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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: 305
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 4
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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Photo of capra12

New York

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%

Reviewed solo poured into a shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: orange/ deep amber in color with two fingers of light brown head. Leaving a spotty lacing, surprisingly.

Smell: a mix of light and dark grains.

Taste: opens like a brown ale with a subtle malt profile. A citrus zest pops in the middle as brown grains come in the finish as fuggle hops join the brown profile leaving a mildly bitter and grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have this again but recommend this to someone who wants a pale ale that has a prominent brown ale profile and mildly bitter finish. A one and done for me.

01-08-2010 01:57:02 | More by capra12
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.22/5  rDev +34%

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.


12-28-2009 21:57:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of CheapHysterics


1.8/5  rDev -42.9%

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.

12-28-2009 04:45:31 | More by CheapHysterics
Photo of jeranbrews


3.2/5  rDev +1.6%

A - 1 finger of clumpy eggshell white head. Good continued carbonation. Amber hue with a bit of rose-hip tea. There was even a bit of respectable lacing.

S - First, a how-do-you-do hop slap comes out, then a bit of of sugary ester smells . The former was to strong and the later too mild. Overall the smell is light, airy, compressed gas.

T - Initially quite hoppy, with bits of 'brand X' fruit soda. It was good but too bitter and off balance to be great. They say Irish Pale Ale and it certainly lacks some of the subtly of English Pale ale and the heartwarming of Belgian pale ale. The raspy tongue aftertaste was not my cup of tea either, but some would like it no doubt. My first Irish red, so I can't compare.

M - Effervescent, bubbly, leave a bit of a coating in the mouth. Not bad.

D - There is certainly some complexity both in yeast and malt that struggles to break though the wall of hops. It could be great, but the smells disappointed. Ultimately good but not great.

12-26-2009 05:09:11 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of Tone


3.38/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

12-13-2009 06:36:28 | More by Tone
Photo of tatoodkelt


2.9/5  rDev -7.9%

A buddy of mine that is venturing into the world of craft beer picked up a six of this and left one in my fridge. I had some McSorley's brews way back but I see they are under PBR here, not sure if thats the same brew or not, any way here we go.

Consumed 12/5/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Kind of a washed out amber topped off with a one finger off white head that faded pretty quick. Spotty lacing.

S- Faint sweet malt.

T- Sweet malt, maybe a little caramel, a little roasty hint here and there.

M- On the low side of medium, a little watery but smooth. Not too much carbination.

D- Definitely an easy drinker, could be an easy session brew. All in all, nothing spectacular.

12-11-2009 18:44:16 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.05/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

11-27-2009 22:46:14 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%

I liked this brew. It was really drinkable, if slightly watery and not quite as hoppy as I was expecting. It's nothing amazing but I wouldn't mind tossin' a few back for St. Pattys...although I'm sure I'll end up going with something a little better.

11-24-2009 23:25:06 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of jsprain1


3.15/5  rDev 0%

A- Pours a watery red with a decent head. nice head but kinda is suffering in colour.
S- Smells very sweet. not very hoppy at all, considering the label say pale ale. a little nutty. really nothing captivating. sweetness just isn't right. not a proper kind of sweetness. a bit artificial smelling.
T- Taste is sweet, has a little nuttiness. but the sweetness finishes. many people 3.0 is "bad" but i am not rating this as bad tasting but just average.
m- its pretty thin. at least thinner than the style recommends.
d- its light enough that it isn't overpowering. the sweetness is a little daunting though. not a bad beer. but it didn't live up to expectations. just generally average imo, neither good nor bad.

11-23-2009 23:41:24 | More by jsprain1
Photo of theboozecruise


3.43/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... slightly hazy amber color, small head.

Smells of malt, sweet, not a lot of balance or complimenting flavors.

Taste is more of the same. Nothing too bold.

I have to say if I was sitting at McSorley's in NYC I could really enjoy a few of these on tap, but as a bottled beer for retail, just not all that spectacular.

11-22-2009 18:50:00 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of Bravo11


3.33/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle to a glass mug(seidel).

A- Pours dark amber, good clarity. Almost no head. Head diminishes immeadiately, thin to no lacing.
S- Slight roasted sweet smell.
T/M- Malty, slighty sweet, not much of a hop character.
D- Easy drinking. Nice session beer, idk the ABV. Not one of my favorite beers but not bad.

