Johnny "Blood" McNally Red Ale | Titletown Brewing Company

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Johnny "Blood" McNally Red AleJohnny "Blood" McNally Red Ale

Brewed by:
Titletown Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2003

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 61
Photo of drpimento
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Flavor’s for the most part really good with a slight toffee roastiness, but also a bit medicinal in the finish. Fairly decent drop though. I’ll have more.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: A deep blood red. Low slight-tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Very clear.

Smell: Malty. Little to no hop, which is ideal for an Irish Red. Lots of caramel malt notes.

Taste: Nice malt-to-alcohol balance to this. Some roasted flavor can be noticed. A bit too sweet. Very little hop flavor is detectable.

Mouthfeel: Slick, fairly full body with low carbonation.

Overall: A solid, if unspectacular Irish Red Ale. A bit too much caramel notes in both flavor and aroma, and there should be a bit more noticeable hop flavor.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Johnny's "blood" I think started to coagulate... looked sort of brownish black to me rather than a red... In the scope of things, this is a pretty average red ale. Certainly enjoyable but nothing to write home about. I actually appreciated the mouth feel on this one the best; it was thicker than other red ales I've had and the hops were well balanced. This is certainly not one of my favorite styles to begin with do take this with a "grain of salt." I was getting a caramel flavor in there but pretty well balanced. I find some reds almost soapy tasting, this one was on the sweeter end of the spectrum. Probably not going to drink Johnny's "blood" again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours deep red with a lasting thin head. Web-like lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of caramel and nuts, slight toast.

The taste of sweet caramel, some nuts, is balanced by light toast and a hint of earthy hops.

Smooth, medium body.

An easy-drinking, classic example of the style!

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Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This red ale falls on the sweet and malty side of things.

Pours with a caramel malt color. Light sweetish-caramel malt aroma. Sweet and caramelly-malt flavored with a dollop of caramel finishing it out. A little too sweet for my tastes overall, if this review wasn’t clear enough.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the brewpub and also at the bar at The Hyatt which is right down the street. Served in an Imperial Pint, the beer is a dark garnet with a beige head.

Nose of caramel and malts. It is fresh smelling.

The taste is old school red, w with caramel malts, a bit of ripe red apple and just a whisper of citrus from the hops. It is balanced and easy to pair with food. Not overly exciting, but it is what a standard Red Ale should be.

The mouth is decent with low carbonation and a bit of heft. This is an easy drinker and easy to pair with most food.

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Photo of dhannes
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a local restaurant...poured chilled into a standard pint glass, that I let warm up a minute or so before trying.

A=Very nice brownish red; but head disappointed--very thin white head that didn't last long.

S=Nothing at first, then a faint whiff of licorice/anice. Nothing to make me want to try it.

O=First sip...almost nothing. Eventually a slight hint of dark roasted malt and a hint of caramel, but flavor was barely present...not nearly as good as most reds I've tried.

M=Too watery...very light body, average carbonation.

O=A bad representation of the style...opt for a Killian's over this. Watery and almost flavorless.

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Photo of r3o
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An amber color with red hues, the head is a tan color, thin with no much lacing for me. I got a smell of urea, but mostly malt/bready smell. It has a caramel taste, with some milk-like after taste, bitter malt in the middle. It was kind of chewy and creamy, some acid too with plenty carbonation. Overall I think it was nice, would do it again.

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Photo of matjack85
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this as part of a flight of 9 beers offered at the Titletown Brewery in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The bartender described this as a cross between an American Amber Ale and an Irish Red Ale. I guess that makes the Johnny "blood" Red my first hybrid beer.

Well, the color certainly lives up to its namesake. Nice amber/red beer with a 1 finger off-white head that lasted over a minute and left lots of lacing.

There wasn't a lot of smell to this. I could pick out a bit of citrus hops and faint malt, and that's about it.

The 3 hop varieties and rye really dominate the taste here - not sure if I really like that combination. Could be an acquired taste. Grapefruit bitterness and rye spiciness are the main flavors. There's a touch of malt in here, but not enough to call it balanced. Certainly interesting, but not sure if I'd call it good.

The body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is medium. The spiciness from the rye lingers into the finish and the swallow. If you like spicy beers you might enjoy this. If you want something sweeter, stay away from this.

One final word before ordering this. Let it sit and warm up a bit. Like many reviewers have said - the beer is often served too cold, and I agree. This one improves with warming.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

In the time I've been interested in craft beer, I've gotten over most of the common beer myths I once believed - that dark beers were "heavy," that skunkiness was just part of an imported beer's taste profile, etc. However, one I just can't get over is that a beer that's on cask in a brewpub must be that brewpub's best offering. I walked into Titletown, saw a beer engine with this beer on it, and immediately assumed it must be something special. I was wrong in this assumption, and not for the first time.

This beer is weird. It had a red Kool Aid red. It had an extremely floral aroma. "Floral" usually describes something pleasant and hoppy. This "floral" is more scented lotion. And flavor was very much like juice of some sort. "Fruity," but like "floral," I don't mean this in a complimentary way. Mouthfeel was OK; it came off the beer engine - that means mouthfeel has to be at least OK, doesn't it?

