McSorley's Irish Pale Ale | Pabst Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 326
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love this ale. It looks great in the beer glass, with it's not-too-bubbly red appearance and creamy head. It smells like good hoppy ale, with coffee notes. The taste is outstanding, with just the right amount of hops and somewhat of a cream ale flavor. Mouthfeel is watery and cheery. This product has excellent drinkability and it goes down smooth and nice. I think I could drink this one daily. It's very good with spicy and and robust foods. But, it's also quite nice to drink it by itself. Highly recommended.


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Photo of Rudgers73
4.17/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Boddingtons Imperial pint glass. Light red in color with a good sized sticky, fluffy head that settles to 1/2" leaving nice lacing behind. This smells great. It has that characteristic nutty/toasty Irish aroma. I can smell slightly chocolate and bready malt. The hops are faint in the nose, but smell like a mild english variety. The taste is pretty good as well. Light and toasty, much like the smell with a sweet overtone. Slightly acidic toward the end. This is an ale that Killian's wishes it could be like. Rich with flavor and balanced nicely with a bitter finish. You could almost make an english brown ale out of this if different yeast was used. Very drinkable, and although the ABV isn't stated, I think it is very sessionable as well.

Nice mild ale.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one after drinking the Black lager. Liked this one better, and I usually prefer the "darker" beer. So this was a pleasant surprise! Nice reddish/amber color with a soft foam on top. Fairly rich malt in the nose, a touch sweet (in a good way), with a nicely balanced (very mild) hops bitterness. Roasted caramel taste continues and the balance is maintained right down to the end. Little true hops flavor, per se; but it is really unique in that way. Definitely worth trying. Something I'd seek out and buy. Very enjoyable. Thanks, N, for bringing it by.

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Photo of thekanna
4.01/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a huge tan head that leaves spotty clumps of lacing down the side.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some yeast.

T: Sweet caramel malt taste and a bit of toasted rice devolves into a great, not overwhelming hoppiness and slight metallic earthiness.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, kick-back-and-have-a-few stress relief kind of beer.

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Photo of mpcrump
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Good amber color. Lots of carbonation. Large head that stayed for a while. Lots of lacing.

S: Biscuits, caramel, grains, and a mild hint of citrus.

T: Nice start with malts and grains. Hops kicked in the end.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good Irish Ale. Perhaps a bit lighter than some but good body and flavor.

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Photo of gboy515duo
3.99/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful dark brown, amber colored body with little to no head.

S: A strong malty aroma with very present spices

M: a very strong bite, decently carbonated.

T: A very nice malty taste, almost creamy. The hops were also noticeable in this ale. After a few sips other flavors seem to creep out, such as an almost chocolately or coffee flavored hint.

D: Definitely could drink this one all night long.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
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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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.88/5  rDev +22%
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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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.84/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown longneck bottle poured into a 19 oz. "pub" glass.

Deep copper-amber in color with nice clarity. The one-fingered head of off-white foam is short-lived, falling away rapidly and leaving behind a clean glass virtually devoid of stick.

A sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt aroma enters the nose, with a bit of herbal, resinous hop character.

Light-bodied but not watery, with just enough carbonation to scour the tongue; a lightly toasted, semi-sweet caramelly maltiness provides a backbone supporting dry bitterness with resinous, piney, slightly herbaceous hops, finishing very dry and bittersweet, with a hint of resin and maple.

Nothing too complex, but should it be? An Irish Red Ale needs nothing outlandish to be good, and a Pale Ale, particularly an American variant, requires about an equal level of complexity; and so it is with McSorley's "Irish Pale Ale," a beer straddling the line between Irish Red and American Pale, and doing so rather nicely. Two down and another could easily go: just the way a brew of this sort should be.

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Photo of albern
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer at all, quite refreshing, and even more surprising coming from Lion Brewery. The brewpub is located in NYC, but they bottle elsewhere. The look of the beer is good, it has a clear amber color with some nice foamy, and partly creamy white head that retains a bit and laces ever so slightly. The nose is very typical ringwood yeast, some crystal malt, some slight caramel notes too. This is a very classic British pale ale aroma, with the taste that follows suit.

The beer has the ringwood yeastiness, it has some unmistakable dry crystal malts, it is lightly carbonated, there is a bit of diacetyl in the taste as well. It is just a tad prickly in the mouthfeel, and it does have a slightly chicory hint or two. The beer is a bit smooth, not all that creamy, it has a touch, just a touch of leafy hop, to balance out those crystal malts, but not by much. This is a very traditional British style irish ale with a slightly sourish finish. It is quite good, refreshing, light, and hits all the right notes.

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Photo of kyleTRC
3.81/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decided to try something new. Picked up a six pack at a local liquor store. I enjoyed this very much for a pale ale. My friends asked me what it taste like and the best thing I can describe it as is a mixture of killians red and any normal IPA. I will buy this again.

