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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: 176
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of morebeergood
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened a 22oz bottle last night and it exploded with foam all in the kitchen sink. After the initial burst, it still was foaming like mad as I poured it into the glasses. This beer was way too over-carbonated, I must have picked up a bad bottle. I managed to only salvage about half a pint glass of beer each for me and my wife. I figured we should at least try a sip or two to see what it tastes like. Actually, it wasn't too bad. It was red colored (obviously) but had a nice apple flavor aspect to it. A bit better than I expected. Too bad that we were only able to have about 4 oz each. As I am not a huge fan of Irish Reds to begin with, I wasn't expecting much. But this one let me down.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, creamed-amber to tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, reddish-amber, almost cranberry colored brew. The aroma is quite malty with notes of biscuit malt, soda crackers, fruity raisin notes, and some definite berry aromatics. The aroma almost smells artificial in some way; it is not, but something about the malt sweetness gives me this impression.

Lightly full, medium body here. It is still fairly sweet, with that amp'd up berry character here in the flavor. Toasted biscuit malt notes are evident up front and there is a touch of dark grain astringency in the finish, though I wouldn't say there is any roast character here. Lots of caramelized crystal malt character here, this brew is practically definite by it. The hops play a supporting role here; most noticeable as a light to nipping bitterness in the finish, but there is also a nice herbal hop flavor here as well. There is an almost saccharine quality to the berry-sweetness in the finish here, not sure what is giving the beer this taste, but it is a touch distracting at times. Still this is mostly a really nice, malty beer that is easy drinking and great for those who like the malt focused equivalent of a Pale Ale.

Photo of Inflames
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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 lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, reddish color with a great head on top. Ho hum aroma-metallic and coppery like. Malt flavor dominates with a slight bitter bite to it. Slight bready taste to it. Metallic notes. from the aroma comes thru. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel-makes up for the "bite" it tends to have. A notch above average. Thanks to beerrun13 for this suprise package.

Photo of Talisker
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Greenfloyd
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moylan's Irish Red has got it's place on my St. Patty's day menu………

Pours into my pint glass with a rich dark reddish amber (if that's a possible color), and is crowned nicely with an off-white head owning lingering tints of burnt orange. The beer itself had a rather mild smell, but hints of sweet malt and caramel find their way through. This ale had a very low hop presence (I like that however), giving way to mild malt and meandering honey notes, finishing clean yet sweet. A nice medium body, although probably a bit to much to be considered a session brew. Pairs great with....yep, corned beef and cabbage. Throw in a few slices of rye bread, and spin the Irish pub tunes...Enjoy

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 bjohnson
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy reddish color with a thin white head. Dissipates quickly with a thin retention on the edges of the glass.
S: An interesting vanilla wafer aroma hit first--weird, never thought a red ale to have that type of aroma. Malt dominates with sweet caramel notes also.
T/M: Biscuit and toasted grain malt notes with a sweet caramel presence to them. Slight bitterness with grassy hop notes that hangs on the tastebuds. Buttery on the palate and a bit viscous.
D: Maybe I let this sit a bit too long. Possibly a bit more crisp when fresh.

Photo of BlindPig
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/4- 1/2" off white head. Clear amber body.
S- Sweet caramel malts. Hint of citrus hops with maybe some toffee and plums.
T- Caramel dominates most of the flavor. Big malty beer. Bit bitter in aftertaste. Also one other flavor I can't pin point.
M- Dry finish, crisp and refreshing.
D- I like this a lot. Wish I could get it here. Love the dry finish. Also had a bit bigger body than most Moylan's.

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 DogFood11
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber picked up at the local BevMo. Poured into a tulip it forms a tan, loose head that settles to a solid finger head. Mild carbonation rolls to the top in this reddish-copper brew.

Very soft on the palate, almost creamy at times with little carbonation to give this any sharpness. Malts are on the sweet side, annoyingly so. Kind of an odd beer in that its creamy smooth mouthfeel doesn't translate well as it finishes on the dry side. I was hoping that as it warmed that something of a balancer or for that matter "interesting" would come out but I couldn't find it.

Notes: Ehhhh ...not for me, but not a complete dissaster by any stretch. Soft, malty brews have a place and I do like them but they haven't to have a "hook" and this was rather blah. 1 and done.

Photo of ppoitras
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a weak 1/4" beige head above the reddish amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, very disappointing for the style, leaving just a film and a few odd bubbles here and there. Some lacing present. Aroma is lightly of sweet caramel malts. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, with grain husks balanced by the sedate hops character. Mouthfeel is kind of chalky/grainy, and lacking in the carbonation department, but it goes down pretty well. Nothing I'd go out of my way to find again.

