Danny's Irish Style Red Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Danny's Irish Style Red AleDanny's Irish Style Red Ale

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by younger35 on 02-07-2008

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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 186
Photo of alleykatking
1.29/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a coppery amber color. Half finger white head shows light retention. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Holy vinegar Batman!!! Some light caramel malts along with toasted malts in the front of the beer quickly get swept into a malt vinegar like aroma that sticks long into the nose.

T- The aroma was more pleasing than the flavor. This starts off with some toasted malts that show a light caramel malt overtone to them. This is where the vinegar flavor starts to show up and turn into more of a malt vinegar by the time the alcohol comes in the backend. This beer had taken a horrible turn for the worst.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Vinegar overtones are all that is on the palate and this lingers long into the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol to calm it down. Flavors were not balanced at all for the style. Off flavors are vinegar forward which I expected with how the flavor and aroma was. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was horrible. And to think this is a off bottle is laughable as I have had so many bottles from them that taste the exact same. I think QC needs to be looked at more indepth a little more.

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Photo of Brewsmith
1.77/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty and plumy. Appearance is a cloudy red with a tiny tan head. Taste is malty, more of the plummy notes from the crystal malt. A little roast in the background. I'm getting some funky notes in the malt, wet cardboard and a little stale tasting. Mouthfeel is thin with very little carbonation. This has to be one bad bottle because I've never had a clunker from Moylan's before.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber picked up at the local BevMo. Poured into a tulip it forms a tan, loose head that settles to a solid finger head. Mild carbonation rolls to the top in this reddish-copper brew.

Very soft on the palate, almost creamy at times with little carbonation to give this any sharpness. Malts are on the sweet side, annoyingly so. Kind of an odd beer in that its creamy smooth mouthfeel doesn't translate well as it finishes on the dry side. I was hoping that as it warmed that something of a balancer or for that matter "interesting" would come out but I couldn't find it.

Notes: Ehhhh ...not for me, but not a complete dissaster by any stretch. Soft, malty brews have a place and I do like them but they haven't to have a "hook" and this was rather blah. 1 and done.

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Photo of northaustin
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark red with alot of quickly disappearing white head. no lacing.

smells like candy. very sweet and dry, with almost a syrupy vannila backnote.

taste is the same as the smell.

mouthfeel: heavy syrup in the cheeks and throat. grab a slice of bread or some cheese or some water, anything to combat the syrup blitz.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A cloudy amber liquid gets topped with a one-finger tan head that melts to a ring of tiny bubbled lacing.
Aroma is toasted or burnt malt and caramel.
Taste is definitely the toasted malts with rich caramel and faint coffee in the background. Bitterness on the swallow comes more from the burnt malt, I think, than from hops. Hops seem to be missing in this brew.
Nice caramel chewiness going on after you swallow.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


An even bronze all the way through. Nicely retained off white, bubbly head. Good amount of carbonation bubbles rise to the top


Roasted malty aroma with a very slight grassy hop essence that sneaks in as well


Roasted malty initial bite followed by a bit of a spicy aftertaste. Flavor fades very quickly and there is almost no hop bitterness


Very light bodied for a red ale and almost has a watered down feeling as it hits the back of the throat


This beer screams of mediocrity. There is definitely a lack of balance as this beer could have benefited from at least a little hop flavoring. The flavors that did come through did not stand out as anything fantastic. I became quite bored quite quickly while drinking this.

