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Michelob Irish RedMichelob Irish Red

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Missouri, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Irish-style Red ale that blends kilned two-row and toasted caramel malts.

Added by berserker256 on 09-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of babaracas
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark red with fast fading tan head, ok lacing. Smell: lots of caramel malts, slight earthy hops. Taste: caramel and pale malt, earthy and leafy hops, husky grain. Mouthfeel: a little thin and highly carbonated without the creaminess found in many examples of this style.

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Photo of BierFan
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Color of Coca-Cola with a one inch tan head. Much darker than I expected. Left pretty good lacing.

Smell: Roasty caramel malts. Nothing complex about the smell. Slight hops.

Taste: Slightly roasty flavor. Very sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery but that helps the drinkability.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark red with a nice two finger off white head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Caramel and some light hoppy notes. Very clean.

T: Loads of caramel with a touch of roastiness at the end, some honey and brown sugar flavor and sweetness. There is a weird hoppy flavor and not enough nitterness to balance the abundance of sweetness but a very solid brew.

M: Light and creamy with a liong sweet finish.

D: This is a very good example but on the sweet side. Easy to drink and a very solid beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last in the series that I decided to pick up and try this evening. This one was at the end of the night and I was glad I actually got to grab one to finish off the box. Again served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 10/09/2008.

The pour was decent. A nice ruby tinted amber color coming through, with a nice caramel like hint to it. Some light touches of frothy white head on the top as well as a good bit of carbonation coming up to the surface throughout the session.

The aroma was a malt bomb and this was evident really from the very first sip. But the nose was leading that way as well. Hints of caramel, some bready touches and a musky sort of aroma were dominating the day here. Nice touches of earthy hops coming through as well, but very light, more of an accent then anything. The flavor started out with a nice rush of caramel malts, syrup like in the feel almost with some soothing carbonation underlying it but not enough to push it off the map. Nice bready and biscuit like mid palate was then replaced with a somewhat chewy and earthy hop in the finish, before melding back into the sweet profile that held me at the beginning.

Overall not bad at all for the style, a little thick to really be a session able beer here as I found the carbonation a touch lacking, but the flavor was pretty darn good and I would have no issues with trying this one again any day.

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Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, AB, knock it off..this is a REALLY good beer, and, I am getting confused...

A: Darker than I had thought. deep mahogany, really neat lacing from the tan head.

S: Floral. Sweet. Definate toasted malt. So far, so good.

T: Sweet, burnt malts, bitter hops. Caramel.

M: Nice carbonation. Unlike the real fault I found with the Dunkel. The hop bitterness hangs on your tongue, but, not being a hop-fan ( malthead here ), it is quite agreeable.

D: I can drink this beer, plus one. Easy to get thru the glass! Keep up the good work, Nate & the gang at AB!

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Photo of KeefD
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More of a dark amber/brown color than red. Decent head and retention, some nice lacing. The color just throws me off a little. Nice malty aroma, a bit of melon in the nose, and some toastines. However, there's a stale cardboard aroma in the background. Taste is fairly malty, with a hint of hop bitterness, but it's a bit watered down for my liking. Nice mouthfeel, somewhat crisp but becomes slightly creamy as it warms. A decent Red, but I would rather go with Killians if I'm drinking on the cheap.

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Photo of chaunur
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very typical Red, Poured a nice med red color with a light tan 1" head. Not a very remarkable aroma, just a little bit of grain and caramel. Slighty above average taste, pretty typical of the breed, fairly dry, mostly malty with just a hint of hops. Ok to drink, I'd give Leinies Red the nod over this, but it's acceptable

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Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clean deep red pour topped with a short head somewhere between offwhite and light tan.

S: Detected a bit of a floral bouquet on the nose... joined with the toasted maltiness and a honey-like sweetness.

T: An agreeable flavour of malts, with some sweetness that comes across as perhaps a little like melon? A little herbal hoppiness balances it out.

M + D: A little powdery, with a sharp carbonation that could be toned down a notch. It's a little overbearing to my palate. Quite a reasonable beer, though. A solid offering and something I could go with again - especially for the price.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle and consumed in a mug.

Michelob Irish Red Ale poured a dark orange/red with a tan 1 ½ finger head that had good retention. The aroma is just a bit of sweet malt and is the weakest part of the ale. The flavor is most all of toasted caramel malts with a light clean dry hops at the finish. The mouth feel is medium for the style. Carbonation is right on style as well.

Irish Red Ale is the second ale I have had from the variety 12-pack and this didn't disappoint. So far this variety 12-pack at $9.79 is turning out be a good value beer purchase.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber with ruby notes, one finger head.

S- Smooth caramel aroma with toasty overtones.

T- Textbook caramel followed by a more toasted malt presence. Lightly hopped finish.

M- Too fizzy.

D- Quite agreeable.

