Reilly's Red Ale | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
68 Ratings
Reilly's Red AleReilly's Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 07-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Can from JP's Wine & Spirits. A bit of a dull pour, kind of lifeless. Malts are present in spades however, sweet malts and what seems like a pinch of rye mustiness. Taste also features the malts, although it also seems like some peaty scotch notes as well. Sweet finish.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Emersonio
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark red with 1/2 inch head. Taste is dark bread and caramel. Makes for a very drinkable, solid red ale. This is one that I would pick up again if I wanted the style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, reddish mahogany color with two and a half fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with tons of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked bread or biscuits. There’s also notes of caramel, black pepper, heather, and hints of piney, floral, hops.

Taste: Very, very good. Lots of toasted malt up front, biscuit-like and bready, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, touches of black pepper, and finished with hints of floral, piney hops. Quite delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there’s quite a bit of good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is quite the delicious, Irish-style red ale. Malty and slightly sweet, it’s another great beer from Devil’s Backbone, one of my favorite Virginian breweries.

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Photo of LoudRed
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerrat
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste of spice not bad not great.

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Photo of Ploohblaah
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent Irish red ale. Not hoppy at all. Poor aroma. DRy slightly alcoholic finish. Malty with a lighter carbonation. Lingeriing caramel malt flAvor in finish.

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Photo of obywan59
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish copper, with an initial 2 finger light tan head that dissipates to a film over the brew, leaving no lacing. Carbonation is evident.

Initial aroma reminiscent of vanilla pudding, but that mostly dissipates with the head. A bit of citrus and some faint toasted malt aromas.

Light caramel with bitter tea and citrus. Occasional light sweet malt, but mostly dry. Light toast.

Crisp and peppery. Light to moderate in body. Drying on the finish. More burn in the throat then I'd expect from a 5.5, but then I have been having some heatburn issues lately.

A decent beer, I really like the color. Pretty easy drinking. It's satisfies me, even though I prefer sweeter brews.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fishguyac
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a little thin...but a very good example of the style.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear red amber that has a slight orangish brown hue. The beer leaves some lacing on the glass but not much.

The beer smell is exceptionally sweet but a little bitter as well. The smell comes with notes of sweet malt notes that resemble toffee. The beer also has a slight cinnamon nose and an earthy hop presence as well. Overall, the beer smell like a tea with orange added to it. The scent is pretty nice and subdued but not weak.

The beer taste is the best part of the beer. The beer taste is a bit sweet with a chamomile like flavor and a malt note that comes with a toffee and toasted bread taste. The hops also provide a slightly bitter and orange taste to the brew that marks a nice contrast to the tea like taste. Overall, the taste is pretty good and, while it does share some of the same notes of other red ales, the hop notes sets it apart in a good way.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of being medium bodied.The carbonation is very little but still gives the beer some much needed texture. Other than that, the beer is pretty smooth.

Overall, a pretty good Irish Red Ale and one that doesn't lack in flavor. I highly recommend getting this brew.

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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

A spectacular looking brew, perfect clarity with more than enough suds on top. Fresh toasted bread, spicy rye, faint toffee, & woody hops in the aroma. Lush crispness, smooth creamy body. Lots of malt to wade in, some caramel then some spicy rye ... all meld very well. Clean palate throughout. Quick smack of hop bitterness keeps this ale in check. Some pretty stellar drinking here, sessionable as it grows on me sip after sip. We have a winner here.

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Photo of cwtowler0724
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FoodFan101
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Rarrar
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of D-18V
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Jlavelle1979
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of RHB33
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Reilly's Red Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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