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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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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

color was a deep ruby, hazy, with a minimal tan head. subdued nose; some roasty caramel, vague fruit, and a bit of alcohol noted. taste was caramel and toffeeish sweet malts, minimal hop presences, finished sweet. almost rich mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, very lightly carbonated, viscous. decent but nothing special.

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Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great red/burnished copper color with a nice foamy head and wonderful lacing. Has a nice malty and sour scent, not really citrus sour, but tangy. Nice taste, a very nice malt flavor, with hints of cherry and something a little burnt, but not as much sourness as a Red from Ireland. Goes down very smoothly, a little on the thick side.

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Photo of charlzm
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 08/18/07.

Upon opening cap, a gush of frothy white foam issued forth, running down the sides and making a good-sized mess on my counter. It did settle into the glass eventually as a dark amber fluid with a thin skin of long-lasting light tan foam covering the surface.

Brown sugar and/or molasses greeted my nose upon opening, but the aroma faded fast. Subsequent sniffs provided a subtle aroma of smoky leather.

Silky mouthfeel promises good things to come, and initial malt flavor seems to follow through. That is, until the metallic tang kicks in. That flaw seemed to fade as the glass of beer warmed up a bit, disappearing in favor of a barely-astringent malty flavor to linger in the mouth a bit after swallowing.

For a beer relatively low in alcohol, there is still a bit of warmth to be felt. Hops are in the background and only tasted as the beer slides down the back of the tongue on its way to a happy belly. A malty, somewhat sweet beer.

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Photo of Maudite
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first Moylan's. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I thought this may be one of those beers that looks good on the outside and is disappointing on the inside, but I was wrong, thankfully.

A= Poured a nice copper brown, orange-red, ruby hue. The head was a tasty looking thick white froth with a bit of brownish spotting that looked like the foam on a holiday nog. The head had a nice thick middle crown, and lasted for a good while, great lacing, slowly dissipating into a halo as I got down a ways.

S= Very earthy, at first hard to place. Definitely some toasted malt, a bit of the amber ale biscuity scent, a trace of hop, but earthy hop, not citrusy/flowery hop. A tad bit of toffee/tobacco/bread in there.

T= Quite pleasing. Very true to form for an Irish red, perhaps one of the better examples I've had. Alot of earthiness, a slight mineral trace, comes on like toasted malt, melts into a nice fresh dark bread, dissolves into something akin to tobacco or moss, and at the finish a wonderful taste I can only describe as bean sprouts. I know it sounds wrong for a beer, but it was this very earthy flavor, almost like rich soil, very thirst quenching and lingering. I made my wife try a sip and she had the same wonderment at the end. I said, "Bean sprouts?" She laughed and said that's exactly what she was thinking. It was great, a great experience. I suppose, like the style info says, a tea-like finish. Hmm.

M= The toasted malts give a lot to your mouth, leaving a strong taste the way a dense bread, or bran muffins, does. Not thick, but rich and delicate. The carbonation was slight, as I would hope for in this style, and it lends to a meatier mouthfeel, not stripping the tongue, but blanketing it.

D= My only complaint is that it doesn't come in a 6-pack, that I know of.

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Photo of younger35
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this on my recent beer adventure through California. I should have tried the Paddy's Irish Style Red Ale while I was at Moylan's but instead just picked up a bottle of Danny's Irish Style Red Ale. Drank from my Dogfish Head pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light amber orange with excellent clarity and a small white head. What is there recedes quickly leaving zero cap and a thin collar that leaves tiny little spots of lace.
Smell- A malt heads dream! Loads of lightly kilned malts dance around the nose with an abundance of caramel and toffee. Lightly dirty with a European hop backbone that is reminiscent of grass and tobacco.
Taste- Like the nose, plenty of lightly roasted barley that has a luscious sweetness of toffee and dark brown sugar that is slightly cloying after a couple swigs. Hops aren't that prevalent but they do lend a semi tart citrus bite toward the end. Finishes with a dirty aftertaste that is slightly bitter and pretty nutty. The alcohol is semi apparent and shows a bit toward the end.
Mouthfeel- Very full body with a rich silky smoothness and light carbonation that finishes rather dry.
Drinkability- Overall definitely a pretty tasty brew. At 6.5% it's not chug-able but it goes down really easy and is very approachable. I actually find myself drinking this faster than usual. Glad I brought a bomber home!

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Photo of oelergud
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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.


