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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Photo of kshankar
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a small white foam.

Aroma is pretty simple. Sweet maltiness. Not much else going for it.

Taste is similar..a bit malty, somewhat bready, and some an apple cider profile as well.

Mouthfeel is light, which is unfortunate, as the bready malts would really benefit from a medium bodied beer. This one is a bit too light and crisp, and doesn't deliver on that front. That said, the drinkability is okay, because its unoffensive. But I wish it had more of a body to it.

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Photo of beer2day
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium amber with a rather syrupy view. 2 finger light red head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose has that classic Irish red smell for me - weak red licorice. Malty and a little peaty.

Well, I liked the appearance and the nose. The taste leaves something to be desired. To be fair, this is not my favorite style of beer though. Leaves me with some weak candy sugar in the aftertaste. That doesn't work for me.

Not much on the tongue. A little fizzy up front. Decent malt body, but nothing really sets this one off for me.

I don't need to get this one again.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving some thick patchwork and a bubbly ring around the perimeter.
Smell is spiced malts, with some ginger and caramel tones.
Taste is spicey malts, with the malts carrying, becoming slightly toasty and bready. Faint, nutty tones, as well as some cinnamon and brown sugar accompany the malty finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a fairly dry finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Easy beer to drink.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a amber copper color. Two finger off white head pops up but then dies right away. No real lacing left on the glass but everything falls back into the beer.

S- Light malts with some bready body in there. Muted smells except for an apple like aroma. No hops to speak of but tons of apple in this. Don't know what to think about this...maybe infected or it just is suppose to smell like apples.

T- The taste is nothing really special it follows the nose as far as muting goes. Tastes like spiced apples and not much else. Kind of interesting to me.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the high side for me. Crisp flavors which is a good thing. Apple flavor left on the palate and into the aftertaste. Light metallic flavor as well.

D- This is a alright beer that I would drink again. Summertime drinker for sure. Don't know if I would call this a Irish Red though.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Subtle pinkish orange hue to a deeper red amber color, no lacing, a small cap of light off white head on top.

S- Malty sweetness, mild apple butter, fresh apple pie with the acidity of a granny smith, interesting, but not complex, pretty one dimensional in it's malty profile, with a slight lean toward apples & citrus.

T- Up front malt sweetness, slight caramel, cream, light citrus presents as orange peel and bitter lemon, the apple cider-ish taste appears as it was in the smell.

M- Slightly slick and acidic, high carbonation, delivers pretty well.

D- It's drinkable, interesting, but not exceptional by any means, at 5.5% could be considered a sessionable beer, although there are many beers I would choose to session with besides this one. Hadn't tried it before, and it was a steal on Happy Hour prices, so figured I would check it out.

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Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild red color with a thick head into my glass. Appears to have a lot of carbonation.

Aroma is a faint hint of malt that's sweet. Pretty close to the style but a little weak in the nose.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a light hint of hops. A bit chewy. Never too sweet. Seems to have a bit of an identity crisis though as far as style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt sweetness with only a hint of hops.

Well, it certainly isn't horrible but again, can't decide if it's an irish read or an APA.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- appearance is a darker brown but not as dark as i would have expected

s- the smell is of a grainy ale but isnt to overwhelming

t-the taste has a good balance between fullness and hops and grain, has a slightly grainy after taste

m-has a slightly grainy feel to it but isnt to strong with that where it becomes over powering

d-good drinkability for a pale ale that isnt to bitter

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
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 lovindahops
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- reddish copper color with rapid carbonation. Slight head that dissapates quickly

S- smells of malts, bready scent, and spiced apples. Doesn't jump out with hops but the apples definitely linger. That was unexpected for an irish red

T- apples, spices, and malts with slight carbonation. Very drinkable

M- light bodied. Doesn't linger

D- rate it for what it is. An irish red ale that has some apple twists. To be very honest... this may be my St. Patty's drink of choice. Not bad at all

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Photo of JHackney87
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured a reddish amber color with a white top that quickly dissapeared.

Smell-Not much to note really, hint of caramel with some sweet scent that escapes my mind at the moment.

T-Tastes of a spicy apple to me, it finishes very pleasent with a sweet bite.

M-Very grainy, medium carbonation.

