish Red Ales. Though a bit more harsh than both, the blend works fairly well.

I rather enjoy the lightly toasted malts, giving an added depth of sun kissed malt, bread crust, burnt caramels, and toast. But the malt character could go further, to prevent the grainy finish from surfacing. Sweetness seems intense and one dimentional until the hop bitterness kicks in rather late. Light esters give a general fruitiness to compliment the caramel sweetness.

English hops are appreciated, giving a spicy earthy flavor and balancing bitterness. But the hops are a bit bitey and compounds the grain flavors and textures.

The beer seems moderate on all fronts but the finish suffers a bit as it gives up its malty texture in favor of thinness and light astringency.

In the end, McSorleys Irish Ale fares quite average.

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Photo of zeff80
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, roasted malt and grasses.

T - Good caramel flavor with sweet maltiness. It had a floral/grassy hop presence - mild presence.

M - It was crisp and somewhat sharp. A light bodied ale that is pretty easy drinking.

D - This is an okay ale. It wasn't the most flavorful red ale but it makes a nice session ale.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Wedge421 for this guy!

Boston's "Amanda" is currently rocking my iTunes while I drink this, a reminder of an unrequited love, one that got away. *tear* With this review I will "say it like a man and make you understand" what this brew's all about. It pours an orange-amber, quite clear, with a short stack o' white sudsy head. The nose is condensed floral hops and toffee, very sweet, with a touch of brown sugar thrown in for flavor. ... How appropriate, .38 Special's "Caught Up in You" just started... Think about it. Anyway... The taste comes off as fairly bitter, plenty o' leafy greens for some reason, sorta an ivy-ness, followed by a stiff bit of what is trying to be an assertive caramel-ity. (You come up with these non-existent nouns, you're so smart!) A tiny bit o' that brown shugga (how come it tastes so good?) survives to tell its grandkids about its invasion of the 'strils. The carbonation is moderate, the body a light medium, and, as Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" starts off (you wish you had the eclecticism of my playlist), it goes down pretty smoothly. It ain't the greatest thing in the world, but a solid brew to slam back for an easy bit of enjoyment. "So, I guess the fortune-teller's right..."

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleh, not a good beer at all. My usual beer store rarely got new beers but received some six packs of these new McSorley's and can't say it's such a good thing. I mean it isn't offensive by any means, but isn't good at all either. I had a mixed sixer in the fridge and asked my girlfriend to grab me a random one and I tried to guess what it was.. I was able to fathom "some sort of pale ale I guess" from the faint hoppiness to it but that was about it. I'd drink it if given for free, but would never purchase this on my own.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with a strong honey flavor and some other sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is on the thin side; neither of which temper the sweetness that lingers in the after-taste.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose before this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that settles quickly. It does leave nice blanketing lace. The color is dirty copper/amber.

More malt than hop, but dry. Earthy with notes of milk chocolate.

Full-bodied with a rich pale malt (again, dry) up front. I also detect caramel. There's a good hop balance in the swallow which leaves some lingering pepper in the aftertaste.

This beer is a very easy drink. There are no flaws and it exhibits all of the Irish Ale characteristics.

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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It almost smells like English Ringwood yeast. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy witha slight sweetness in the finish. It's medium bodied with a dry aftertaste. This is a quaffable brew, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

McSorely's Irish Pale ale, found this on draft at an Irish pub and tickled my fancy.

Appears like a pale ale, a light orangish color, with a lot of creamy head and some lacework.

Soft aroma of grains, whiskey malt and a hint of alcohol.

Follows the nose with a light malt body, minerally/earthy hops. Grain/husk flavors. A mild astringency can be found throughout. Not a whole lot of hop character just a slight bitterness to round out the malts. Finishes a little on the sweet side.

Medium to full bodied and quite smooth and creamy.

A smooth drinking ale with a good mouthfeel. Not overly flavorful but a decent drinking beer for what it is.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light-medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slight malty nose. Flavor has some sweetness, metallic finish with slight hoppy aftertaste. Best by May 18 2009. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retenation and slight retention. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight hop, and some metallic. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, roasted malt, hint of hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a very fruity EPA, or a rather bland IPA.

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Photo of aasher
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: amber in color, reddish tint, little carbonation and almost no head

Smell: not very aromatic, kind of stiff, smells of a typical red or light pale ale

Taste: bland and uninspired, not really going in one direction or anything, lacks complexity

Mouthfeel: smooth with little carbonation

Drinkability: not very, lacks aroma and true flavor

I would not recommend this beer

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Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with fair retention to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Lacing washed down the glass.

S: Roasted biscuity malt. Light citrussy hops. Faint aromas of earth, hay and grass. All very subdued.

T: Consistent with the nose, but citrus flavor is up front; lemon, orange and grapefruit. Sweet malt blends in with the hop character through the middle. Finishes crisp and bitter.

M: Light to medium body; more than I expected. Moderate carbonation. Smooth malt and a little resiny hop transition to a dry and crisp finish.

D: Expected the beer to be more gimmick than substance. Pleasantly surprised. A fairly decent beer in what is usually an average category.

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Photo of pat61
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild red color with a thick head into my glass. Appears to have a lot of carbonation.

Aroma is a faint hint of malt that's sweet. Pretty close to the style but a little weak in the nose.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a light hint of hops. A bit chewy. Never too sweet. Seems to have a bit of an identity crisis though as far as style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt sweetness with only a hint of hops.

Well, it certainly isn't horrible but again, can't decide if it's an irish read or an APA.

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Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.