Danny's Irish Style Red Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: younger35 on 02-07-2008

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Reviews by sweethome:
Photo of sweethome
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper penny color. A little white head.

Aroma is pure malt - sweet, crystal malt, a hint of maple.

Soft entry is a bit watery. Simple sweet malts. Some complex maltiness tries to come in mid-mouth - but then fades. The mouthfeel is simple, watery. I'm actually a bit surprised there is no trace of hops given it's Moylan's - but they remain true to the style and description.

Nothing bad here, a decent sessionable ale without a lot of distinction.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy red-orange color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and earth, with some orange citrus mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I grt a lot of toffee and some cocoa, as well as some earth and orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle overflowed upon opening, and it was not shaken. Malt and sherry aroma, red and auburn in color. Again lots of brewer's yeast with this brand. Taste is smooth, chunky, malty and sweet with bit of bitterness. Aftertaste has something kind of skunky, could be the yeast. This was too expensive for what it is.

Photo of chickenm
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a thin white head. The aroma has sweet caramel and toasted malts, and a little fruit too. Flavor is sweet and malty with a somewhat bready taste and minimal hops. Medium bodied, solid mouthfeel. Not something I'd drink often, a little too sweet for me, but still a pretty decent Red Ale.

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap@Moylans brewpub. Under the name ’Paddys Irish red’. Sweet nutty/toffee flavours with a watery texture, don’t really like the style much, and this beer is no exception. Nothing much happening in the flavour or body department, pretty soft, smooth palate i guess.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red, yes, but this beer is more of a thick orange-brown-red. The head blows up as I pour, but settles quickly. Eventually it's a smallish cap of orange-tinted tannish head, then a foam, and eventually that fades as well. There's some lacing left, but not a whole lot.
The aroma shows a sweet, bready malts backbone with yeast with a mix of caramel, toffee and dark fruits in the sweetness. A little bit of green tea is detectable in there, like in a tea-based energy drink, but natural.
This is a malty, malty beer, majorly bready with lots of yeast. Pumpernickel without any of the sourdough aspect is seems to be the foundation. It's got lots of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits, as in the nose, with an almost alcoholic aspect in that it's got the sweetness without the heat. The hops are there, light, underneath the malts, adding a bit more flavor with balance. There's a little spiciness in the front that gets lighter as it goes. The sweetness just gets a bit cloying, and this is a good beer otherwise.
The feel is good, rich and thick, full-bodied (especially for a red) with a bit of a crisp bite and plenty of smoothness.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A cloudy amber liquid gets topped with a one-finger tan head that melts to a ring of tiny bubbled lacing.
Aroma is toasted or burnt malt and caramel.
Taste is definitely the toasted malts with rich caramel and faint coffee in the background. Bitterness on the swallow comes more from the burnt malt, I think, than from hops. Hops seem to be missing in this brew.
Nice caramel chewiness going on after you swallow.

Photo of jmz62565
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy ruby red with a medium head that disapates quickly and leaves no lacing. The smell is pretty strong and different. Vanilla, grape, sweet malt make this an interesting smelling beer. The taste is creamy and wine like. Sweet malt, some hops, and mostly dark fruit and grapes make this a very different red ale. The m/f is light with a combination of flavors that don't reallt go well together. Not horrible,but this just isn't my cup of tea. If you like very fruity beers this may be for you,otherwise try another Red Ale.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep burnt orange color with a finger width off-white head. Retention is piss poor, fizzing away like soda, and the lacing... what lacing?

Smell - Sweet,deep caramel malt, a touch of toffee, some earthy tones.

Taste - Follows the nose. A wave of deep, sweet caramel notes from start to finish. Faint hints of coffee on the back end. Hops are hidden, but do well to keep this somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Decently carbonated bite, despite the discouraging appearance. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - A really good Irish red. Deeply malted caramel flavors, but not overly sweet. Fairly simple, but delicious.

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass. Love the busy label without being too ostentatious. If I ever started a brewery I would be mirroring Moylan's for sure.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber color with orange and copper highlights. Lots of bubbles floating to the top. Not much lacing, but the head keeps nicely above the glass at about 1/4" and recharges nicely with a swirl or two.

