McSorley's Irish Pale Ale | Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Irish Pale AleMcSorley's Irish Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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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Ranking:
#43,739
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
329
pDev:
17.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 329 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a red color with a light tan colored head on it. The smell of the beer had a slight sweet malt backbone with just a touch of hop aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer was pretty typical, it had some malts and some hops in there. The mouthfeel was decent. Overall it's not the best Irish red I've had but it wasn't terrible.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste has hints of caramel and sweetness and then transitions to flavors of earthy and herbal hops with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes like an average Irish Red Ale. The only real drawback was that the smell was very weak and seems like it could use stronger aromas.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleh, not a good beer at all. My usual beer store rarely got new beers but received some six packs of these new McSorley's and can't say it's such a good thing. I mean it isn't offensive by any means, but isn't good at all either. I had a mixed sixer in the fridge and asked my girlfriend to grab me a random one and I tried to guess what it was.. I was able to fathom "some sort of pale ale I guess" from the faint hoppiness to it but that was about it. I'd drink it if given for free, but would never purchase this on my own.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

McSorley's Irish Pale Ale shares a lot in common with both English Pale Ales and Irish Red Ales. Though a bit more harsh than both, the blend works fairly well.

I rather enjoy the lightly toasted malts, giving an added depth of sun kissed malt, bread crust, burnt caramels, and toast. But the malt character could go further, to prevent the grainy finish from surfacing. Sweetness seems intense and one dimentional until the hop bitterness kicks in rather late. Light esters give a general fruitiness to compliment the caramel sweetness.

English hops are appreciated, giving a spicy earthy flavor and balancing bitterness. But the hops are a bit bitey and compounds the grain flavors and textures.

The beer seems moderate on all fronts but the finish suffers a bit as it gives up its malty texture in favor of thinness and light astringency.

In the end, McSorleys Irish Ale fares quite average.

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Photo of zeff80
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, roasted malt and grasses.

T - Good caramel flavor with sweet maltiness. It had a floral/grassy hop presence - mild presence.

M - It was crisp and somewhat sharp. A light bodied ale that is pretty easy drinking.

D - This is an okay ale. It wasn't the most flavorful red ale but it makes a nice session ale.

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Photo of brentk56
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear lighter shade of amber with a head that is quick to fade and leaves not a trace of lace behind

Smell: Unusual aroma of grain and diacetyl - not very enticing

Taste: While there is a bitter, earthy hop element up front, the overall flavor profile is grainy with a strong diacetyl component that grows, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm afraid I just don't have much positive to say about this beer so I will leave it at that

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with a strong honey flavor and some other sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is on the thin side; neither of which temper the sweetness that lingers in the after-taste.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose before this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -5.1%

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 aasher
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: amber in color, reddish tint, little carbonation and almost no head

Smell: not very aromatic, kind of stiff, smells of a typical red or light pale ale

Taste: bland and uninspired, not really going in one direction or anything, lacks complexity

Mouthfeel: smooth with little carbonation

Drinkability: not very, lacks aroma and true flavor

I would not recommend this beer

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Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retenation and slight retention. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight hop, and some metallic. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, roasted malt, hint of hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a very fruity EPA, or a rather bland IPA.

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3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Wedge421 for this guy!

Boston's "Amanda" is currently rocking my iTunes while I drink this, a reminder of an unrequited love, one that got away. *tear* With this review I will "say it like a man and make you understand" what this brew's all about. It pours an orange-amber, quite clear, with a short stack o' white sudsy head. The nose is condensed floral hops and toffee, very sweet, with a touch of brown sugar thrown in for flavor. ... How appropriate, .38 Special's "Caught Up in You" just started... Think about it. Anyway... The taste comes off as fairly bitter, plenty o' leafy greens for some reason, sorta an ivy-ness, followed by a stiff bit of what is trying to be an assertive caramel-ity. (You come up with these non-existent nouns, you're so smart!) A tiny bit o' that brown shugga (how come it tastes so good?) survives to tell its grandkids about its invasion of the 'strils. The carbonation is moderate, the body a light medium, and, as Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" starts off (you wish you had the eclecticism of my playlist), it goes down pretty smoothly. It ain't the greatest thing in the world, but a solid brew to slam back for an easy bit of enjoyment. "So, I guess the fortune-teller's right..."

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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 329 ratings