10-11-2009 00:22:43 | More by Bravo11
Photo of david18

New York

3/5  rDev -4.8%

I bought this for a friend's party. He grew up in Manhattan and I knew it would have sentimental value. It was ok, better than bud but nothing to write home about. Good pale/copper color, slightly better than expected aroma, decent flavor but again nothing too great.

09-21-2009 18:42:19 | More by david18
Photo of KarlHungus


1.6/5  rDev -49.2%

This beer pours a thin watery red color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is very faint, or maybe there is no aroma whatsoever. I'm guessing the later. The taste is a nasty candy sweetness that isn't really all that strong, but somehow lingers a very long time. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. The carbonation is what I would consider annoyingly high, but in this case I wish it were highly to cover up some of the nasty taste. Overall, there is absolutely no way I will drink this again.

09-09-2009 00:44:11 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.15/5  rDev +31.7%

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.

09-07-2009 02:48:38 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

07-30-2009 02:32:22 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.85/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

07-28-2009 03:04:35 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of TexIndy


2.17/5  rDev -31.1%

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.


07-23-2009 00:13:03 | More by TexIndy
Photo of mralphabet


3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

A: Nice dark amber with a slight red tint. Very clear with a good amount of bubble streams. Little more than a fingers worth of head, little lacing.

S: Lots of bread & malt and somewhat of a wine like smell

T: Lots of dark malts with a touch of something wine like... not much hops.... There is lots of flavor but not much going on in terms of complexity. Clean finish

M: Medium to Light body with nice carbonation, a little lighter than I'd expect.

D: The ABV seems to be around 4... I could drink a few of these in one sitting.... It is not the best beer, but it is not a bad beer.

07-16-2009 04:00:19 | More by mralphabet
Photo of skeetermoses


3.33/5  rDev +5.7%

Not really too impressed with this one. It seems to have a strange metallic aftertaste, very different, I really cannot tell what would go good with this beer, it almost has a sense of sucking on a 9 volt battery after taking a swig of beer. Maybe a baked potato would go good with this beer, or a really starchy food. Not really impressive.

07-16-2009 02:13:55 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of ryrust5301


2.45/5  rDev -22.2%

Appearance - A little light for a red ale. Almost bronze with orange backlights. Active carbonation shoots up into a thin misty layer of foam on top.

Smell - Not to great here either. Has a funky kinda smell, almost similar to a heineken. Faint aromas of caramel and bready malts show up in a fair amount.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very light and watery. The flavor is very gentle and there is really not much backbone to it. Pale and caramel malts are about the only flavors present, but even they don't stick around too long.

Drinkability - No reason to ever go here again. Doesn't really offer anything to get excited about or remember. I could see where drinking it on tap in the original NYC bar could be an experience, but no need to try this out of the bottle.

06-30-2009 03:53:48 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of ShrLSU


3.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Got this in a trade from glid02..

Appearence is a golden brown with no head and very slight lacing. The nose is that of grains and light hop scents with a malty essence. The taste is about what you would expect. A malty pale ale with some breadiness and slight earthy hoppiness to it. Mouthfeel is nice as this is easy to down. Overall not bad, good enough to give a shot for something different.

06-30-2009 03:51:19 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

06-25-2009 22:28:53 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of argock


3.33/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Red-amber hue with thin 1/2 finger off-white head with below-average retention and only little dots of lace.

S: Heavy diacetyl-butter with light caramel and crystal malt aroma. Minimal herbal hops.

T: Very sweet but more herbal hops than in the nose keep the toasted caramel malt flavors more or less in balance. However, the butteriness of the aroma is a bit overpowering.

M: Way too astringent for the style with a lot of dryness. Carbonation is even.

D: A run-of-the-mill English ale with too much butteriness and astringency to be a good call.

06-21-2009 06:49:21 | More by argock
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.73/5  rDev +18.4%

Medium brown color with a small head and lace.
The aroma of grains,toasted malts and some hints of fruit.

The taste of malts and some mild hops. Very simple taste.
The feel was medium to light body with medium carbonation and decent balance.

Notes: A decent beer that I would like to try on tap.

06-18-2009 02:04:16 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of JayQue


3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Not bad!!! Pours a clear amber/brown color with a medium head that fades fast. No lacing. Smell is fairly light - mostly malty

Taste is malty but not too sweet. If there are hops here, they are to cut the maltiness and achieve a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough to avoid calling the beer watery.

Drinkability is pretty good. Crisp and goes down easy. Probably not a bad session beer. Nothing exceptional but not bad either.

06-16-2009 01:36:10 | More by JayQue
McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.