Smell: Caramel malts, sour fruits, some citrus with the more tangy side of cherries and granny smith apples, mild semi-sweet chocolate, and mild citrus hop bitterness. Balanced and complex, though still mild, which I like.

Taste: Initial grain flavors, with mild chocolate at the forefront, caramel malts, mild sour apples and citrus hop bitterness, which melds nicely with all the sweeter malt flavors. It could be more visceral and stronger, but nothing is really sacrificed since the balance is on point. Semi-dry finish with grains and malt sweetness dominating, finishing with caramel and chocolate undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied without being too chewy, nice carbonation and unexpectedly crisp finish.

Drinkability: I really liked this version of the style, and I've yet to have a Moylan's brew which didn't impress me. I paid around $4 for the bomber, and at 6.5% ABV, the buzz is very euphoric and present at the end without the alcohol making itself known in the taste. And though it's complex, it's balanced and doesn't lean too far over to the malt side, which, for me, throws a lot of reds off-kilter and makes many too derivative. I could drink much more of this, and if it's ever in 6-packs I could see this being a nice staple for the spring.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Different but only liked it so-so. Dry barley with more sweetness than bitterness. Could not drink very much of this bomber. Reddish coloured body with one quarter inch of off-white retained head. A different aroma.A tad above average mouthfeel. Lace sheet.Fine for what it is.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber thanks to Danny! My share poured into a 7oz glass. 3 beers already...Friday night work drinks are certainly on the up!

Pours a lighter side of copper colour and has a modest head of off-white foam that recedes quickly to film. Probably a little too light for the style.

Smell is of sweet caramel, some light chocolate as well. Quite strong, both of these. Plenty of sweetness which suits me just fine.

Clean tasting, plenty of sweet malt comes through in the middle and at the end with the caramel from the aroma. Not your usual Irish Red Ale in this regard, but quite good at how it all works.

Mouthfeel is smooth, consistent and sweet, as you'd expect.

Overall this is a nice, consistent, well brewed irish red ale that is not overly true to style, but is a quality beer that gives a good different approach to things.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of red hued head with a copper body. Looks good in the tall glass.
Big barnyard smell, wet grain. Not bad, but a little different.
A dry malt/grain taste, mild bitterness. Barley dominates.
Crisp, medium body.
It's fine enough, but I'm not in love with it.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this at BevMo. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy red color with a small white head that dissapears fast. Minimal lacing that lasts.

Smells sweet and the barely comes through well but it doesnt smell hoppy enough for me.

Tastes ok. Not really something I'm into. A little too malty and sweet for me. I like the more hoppy crisp irish reds like the one three floyds brews. The barely comes through well.

Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated IMO. Tastes a little watery too.

Drinkability is ok but I would rather waste my time in a better brew.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours deep amber and copper. little head that gives way quickly to little retention.

very light and very sweet. scents of candied cherries and sweet malts.

very dominant barley and malt profile that has far more bite than the hops. hops are very light, slight bitterness. semi sweet malts just dominate and fight your taste buds.

fairly thin but the carbonation gives it some body with a little bite.

not a bad amber ale overall. i personally prefer more hop flavor as it balances out the amber malts. the flavors from the barley and malts however blended well for a smack you in the face flavor. this was a 22oz, can't see myself wanting to drink more back to back.

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed caramel/orange with a sliver of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Pears & apricots, not much else

T: Orchard fruit, dryness, leafy hops, & a bit of caramel up front. Fruittyness dominates as this warms, some leafy hops too. Finishes with apricot, persimmons & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation. Body thins out a bit as this warms

Drinks alright, but not really holding my interest. About middle of the pack for this style. Not had to many new offerings (to me) from Moylan's lately that have impressed me to be honest

Photo of Troyone
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light root beer color with an amber hue and a three inch head with some lacing and carb action.

A moderate cookie caramel malt smell with some pine resin and orange hops aroma.

A lightly sweet and moderately bitter taste, slightly nutty caramel malt with a resin and grapefruit/orange hops aroma.

Light to medium body, watery slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a lightly asringent and chalky finish.

