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

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Danny's Irish Style Red AleDanny's Irish Style Red Ale

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of sonorb7
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown glass bottle, 1 pint 6oz. Maroon label with golden lettering. Black and pewter pry-off cap stating 'California Brewed'.
Semi-transparent deep copper red body. Light tan head of tiny to small bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Delicious sweet toffee scent with a mild hop note.
This is a great red ale. Mildly spiced sweet toffee and a perfect strength hop character that carries into the long lasting aftertaste.
Medium to full body. Little coating and a wierd mix of hydrating and dry finish.
Very drinkable, a great example of the style.


Photo of Pehlman
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a lovely amber color. Perfect for the style.

S: OMG! amazing combo of caramel and roasty malt!

T: It tastes like....burning! haha

M: Awesome. I really love the way this beer feels. All the way down.

D: I could seriously drink this any time, any day! Great beer. The best Irish red I have EVER had! ...EVER!

Photo of Inflames
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very enjoyable brew from the Moylan brewing crew.
I found this bomber in a grocery store in South Lake Tahoe. Having enjoyed previous Moylan beers it was no surprise to me how good this beer was. Usually reds are pretty universal and who's to tell one from the other.
Well I believe this is where Moylan comes in. The color is almost ruby, aroma is very deep and pleasing, taste is a nice balance of crystal malt and clean hop finish. Mouthfeel was almost a 5 but as good as this was I want to live in a world where the best is yet to come. If I haven't said it enough times, this is a great brew.

Photo of NitroGen
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: Dark Brown Glass Bomber 6.5% ABV,

A: Deep brown amber pour that is brilliantly translucent with 2 fingers of light brown foam that dissipates to a nice cover and sporadic lacing.

S: Lightly toasted grains, sweet caramel and brown sugar with fall fruits

T: Well balance of slightly sweet mixture of grains, caramel and malt. While smooth the taste changes are subtle from beginning to end,

M: Outstanding smooth well balanced with an aftertaste that is pleasing to the tongue and entire mouth,

D: I just saw a show where a person was filmed on the 7 day Guinness Diet. I volunteer to be the first to do the Moylans’s Seven Day Danny’s Irish Style Red Ale Diet! I highly recommend!

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark golden honey orange color that has a smeared cast of hazyness. Firmly stacked foam of off-white hue sits for a bit before sifting down to a solid skim always present. A slightly torn parchment paper sheeting of lace displays well across the glass.

Aroma is clean, light, and sweet with a touch of apples and berries mixed with a caramel goodness.

Solid malty taster thats really easy going and smoothly justified in a favorably ample yet light amount of caramel goo laced with a bit of chocolate covered apples and dried apricot. Very airy and lightly touched of a dryish floral hoppyness and smoothed over toasted malt adds a nice balancing touch as it finishes. Quite solid and yummy.

Feel is a firm medium body with a smooth creamy realm of malts and holds a slight carbonation grab. Has a very nice balance of the fruityish sweetness and its airy dryness.

Way drinkable and then some! Yum!

Photo of Mauerhan
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at hollingshead's in orange so i had to buy a few bottles.

pours a murky amber. but an acceptable murky. not like whats in my beer murky, rather a hmmm thats murky... has a nice two finger off white head. i can smell the malts. very sweet smell.

first taste is amazing. sweet malts, hint of various nuts, has almost a creamy kick to it. just alittle bite. very simple flavors but they do the job wonderfully.

i would say the mouth feel and drinkability are both high on this. its a very smooth, very refreshing beer with a nice aftertaste. i would have not problem drinking this beer again and again.

you see this bottle you drink whats inside it.

Photo of StevieW
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub....Another exceptional beer from Moylans. Nice deep amber color, with a tan/reddish head that stays up nicely. You expect lots of carmel malt sweetness and you get it both in the smell and taste. Also some earthy, roasted smells. Very big malt flavors, rich sweet, and creamy. Just a touch of late hops, again reminds you it's Moylan's. I could see this as meal in itself, but combined with a snowy cold day, roast beef, and mashed potatos, this would make for grinning, belly rubbing heaven. Another on of Moylan's 22oz. bottles I carried over 2500 miles home.

Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mildly hazy reddish brown ale.

Smell is sweet malt and a smoky smell of dark roasted malt. There is a "Sweet Tea" aroma to this like southern Iced tea.

Taste is sweet and decidedly smoky like a scotch ale. A nice mellow flavor that reminds me of pipe tobacco. This is an extremely mellow and pleasant tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is good.

An easy drinking mellow brew highly recommended.

Photo of Fishdawg71
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 22oz bottle Very nice appearence, nice red color with at least 2 good fingers of white lacy head. Aroma, deep rich malt character...This beer has all the malt of fine leather chair ... a little diacytly in the aroma but very close to style. Flavor: all malt very little hop which was very nice, a little bit of caramel taste to this beer. Very, very nice Irish red, one of the best I have had..
I will buy this beer again and again..

