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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: 320
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 152
Photo of infi
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass.

A: Light amber color. About a white, one-finger head with generous amounts of bubbling lining the glass and little amount of lacing.

S: Malty with some distinctive hop aroma.

T: Fairly bitter with some earthy and bread-like tastes. A lingering metallic taste towards the end.

M: Lines the mouth, has a weird aftertaste.

D: Fairly drinkable.

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark, thin amber color. Low carbonation pours into a half finger, foamy, off-white head. Quickly settles leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. No real lacing to speak of, although a bit of bubbly carbonation lingers around the edges of the glass.

S: A nutty, smoky, caramel malt. Almost smells like a cola.

T: A really nutty, pale malt. Lightly hopped, and a little sweetness. Really smoky.

M: Rally hearty and flavorful for a brew with such a light body. A bit of a 'steely' aftertaste.

D: Good flavor balance and feel.

Called 'Irish Pale Ale', categorized as an Irish Red Ale. . . well, this comes across as a pale ale, but with a more hearty flavor and feel. Pretty solid atmosphere; nice appearance, and a really distinctive nose. Although flavor is very distinctive, the components are subdued making for a nice balance. Really solid quaff.

Photo of yuenglings
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Read about this in the beeradvocate mag never heard of it before so i figured i would give it a try.
Has a good head at first that shrinks rather quickly to a nice thin layer on top withc left a good amount of laceing. Has a dark copper color to it.
The smell is sweet with a hint of flowers and caramell hops the taste is about the same with a grassey finish.
Has a nice and smooth mouth feel its not to heave and its not to thin. It leaves your mouth feeling dry and wanting another sip. it has good carbonation.
As far as drinkabilty goes i think this beer is real drinkable even in large amounts cause it goes down smooth and its not filling i would defintly buy this agian when im looking for a good session beer

Photo of jdhilt
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of gabe23
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clear copper color with a thin head and not much lacing.

S - Some grainy malt along with a little floral hops, but diacytal is the primary aroma. Not good.

T - A nice caramel sweetness up front, with a slight hop bitterness. But an unappealing metallic taste and buttery flavor overpowers any pale ale characteristics.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The best thing about this beer by far.

D - I'm a fan of Irish reds, but this was just simply a bad beer. I wondered if I got a old bottle, but it was well within the freshness date. I have no desire to try another to see if this was a fluke. Go for a Sam Adams Irish Red for a much more solid beer at a similar price point.

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 WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a terrible time tinding this beer on BA. Also to be noted that the beer on BA is listed as coming from Lion Brewery, but on my bottle it says McSorely's Brewery. Anyway I poured this brew into my glass at 50 degrees. The beer amber colored with a fast decaying head. It had a bitter smell. The taste was interesting in that it tasted a bit like it had cane sugar in it. I liked it and will buy again.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish brown with a big tan head. The smell is lightly toasted malts with some caramel and toffee. The taste is similar to the smell, it starts off with some sweet malts that give way to a tiny bit of hops. A tasty beer, but completely one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is watery with some crisp carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, I wouldn't be surprised if they made a killing selling it on Saint Patty's day.

Photo of BDIMike
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red color that is completely filtered. There is a fair amount of carbonation that creates a thin white head that gives a slight lacing.
Smell is a little off. There is a strong amount of caramel malts to it and a slight bit of hops, with a bit of a fruity smell too.
Taste is a little better than the smell. The taste is dominated by caramel malts, but there is a bit of a nice hop taste at the end.
Mouthfeel is nice. The beer has a good thickness and a nice smooth feel.
Drinkability is good on this beer. It has a nice balance of tastes, which makes it go down very easy. There is not a lot of really strong tastes that make this beer anything better than a Killian's or other generic irish red.

Photo of Onenote81
2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear goldish orange. Decent foamy white head on top. Retention was great leaving some sticky lacing along the glass edge as well. Smell was of buttery biscuits, and this weird off-meaty scent. Malts smelled a bit odd on this one.

Mouthfeel was a little on the slick side. Carbonation level was low. Detected some biscuity flavors and hints of sweetness. They were there, but they faded quickly. Easy enough drinker, but I wouldn't really want to drink more than 1 or 2.

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 Yeastcakes
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - German half-L glass, cellar temp (45-50)
A - Sweet malt and light floral hops, nice balance in the nose
A - One finger of head, clear dark amber
M - nice full body, very light carbonation
T - Malt forward with slight hop flavor. Nice subtle sweetness that compliments the richness of the malt. Slight biscuity flavor. Clean aftertaste.
D - Very sessionable beer. Perfect for a St. Patrick's day session. I will definitely buy this one again.

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 mkabull
3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- nice copper color with nice head formation that does fade a bit but there was some lacing
Smell- has a slight grainy/husky aroma some hop aroma present but not much
Taste- taste was good but not great husk from aroma present in the taste finished pretty clean slight astringent aftertaste
Mouthfeel- fit style not to thin but also not to heavy
Drinkability- great drinkability good session beer

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with an off-white head that lasted quite a while and left good lacing.

S - caramel malt, faint grassy hops and grainy aroma.

T - a tad bitter most of the way but there are some sweet moments in the taste.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy and isn't too filling.

Photo of bboven
2.22/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beautiful clear copper body with a thin head that lasts.

Hop aroma and malt are in balance, but huge diacytal (butter) aroma kills it all.

Taste is overwhelmingly astringent. Not enjoyable at all.

Mothfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly drying.

Avoid this beer. There are so many things wrong with it, fermented too warmly, grain is husky, oxidation. Great example of many flaws all in the same glass.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a copper hue with a thin white head that leaves slight lacing. The beer keeps a nice thin head threw out drinking.

It smells grainy with a slight amount of spicy hops in the background.

Its slightly fruity with a small amount of hoppy spice and it leaves a over all grainy taste as it goes down. For a pale ale its quite subdued but for the most part the taste does not offend.

It has a thin to medium mouthfeel and alittle higher carbonation then normal compared to other pale ales.

This is where this beer kinda shines. I see this as simple pale ale that goes down easy, has more taste then other beers with in its price range ($5.49 a sixer) and would make a decent session beer.

Notes: For all you homebrewers out there this is the cheapest six pack I can find with pry off bottles.

Photo of cyberbmcd
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Irish Pale Ale poured a light reddish amber with a small but persistant head and minimal lacing

The Aroma was MILD but grainy and slightly grassy.

The mouthfeel was very smooth with that nice Ale bite at the end.

Taste was mild but not nonexitant, grainy a little metallic and grassy. A very nice mild ale that can be enjoyed in quantity, and it has a certain quality.

overall, not the greatest ale I ever had, in fact not even the best ale I've had tonight (had a Sam Adams Boston Ale earlier)But I'll buy it again.

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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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