Danny's Irish Style Red Ale
Moylan's Brewery

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #124
Ranked #43,631
3.62 | pDev: 13.81%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
Danny's Irish Style Red AleDanny's Irish Style Red Ale
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug, the appearance was a ruddy dark amber color with a stifled small white foamy head. Some runny lace here and there.
The aroma smelled like sweet caramel to biscuity malt playing with some peaty/grassy/earthy tones. Mellow nuts.
The flavor leaned towards a mellow malty smoothness. Some nuts. Sly aftertaste of nuts, earthy sweetness and caramel malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a sure fine aspect of being sessionable. Good carbonation. Some smoothness. Finishes clean with some malts.
Overall, I'd say a pretty nicely done Irish red ale I would be willing to come back to.

Apr 19, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear red/orange color. There was a moderate light tan head that settled quickly. Spots of lace.
Aroma of sweet malt and fruit.
Sweet, caramel taste. Kind of lacking.

Apr 10, 2019
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 05/05/17:

Barely hazy and otherwise crystalline tarnished copper. Fine and even head of tan to creamy beige, film-forming but still only moderate retention. A solid wall of frosty lace. Smells like cooked peas, though not as strong. Not my favorite, but also not as unpleasant as that sounds. Palate is still somewhat vegetal, with strong pea suggestions toward the finish but not bitter or stewey and well-balanced with a backbone of malt-tartness and caramel as well as notes of toast, nuts, and floral hops. Aftertaste is akin to peanuts. Medium-bodied, creamy-smooth with abundant and fine carbonation.

Oct 25, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Moylan's Brewery in Novato, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one.

Serving type: on tap.

Feb 16, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan's Danny's Irish Style Red Ale has a very thick, foamy, cream-colored head, and a fairly hazy, extremely effervescent, amber appearance, with exceptionally heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, some sort of citrus, and brown bread crust. Taste is of that unusual citrus (white grape juice?), brown bread crust, a bit of tea, sweetness, and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Moylan's Danny's Irish Style Red Ale finishes mellow and easy drinking. Overall, this is delicious!


Nov 17, 2013
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anon from California

2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was a nice dark amber, not much carbonation, small head. Smell was malty with some caramel notes, not bad. Was looking forward to this, but then: Not a whole lot of taste up front, very light despite the ABV. More-so in the aftertaste, malty, not much else. I was actually quite let down by this one. May try again in the future.

Sep 09, 2013
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dalahodson from California

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orang red in the color. There was a small head at the table not sure what it looked like at the tap. Little to no lacing can be seen. Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet . The taste has a lots of malt carmel a hint of bread dough and a light bitter after taste. What you would expect in an Irish red.

Jul 23, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in the Rogue Pub on Union St, San Fran: 3rd Feb 2013.

Headless pour: red hue to the dirty orange/brown body.

Malts rule the roost here: both in the nose and the mouth. The hops do balance it out nicely and give a slight bitter finish but overall the malts sweetness pushes the flavours towards caramel and toffee like tastes.

I like the sweeter brews so this was fine in my eyes (apart from actually looking at it!).

Jun 18, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of red hued head with a copper body. Looks good in the tall glass.
Big barnyard smell, wet grain. Not bad, but a little different.
A dry malt/grain taste, mild bitterness. Barley dominates.
Crisp, medium body.
It's fine enough, but I'm not in love with it.

Oct 18, 2012
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TheSixthRing from California

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep burnt orange color with a finger width off-white head. Retention is piss poor, fizzing away like soda, and the lacing... what lacing?

Smell - Sweet,deep caramel malt, a touch of toffee, some earthy tones.

Taste - Follows the nose. A wave of deep, sweet caramel notes from start to finish. Faint hints of coffee on the back end. Hops are hidden, but do well to keep this somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Decently carbonated bite, despite the discouraging appearance. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - A really good Irish red. Deeply malted caramel flavors, but not overly sweet. Fairly simple, but delicious.

Jul 03, 2012
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Brenden from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red, yes, but this beer is more of a thick orange-brown-red. The head blows up as I pour, but settles quickly. Eventually it's a smallish cap of orange-tinted tannish head, then a foam, and eventually that fades as well. There's some lacing left, but not a whole lot.
The aroma shows a sweet, bready malts backbone with yeast with a mix of caramel, toffee and dark fruits in the sweetness. A little bit of green tea is detectable in there, like in a tea-based energy drink, but natural.
This is a malty, malty beer, majorly bready with lots of yeast. Pumpernickel without any of the sourdough aspect is seems to be the foundation. It's got lots of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits, as in the nose, with an almost alcoholic aspect in that it's got the sweetness without the heat. The hops are there, light, underneath the malts, adding a bit more flavor with balance. There's a little spiciness in the front that gets lighter as it goes. The sweetness just gets a bit cloying, and this is a good beer otherwise.
The feel is good, rich and thick, full-bodied (especially for a red) with a bit of a crisp bite and plenty of smoothness.

Jun 25, 2012
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sweethome from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper penny color. A little white head.

Aroma is pure malt - sweet, crystal malt, a hint of maple.

Soft entry is a bit watery. Simple sweet malts. Some complex maltiness tries to come in mid-mouth - but then fades. The mouthfeel is simple, watery. I'm actually a bit surprised there is no trace of hops given it's Moylan's - but they remain true to the style and description.

Nothing bad here, a decent sessionable ale without a lot of distinction.

Apr 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber.
-Deep copper color.
-Medium head
-Aroma very pretty biscuit and caramel with some fruit in there somewhere, definitely on the sweeter side of smells.
-Taste was either biscuit/caramel with a bit of fruit rolling after wards, but clips off with a dry aftertaste.
-This thing has a pretty big malty sweet body.
-Mouth feel isn't too carbonated, the biscuit taste is predominate.
It's probably a good drink for those who are really into the sweeter/malty/biscuty beers, but I was hoping for more complexity. A good beer for those who like their stuff more biscuit and caramel rather than hoppy. But balanced, it is not.