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

A beautifully crafted beer. Poured from a bomber purchased at the brewery. Very attractive deep, clear red. Light tan head that lingers. Malty aroma that perfectly matches the deep bready malt flavor. Predominantly sweet, a bit of caramel balanced by just the right amount of European hop bitterness. Not an overly complex taste, not especially dry except for a tang on the finish, but one that invites you back quickly.

A superb malt showcase. Not sure why it doesn't rate better - maybe it's especially sensitive to age, and old samples are out there?

Photo of BeerSox
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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 ElCommodoro
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appeared to be a cloudy orange colour with no head by the time I received it. I'll admit I was in some very dim lighting, though, so it was difficult to tell.
The smell was delicious. It smelled like the perfect blend of citrus hops and apricot pits. It reminded me of a Magic Hat #9, but better.
The taste was just like the smell. It was elegant, well balanced, and distinctly apricot flavoured. It was an exceptional ale, but I can't give it an exceptional rating because of the way it was presented. It was clearly not an Irish red ale. As other reveiewers have mentioned, this is not the way an Irish red ale is meant to taste. There were too many hops and that distinct fruitiness is that isn't meant to be an Irish red. Good beer, though, so I have to give it a pretty good score.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red in color, slim white head.

Sweetish, though dry, malty nose. Plump cherry and apple. Pleasant, if mellow.

Taste: just like a red ale should, with a bigger dash of fruit. Crisp, bright, the tiniest bit sharp, mild hops, but as I drink more I realize it's plenty hoppier than the average Irish Red. Medium-bodied, excellent drinkability and just darned tasty.

Went great with my dinner, and I'm sure it would with most anyone's.

Photo of westweasel
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from relatives in California. Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer is a hazy, cloudy amber color with about 1/4" of beige head. The smell was notable. It had a very rich caramel aroma with some hints of toffee and butterscotch.

The taste was similar to the scents, with carmel, toffee, and butterscotch dominating. It has a fairly clean, citrus hop bitterness at the end of the swallow. The finish is fairly dry. Based on the smell, you would expect the beer to be much sweeter.

The moutfeel is medium. This beer is very drinkable, even in large amounts. The dry finish helps to keep the beer refreshing. This is definitely a well-conceived and executed beer.

Photo of megahurts4
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moylan's Irish Red
On draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: orangish-honey, very small head, some lacing.

Smell: malts and subtle hops.

Taste: delicious nutty malts, very slight hops, and subtle grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This has some excellent flavors. The malts really prevail. It could be ised as a session brew as well.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured clear amber. The head was off-white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a caramel sweetness. Some fruitiness was also present as was a slight smoky impression.

The flavor was chocolate with a caramel sweetness. The chocolate seems out of place in an amber, but the flavor is well done. The flavor starts with a slight caramel sweetness and ends with a dry caramel flavor. Slight smokiness in the flavor which adds complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel impression. The body was medium to medium full.

22 ounce bottle.

Photo of mickeymac
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head foams up like a wave breaking on the northern California shore in a nasty winter storm. After a fairly careful pour, I was left with a good four inches of foam. The head remained at 1/4 to 1/2 inch to the bottom of the glass. The color is a very attractive red with a hint of copper. Caramel is noticeable in the smell with just a slight bit of hops backing it up. As others have noticed, this stuff goes down like water, especially at 6.5% abv.

Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- partly cloudy amber brew, not much retent on a finger of off white, sliky lacing

S- fruity(cherry and strawberry), toasted malts, caramel

T- strawberry pop tart like malt flavors (no frosting, the best), caramel

M- creamy and smooth, wonderful carbonation

D- enjoyable, not complex but very pleasing, interesting, recommended

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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 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 SeattleBeerBlog
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour's a very hazy reddish brown but with a great head that stays. Shouldn't it be clear? still looks good though.

S- very tasty and very malty. A lot like when I brew a homebrew batch and start boiling the wort. A slight but of alcohol though as well which could be removed.

T- Different to be sure (I am not used to reds) and very good. A different kind of malt taste then a porter, brown or stout. Very sweet but for some reason reminds me of baseball and redwood bark? (weird I know). I like it though. The more I drink the better it gets too.

M- good carbonation and no slickness. nice.

D- I would say this a good beer, easy to drink and I would see myself enjoying this with some peanuts watching some sports on TV. Wish it was easier to find.

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

Nice Irish Red ale in the vein of Smithwick's. Slightly opaque copper with a nice cream head. Looks almost like nitro but not as viscous. Slightly sour malty smell, with traces of yeast and toffee. Faint hop bitterness.

Bitter twinge with a malt dryness. Like Smithwick's/ but less processed and no metallic hints - Kilkenny without the nitro effect and easily far richer than either of those.

Good, low key carbonation. Its not as smooth as Kilkenny on nitro and not as fizzy as Smithwick's. Even at 6.8%, very sessionable and the best Irish Red I've had, even if it is from California.

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