McIlhenney's Irish Red | Alpine Beer Company

McIlhenney's Irish RedMcIlhenney's Irish Red
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McIlhenney's Irish RedMcIlhenney's Irish Red

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most versatile beer. Good to drink as well as cook with. Light enough to quench a thirst and complex enough to accompany fine dining. Caramel malty sweet fades to a chocolate roasty finish and dry from a touch of rye. 1.057 OG 13 IBU

Added by Gusler on 12-19-2002

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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of gordonbeersch
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Amyliz4
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smelled caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee, faint coffee malts, dark cocoa, chocolate syrup and light copper. Very impressive for the style. Got chocolate, bitter roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, copper or another metallic malt, dry rye malts and faint coffee malts. Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Nutty, bitter finish.

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Photo of salcedo
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a glass.
L: Deep amber-red color, almost like maple syrup.
Creamy caramel colored head that dissipates quickly.
S: Toasted grain with nice caramel
T: Malty. Sweet with some caramel flavor. The bitterness of the toasted grain balances out the sweetness.
F: Very light body, goes down easily. Lightly carbonated.
O: Nice toasted malt flavor. Would go well with a nice burger or steak

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Photo of OStrungT
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thin white head. The head fades too quickly, leaving minimal laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. I detect some toffee. It boasts a slight nutty aroma also. Almost no hop aroma is present.

This beer has a rich nutty flavor. A strong caramel sweet malt flavor is also present. As with the aroma, the hops are almost non existant.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a nutty sweet aftertaste. It is a little undercarbonated in my opinion.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, and the flavor is good and not too aggressive.

Overall: I am happy to have had this as my 300th review. I am surprised that I have never had this beer before. It is good, and I definately plan to make it a regular in my beer fridge.

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Photo of ETF5000
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA

A- Pours a nice dark amber color with about 2 fingers of light nougat colored head. Perfect for an Irish Red as far as I'm concerned.

S- Malty sweetness is the first thing that comes to mind here. Very caramely, with a touch of roastiness and a very mild hop charactaristic on the end.

T- Wonderful! I'm not a huge Irish Red drinker, but I have to say I really enjoyed this one. Great malty sweetness, with a tinge of hop to cleanse the palate and balance the sweetness. Some people find the beer to be a tad cloying, but I thought it was a perfect balance.

M- Great carbonation. Nothing really to point out here!

D- Although not a session beer in my opinion, I could drink a couple of these babies over a couple of hours. Truly, this is a new favorite of mine from Alpine. Good work guys!

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Photo of PZBREW
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel and sweet but still dry. Could drink a few more. Very easy to drink and not intense but that's a good way. Would drink six packs of this in the fall and enjoy sweet aroma.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great looking beer. Deep crystal ruby colored body in a glass. Faint microscopic carbonation all through with a faint matching tan color. Tan color continues to the head, slightly bigger than 2 fingers tall and leaves a simple thin puck. Great looking beer.

The sticky classic malts are all over this on the nose even as I pour. Mild sweet caramel, hints at cherry fruit strangely and some cinnamon spice. Where is that normally on an Irish Ale? Boy that's unexpected. Some nice dried clove like spices round out.

Probably one of the most unique tasting Irish ales I've had. Surprisingly light malt depth, but with a perfectly silky nearly creamy texture. Flavors hint from the nose, lots of the toasted brown spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and so forth. But very light and with a fleeting aftertaste that really hints of toasted brown bread and pumpernickel almost. Caramel comes in with a bit of warmth and brings some vanilla like cream as well.

Overall just a real fine easy drinking Irish ale, it's nearly perfect.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a far this sits a shadowy dark blood red, up to the light it has a wonderfully clear ruby brown tinted body. The cap is small and faintly thick with a light stained ivory color. Minimal lacing sticks in small globuals.

Nice aroma of candy bar chocolate and caramel with a wiff of subdued cherry-like fruityness and vanilla.

Taste is outstanding for an Irish Red. Complexingly delicate and well rounded flavors of malty fruityness bringing a partial red apple and date filling, feathered in vanilla cherry coke without the overly sweetness or active carbonation. Mild but fulfilling with a calming smooth character. Great finish of lightly dry candy bar chocolate and caramel swirling off into a return of some malty fruits and vanilla.
Tthe mouthfeel of this beer is awesome. Big full smooth body. Succulantly easy to quaff. Its smoothness is like no other Irish Red I've ever encountered. Its milding charm is very enthralling and the finish is spectacular.

My kind of beer. Tasty, well rounded, smooth, full, candyish with chocolate and caramel with a sweet fruity center that helps keep a terrific balance. Damn good stuff!

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Photo of robear
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejimhof
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear deep red, light beige head.

Aroma: Raison nut bread and melanoidin.

Flavor: More roasted, nutty, melanodin, less dark fruit than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium+, but still very easy drinking.

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Photo of n2pux
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice looking creamy looking and off-white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a very good looking deep red amber that is clear. The beer looks very nice with the hue and clarity and the head is also appealing.

The smell is very nice even if it is a bit malty for the style. The strongest note is primarily the malt smell. The smell comes off a nice and strongly nutty with slight toffee notes. When cooler, the beer has a slight tea note that is quickly covered up by the nutty smell. There is also a very light hop note that is also covered by the nutty malt smell.

The taste is a bit different from the smell. The strong nutty malt note is still present but not as strong as it is in the smell. The hops and tea notes come out a bit stronger and are more present in the taste. The hop bitterness is very light and a bit floral.

The feel is pretty good. While it is a medium bodied beer, the beer is fairly smooth bordering on slightly creamy. Biting carbonation also gives the beer a bit of texture. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a pretty Irish Red that I hope to come back to. While it's not very tea-like, it does have a good malt presence. Recommend.

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Photo of Auraan
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear red body with a thin tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect Irish red ale. Scents of toasted malt, caramel and notes of toffee at moderate levels. Overall impression of aroma is of a malt forward pint, very true to style for an Irish Red. Flavor begins malty and sweet with a caramel quality and medium-light notes of toasted malt, along with light English hop flavors. Middle gains a dry quality, deriving from roasted malt, with flavors of lightly roasted malt and toasted malt. Finish is dry with light flavors of roasted malt and slightly burnt toast and a hint of caramel. Aftertaste is dry with notes of toasted malt, light roasted malt and a hint of hop bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a simple, malt-forward, well-crafted Irish red, true to style and pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel, ending slick. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a perfectly to style Irish red. Overall this is a fantastic pint. It hits all aspects of the style perfectly, and while it is not the most complex, rich or "deep" beer, it is a fantastic example of an easy drinking, oft overlooked pub ale. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Geoffq
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of gordavidson
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of the_encinitan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bilco
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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McIlhenney's Irish Red from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 50.2% out of 100 with 271 ratings
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