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
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 19
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2.56/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backone willibecher.

Without research, I don't know who this Reilly is, but apparently he likes reds (and probably red-heads, too...but, then, who doesn't?). This brew pours a clear orange amber topped by a a bit more than a finger of whitish micro-foam. The nose comprises toffee, hoppy citrus, and some white biscuits. The taste is similar, but the caramel notes are watered-down, the hops melt into a bland floral bitterness, and a strange minty-ness (I think that's how to describe it) creeps in as well. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a crisp, semi-dry finish. Overall, a rather average red, but it's nice to see new things popping up down here.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of clayrock81
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red body with decent head and lace and the aroma is bland as I get touches of sweet malts and hops but not too much really going on. The rest of the beer is the same as the beer is light, smooth, minimal hops add some but not complete balance and the beer is just an easy drinking caramel and toffee sweet malt mess that isn't bad but not something I want again.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Toasty and easy to drink a lot of. This beer pours an orangy-amber color into a pint glass. A hard pour gives you a medium size somewhat off-white head with average retention. Some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet bready malt with some grassy hops thrown in as well.

Taste is more of the same. Caramel malt, somewhat sweet, some rich bready malt as well and grassy hops. There is a little sweet toffee like flavor here too.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. A good session type beer.

Nothing earth shattering but a nice everyday/session type beer.

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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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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on had tap at Pizza Paradiso Alexandriahad into a shaker pint.

An absolutely perfect copper amber, glowing deep orange and clear. Very creamy tan one finger head presented with a nice puck.

Nose has a yeasty sticky caramel, and muted malt sense. Quite closed not much really going on.

Palate comes with a nice creamy mouthfeel and moderate combination. Slight hints of grass and mild hop bitterness. A very slight twinge of chewy grapefruit and citrus on the finish. Caramel sweetness seems to be missing and lacking a little. Warmth brings out more character but still toned down.

Different a little bit of a spin on the style, not bad.

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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Devils Backbone Outpost

A- pours a rusty copper color with a two-finger creamy white head, good retention and tons of lace sticking as it settles

S- grainy malt, slightly toasted, a touch of caramel and clean hop

T- nice toaster malt profile that starts out slightly sweet with some caramel and dark fruit notes, transition to slightly toasted with a dry, clean hop finish

M- light-medium body, moderate carbonation with a smooth finish

O- nice malt profile, well balanced, solid amber

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