Photo of rowew
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. Keltic Moylan's logo, and all relevant info except freshness date. "Live Ale - Keep Refrigerated".

Appearance: Dark red with a slight cloudiness. Nice white head. Head fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma.

Taste: Lots of malt with some nice caramel flavors. The fruitiness from the aroma comes through here too.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable beer - better than most reds, but nothing outstanding overall.

Photo of baiser
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a big irish red fan, but this one was pretty decent. Good caramel, malt and fruit aroma. Taste was a touch grainy and dry with some nutty caramel flavours. Some citrus flavours too. Medium bodied, good drinkability. After taste is dry and a touch astringent. OK beer, but probably won't have again.

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 kmpitz2
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer opened with a huge burst. I expected to see a big eruption from the bottle, but none came forth. It pours a nice deep amber color with an incredible head that really gets in the way of the pour. The nose is nice deep caramel and slighty citrusy oreangey quality. There is also a peppery spiceyness as well. The flavor is more orangey citrusy than the nose. Its not bad at all. The spicey/peppery character is there just before the finish, but fades fast. The feel is moderate with a light to meduim carbonation. Overall, I do enjoy this one.

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 GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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 mzwolinski
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite red in color, with a medium, tightly packed off-white head. Aroma is malty with strong caramel notes. Caramel comes through strong in the flavor as well, where it picks up some light fruity notes mid-palate, a moderate hop bite in the finish, and an aftertaste which has a rich, molasses flavor. There's a bit of smokiness in there too which could stand to be accentuated. As it stands, the flavor is overall a bit on the sweet side for me. Medium-full bodied and drinkable enough, but not the best this brewery has to offer.

Photo of beerguy101
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Slightly hopped, mildly roasted malts. Light character to the hops. Nice flavor. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet and malty, no bitterness. Nice beer, very drinkable on a warm summer day.

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 TheLongBeachBum
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep, copper-red color, totally clear with a very smooth, incredibly attractive 1/2” cream colored creamy head (if that is not bad English) that has more staying power than Viagra. It never dissipates, or rescinds, giving the appearance of a Nitro-beer. Even the lacing is smooth.

This “smoothness” transgresses into the beer itself. Silky smooth mouthfeel, that sweet talks your aural cavity into submission, and flirts with your tonsils, as well as blatantly “chatting up” your gullet. None of which really mind the presence of this beer – in fact they are really flattered by all the attention. A true throat Charmer.

Tastes are smooth, gradual, transient and never offensive, sharp or jagged. This adds to its high drinkability, and soothing mouthfeel. Initially a smooth slightly roasted malt and caramel taste make way for a dominant toffee caramel middle and a slightly bitter dry end that has some cloying characteristics as you swallow two, or three, after the last drop of fluid is consumed. Hops are, sadly, barely evident. This would be my only critiscm of this Red Ale, it lacks hoppiness or hop bite in the finish. That said, it is still a great drinking beer, and for a 22 fl .oz. Bottles, it has the distinction of being one I drank well before I finished my Review.

As others have previously stated, and at the risk of sounding like an echo, this is easily drinkable - and a great “Session Beer” (I love that term and I hate the fact I had to reiterate it). OK, it is Highly Quaffable, there no-one has said that before. LOL.

Very enjoyable, it’s only drawback is that it lacks a hop bite in the finish for a Red Ale, but you may well forget that after 16 of these.

Photo of Mark
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my quest to join the mug club I had this beer at Moylan's today instead of some of their better offerings. Color was a deep red and the head and lace were nice. Taste was interesting and I could not pinpoint what it was. Overall a very smooth brew that would be a decent session ale.

Photo of marc77
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy reddish amber in hue w/ a quickly dissapating off - white head. Sweet, ripe fruit esters (smells like starfruit!), nutty malt, dark caramel and a touch of roasted barley in aroma w/ a floral and somewhat spicy hop nose. The overall aroma is quite odd, yet somewhat enticing. Flavorwise, this beer is an interesting mix of fruity esters and assertive caramel sweetness. Although sweet upfront, hop and roasted grain bitterness surfaces late, w/ lightly tart yeast - derived flavors perceptible as well. The body is a touch thin, unfortunately, leaving the mouthfeel slightly weak. The Goldings hop flavor is akin to damp flowers. Finishes w/ biscuit notes and light, but more fruitiness lingering... This is one strange brew. The esters are odd, and perhaps a bit too dominant. The flavor components don't seems to coalesce here... that being said, I found myself readily drinking this due to its oddity in flavor. Moylan's Irish Red is worth a try, but I'm unsure if I'd purchase it again.

Danny's Irish Style Red Ale from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.