Danny's Irish Style Red Ale
Moylan's Brewery

Danny's Irish Style Red AleDanny's Irish Style Red Ale
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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #129
Ranked #44,105
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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rastaman from England

2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[email protected] brewpub. Under the name ’Paddys Irish red’. Sweet nutty/toffee flavours with a watery texture, don’t really like the style much, and this beer is no exception. Nothing much happening in the flavour or body department, pretty soft, smooth palate i guess.

Feb 02, 2005
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marc77 from California

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy reddish amber in hue w/ a quickly dissapating off - white head. Sweet, ripe fruit esters (smells like starfruit!), nutty malt, dark caramel and a touch of roasted barley in aroma w/ a floral and somewhat spicy hop nose. The overall aroma is quite odd, yet somewhat enticing. Flavorwise, this beer is an interesting mix of fruity esters and assertive caramel sweetness. Although sweet upfront, hop and roasted grain bitterness surfaces late, w/ lightly tart yeast - derived flavors perceptible as well. The body is a touch thin, unfortunately, leaving the mouthfeel slightly weak. The Goldings hop flavor is akin to damp flowers. Finishes w/ biscuit notes and light, but more fruitiness lingering... This is one strange brew. The esters are odd, and perhaps a bit too dominant. The flavor components don't seems to coalesce here... that being said, I found myself readily drinking this due to its oddity in flavor. Moylan's Irish Red is worth a try, but I'm unsure if I'd purchase it again.

Aug 02, 2002
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Mark from California

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my quest to join the mug club I had this beer at Moylan's today instead of some of their better offerings. Color was a deep red and the head and lace were nice. Taste was interesting and I could not pinpoint what it was. Overall a very smooth brew that would be a decent session ale.

Oct 19, 2002
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beerguy101 from California

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Slightly hopped, mildly roasted malts. Light character to the hops. Nice flavor. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet and malty, no bitterness. Nice beer, very drinkable on a warm summer day.

Sep 04, 2003
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fucker pours with some viscosity. Pretty murky. Deep, dark scarlet red hue. Thin bubbly beige head. Lace is moderate in quantity and spotty in nature. Very nice toasted malt aroma. Very pronounced aroma that is quite pleasing. Flavor profile is quite balanced between caramel maltiness and toasted maltiness. It's a good blend. Just a titch of ghostly smoke/peat character. Hops aren't detectable. Only around for a little countering effect if anything. A bit dry on the finish. Highly quaffable and tasty.

Aug 20, 2008
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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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mickeymac from California

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head foams up like a wave breaking on the northern California shore in a nasty winter storm. After a fairly careful pour, I was left with a good four inches of foam. The head remained at 1/4 to 1/2 inch to the bottom of the glass. The color is a very attractive red with a hint of copper. Caramel is noticeable in the smell with just a slight bit of hops backing it up. As others have noticed, this stuff goes down like water, especially at 6.5% abv.

May 11, 2003
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StevieW from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub....Another exceptional beer from Moylans. Nice deep amber color, with a tan/reddish head that stays up nicely. You expect lots of carmel malt sweetness and you get it both in the smell and taste. Also some earthy, roasted smells. Very big malt flavors, rich sweet, and creamy. Just a touch of late hops, again reminds you it's Moylan's. I could see this as meal in itself, but combined with a snowy cold day, roast beef, and mashed potatos, this would make for grinning, belly rubbing heaven. Another on of Moylan's 22oz. bottles I carried over 2500 miles home.

Jun 08, 2002
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mzwolinski from California

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite red in color, with a medium, tightly packed off-white head. Aroma is malty with strong caramel notes. Caramel comes through strong in the flavor as well, where it picks up some light fruity notes mid-palate, a moderate hop bite in the finish, and an aftertaste which has a rich, molasses flavor. There's a bit of smokiness in there too which could stand to be accentuated. As it stands, the flavor is overall a bit on the sweet side for me. Medium-full bodied and drinkable enough, but not the best this brewery has to offer.

Feb 15, 2004
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep, copper-red color, totally clear with a very smooth, incredibly attractive 1/2” cream colored creamy head (if that is not bad English) that has more staying power than Viagra. It never dissipates, or rescinds, giving the appearance of a Nitro-beer. Even the lacing is smooth.

This “smoothness” transgresses into the beer itself. Silky smooth mouthfeel, that sweet talks your aural cavity into submission, and flirts with your tonsils, as well as blatantly “chatting up” your gullet. None of which really mind the presence of this beer – in fact they are really flattered by all the attention. A true throat Charmer.

