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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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 chickenm
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a thin white head. The aroma has sweet caramel and toasted malts, and a little fruit too. Flavor is sweet and malty with a somewhat bready taste and minimal hops. Medium bodied, solid mouthfeel. Not something I'd drink often, a little too sweet for me, but still a pretty decent Red Ale.

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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 mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice light brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together. A bit light on the feel but this helped to keep it very drinkable and the subtly sweet finish was the icing on the cake.

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date on bottle. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.29.

A: Pleasing amber red with 1-2 finger beige bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

S: Toffee and bready aroma overall with a nice kick of nutty, toasted malt and some mild berrylike fruitiness. No hops really there.

T: Nutty aspects blend well with the toffee to provide a solid malty blast. The hops are herbal and just serve to bring balance. The grain character in the end brings a rough edge that I like in this brew.

M: Medium body with a coating feel overall and modest carbonation.

O: Another fine brew from Moylan's. I have never gone wrong with one of their ales yet -- all have been solid and some have been spectacular (Hopsickle, Imperial Stout). And the price is right, too.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with tan head.
S: It smelled like very bready wheat and barley, with unsalted popcorn and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like lightly roasted barley and bready wheat, with caramel and nutty malt. It had a smooth, sweet and dry aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was like a light Scotch ale, with malty but clean scent and taste. Nice body too, and very easy to drink. Good beer, but nothing great.

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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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moylan's Irish Red
On draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: orangish-honey, very small head, some lacing.

Smell: malts and subtle hops.

Taste: delicious nutty malts, very slight hops, and subtle grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This has some excellent flavors. The malts really prevail. It could be ised as a session brew as well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, but brightly coloured amber-orange. I think calling it red is pushing it. Initial froth of head, that dissipates to nothing more than a light foamy ring around the edge. Still leaves some reasonable lacing, but overall, it's not a great looking red ale. Average at best.

Nose is malty and dry, with a decent dollop of grains, but little sweetness. A very faint hint of smokiness to it, but it's so weak it's almost ephemeral. These are all reasonably true characters for the style, but there's very little to it. It seems very weak, even if it's relatively style-appropriate.

Taste is a little better, with pleasant grainy malt on the front, which dries out over a long period to a pleasant nutty character, just touched with a hint of vanilla. Feel is very light, reasonably smooth, but a far cry from the best examples. Not bad though.

Yeah, it's missing something. I like the light graininess and the nutty characters, and it's light enough to be quite drinkable for a beer clocking in above session strength, but there's something too light, too dumbed down about it for me to really enjoy it. Tasty enough, but something I'll probably forget pretty quickly.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass, this beer is a deep reddish-amber color with a colossal head, worthy of the glass. Quite lovely to look at. The aroma is quite good as well: Light caramel, with bready melanoidens, modestly fruity. The taste is appropriate for the style: fairly sweet malt, with a hint of toastiness to the bread-like flavor, rather estery. Bitterness is low, and no hop flavor is to be found. The body is a tad watery, which I count the only real flaw.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into Sam Adams sensory glass. Moylan's just arrived in our area, so I thought I'd grab a bottle to welcome them to Tennessee.

Pours a hazy dark coppery red brown, almost murky, with a one-finger off-white head that settles quickly into a soapy cap. Not a whole lot in the way of retention, though still some decent lacing left.

Nose is quite toasty; there may even be a few hints of light roasted malt in there, and a bit of chocolate underneath. Just a bit of an earthy, fruity hoppiness coming through as well, though lightly.

Taste follows suit. A nice, toasty maltiness leads things off, fruity in an almost red-berry sort of way, with a light, earthy hop note contributing an almost-tannic dryness rather than any real bitterness. Nicely balanced between the two, and quite tasty. This is a style that has certainly grown on me lately, and I'm certainly enjoying this particular example.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a hint of graininess in there, drying.

Drinkability is very good. Tasty, perfectly balanced, and with a reasonable abv showing no hints of alcohol. Nice beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a modest head that leaves dots and dashes behind

Smell: Fruity, with a big toffee malt backbone supporting the bready and yeast undertones

Taste: Loads of toffee, up front, with a stone fruit diversion developing by mid-palate; though the beer is rather sweet from start to finish, there is a grainy aspect that arrives after the swallow to balance things out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A tad too sweet for my tastebuds, but an excellent example of the style

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber color with a thin off white colored head. No lacing.

