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McGuire's Irish Red Ale | McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin

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McGuire's Irish Red AleMcGuire's Irish Red Ale
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McGuire's Irish Red AleMcGuire's Irish Red Ale

Brewed by:
McGuire's Irish Pub of Destin
Florida, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The pride of McGuire's!
Our Red Ale was the first beer we brewed and remains our most popular. Beer gurus Michael Jackson and Fred Eckhardt have both praised its smooth and malty character. This full bodied ale is great for sipping and goes well with most food, especially McGuire's great steaks!

Added by rebel1771 on 10-18-2005

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at dinner on the last night in Destin, FL for aasher’s wedding! Served from tap into a sampler shooter. Poured red-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel hop, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. That’s right, you read that right on the flavor, ‘water’! This thing was quite watered down, but somehow maintained the flavors one would expect from the style. The watered down aspect would definitely make it easy to drink even for the average BMC drinker out there, but for the hardcore beer enthusiast, this one just fell a little short. Worth trying if you are a ticker, but if you are reading this I doubt you would go out of your way to try this one.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a review of a beer that is usually brewed and served at McGuire's Pub in Pensacola, FL. This beer however, was brewed and bottled by Florida Beer Co for McGuire's.

A: Reddish orange hue with a decent head that leaves a soapy ring around the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma without much hop presence at all.

T: Heavy malt flavor up front with zero noticeable hops. Fades to a sweetcorn almost lager like aftertaste.

D: This, like most beers, is much better on tap. This is one very average if not slightly below average beer. Stick to getting this one on tap from the brew pub.

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Photo of JDW4195
4.82/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome Red. No preservatives or chemicals...as with every McGuire's beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid example of the style, which one would expect from an ultra-Irish pub brewery. Tawny red, with a mildly nutty aroma. A bit of nuttyness carries through the flavor, with some slight astringency at the finish. According to the brewer I spoke with, Tom, this is one of their better selling beers and appeals to a wide-range of customers. My bet is that this finds approval both with those who like Killian's, and those who know better.

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Photo of 6thomas3
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Zero carbonation bubbles with moderate head retention and minimal lacing left on the glass; an off red-brownish hue

Smell - Unable to detect any distinct aroma; perhaps fruit

Taste - Refreshing and light bodied with a smidgen of alcohol seeping in at the last moment culminating into an unimaginative spectacle

Mouthfeel - Lack luster start, unimpressive middle, and an undesired dry finish

Overall - This beer just wasn't what I expected from an Irish Red Ale; it left me longing for something more, it was characterless

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight hop, and some yeast.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This is not very red, first off. It is a golden hue with hints of amber and has a big frothy white head. Served, unfortunately, in a frosted mug with a glacier of frozen dishwater attached.

S - The nose is unspectacular; though it seems to be intended this way. Mostly mineral notes in the nose, with a bit of grain (not caramelized) and some vague bitterness. Still, there is nothing off, and it is quite pleasant in a plain sort of way.

T - The taste is clearly designed to be boring; it seems that the brewers on staff are just so good that it turns out nicely, regardless. There is nothing about this that suggests Irish Red to me, but the beer is very refreshing, with clean pale maltiness and just a hint of woody hops, so I like it anyway.

M - Fizzy and light bodied.

O - This place (McGuire's of Destin) is on a beach, actually one of the nicest beaches in the country, and as such this lawnmower-style Irish Red is a winner for its ease of drinking and thirst-quenching capacity.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light copper color with a decent sized white foam head. Some scattered lacing left behind.

S- Toasted grains and a touch of cooked cereal. Maybe some toffee and light fruit aromas.

T- A bit astringent with some green apple flavor and sweetness in the finish. Not much in the hop department which is true to style, but it still has a bite to it that seems misplaced.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation. The aftertaste wears out it's welcome quickly.

O- Overall this is certainly a drinkable brew but not something I would pick up again.

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3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of WoolyFSU
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Radome
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to goblet.

A - Crisp, brilliant clarity. Bright orange with hints of red. Head is initially thick then fades to a persistent thin layer with gobs of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is mostly hops. They are slightly fruity, but I can't identify the type. There is also a crisp grainy note, but no distinct malt.

T - Taste is also dominated by hops. There is a fruity hop taste, but the bitterness jumps out much stronger to me than the taste. The bitterness is unexpectedly sharp and harsh, almost soapy to me. Malt is nowhere to be found, but I do get a crisp grainy taste that reminds me of rye. Then there is just a hint of diacityl just at the swallow that helps round the flavor out. I feel the beer is out of balance, more like an IPA than Irish Red.

M - Light in body, no alcohol burn. There is a little astringency from the hops.

D - This beer is surprisingly bitter and drinks more like an aggressive American Pale or IPA. I have enjoyed this beer on tap in both Destin and Pensacola, but this is the first time I've had the bottled version. I find it much more bitter and lacking in malt than I remember the draft beer. Unfortunately, I think it's lost the balance that I enjoyed on draft. I did not know McGuire's was bottling their beer, and I encourage them to do more, but this one has lost something in translation.

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2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.56/5  rDev +9.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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