Tastes are smooth, gradual, transient and never offensive, sharp or jagged. This adds to its high drinkability, and soothing mouthfeel. Initially a smooth slightly roasted malt and caramel taste make way for a dominant toffee caramel middle and a slightly bitter dry end that has some cloying characteristics as you swallow two, or three, after the last drop of fluid is consumed. Hops are, sadly, barely evident. This would be my only critiscm of this Red Ale, it lacks hoppiness or hop bite in the finish. That said, it is still a great drinking beer, and for a 22 fl .oz. Bottles, it has the distinction of being one I drank well before I finished my Review.

As others have previously stated, and at the risk of sounding like an echo, this is easily drinkable - and a great “Session Beer” (I love that term and I hate the fact I had to reiterate it). OK, it is Highly Quaffable, there no-one has said that before. LOL.

Very enjoyable, it’s only drawback is that it lacks a hop bite in the finish for a Red Ale, but you may well forget that after 16 of these.

Mar 05, 2003
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Lots of awards on the label, too bad they couldn't find room for a bottled on date..

It pours a hazy dark red with a 2 finger head of foam and looks to have some good lacing.

Lots of caramel malt and biscuit in the nose that makes for a pretty sweet aroma; no bitterness pulled out after many sniffs.

The taste has some biscuit and caramel, is grainy, no noticeable bitterness and darn it, comes across as very mediocre in the long run. The smell suggested some vibrancy to the taste but in that department, it is severely lack. Very dull.

Medium body, medium carbonation, a good mouth feel.

Drinkability would be a whole lot better if the overall taste had some oomph to it. It's not a hard brew to drink, just boring.

Feb 21, 2011
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Gusler from Arizona

3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours forth from the 22 ounce bottle an reddish orange with a demonstrative creamy white head that upon its erosion leaves a velum like coating to conceal the glass. Nose has a sour dough earthiness, somewhat sweet with a grassy tone, hints of oranges, caramel also peek though the maze. Start has a decent malt presence; mint like bitterness also present, with a touch, top is medium in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, the hops blatantly spicy, dry as a bone aftertaste sticks to the palate like super glue, quite drinkable, a nice everyday beer.

Oct 26, 2007
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red in color, slim white head.

Sweetish, though dry, malty nose. Plump cherry and apple. Pleasant, if mellow.

Taste: just like a red ale should, with a bigger dash of fruit. Crisp, bright, the tiniest bit sharp, mild hops, but as I drink more I realize it's plenty hoppier than the average Irish Red. Medium-bodied, excellent drinkability and just darned tasty.

Went great with my dinner, and I'm sure it would with most anyone's.

Oct 03, 2008
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lackenhauser from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, reddish color with a great head on top. Ho hum aroma-metallic and coppery like. Malt flavor dominates with a slight bitter bite to it. Slight bready taste to it. Metallic notes. from the aroma comes thru. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel-makes up for the "bite" it tends to have. A notch above average. Thanks to beerrun13 for this suprise package.

Mar 09, 2007
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oelergud from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown glass bottle, 1 pint 6oz. Maroon label with golden lettering. Black and pewter pry-off cap stating 'California Brewed'.
Semi-transparent deep copper red body. Light tan head of tiny to small bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Delicious sweet toffee scent with a mild hop note.
This is a great red ale. Mildly spiced sweet toffee and a perfect strength hop character that carries into the long lasting aftertaste.
Medium to full body. Little coating and a wierd mix of hydrating and dry finish.
Very drinkable, a great example of the style.


Feb 05, 2008
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark golden honey orange color that has a smeared cast of hazyness. Firmly stacked foam of off-white hue sits for a bit before sifting down to a solid skim always present. A slightly torn parchment paper sheeting of lace displays well across the glass.

Aroma is clean, light, and sweet with a touch of apples and berries mixed with a caramel goodness.

Solid malty taster thats really easy going and smoothly justified in a favorably ample yet light amount of caramel goo laced with a bit of chocolate covered apples and dried apricot. Very airy and lightly touched of a dryish floral hoppyness and smoothed over toasted malt adds a nice balancing touch as it finishes. Quite solid and yummy.

Feel is a firm medium body with a smooth creamy realm of malts and holds a slight carbonation grab. Has a very nice balance of the fruityish sweetness and its airy dryness.

Way drinkable and then some! Yum!

Feb 05, 2009
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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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arizcards from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber a BevMo in late April for $2.99.

Beer poured red with an off white head. Nose is very malty with a pleasant citric hop aroma. Taste is of caramel malts with a slight hop bitter finish that leaves an acidic layer on the back of my palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with no special characteristics. Drinkability is pretty good, worth a shot at 2.99.