Drinkable however not my type of Red.

Photo of morimech
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has an amber color. Slightly hazy. The head is small and settles quickly to a thin cap. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Nice malt aroma. The toasted and caramel malt blends nicely. Slightly musty and sour.

The caramel malt is predominant over the toasted malt just by a little. Not overly sweet because there is just a touch of alcohol in the flavor at the finish. Probably as good as it gets for an Irish Red but I have not had that many to give this one a 5.

The weakest point in this beer is the mouthfeel. The body is moderate but just lacks texture. Carbonation is a little high.

Great flavor and a nice drinker. The ABV and cost is a little high to make this a session beer. Recommend this highly for the style.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass, the liquid is light brown with ok carbonation. The head is 2 fingers off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is plenty malty with a touch of smokiness.

The taste is good, nice grainy and smoky malt, in a taste test I would think this was a scotch ale.

The mouthfeel is big and thick with ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good I would recommend this one as a must try.

Prosit, MK

Photo of alleykatking
1.29/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a coppery amber color. Half finger white head shows light retention. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Holy vinegar Batman!!! Some light caramel malts along with toasted malts in the front of the beer quickly get swept into a malt vinegar like aroma that sticks long into the nose.

T- The aroma was more pleasing than the flavor. This starts off with some toasted malts that show a light caramel malt overtone to them. This is where the vinegar flavor starts to show up and turn into more of a malt vinegar by the time the alcohol comes in the backend. This beer had taken a horrible turn for the worst.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Vinegar overtones are all that is on the palate and this lingers long into the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol to calm it down. Flavors were not balanced at all for the style. Off flavors are vinegar forward which I expected with how the flavor and aroma was. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was horrible. And to think this is a off bottle is laughable as I have had so many bottles from them that taste the exact same. I think QC needs to be looked at more indepth a little more.

Photo of BeerSox
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Hazy deep copper hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma in this one is very strong, as it is easily smelled when I'm not even close to the glass. Some caramel with a bit of crispy grain is the aroma. Just a little hoppiness to keep it balanced.

Strong flavors of brown sugar and caramel. A slight creaminess comes around in the middle. There is a touch of hoppiness, just like in the aroma, which nicely balances the sweetness. Full bodied with good carbonation. The sweet brown sugar flavors linger for a while.

Very enjoyable Irish Red. Slightly complex and well balanced. Recommended.

Photo of Brewsmith
1.77/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty and plumy. Appearance is a cloudy red with a tiny tan head. Taste is malty, more of the plummy notes from the crystal malt. A little roast in the background. I'm getting some funky notes in the malt, wet cardboard and a little stale tasting. Mouthfeel is thin with very little carbonation. This has to be one bad bottle because I've never had a clunker from Moylan's before.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice light brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together. A bit light on the feel but this helped to keep it very drinkable and the subtly sweet finish was the icing on the cake.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan's Danny's Irish Style Red Ale has a very thick, foamy, cream-colored head, and a fairly hazy, extremely effervescent, amber appearance, with exceptionally heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, some sort of citrus, and brown bread crust. Taste is of that unusual citrus (white grape juice?), brown bread crust, a bit of tea, sweetness, and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Moylan's Danny's Irish Style Red Ale finishes mellow and easy drinking. Overall, this is delicious!


Photo of spicelab
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with thanks to Beermasons.

Blood orange, a touch hazy, with a finger of light beige sudsy head. Very slight ring.

Nose shows loads of fortified wine character, mainly prunes, stewed plums, muscatels and toffee apple. Also a good dose of stout-esque floral esters and some sweet citrus undertones. Sort of comes across as a blend of Scottish ale and stout (without the roasted malts). Bit bizarre but kind of works.

Taste falls a bit flat and fails to carry the bigger notes in the aroma. Biscuity brandy-snap malts in spades, with some shy woody notes swirling around. Pretty simple but nice.

A little thin, but smooth with moderate and unobtrusive carbonation.

Interesting brew with some appealing Scottish character that doesn't quite grab me. Seems to underachieve in complexity without compensating with particularly good drinkability.

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Danny's Irish Style Red Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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