D-Decent, not one of my favorites

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Photo of JoePat
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear amber color with an off white head that dissipates really quickly
I smell a light spicy aroma from the hops with a little maltiness.
The first thing I taste is the spicy, earthy hoppiness with a smooth malt back bone. This beer is very similar in taste to Sam Adams Boston Lager. I think it is a good beer but a little weak on the flavor for a pale in my oppinion.
The mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. Nothing stands out too much to me and it is definately drinkable at 5.5% and a taste like SA BL.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.22/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Just started drinking my first of a six pack for St. Patty's Day. Wouldn't usually just buy a random six pack before trying a single, but got a good price and felt like drinking something that said Irish on it.

Not sure what this is, it calls itself a pale ale but BA calls it a red. It certainly pours more like a red, with a nice deep copper color with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipates after a minute and leaves a sloght bit of spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, and some apple. kinda sour apple, weird aroma. Can't get any hops at all from the nose.

Taste is of caramel up front, which fades quickly into an apple flavor. Slight hoppy bitterness and citrus notes present themselves next. Finishes pretty dry. Better than the aroma, still not great, though.

Medium bodied, with a nice level of carbonation. Doesn't seem to be out of date, just has a weird aroma.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 13, 2010. The pour is a darker amber with about a finger and a half of creamy, frothy off white head. It lingers. The aroma has some sweetish malts, a dash of hops, and toasted bread. The taste is much the same but a bit milkier. Light hops come up from behind. I liked it better than many other BA reviewers it seems.

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Photo of whynot44
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a modest off-white head that disappears fairly quickly.

The aroma is light caramel and biscuits.

The taste is also mild caramel malt with a hint of biscuits, apples and just a touch of herbal hops, hardly enough to notice.

Finishes a slightly dry and carbonic. Light/medium bodied, fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of bilyboy65
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once you pour this beer and look at how good it looks, just stop. It's all downhill from there. Looks beautiful with a nice red amber color, nice head that lasts and leaves it's mark. A very thin layer of film left on the glass as well. Not much for a scent on this. A slight caramel scent, but largely dominated by a rice nose. The flavor is just as boring. Huge rice flavor and that's pretty much it. Can't really recommend this one.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangey amber, bright & clear with some rising bubbles. Decent head of light tannish foam falls to a skim and leaves moderate lacing. Pretty dark for a pale.

S: Toasty malt with diacetyl and some fruity esters coming through along with a fair bit of caramel sweetness. Not really sniffing out any hops. Smells pretty good, but too malty and not enough hops to really have a pale ale nose.

T: Malt forward if a tad thin. Light crystal - toasty, soft caramel, some grainy sweetness, and a touch of biscuit. Buttery and fruity notes are firmly present, but reasonably appealing. Hops are there but stay in the background. Grassy and a touch herbal with earthy undertones, the hops grow with the finish. An odd astringency sneaks up as well.

M: Medium-light body, crisp carbonation, and a drying finish. Comes off as a bit thin.

D: Decent as an Irish Red. As a pale ale...not so much. Assessing as an Irish Red: it looks and smells nice, but the flavor and mouthfeel cannot continue the illusion. It's not bad, but it does some off as constructed and mediocre.

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Photo of armock
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leasves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt some caramel and fruit

T - Follows the nose for the most part sweet malt with some fruit flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall I'm a little disappointed with this beer I expected a pale but come here to see that is listed as a red but didn't really get that either I don't see myself buying this one again

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique Beer #0663

This was a six-pack I grabbed from a local stop without inspecting the label too closely. When I got home and saw that it was actually brewed in Latrobe, I was both wary and confused.

After some research, it seems that this beer is contract brewed by Lion after it was originally brewed by Pabst. Lion, like several other breweries like Samuel Adams (BBC) and Iron City, contract brew at the old Latrobe brewery that once produced Rolling Rock before being purchased by A-B/InBev.

Strangely, Lion doesn't list the beer on its website supposedly because it doesn't list any of its contract beers - which isn't too unusual. So, this is a Lion product, but it's currently brewed in Latrobe, not Wilkes-Barre.