Aug 02, 2008
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, creamed-amber to tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, reddish-amber, almost cranberry colored brew. The aroma is quite malty with notes of biscuit malt, soda crackers, fruity raisin notes, and some definite berry aromatics. The aroma almost smells artificial in some way; it is not, but something about the malt sweetness gives me this impression.

Lightly full, medium body here. It is still fairly sweet, with that amp'd up berry character here in the flavor. Toasted biscuit malt notes are evident up front and there is a touch of dark grain astringency in the finish, though I wouldn't say there is any roast character here. Lots of caramelized crystal malt character here, this brew is practically definite by it. The hops play a supporting role here; most noticeable as a light to nipping bitterness in the finish, but there is also a nice herbal hop flavor here as well. There is an almost saccharine quality to the berry-sweetness in the finish here, not sure what is giving the beer this taste, but it is a touch distracting at times. Still this is mostly a really nice, malty beer that is easy drinking and great for those who like the malt focused equivalent of a Pale Ale.

Apr 23, 2007
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SilentSabre from North Dakota

3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a red-orange colour with a solid, two-finger eggshell coloured head. Nice head retention.
Smell is incredible. Only the most dazzling gets a 5,0, but if there were a 4,75, I'd definitely give it to 'smell' on this one. Loads of fruit, sweet, roasted malts, and even what I perceive to a be faint tobacco aroma. Also a faint earthy smell, suggesting damp, loamy soil. Very inviting!
To my regret, while still very good, this smells quite a bit better than it tastes. Flavour is dominated by sweet, toasted malts with a bit of a caramel nuance hanging around. Definitely good, but not even close to the depth and complexity in the smell.
Feels nice in the mouth with just the right level of carbonation for the style. I must admit, however, this drinks a little heavier than one would expect from something 6,5%.
Not exceptional, but still a very good American attempt at an Irish Red. I'd pick it up again.

Apr 04, 2010
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indiapaleale from Maine

3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, fuzzy sort of reddish orange color. It reminds of of blood orange juice. Quite an interesting pour. A bit of head that's off white and it fades rather slowly leaving some foam clinging to the glass.

Smell is sweet, very sweet. Cotton candy, caramel, powdered sugar.

Taste is a very forward caramel. The sweetness from this and what seems like relatively low carbonation makes this a bit syrupy but not cloying. There is a bit of earthy hoppiness but not enough to cut the sweet.

Overall its a decent red ale but too sweet for my liking.

Feb 03, 2009
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured clear amber. The head was off-white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a caramel sweetness. Some fruitiness was also present as was a slight smoky impression.

The flavor was chocolate with a caramel sweetness. The chocolate seems out of place in an amber, but the flavor is well done. The flavor starts with a slight caramel sweetness and ends with a dry caramel flavor. Slight smokiness in the flavor which adds complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel impression. The body was medium to medium full.

22 ounce bottle.

May 12, 2004
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asabreed from New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass. Love the busy label without being too ostentatious. If I ever started a brewery I would be mirroring Moylan's for sure.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber color with orange and copper highlights. Lots of bubbles floating to the top. Not much lacing, but the head keeps nicely above the glass at about 1/4" and recharges nicely with a swirl or two.

Smell: Caramel malts, sour fruits, some citrus with the more tangy side of cherries and granny smith apples, mild semi-sweet chocolate, and mild citrus hop bitterness. Balanced and complex, though still mild, which I like.

Taste: Initial grain flavors, with mild chocolate at the forefront, caramel malts, mild sour apples and citrus hop bitterness, which melds nicely with all the sweeter malt flavors. It could be more visceral and stronger, but nothing is really sacrificed since the balance is on point. Semi-dry finish with grains and malt sweetness dominating, finishing with caramel and chocolate undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied without being too chewy, nice carbonation and unexpectedly crisp finish.

Drinkability: I really liked this version of the style, and I've yet to have a Moylan's brew which didn't impress me. I paid around $4 for the bomber, and at 6.5% ABV, the buzz is very euphoric and present at the end without the alcohol making itself known in the taste. And though it's complex, it's balanced and doesn't lean too far over to the malt side, which, for me, throws a lot of reds off-kilter and makes many too derivative. I could drink much more of this, and if it's ever in 6-packs I could see this being a nice staple for the spring.

Apr 24, 2008
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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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Troyone from California

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

Pours a light root beer color with an amber hue and a three inch head with some lacing and carb action.

A moderate cookie caramel malt smell with some pine resin and orange hops aroma.

A lightly sweet and moderately bitter taste, slightly nutty caramel malt with a resin and grapefruit/orange hops aroma.

Light to medium body, watery slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a lightly asringent and chalky finish.

Drinkable however not my type of Red.

May 29, 2005
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