This beer was not very good. I had a Hop Monster after it, which was terrific, and made me pretty pissed that I'd fallen into the "the beer on the beer engine must be good' trap.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, poured a good red color with nice head, shrank pretty quick. Aroma is pretty weak, probably cause its been served too cold, some light malting and sweetness is all I get. Taste is under hopped, but still comes off pretty decent with a good malting to boot, but also something odd, a little sour perhaps, didn't quite fit well with the rest. Body if fine, good carbonation, just served too cold for frick sake. But, it stood up well when my jumbalaya came, so that earns some props. Overall, I was jonesin for a red, and was a little let down, but nevertheless its a decent beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial pint glass a light orange-red with a half inch of foam that immediately dissipates to glass clinging lace. Very acceptable appearance but served way too cold.

Aroma is light caramel sweet malts and hints of light fruit.

Taste is perfectly balanced caramel malt and red sourness. Some light fruit is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and balanced.

Drinkability is high but excitement is only moderate.

Note: I am told that this recipe is very different than that, which received the glorious reviews in the past… From reading the reviews, it seems that the big change is a lack of hops. I detect almost no hops in the beer what-so-ever and certainly am not picking up on any IPA like grapefruit or pine qualities. Such a shame, I would have like to try the original.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this before at a beer event, but was a little gone at the time. I was comped this 1/2 gallon growler from Brent, a management guy for Titletown Brewery. I made the mistake of leaving it with battlekow unattended. Whoops.
Appearance is a pecan brown-red with a nice tan head that stuck for a minute or two.
The smell is peanuts in the shell, toffee, creamed coffee, slight malt, and good cream.
godamn this beer is amazing! Huge malts, but with balance that brings a good nut-toffee body, with a whipped butter finish. This could be the most drinkable beer out of Wisconsin. Spotted Cow hasnt got shit on Johnny Blood! I will continue to annoy them until they bottle.

Amened 02/17/06- This beer is not a "Rye beer" as listed, it's a mix of an American amber and an Irish red, so says Titletown

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Photo of battlekow
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Johnny Blood is reddish-brown, the color of dried blood, in honor of its namesake, I suppose. It's capped by a generous yellow head and fair lacing. Smells and tastes fantastic, perhaps best described as a combination of Founders' two rye beers--the caramel and chocolate are reminiscent of the Black Rye, while the slight hoppiness and rye character remind the tongue of Red's Rye. Johnny Blood also has a nice toasted finish. Eminently drinkable. Titletown is supposedly going to start bottling this soon; this could turn into another Louie's Demise.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was reviewed as part of a sampler platter at the brewpub. The pour was of a bright amber color topped with a small and compact white head. The carbonation level was low but okay. The aroma of sweet malt strikes the senses backed up by some slight hoppiness, nice. The flavor is dominated by the malt, long sweet finish at first and then turns to a long hoppy dry finish. Nice balance, nice beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark rust dabbed with rows of carbonation feeding a dense sandstone head.
Resinous pine and reefer aromatic, underpinned with peach, roast nuts and rye spiciness.
It begins through the mouth with a supple, caramel-tinged maltiness. Not so much deep as it is broad. Then, it unfolds into vague fruit gradations, and more persuasive toasted nut hues. In as much, it traverses peach, orange peel, apple, pear, almond, walnut and peanut skin. It breathes in the middle, feigning a respite in flavor, as a loud rye spiciness grabs hold. From that point onward, it's all resiny, reeferous pipe scraping, pinetar, Amarillo (and friends) hop goo. It finishes with lingering toasted rye bread and nuclear evergreens.
The body is medium, and nearly too sparce to rein in the massive malt-hop melee. But the balance works and it facilitates a fantastic, bombastic guzzler. Session beers rarely get bolder.
This is a nice one. Fans of Founder's Red's Rye just found their all nighter here.

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Photo of lampkins
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleased to see that Titletown offered a red ale that was brewed with Rye, so few breweries use this ingrediant and I have become a huge fan of any and all beers that feature this ingrediant. However, I have discovered that many rye beers are often overpowered by an addition or overaddition of hops. This beer is an example of such. It pours a wonderful crimson red and you can smell grapefruit/hops. It reminded me of an IPA and upon my taste I thought that I was drinking one. There was no sweet taste to this red ale, which one usually finds in this style and I thought that the hops overpowered the taste of the rye. This beer could be better if they cut back on the hops.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We got the sampler and a glass of this beer. It poured a deep garnet color with cream colored sticky head. The aroma was rather hoppy. In addition the first taste was of hops. The hops were bitter and slightly citrusy. It finished slightly malty, and in that last moment the last taste is of the rye which came through the crisp hop flavor of the beer. Overall quite a flavorful beer, but it could have had slightly more rye flavor.

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Johnny "Blood" McNally Red Ale from Titletown Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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