On to the taste - it's not too bad. Irish Red is probably a much better indication of style than Pale Ale, since there's very little hop character and it has a sweet finish. A little bland, a little bubbly - a tasty beer for the price though which I should point out is quite reasonable AND - the bottles are returnable, which is nice for my homebrewing situation. This alone can redeem a mediocre beer in my opinion. I hate twist offs and LNNR's... [EDIT: Good luck getting the labels off of these bottles - they are not typical paper labels and if you peel them off, you're left with sticky adhesive residue. This was after soaking for several days in hot water and oxy clean which usually removes the most stubborn labels for me. So, they're not even worth the effort for homebrewing.]

Anyway, nothing too exciting and know what you're getting - this is a typical Lion ale, not something from the famous New York pub.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A deep, slightly hazy orange liquid with some streams of rising carbonation. The white head is very weak and thin and settles to a spiderweb like covering.

S- Butter, caramel, fruits, and bubble gum. Pretty sweet and aromatic... albeit a bit generic.

T- Sweet fruit, caramel, bubble gum, and butter. A little different than a typical Irish red ale.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation with a bit of an astringent quality at the end.

D- A decent beer that drinks decently. This will get lost in the shuffle. Not bad, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of animalchin
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dull amber - also light caramel color with a quickly dissipating head with some clinging lacing around the circumference of the surface.

S - Slight fruit that is masked by this unidentifiable musty aroma.

T - Nothing "pale" about this really - but decent. Some malts, nothing out of the ordinary.

M - A little too brutal for me - the carbonation seems a little high. I tend to want to swallow quickly.

D - Could probably have another if available.

Nothing bad - I feel like a little more could go into this.

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Photo of brewskier
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speckled off white foam that leaves minor traces of lacing on the glass, and a very clear golden amber brew. Nothing too exciting there, but not unattractive.

Aroma is not bad, with some hoppy notes of hay and a faint whiff of pine.

Flavor leaves a bit to be desired. There is plenty of bitterness, but not an overly pleasant sort, finishing a bit metallic. It is very dry, and in fact, the main hop note is of hay, which actually isn't bad. The malt presence is exhibited in a bit of earthiness and ever so slight a hint of dried apricot.

Mouthfeel is excellent, decently carbonated and just enough body to be refreshing.

Would be quite drinkable, but for the mediocre taste, which, ironically, makes me want to finish this glass more quickly.

I have to say, when I looked at the bottle and saw they were trying to play up the NYC pub roots but that the brewery was in Latrobe, warning bells went off in my head. Nonetheless, I picked up a six at the grocery store because it was something new and was indeed disappointed.

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Photo of capra12
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed solo poured into a shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: orange/ deep amber in color with two fingers of light brown head. Leaving a spotty lacing, surprisingly.

Smell: a mix of light and dark grains.

Taste: opens like a brown ale with a subtle malt profile. A citrus zest pops in the middle as brown grains come in the finish as fuggle hops join the brown profile leaving a mildly bitter and grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have this again but recommend this to someone who wants a pale ale that has a prominent brown ale profile and mildly bitter finish. A one and done for me.

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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 CheapHysterics
1.84/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - looks good. Amber/Bronze-ish in color with a 1 finger white head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles rather quickly.

S - sweet and a little putrid, like rotting fruit, with a bit of a burnt smell.

T - bad. initial cloying sweetness dominates, followed by a bitter, metallic aftertaste. Actually has a lot of flavor - just not good flavor. Improves a little bit as it warms, but not much.

M - thin and a bit over carbonated.

D - Hard to make it through one bottle.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - 1 finger of clumpy eggshell white head. Good continued carbonation. Amber hue with a bit of rose-hip tea. There was even a bit of respectable lacing.

S - First, a how-do-you-do hop slap comes out, then a bit of of sugary ester smells . The former was to strong and the later too mild. Overall the smell is light, airy, compressed gas.

T - Initially quite hoppy, with bits of 'brand X' fruit soda. It was good but too bitter and off balance to be great. They say Irish Pale Ale and it certainly lacks some of the subtly of English Pale ale and the heartwarming of Belgian pale ale. The raspy tongue aftertaste was not my cup of tea either, but some would like it no doubt. My first Irish red, so I can't compare.

M - Effervescent, bubbly, leave a bit of a coating in the mouth. Not bad.

D - There is certainly some complexity both in yeast and malt that struggles to break though the wall of hops. It could be great, but the smells disappointed. Ultimately good but not great.

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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
3.18 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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