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Photo of jimineycricket20
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a pint glass. I think this beer gets an undue average rating. While the taste is rather mild, it lingers pleasantly and is enjoyable to drink. I think this would be a good beer for someone who is interested in acquiring an affinity for IPAs as it is not quite as hoppy yet still has the essence of an Indian Pale Ale.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Read about this in the beeradvocate mag never heard of it before so i figured i would give it a try.
Has a good head at first that shrinks rather quickly to a nice thin layer on top withc left a good amount of laceing. Has a dark copper color to it.
The smell is sweet with a hint of flowers and caramell hops the taste is about the same with a grassey finish.
Has a nice and smooth mouth feel its not to heave and its not to thin. It leaves your mouth feeling dry and wanting another sip. it has good carbonation.
As far as drinkabilty goes i think this beer is real drinkable even in large amounts cause it goes down smooth and its not filling i would defintly buy this agian when im looking for a good session beer

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Photo of bluetravlr
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: Like a peeled orange. I didn't pick up on the scent until I tasted this brew. Then . . . a bit of citrus baked in bread in a forest of pine and toffee.

T: Surprisingly great taste. Grapefruit, lemon-zest, orange-peel, and pine are strong in this one. The fruity flavors are great. The sweet (but not so malty) backbone of this beer is what makes it taste so great. It's like drinking candied fruits.

M: Slightly thick and syrupy. An effervescence of bubbly tingling is needed in order to bring out the citrus in all its glory. I hate over carbonation . . . but this one may be lacking.

D: The flavors are right, the abv is right, the syrupiness is the only thing wrong with this beer. It leaves a candy-coated feeling on the tongue. Other than that way way way drinkable.

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Photo of PierceMyers
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most remarkable characteristics for this beer were it's color; which was rich, full, and slightly reddish, and its great balance. It immediately struck me as being very appetizing in its appearance, which featured a thick head along with the nice color. The aroma was not particularly remarkable, but that was OK, because the flavor was full like the hue. It was slightly heavier than I expected in a pale ale, which kept the bitter on the back, allowing the malty side some attention. It was overall very appetizing to the eye and to the taste. I'd buy more.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my handy, dandy tulip glass. There was almost no foam, but the color was really nice to look at. The red is unmistakeable.

The flavor is nice and light. You get some grain flavor from the wheat. Also present was a little bit of sweetness.

This was a pretty good beer. I was surprised to taste a beer of this quality from Papst. The other McSorley's wasn't on par with this one.

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Photo of pat61
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
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 thekevlarkid
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a Greek joint called Sartori's in central NY this beer was a clear copper color with one finger of slightly tan-colored head. The retention was fine and the lacing in broken bands. The aroma was balanced but unassertive, light hops and generic malt. The flavors, however, were really quite enjoyable! It started malty and then went into a soft hoppiness comprised of two layers, one slightly citrusy in a zest/rind kinda way and one more spicy. I also tasted hints of toasted grains and the finish was pleasantly hoppy. Lovely, without being big. Just balanced and quaffable. The body was medium-light, the carbonation good and the mouthfeel good.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a terrible time tinding this beer on BA. Also to be noted that the beer on BA is listed as coming from Lion Brewery, but on my bottle it says McSorely's Brewery. Anyway I poured this brew into my glass at 50 degrees. The beer amber colored with a fast decaying head. It had a bitter smell. The taste was interesting in that it tasted a bit like it had cane sugar in it. I liked it and will buy again.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with a small head and lace.
The aroma of grains,toasted malts and some hints of fruit.

The taste of malts and some mild hops. Very simple taste.
The feel was medium to light body with medium carbonation and decent balance.

Notes: A decent beer that I would like to try on tap.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that settles quickly. It does leave nice blanketing lace. The color is dirty copper/amber.

More malt than hop, but dry. Earthy with notes of milk chocolate.

Full-bodied with a rich pale malt (again, dry) up front. I also detect caramel. There's a good hop balance in the swallow which leaves some lingering pepper in the aftertaste.

This beer is a very easy drink. There are no flaws and it exhibits all of the Irish Ale characteristics.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with an off-white head that lasted quite a while and left good lacing.

S - caramel malt, faint grassy hops and grainy aroma.

T - a tad bitter most of the way but there are some sweet moments in the taste.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy and isn't too filling.

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Photo of mainlyale
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this at a border store in Calais. I bought 1 12 oz bottle. It poured a clear dark amber and had a short lived 1 finger head. The smell was pretty neutral. The initial taste was sweet and that stayed for middle and aftertaste. I did not dislike it - I might drink it again, but I have many more to try before I do that. It reminded me of an English mild or brown.

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Photo of mkabull
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- nice copper color with nice head formation that does fade a bit but there was some lacing
Smell- has a slight grainy/husky aroma some hop aroma present but not much
Taste- taste was good but not great husk from aroma present in the taste finished pretty clean slight astringent aftertaste
Mouthfeel- fit style not to thin but also not to heavy
Drinkability- great drinkability good session beer

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- light brown color with some amber and reddish hues. I couldn't get much of a head out of this and no lacing for me.

S- very balanced. Some roasted malt, some floral hops, some sweet malts, some nutty malts. I really like the smell of this one, has a good complexity.

T- taste is interesting. It's pretty good but nothing great. Similar to the smell, but more like a typical amber with extra hops thrown in.

M- not impressed describes this mouthfeel well. Needs carbonation because it taste flat. Pretty watery.

D- smooth and not very filling, would give this a 5 if it wasn't for the afttertaste which isn't great. Not a horrible aftertaste, but it's there and it kinda takes away from this beer.

Overall this beer is really nothing special, but considering the price and that I got it at wal mart it's one of your best options out of their selection. Saw this for under 6 bucks for a 6 pack and had to try it. This one is worth the try and I would prolly buy it again when selection is limited or money is tight.

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