Still one of A-B's better beers worth a shot. Go ahead get the sampler pack, I think its the only way to get this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby red hue large khaki colored head forms with fine lacing down all sides of my glass. I don't know what I think of the Michelob "craft beer" movement. But the 20 pack came with a tasting sheet that including appearance, aroma, flavor, and IBUs. Along with a website to learn more about different styles of beer. If this makes somebody scratch the surface in the world of beers, then I actually think this is a good. As far as taking market share away from microbreweries, soryy I'm not worried people know the difference between Victory and Weyerbacher with Michelob something their dad used to drink from the bottle in the 70s. Aroma works on me especially as it warms up a bit. Caramel malt notes, warm cookie dough sweetness brings almost syrup like smell to it. Flavor shows some of the hops, the tasting sheet says this one has about 25 IBUs from the flavor that's pretty accurate. Moderate sweetness roasted nut with caramel edges trickling, hops take off with pine and herbal earthy qualites, not bad at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a Michelob finish, much like drinking a Rogue beer or a Samuel Adams beer they have signature yeast profiles. Overall solid nothing cloying here goes down smooth just a tad overcarbonated for me. Drinkability is something I don't mind in a variety pack but don't think this beer would go in sixers by itself. Stay open minded it's AB but it's not horrible.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a bit weak, but crisp and fairly malty. Color is a reddish gold, what one expects from a beer that is called "Irish Red." Flavor is so-so, better than most Michelob beers I have had - not complex but pleasant and malty. Texture is smooth, fairly typical. OK for parties.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice looking ruby colour that really accentuates the "red" in Irish Red. head is thick and off-white in colour and quickly subsides but leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma leaves a bit to be desired, as there's just not that much there: a faint hint of sweetness, perhaps a bit of roasted malt, and that's about it. A bit disappointing and leads one to believe that there won't be much to the flavour of this one.

Thankfully, the flavour far and away surpasses the blandness of the aroma. Dry roasted malt hits you at first and quickly blends with a touch of caramel sweetness, before retreating back into more of a roasted flavour that leaves you with a very dry finish. Perhaps a bit of fruit flavour here and there as well. Well done. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of girth to it to match the ruggedness of the flavour, but it's a tad thin too at the same time. I'd have preferred a bit more bite here, but still pretty good.

I was happily impressed with this one. Much like the Michelob Porter, I've gotta say that if either was available in six-packs, I'd pick them up from time to time. Add in the fact that both this Irish Red and the Porter are in the Mix 12 Pack with the decent Pale Ale and not bad Marzen and Michelob might have another winning package there as well...especially if I can continue to pick it up for $9.50 a pop. A great deal for sure. This is certainly worth a try and a nice stab at the style from A-B.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew and the Porter were my favorites of this very low priced twelve pack...$8.99!

The first thing I noticed as I poured this was it's bright and intense red color...ruby red...honestly! it's deep with many tiny, gyser-like bubbles creating this a full-two finger deep head that is smooth and pillowy looking with wonderfully slow retention. this is easily the best looking A-B product I've seen.

The nose is sublte with earthy and smokey effects, caramel sweet scented malt is pretty robust but it takes some whiffing to get it all in.

The flavor is a clean, sweet and rather heady malt flavor with a big earthy, peppery hop effect that seems to throw off the balance a bit, but it ends in a classic hop-bitter falvor with the sweet malt still hanging on. There is a earthy, smokey effect that is classiclly Irish. Peat moss and grass is long in the finsish.

The feel is medium to full, it's got a bite but finish smooth with a creamy, lasting head.

This was not at all hard to drink folks, also not a stand-out version but for less than $1 ea, this was a good deal.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise. I bought this sampler because it was $8.99 for a 12 pack, and enjoyed this pretty nice beer. Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a reddish/brown color with a medium-size tan head that left a little lacing. A sweet malt aroma with a little caramel. Same with the taste with a bit of hops in the finish. A bit dry in the mouth. Nice beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a dumbed down effort like some of the Michelob craft offerings...this one has a metallic/earthy aroma and flavor...the body is medium to full (much bigger than say Killians)...finishes with some astringency..has some character but not particularly enjoyable...drinkable but not memorable.

.Looks good in the glass with a rich burnt orange look topped with a creamy off white head..

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Photo of berserker256
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 20 pack of variety beers from Michelob. As far as I can tell, it's available year-round. Michelob has impressed me with their Marzen and Porter so I figured I'd try some more of their attempts at good beer. This Irish Red has a nice deep reddish-brown color and a modest off-white foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass well. Smells malty-sweet like roasted malt as well as hoppy. Almost a butterscotch aroma,too. The taste is pretty damn good. Nice malty sweetness and that butterscotch is evident in the taste as well. Just the right amount of hop bitterness also. It has a creamy texture, almost lactic, similar to a milk stout. This is one of the better Reds I've have surprisingly. Pretty damn good. I love these Michelob beers that give us quality at a good price.

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