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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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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of mnrider
2.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes from the famous Mcsorley's. Which is the longest running saloon in NYC, kind of cool. Their beers are brewed in Penn. This Irish Pale Ale was poured into a Pint glass.

Appearence: Amber, reddish color with a half inch of fluffy head which melts away into a paper thin head. Light carbonation.

Smell: Kind of creamy maybe malty also. Its hard to say... not the best smell from a beer.

Taste: Subtle hop taste, not much excitement goin on. Although this brew is creamy smooth and goes down easy. No indication of the ABV, i think maybe around 5%.

Drinkability: Interesting Irish Ale to try. I would not purchase again... Unless i can find it on Tap somewhere.

"Ale Is Well"

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Photo of jdg204
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buddy of mine grabbed a 6'er of this brew, he's a big fan of the NYC Ale House that it gets it's name from. Always excited to try something new, especially an old fashioned brew with a bit of history.

A: Clear amber red with a decent light lacing head.

S: Buttery caramel malt with a faint hop presence.

T: Very smooth buttery creamy malt with bits of shortbread. A bit too sweet with a touch of hops.

M- Malty and buttery sweet throughout slight earthy dry hop finish.

D: Not great, but not a bad brew and I certainly enjoyed the chance to try it. Certainly the history of the Ale House helps make this helps the charm of this brew.

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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 albern
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
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 cottonkoozie
3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear, copper colored pour...pillowy cream colored head...nice and real lacing

S: Feint, grassy hops...some sweetness in there for balance...swirling brings out some roasty aromas

T: Light, grassy hops...seems to taste more like amber than an APA...caramel hints

M: Somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation

D: Not too bad...I wouldn't necessarily go looking for this brew, but I wouldn't turn it down either

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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 allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a thick creamy head. Nose is quite buttery with some nuts and floral notes, fruit, little bit of earth. Flavour is soft with some nuts again and a metallic edge. Hops are moderate. Quite dry, light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Not particularly clean flavour but still drinkable. Pretty good but unspectacular.

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Photo of infi
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass.

A: Light amber color. About a white, one-finger head with generous amounts of bubbling lining the glass and little amount of lacing.

S: Malty with some distinctive hop aroma.

T: Fairly bitter with some earthy and bread-like tastes. A lingering metallic taste towards the end.

M: Lines the mouth, has a weird aftertaste.

D: Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark, thin amber color. Low carbonation pours into a half finger, foamy, off-white head. Quickly settles leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. No real lacing to speak of, although a bit of bubbly carbonation lingers around the edges of the glass.

S: A nutty, smoky, caramel malt. Almost smells like a cola.

T: A really nutty, pale malt. Lightly hopped, and a little sweetness. Really smoky.

M: Rally hearty and flavorful for a brew with such a light body. A bit of a 'steely' aftertaste.

D: Good flavor balance and feel.

Called 'Irish Pale Ale', categorized as an Irish Red Ale. . . well, this comes across as a pale ale, but with a more hearty flavor and feel. Pretty solid atmosphere; nice appearance, and a really distinctive nose. Although flavor is very distinctive, the components are subdued making for a nice balance. Really solid quaff.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
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 jdhilt
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light-medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slight malty nose. Flavor has some sweetness, metallic finish with slight hoppy aftertaste. Best by May 18 2009. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of gabe23
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clear copper color with a thin head and not much lacing.

S - Some grainy malt along with a little floral hops, but diacytal is the primary aroma. Not good.

T - A nice caramel sweetness up front, with a slight hop bitterness. But an unappealing metallic taste and buttery flavor overpowers any pale ale characteristics.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The best thing about this beer by far.

D - I'm a fan of Irish reds, but this was just simply a bad beer. I wondered if I got a old bottle, but it was well within the freshness date. I have no desire to try another to see if this was a fluke. Go for a Sam Adams Irish Red for a much more solid beer at a similar price point.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
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 WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It almost smells like English Ringwood yeast. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy witha slight sweetness in the finish. It's medium bodied with a dry aftertaste. This is a quaffable brew, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
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 TheTrevor
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish brown with a big tan head. The smell is lightly toasted malts with some caramel and toffee. The taste is similar to the smell, it starts off with some sweet malts that give way to a tiny bit of hops. A tasty beer, but completely one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is watery with some crisp carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, I wouldn't be surprised if they made a killing selling it on Saint Patty's day.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red color that is completely filtered. There is a fair amount of carbonation that creates a thin white head that gives a slight lacing.
Smell is a little off. There is a strong amount of caramel malts to it and a slight bit of hops, with a bit of a fruity smell too.
Taste is a little better than the smell. The taste is dominated by caramel malts, but there is a bit of a nice hop taste at the end.
Mouthfeel is nice. The beer has a good thickness and a nice smooth feel.
Drinkability is good on this beer. It has a nice balance of tastes, which makes it go down very easy. There is not a lot of really strong tastes that make this beer anything better than a Killian's or other generic irish red.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear goldish orange. Decent foamy white head on top. Retention was great leaving some sticky lacing along the glass edge as well. Smell was of buttery biscuits, and this weird off-meaty scent. Malts smelled a bit odd on this one.

Mouthfeel was a little on the slick side. Carbonation level was low. Detected some biscuity flavors and hints of sweetness. They were there, but they faded quickly. Easy enough drinker, but I wouldn't really want to drink more than 1 or 2.

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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 Yeastcakes
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - German half-L glass, cellar temp (45-50)
A - Sweet malt and light floral hops, nice balance in the nose
A - One finger of head, clear dark amber
M - nice full body, very light carbonation
T - Malt forward with slight hop flavor. Nice subtle sweetness that compliments the richness of the malt. Slight biscuity flavor. Clean aftertaste.
D - Very sessionable beer. Perfect for a St. Patrick's day session. I will definitely buy this one again.

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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 mkabull
3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
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 bboven
2.22/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beautiful clear copper body with a thin head that lasts.

Hop aroma and malt are in balance, but huge diacytal (butter) aroma kills it all.

Taste is overwhelmingly astringent. Not enjoyable at all.

Mothfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly drying.

Avoid this beer. There are so many things wrong with it, fermented too warmly, grain is husky, oxidation. Great example of many flaws all in the same glass.

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McSorley's Irish Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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