McSorley's Irish Pale Ale | Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Irish Pale AleMcSorley's Irish Pale Ale
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McSorley's Irish Pale AleMcSorley's Irish Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cyberbmcd on 01-10-2009

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me thinking she found some crazy hard to find beer....I love my wife.A nice pour started out this beer,a deep bronze color with a creamy-like 1/2 finger white head that sticks like glue to the glass.Very faint aromas just light butter and that crystal malt,flavors are light but not bad,its a malt driven ale and it is what it is.Buttery with sweet biscuit flavors with atinge of toasted malt,there is a decent fruitiness as well.T o me this more like an English pale than an amber,maybe somewhere in between.Not all that bad but not anything to go seek out.

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +42.4%

Photo of generallee
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I didn't notice if there was a freshness date or abv% but the back labels have different stories of the famous Pub in New York City.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden amber color with a small one finger thick head on top. The head is very light and soapy. It fades out quickly and makes no lacing at all.

Smell: There is a light sweetness with a touch of light roasted malt and grain. There are some light hop notes too which add light herbal and metallic notes.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor pretty much walks the same line as its aroma. Mildly sweet grainy malt hooks up with herbal/metallic hop bitterness for balance. It finishes with some of the odd tangy metallic hop notes hanging on to the tongue. Its light to medium bodied with light carbonation and a boring feel.

Notes: Overall it was average at best. I was just not excited about this beer.

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Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of afoltz2
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pat61
3.71/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this because I had heard of McSorley’s Pub in NYC and didn’t realize until later that it was brewed by Pabst. It pours hazy amber under a 1.5” white foam cap. Spicy hops and fruit aromas. The palate starts creamy with some light fruit and finishes with spicy hops. Medium light body, creamy, medium carbonation. Drinkable but not special.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into SA perfect pint glass. 3 17 11 UTICA NY stamped on neck.

pours out a clear brownish red with a one finger of soapy white head. faded to a thin retentive layer and left lots of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

light aroma mostly of caramel, toasted grains, and light chocolate. maybe a trace of grassy hop.

light flavors of caramel, toasted malt, light chocolate, grassy hop with just a slight bitterness. decent sense of balance.

light to medium bodied, but not the best overall mouthfeel. carbonation could feel better and a little chalky.

ok drinkability, but i wouldnt buy this agian.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Retail version. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with lots of rising bubbles. Huge 3 finger off white head that has great retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted caramel malts that give a strong aroma of biscuit. Also some grains and a mild aroma of earthy hops with a light hint of citrus.

Taste: Roasted malts and grains up front giving it a lightly sweet, bready flavor. A little bit of earthy hops in the finish help balance things out. Very malt forward but it tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly chewy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Irish ale. On the lighter side but still has some good flavor. I would like to try this at the pub in NYC someday.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper amber hue with light beige head forming thick and dwindling rather quickly, lacing is strung thin and scattered on the sides of my imperial pint glass. Aroma offers a nice sweetness full of cereal grains and slightly sour mash, just a touch of herbal hops in the background. Definitely more of an Irish Red than a pale ale. Flavor wise, a mix of tart and bitter sweet notes between slightly metallic rusty finish to tart lactic twang. Sweet cereal grains with a touch of caramel and herbal hops in the finish, these flavors do compete more than they are cohesive. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with ample carbonation, not bad but not what I'm lookin' for. Drinkability is okay but if I had to pick between this one and the Irish black lager I'm going with the roasted malt side of this equation.

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Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up the day before St. Patrick's Day at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with a nondescript, slightly sour fruit smell taking over as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The fruit flavors take over sooner than in the aroma, with a toasted malt backbone. The finish is mildly dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Nothing exceptional, but nothing terrible either, in the thickness and carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This goes down pretty easily, though I wouldn't mind switching out for another.

Overall this beer is just another stop in my quest for a nice Irish Red. It's not terrible, but there are many others I'd prefer before this.

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Photo of Brenden
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is closer to red than pale, being a deep, nearly copper orange color. I don't know if this is actually a red, "Irish Pale" (whatever that means), or some sort of hybrid. The head makes a valiant struggle and manages just better than average in size, retention and lacing, left in thin spots moderately on the glass.
There's some nice toasty malt character on the nose with lots of bread, dough, toast and the like. It's a little light and ends up being doughy/bready malts with a strong grains presence with a bit of sweetness added and a bot of hops bitterness for balance pulling through.
The taste follows suit here, but with problems as it gets a bit weak and light. Bready/doughy malts and maybe some caramel from malts getting a bit of balance from a light floral hops presence and some sweetness lingering underneath. Hops add some spiciness and a nice grassy/earthy thing. I do get a bit of diacetylic butterscotch sort of thing going on as it warms.
This one loses something in the mouthfeel, as it's really much too thin. Nothing impressive in terms of crispness or smoothness keeps it lively other than just enough carbonation to at least keep it from being flat and terribly dull.
Overall, this isn't a bad effort (maybe BA bad), but I rate it as I like it and, as such, it's above average for me and not one to run away from.

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Photo of JamesStreet
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

McSorley's Irish Pale Ale

A- Clear amber red with a decent light lacing head.
S- Buttery caramel malt with an earthy dry hop presence.
T- Very smooth buttery creamy malt with bits of shortbread. Slight dry leafy earthy hop touch.
M- creamy malt dominates this 1. Malty and buttery sweet throughout slight earthy dry hop finish.

Overall- Slightly faint and weak, but worth a try. If I were at McSorley's I'd drink a few of these.

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Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery red liquid topped with an off-white head. 'Tis what 'tis.

Can't discern much of a smell here at all, other than maybe some caramel, some cherry taffy and some soggy grain. Or maybe I'm just trying to hard and there's nothing there at all.

Flavor has some cherry-like sweetness to it, a little kick of mineral, herbal tea, something that reminds of ginger ale, faint caramel maltiness and a trace of grassy bitter hops, but just a trace, and mostly found in the finish.

Generously carbonated, almost to the point of being abrasive, but the body's not as light as expected, which is appreciated as it helps offset the harsh bubbles. Pretty dry.

This is okay, performing pretty well taste-wise, and that's where it counts most. Easy to drink despite too-aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap at my local bar and served in an ice cold pint glass.

Copper colored brew. I did not notice much of an aroma.

Sweet malty taste, very little bitterness and easy to drink.

It really hit the spot. I don't know if it was because it was served so cold, but it sure did taste good and went down easy.

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