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Photo of anon
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy reddish color with a thin white head. Dissipates quickly with a thin retention on the edges of the glass.
S: An interesting vanilla wafer aroma hit first--weird, never thought a red ale to have that type of aroma. Malt dominates with sweet caramel notes also.
T/M: Biscuit and toasted grain malt notes with a sweet caramel presence to them. Slight bitterness with grassy hop notes that hangs on the tastebuds. Buttery on the palate and a bit viscous.
D: Maybe I let this sit a bit too long. Possibly a bit more crisp when fresh.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy ruby red with a medium head that disapates quickly and leaves no lacing. The smell is pretty strong and different. Vanilla, grape, sweet malt make this an interesting smelling beer. The taste is creamy and wine like. Sweet malt, some hops, and mostly dark fruit and grapes make this a very different red ale. The m/f is light with a combination of flavors that don't reallt go well together. Not horrible,but this just isn't my cup of tea. If you like very fruity beers this may be for you,otherwise try another Red Ale.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened a 22oz bottle last night and it exploded with foam all in the kitchen sink. After the initial burst, it still was foaming like mad as I poured it into the glasses. This beer was way too over-carbonated, I must have picked up a bad bottle. I managed to only salvage about half a pint glass of beer each for me and my wife. I figured we should at least try a sip or two to see what it tastes like. Actually, it wasn't too bad. It was red colored (obviously) but had a nice apple flavor aspect to it. A bit better than I expected. Too bad that we were only able to have about 4 oz each. As I am not a huge fan of Irish Reds to begin with, I wasn't expecting much. But this one let me down.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of troutmask96
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pretty beer. Pours a dark reddish-mahogany with a thick, chewy head. Unfortunately, that's where my affinity ends for this brew. Taste is excessively biscuity, reminding me of the hopelessly mediocre New Belgium Fat Tire. Very drinkable, and goes well with traditional Irish fare. But that's about it...

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this at BevMo. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy red color with a small white head that dissapears fast. Minimal lacing that lasts.

Smells sweet and the barely comes through well but it doesnt smell hoppy enough for me.

Tastes ok. Not really something I'm into. A little too malty and sweet for me. I like the more hoppy crisp irish reds like the one three floyds brews. The barely comes through well.

Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated IMO. Tastes a little watery too.

Drinkability is ok but I would rather waste my time in a better brew.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours with a slight haze and a small tan foam. Retention is average and it does not leave much lacing at all.

Smell is malty with even a bit of smoky peat in the aroma. Some earthy bread is detectable as well as a touch of honey.

Taste is a bit fruity and buttery to be considered a clean, malty red ale. The peat that I noticed in the nose carries on into the flavor and contributes more to the 'unclean' feel of this beer. I am not getting much caramel sweetness which usually is a trademark of the style. Body is a touch on the light side and the ABV is well hidden. Hoppy bitterness creeps in on the finish but really does not contribute much overall. I cant think of too many positive traits for Danny's Irish Style Red Ale, and at nearly 5 bucks a bomber I can say with certainty I wont be buying it again. It's not a horrible beer, but average at best.

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Photo of sweethome
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with 2 cm off white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of malt, earth, and caramel. Initial flavor was a mellow sweetness, nothing real distinctive. Ends kind of the same, bland malty sweetness. Some carbonation, light lacing, light to medium body, and almost no alcohol noted. Overall pretty mediocre.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish amber with a light head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Somewhat strange herbal and malty aromas that are a little light. The taste is surprisingly bland. There is some dry malt, some faint fruitiness and some faint bitterness, but the flavors all sort of cancel each other out. Not bad, but pretty neutral. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and the malt starts to grow a bit as i warms up, but its not too sweet. Not terrible, just a misses the mark a bit.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber brew with a large cream colored head. A moderate amount of lacing.

S - Campfire, grass, dry barley and moss.

T - Malty - dry and very earthy, some smoke, a little bit of moss.

M - Thin to medium body with a bit of carbonation harshness. A bit drying too.

D - Pretty good for an Irish red. It isn't something I'd have again, but I am not a big fan of Irish reds.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of naterock
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a nice redish-brown, patchy lace
S: malty, grassy aroma
T: alcohol overpowers the malt, no complexity of flavor. sweet alcohol is all I can taste.
M: actually a nice medium carbonation goes well with the style,
D: I split a 750ml and that was enough I won't waste my time with this one again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle overflowed upon opening, and it was not shaken. Malt and sherry aroma, red and auburn in color. Again lots of brewer's yeast with this brand. Taste is smooth, chunky, malty and sweet with bit of bitterness. Aftertaste has something kind of skunky, could be the yeast. This was too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed caramel/orange with a sliver of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Pears & apricots, not much else

T: Orchard fruit, dryness, leafy hops, & a bit of caramel up front. Fruittyness dominates as this warms, some leafy hops too. Finishes with apricot, persimmons & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation. Body thins out a bit as this warms

Drinks alright, but not really holding my interest. About middle of the pack for this style. Not had to many new offerings (to me) from Moylan's lately that have impressed me to be honest

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