McGuire's Irish Red Ale | McGuire's Irish Pub

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McGuire's Irish Red AleMcGuire's Irish Red Ale

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McGuire's Irish Pub
Florida, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The pride of McGuire's!
Our Red Ale was the first beer we brewed and remains our most popular. Beer gurus Michael Jackson and Fred Eckhardt have both praised its smooth and malty character. This full bodied ale is great for sipping and goes well with most food, especially McGuire's great steaks!

Added by stirgy on 11-29-2002

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at McGuire's Pub in Pensacola.
ABV = 5%

This is the signature beer of McGuires, and the (only?) one available in bottles. As such, this is their most disappointing beer.

Like at least one other McGuire's beer (their porter), appearance is the strong point. It is a lovely red/amber color with and outstanding off-white head that leaves exceptional lacing.

The aroma is good but too subtle. The taste is more bitter, mid-taste on, than expected, but has a nice finish. Complex malt flavor (3 malt blend) is a little more roasted than usual. Good body and carbonation.

Recommend their IPA or stout instead.

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Photo of Dave128
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm new to the style besides Killian's which I'm not sure is an accurate representation. I don't really expect it to be a perfectly craft brewed Irish Red Ale but we'll see. Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased over spring break in Destin.

A - Poured into a SA perfect pint; it actually kinda looks like Boston lager in a way. Clear amber color with a good foamy head that eventually fizzes out to a ring around the top of the glass. Laces quite nicely. Not really red like I was expecting but still looks good.

S - Mostly malt aromas. Smells a little phenoly/metallic but not too bad.

T - Tastes about average. Like I said I'm not too experienced on the style, but it seems kinda like a weak scotch ale. Lots of sweet malt up front. Hops not too bitter on the finish but certainly present.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Medium body.

O - Its average. Its not too much of a step-up from Killian's but its a beer brewed for a mass of people coming into an Irish pub so like I said I didn't really expect it too be super stellar. Its one I would certainly order as a staple at Mcguires, but I won't be picking up a sixer next time I'm in town.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy, amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is well balanced. Malts up front, hops at the finish, some hints of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, filtered, almost no apparent carbonation, 1 finger slight beige head.

S: Malt, grass, citrus hops, fruit celler must.

T: Malt, grass, some bright citrus, fruit celler must, dull British bitter linger.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Delicious and balanced, British style beer. Love its from Pensacola, saw the Pub downtown. Cool bottle. Would go well with chips, pub food.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jbone78
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend gave me one of these in a bottle. Mcguire's contracts out the Red to Florida Brewing Co. and you can find these bottles local. It pours golden red with a nice head that fizzles away in a couple minutes. Smells dusty or mucky, I guess, but that is the character of the beer. First taste was a bit nutty, but second has more bitter tart. Light lingering aftertaste, but good.


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3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Landfill21
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed these at the Destin location. Pours into an amber color with a nice creamy head. Has a kind of musty smell and has a nice caramel undertone. Drinkability is smooth and has a nice drinkability. Could easily drink many of these on the Destin beaches.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at brewery, 03/27/08.

Clear medium gold (not very red for an amber/red ale) with best head retention of the six beers in my sampler.

Slight spice aroma... ginger?

Smooth. Caramel malt up front with spicy aftertaste. Fleeting bitterness. Well carbonated, as all their beers are, verging on fizzy.

A mild red ale, and as such, easily drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the Destin location

Poured a medium amber-gold color, not really that red. Very thin head that didn't last long at all and faded into oblivion. Crystal clear.

The nose is very clean and quite malty. Perhaps a little biscuit here? An interesting bread crust aroma. No hops in the nose whatsoever.

The taste, like the aroma, is very clean. There's a subtle malt sweetness, but it's more toasty than sweet. A decent amount of bitterness up front, but that dies away quickly, leaving no traced of hop flavor to mar the enjoyment of the clean maltiness. Balanced nicely for an Irish red, and yet nothing stands out where you expect, say, the malt to be a bit more forward. Pretty good, all things considered, but lacking in character.

The mouthfeel is prehaps a tad on the thin side, but it works for this beer. Still enough substance to it you know you're drinking.

Overall this is one very clean beer. While that could, in fact, be a detriment in a red, where you want some character, it seems to work well in this rendition of the style. Not terribly "red", not full of character, yet still a well made beer worth trying if you find yourself in Pensacola or Destin.

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3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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