Mar 23, 2012
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is almost like an amber. Smells like overly dry cereal grains. And it even tastes like dry grains. Honestly tastes like a grain mill. They didnt figure out balance in this one. Its so overly dry, its hard to get over. Its honestly not a bad beer, if it wasnt for all those grains.

Mar 18, 2012
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Giovacchini from California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- hazy copper appearance with a thin head that dissipates.

S- yeast, dried fruits, caramel, malt.

T- apricots, mild coffee flavors, dried fruits, and maple.

M- mild carbonation, alcohol is subtle but present, sweet and medium body.

O- I liked this beer. I want to try it again and since I'm so close to Moylan's I wanted to check out their location.

Mar 16, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy red-orange color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and earth, with some orange citrus mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I grt a lot of toffee and some cocoa, as well as some earth and orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Nov 17, 2011
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dansmcd from Australia

3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep red/amber under a flat looking white head. No lace.

S - Caramel and roasted malt, some fruity hop at the back end.

T - Sweet caramel malt, grain, balanced nicely against the subtle fruitiness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Quite crisp.

O - Nice drop. Easily sessionable without a hint of alcohol.

Nov 11, 2011
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ElCommodoro from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appeared to be a cloudy orange colour with no head by the time I received it. I'll admit I was in some very dim lighting, though, so it was difficult to tell.
The smell was delicious. It smelled like the perfect blend of citrus hops and apricot pits. It reminded me of a Magic Hat #9, but better.
The taste was just like the smell. It was elegant, well balanced, and distinctly apricot flavoured. It was an exceptional ale, but I can't give it an exceptional rating because of the way it was presented. It was clearly not an Irish red ale. As other reveiewers have mentioned, this is not the way an Irish red ale is meant to taste. There were too many hops and that distinct fruitiness is that isn't meant to be an Irish red. Good beer, though, so I have to give it a pretty good score.

Sep 19, 2011
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omnigrits from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. A pleasing amber-gold colour with a creamy off-white head.

S. Is this really an Irish Red? I'm getting some strong ale characteristics from it in the way of vinous dark fruits, as well as the familiar toffee/caramel Red Ale aromas.

T. More of the same, plus some slightly floral hop flavours and a little tartness, maybe from the acidulated malt?

M. Light- to medium-bodied.

O. Not bad, but probably not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

Sep 12, 2011
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ADZA from Australia

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a see through golden copper hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is is burnt toffee,molasses,caramel,candied figs and a light layer of fruity hops,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of caramel,sticky toffee,fruit cake,marzipan,jarrah honey and finished with a mix of sweet malts and light fruity hops and overall a very easy drinking IRA thats very sessionable and probably would buy again cheers.

Sep 07, 2011
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bayougutter from Louisiana

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $4.99

Poured an aged copper color, clear with a small off white head. The head quickly settled to a ring around the glass. No real lacing to speak of.

The nose is simply caramel/toffee with a ripe fig smell, sweet malts.

Taste is the sweet malts with the caramel/toffee at first then a bit of raisin or fig. It has a rather dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy without being overcarbinated.

Overall I think it's different type of beer, low hop profile and sweet malts, but well put together and drinkable. Not my style but enjoyable.

Aug 30, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a fruity underpinning, and is not strong but still inviting. It pours a clear amber-copper with an off-white head that doesn't stick around for long. Flavor has a core of malt plus subtle fruity, caramel, grassy and woody tones and a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is about average fairly smooth and gently fizzy. Overall, not great but still worthy.

Aug 07, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Different but only liked it so-so. Dry barley with more sweetness than bitterness. Could not drink very much of this bomber. Reddish coloured body with one quarter inch of off-white retained head. A different aroma.A tad above average mouthfeel. Lace sheet.Fine for what it is.

Jul 31, 2011
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spicelab from Australia

3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with thanks to Beermasons.

Blood orange, a touch hazy, with a finger of light beige sudsy head. Very slight ring.

Nose shows loads of fortified wine character, mainly prunes, stewed plums, muscatels and toffee apple. Also a good dose of stout-esque floral esters and some sweet citrus undertones. Sort of comes across as a blend of Scottish ale and stout (without the roasted malts). Bit bizarre but kind of works.

Taste falls a bit flat and fails to carry the bigger notes in the aroma. Biscuity brandy-snap malts in spades, with some shy woody notes swirling around. Pretty simple but nice.

A little thin, but smooth with moderate and unobtrusive carbonation.

Interesting brew with some appealing Scottish character that doesn't quite grab me. Seems to underachieve in complexity without compensating with particularly good drinkability.

Jul 31, 2011
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MrKennedy from Australia

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber thanks to Danny! My share poured into a 7oz glass. 3 beers already...Friday night work drinks are certainly on the up!

Pours a lighter side of copper colour and has a modest head of off-white foam that recedes quickly to film. Probably a little too light for the style.

Smell is of sweet caramel, some light chocolate as well. Quite strong, both of these. Plenty of sweetness which suits me just fine.

Clean tasting, plenty of sweet malt comes through in the middle and at the end with the caramel from the aroma. Not your usual Irish Red Ale in this regard, but quite good at how it all works.

Mouthfeel is smooth, consistent and sweet, as you'd expect.

Overall this is a nice, consistent, well brewed irish red ale that is not overly true to style, but is a quality beer that gives a good different approach to things.

Jul 22, 2011
Danny's Irish Style Red Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 193 ratings