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Photo of Fishdawg71
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 22oz bottle Very nice appearence, nice red color with at least 2 good fingers of white lacy head. Aroma, deep rich malt character...This beer has all the malt of fine leather chair ... a little diacytly in the aroma but very close to style. Flavor: all malt very little hop which was very nice, a little bit of caramel taste to this beer. Very, very nice Irish red, one of the best I have had..
I will buy this beer again and again..

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Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive copper color. A thin off-white head. An aroma of caramel malt, butterscotch and pears. A caramel and biscuit flavor, somewhat sweet, but balanced with hops to dry it out on the finish. A pleasing medium body with a lightly nutty and caramel finish. A well made beer that screams "October" though nobody knows what October means in Novato.

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Photo of westweasel
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from relatives in California. Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer is a hazy, cloudy amber color with about 1/4" of beige head. The smell was notable. It had a very rich caramel aroma with some hints of toffee and butterscotch.

The taste was similar to the scents, with carmel, toffee, and butterscotch dominating. It has a fairly clean, citrus hop bitterness at the end of the swallow. The finish is fairly dry. Based on the smell, you would expect the beer to be much sweeter.

The moutfeel is medium. This beer is very drinkable, even in large amounts. The dry finish helps to keep the beer refreshing. This is definitely a well-conceived and executed beer.

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Photo of NitroGen
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: Dark Brown Glass Bomber 6.5% ABV,

A: Deep brown amber pour that is brilliantly translucent with 2 fingers of light brown foam that dissipates to a nice cover and sporadic lacing.

S: Lightly toasted grains, sweet caramel and brown sugar with fall fruits

T: Well balance of slightly sweet mixture of grains, caramel and malt. While smooth the taste changes are subtle from beginning to end,

M: Outstanding smooth well balanced with an aftertaste that is pleasing to the tongue and entire mouth,

D: I just saw a show where a person was filmed on the 7 day Guinness Diet. I volunteer to be the first to do the Moylans’s Seven Day Danny’s Irish Style Red Ale Diet! I highly recommend!

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of troutmask96
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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 morebeergood
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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 Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Inflames
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very enjoyable brew from the Moylan brewing crew.
I found this bomber in a grocery store in South Lake Tahoe. Having enjoyed previous Moylan beers it was no surprise to me how good this beer was. Usually reds are pretty universal and who's to tell one from the other.
Well I believe this is where Moylan comes in. The color is almost ruby, aroma is very deep and pleasing, taste is a nice balance of crystal malt and clean hop finish. Mouthfeel was almost a 5 but as good as this was I want to live in a world where the best is yet to come. If I haven't said it enough times, this is a great brew.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Talisker
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully crafted beer. Poured from a bomber purchased at the brewery. Very attractive deep, clear red. Light tan head that lingers. Malty aroma that perfectly matches the deep bready malt flavor. Predominantly sweet, a bit of caramel balanced by just the right amount of European hop bitterness. Not an overly complex taste, not especially dry except for a tang on the finish, but one that invites you back quickly.

A superb malt showcase. Not sure why it doesn't rate better - maybe it's especially sensitive to age, and old samples are out there?

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Photo of Greenfloyd
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moylan's Irish Red has got it's place on my St. Patty's day menu………

Pours into my pint glass with a rich dark reddish amber (if that's a possible color), and is crowned nicely with an off-white head owning lingering tints of burnt orange. The beer itself had a rather mild smell, but hints of sweet malt and caramel find their way through. This ale had a very low hop presence (I like that however), giving way to mild malt and meandering honey notes, finishing clean yet sweet. A nice medium body, although probably a bit to much to be considered a session brew. Pairs great with....yep, corned beef and cabbage. Throw in a few slices of rye bread, and spin the Irish pub tunes...Enjoy

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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 bjohnson
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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 BlindPig
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/4- 1/2" off white head. Clear amber body.
S- Sweet caramel malts. Hint of citrus hops with maybe some toffee and plums.
T- Caramel dominates most of the flavor. Big malty beer. Bit bitter in aftertaste. Also one other flavor I can't pin point.
M- Dry finish, crisp and refreshing.
D- I like this a lot. Wish I could get it here. Love the dry finish. Also had a bit bigger body than most Moylan's.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
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 DogFood11
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
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 ppoitras
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a weak 1/4" beige head above the reddish amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, very disappointing for the style, leaving just a film and a few odd bubbles here and there. Some lacing present. Aroma is lightly of sweet caramel malts. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, with grain husks balanced by the sedate hops character. Mouthfeel is kind of chalky/grainy, and lacking in the carbonation department, but it goes down pretty well. Nothing I'd go out of my way to find again.

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Danny's Irish Style Red Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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