S: A big malty aroma with lots of fruit and a little bit of caramel and hop.

T: There is a strong sweet fruity malt flavor that starts out a with a little bit of medicine tinge and then mellows out with caramel and a touch of earthy hop bitterness to even out the malt. Not bad.

M: Smooth with a little bit of bite at the end from the hop that leaves the mouth semi-sweet.

D: It's a nice Irish red ale. Tasty and well balanced. Definitely worth a try for Red ale fans.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish orange color with a medium sized beige head that retains well for a while and leaves some lacing.

Smells of caramel and roasted nuts upfront with a little apple and/or pear in the back.

Taste again reveals a lot of caramel and also displays toasty and nutty characteristics. Lightly fruity at the end with just a touch of hops. Overall a little sweet but not bad.

Medium body and carbonation. Pretty refreshing overall. This isn't incredibly exciting but it is fairly drinkable when you're in the mood for the style. One bomber is enjoyable, but I don't know that this is something I'd want more than every once in a while.

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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 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 cvfish
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a brownish red color that produced a fluffy thin light beige head that had a decent amount of retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aroma of this beer was largely malt dominated, maybe some golden fruits

T - The taste of this beer had a nice toasty, caramel maltiness that was light offset by some earthy hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This is a good beer, I would much rather have a six pack of this instead of a bomber, but hey, with our beer selection, beggars can't be choosers

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/6/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a strong reddish color body, average foamy creamy off-white head, lasting. Very malty aroma. Strong grain, nuttiness. Enticing. Malty Irish tasting, very light nutty taste. Very "Irish Ale" tasting. Good and malty.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear caramel-colored with little to no head. No lacing either.

S - It smelled of caramel and sweet malt. No much going on here either.

T - The beer really improves here. Delicious sweet caramel flavor with grassy hop bite. It really is a great version of an Irish Red.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - Again, it's a delicious caramel/malty Irish Red ale. Not an impressive appearance or aroma, but it delivers on taste.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour's a very hazy reddish brown but with a great head that stays. Shouldn't it be clear? still looks good though.

S- very tasty and very malty. A lot like when I brew a homebrew batch and start boiling the wort. A slight but of alcohol though as well which could be removed.

T- Different to be sure (I am not used to reds) and very good. A different kind of malt taste then a porter, brown or stout. Very sweet but for some reason reminds me of baseball and redwood bark? (weird I know). I like it though. The more I drink the better it gets too.

M- good carbonation and no slickness. nice.

D- I would say this a good beer, easy to drink and I would see myself enjoying this with some peanuts watching some sports on TV. Wish it was easier to find.

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Photo of illidurit
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice pumpkin flesh orange color with a thick, fluffy tan head that sticks around wonderfully. Aroma is sweet grains and a little bit of tangy hop presence. Flavor is similar, sweet and tangy with a sort of orangey note. Very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is better than the Marin Irish Red by a hair.

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Photo of loren01
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color...good sized white head with no lacing down the glass. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is much the same sweet/malty brown sugar taste up front with a peat/earthy dry aftertaste. Carbonation is right on and beer is medium bodied. Overall this is a pretty solid beer, would buy this again.

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Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is good, pretty drinkable, with some character, but it's a bit muddled and subdued while it's only really like and Irish ale in the predominant maltiness and low-key character. The stength doesn't seem like a real Irish ale.

Bright copper, it has a small pale tan head slowly shrinking to a ring and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is malty with strong graham cracker, hints of whole wheat, earthy leaves, citrus, and hot chocolate. It seems pretty good, definitely malty with a clear Irish-like quality, and a little like a porter or brown ale.

The taste is fruity-earthy-doughy malt primarily with whole wheat bread (soft, not toasted) with some raisiny alcohol, light candied citrus, some mroe grain in the aftertaste. After a few sips, it becomes more muddled and bland, but stays pretty good throughout. It is slick, a bit oily and slightly silky, with a full feel.

I like i and it's smooth, but it's not nearly as drinkable as it should be for the low-key smoothness and isn't really a session beer, which is what I think it should be. It becomes a little tiresome and heavy, in part because it has a lot of alcohol for the amount of flavour and complexity you get. For this level of character, I'd go with many other beers that have a lot less alcohol while for the alcohol I'd go with beers with a lot more interest and character.

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Danny's Irish Style Red Ale from Moylan's Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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