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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty deep amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell if of caramel malts, some sweetness. Taste is well balanced, caramel malts, some hops, tasty and very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer and disappearing quickly.

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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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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have an aunt & uncle who live in DC and I was down to stay with them for a fest recently, after which, I headed for Dupont Circle where I always have a good time. I stopped in at Whole Foods Market, where I found this poor, lost rabbit who was running late for a very important date with The CANQuest (TM) and kept looking at his pocket watch. I scooped him up and brought him home, but I am still CANfused as to why a White Rabbit is on a Red Ale. It's a CANundrum if ever one existed.

From the CAN: "Slainte Cheers"; "Virginia Heartland".

Once the Crack! was heard, I sped the rabbit on his way with an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was perfect and resulted in a finger of tawny head that quickly dissipated, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. The color was a deep coppery-red (SRM = > 17, < 22) and looked like the hair color of a former girlfriend. I am not a huge fan of filtration, but this was filament-bright, adding to the overall appearance of the beer. Nose had a light grassiness to accompany the biscuity maltiness and I found this odd for an Irish-style Red as I usually think of them as being quite malty, where this was more subdued. Actually, in reading up on it, this was well within spec for the style, exhibiting a caramel maltiness in the mouth with just a hint of the grassiness that I noted on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium and I found myself drinking through it quite quickly. "Easy-drinking beer" may be a cliche, but I am unabashed in using it in this instance. The finish was semi-sweet, but just about right for my tolerance of sweet beers. Its relatively low ABV would make it a good CANdidate for the cooler.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a creamy tan head. Head has some nice retention but no lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, fruit, and some earthy hops. The taste follows right along with the aroma and mirrors it closely in fruit and hops notes. A little thin on the palate but not bad. A tasty red ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of 8stringfan
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured straight into a large tulip style glass. Dark amber with hints of orange, and a one and half finger head which quickly goes down to a one finger head, which in turn dissipates down to a very light froth covering the surface of the beer. Nose is all sweet caramelly amber malt, roasted grains, warm bread pudding, a touch of milk chocolate, a hint of minerality, and some sweet floral notes from the hops. Altogether, it’s a sweet, crisp, clean inviting nose, and thoroughly appropriate for the style. Front of the tongue sees tart sweetness, while the midpalate sees a lovely expansion of the sweet malty flavors, including roasted grain and sweet bread notes, dark cherry, blood orange, and mildly tart apple. Back of the tongue sees a surprising, and well-placed hop bitterness, and a surprising and very subtle sense of lighter-roast, berry forward fresh coffee. The finish is a nice balance between the bitter and sweet and is very light on the palate, which reflects the surprising lightness of this beer overall. This style is not supposed to be terribly complex - it is meant as a session beer and this one is certainly sessionable, both in flavor and lower abv. Unlike some other Irish reds, the malty sweetness never becomes cloying or heavy and the balancing hop bitterness is wonderfully executed. You may have dozens, even hundreds of better beers this year, but you might not find a better take on the Irish red ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.53/5  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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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