Rooney's Old Irish Style Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
48 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Rooney's Old Irish Style AleRooney's Old Irish Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Stinkypuss on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
18.16%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of GPackers12
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall good ale. The mix is great.

35 characters

Photo of JDW4195
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of StretchZep
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of NardiByNature
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark copper/auburn color with a very respectable cap and lacing galore.

S: Rye-bread and biscuity malts, on point for an Irish red.

T: sourdough, rye, and some bitterness.

M: A little creamy and oh so smooth. Nice carbonation and finishes well-balanced between a little bitterness and the buttery-sweet malts.

O: damn drinkable and the best Irish red I know of. One hell of a quality/craft alternative to Smithwicks

 423 characters

Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown ale with a thick, foamy head and yellow highlights. Aromas of sweet orange and grapefruit accompanied by bread and caramel. Tart citrus rind and caramel flavors with dry, leafy notes; grains and fruit in the aftertaste. Has a light, crisp body that makes it an easy drinker.

 280 characters

Photo of tygry
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BrewJohn
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong pour gets me a half inch of tan head that quickly fades to a skim just around the edges of the glass. Nose is luscious and delicious and much more then I was expecting. Tons of rich toffee and carmel come through on the nose. There is some dark ripe red fruit playing as well. Malts are dominant and roasty on first sip. There is a bit of caramelized sweetness on the palate as well. Body is a slight bit thin, but this beer has solid flavor for a underwhelming style. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and perfect for the style. Overall good beer.

 559 characters

Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mscott1975
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Rooney's Irish Style Ale

Pours a deep amber/brown color with a layer of soapy white foam. Aroma of biscuity, bready malts. In the taste, a strong malt presence, with peaty and roasted flavor. Caramel, toffee, nutty malts and definate roasted qualities. Small hop bitterness, moderately leafy and noble in nature. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a standard Irish ale, sessionable, unoffensive and pretty nice.

 476 characters

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #276
Served On: 06/15/2013
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was enjoyed at Houlihan's restaurant in Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA. I was waiting for some takeout and thought I'd have a couple at the bar during a fathers day weekend trip.

Look: The brew had a dark brown appearance with some tinges of ruby red. A thin light-tan head was present with occasional lacing that randomly formed.

Smell: Some spice and a roasted quality was in the aroma. Maybe even some cinnamon. It almost reminded me more of an English Old Ale at this point.

Taste: The spice and roasted notes hit first. Then a cracker or biscuit set in towards the middle. Some fain hops were noticeable in the finish, but roasted malts seemed do dominate this beer. The mouthfeel was actually sort of creamy. I meant to ask if it was served from a nitro tap, but forgot.

Overall this was a solid brew that screams Pittsburgh way louder than IC Light ever will. The drinkability was rather decent even though it had the spicy undertones and creamy body.

 1,059 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany with ivory film. 3.75
Syrupy with glace cherry. 3.5
Cherry cough syrup, some wood and almond skin, carob, and earthy finish. 3.5
Bitter almond linger.
Medium, gooey, chewy. 3.75

Gloopy. Not Irish, never mind the American Amber hybrid the label claims. Just not good. 3.5

 281 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DavidHume
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Griggsy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always good to see a rarely seen style like this one being put out there. It's quite a heavy beer, with hearty malty tones and that somewhat dark fruity thing going on. I feel like I want to say that this has hop spice tones to it. At least, that is what I get off of it. Not quite sure what the recipe consists of that would dictate that. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. Great consistency on the flavor, which seems to be an issue for many interpretations of this style. I'd actually go back to this beer, if I had the choice and felt like I wanted something along this line.

 578 characters

Photo of Crimsonfloods
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a brown colored brew with light hints of red. Upon serving there was a nice just off white head of two fingers. The head faded relatively fast to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was overall quite light. While light it was strongest of caramel and some roasted malt aromas. Mixed with these aromas is a light aroma of an earthy nature.

Taste – The taste starts roasted and sweet with a good dose of caramel and some brown bread and roasted notes. As the flavor advances further the sweetness and roast fade slightly with hop flavors coming onto the scene. While the hop remains relatively light to the end where a more roasty and slightly earthy flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in thickness with a medium level of carbonation. Both create a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – An easy drinking beer with a moderate roast, sweet, and hop flavor. Nothing exceptional, but quite balanced and a good session.

 1,048 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man Penn Brewery made this? I try everything they make!

A - Deep dark brown with a solid bit of haze. Borderline old ale look with a half inch of head.

S - Smells pretty faint maybe some piney hops, touch of herbal, and a bit of caramel.

T - Reminds me of an English bitter at first with flavors of tea bags but that might be remnant of the last beer I had. It does have a gritty hop profile that leaves some bitter pine flavors.

M - Medium bodied ABV is noted to be around 5-6%

Overall I was told by my bottle shop guy not to drink this because it tastes offensive but to me it really wasn't terrible at all. Defiantly not Penn's better offerings.

 653 characters

Photo of BBS323
3.4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Octoberist
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of classixIII
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Rooney's Old Irish Style Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
3.47 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.