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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: 312
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of TheTrevor
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

TheTrevor, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

BDIMike, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Onenote81, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

glid02, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Yeastcakes, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

NJpadreFan, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mkabull
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
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

mkabull, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of bboven
2.2/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

bboven, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

oriolesfan4, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

ItMakesMeHappy, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of cyberbmcd
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

cyberbmcd, Jan 10, 2009
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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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