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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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 186
Photo of hooliganlife
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours deep amber and copper. little head that gives way quickly to little retention.

very light and very sweet. scents of candied cherries and sweet malts.

very dominant barley and malt profile that has far more bite than the hops. hops are very light, slight bitterness. semi sweet malts just dominate and fight your taste buds.

fairly thin but the carbonation gives it some body with a little bite.

not a bad amber ale overall. i personally prefer more hop flavor as it balances out the amber malts. the flavors from the barley and malts however blended well for a smack you in the face flavor. this was a 22oz, can't see myself wanting to drink more back to back.

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Photo of JamesP123
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Moylans BrewPub

A. A golden-reddish color (big surprise)with one finger of white head. Decent lacing down the glass.

S. Sweet Malty kick, rosted malts, kinda bready like a biscuit. Smal amout of earthy hops coming through.

T. Sweet and toasty malts again, not really bitter at all. Very small hop profile, just enough to help balance it out. Smooth and easy drinking.

M. Smooth and medium bodied - not much to write about.

D. Very drinkable - not a huge fan of the style, but this was a good example. One I wont dream about, but may enjoy down the road, a nice changeup to the super hoppy beers.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local Novato fundraiser.

Pours an amber red and caramal color with a nice foamy head.

The malty aroma hits the nostrils pretty strong. I also sense a little hoppy aroma but I don't taste much on the consumption.

The taste is more malty than I like. I was hoping for some a little more "bite" but I wasn't getting it.

It was definitely easy to drink as I had a few to make my review complete.

I love the Moylan's brewery but this is unfortunately not one of my favorites.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle consumed with dinner, on to the beer:

Deep, dark bodied reddish orange in color, the head is decent and patchy. Earthy aroma, some sides of esters. In the mouth, it is a smooth beer that hides its body well. Very earthy flavor at the begining. Fruit esters pull through with a light husky grain, leafy hop, and toasted note. Toffee is noted towards the end of the sip, where it leaves a trail of itself in the aftertaste. Goes down very easy.

A good Irish Red; better than the mass-prodcued imported brands we get in the states.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

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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 Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours red with a small white head, fair head retention, looks like a typical pint in a shaker glass.

S: Heavy on malt, seems to be a real crystal malt smell, light earthy hop note.

T: As with the scent this is a malt forward brew and quite tasty, it's nice that they stuck to the traditional style. Toffee, sugar, caramel. Hops are evident, but real light, just enough to give the beer balance.

M: Relatively light-bodied and drinkable, smooth. Cloying at times with some astringency, overall not bad though.

D: Haven't had a beer of this style in a long time, so it was nice to go back. Fresh and tasty, I enjoyed this pint.

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

From Bevmo

A - Pours an amber-orange, moderate head and dissipates slow.

S - Caramel, spices, coriander, cream and spicy hops.

T - Caramel, coriander, and hint of spicy hops.

M - Really smooth. A little thin on body and character, but really smooth.

D - A really good example of the style, but I am not a big fan. Not much character to this beer.

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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 riored4v
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/4/08

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Thin, off-white head formed that faded fast to no head. Clear and brown/red in color.

Smell is of roasted malts and caramel.

Taste is mainly mild sweetness and low bitterness. Taste pretty much mirrors the smell w/ roasted malts and mild caramel flavor. Slight chocolate notes.

Good carbonation although moderately heavy body. Slightly sticky on tongue.

Good drinkability though. Nothing to overpowering and overall its well-balanced.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy, rusty, woodstain like amber, but not much of a head or any bubbling. Great color color though. AMBROSIA!!! Golden toasted barely grains glide into the nostrils mixing with some light caramel and minty hop notes. The taste has subtle yet undeniable flavors abounding. Heavy breads with some caramel and honey faintly drizzled on top. A little buttery on the paate, but the faint mint and pine hops cuts through the malt butter flavor a bit. Screams round after round at "ye olde pube". NOT A TYPO!

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wife lays down an aggressive pour and we have a translucent bronze color with a big white head. Goot retention on the top half inch.

Smells like vinegar. Tastes like milk chocolate. WTF? Both are faint so it's actually fairly pleasing.

The carbonation is so slight that any attempt at a sip turns into a five ounce chug. This bomber shall die swiftly.

Overall: probably won't pick it up again, but wouldn't turn it down either

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Photo of SFRider
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice red. Slightly orange. Not really amber, but slightly orange. Kinda cloudy.
Smell: There's a sweet maltiness. Mild caramel. Think oranges and cherries - you will smell them.
Taste: Delicious. Slightly sweet, very little hops. Tastes kinda like it smells.
Drinkability: Very easy to drink with medium-light carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer. Didn't knock me out, but definitely a beer worth drinking. Not everything can be a Kilt Lifter, I suppose. I had it after dinner and thought it fit well, got slightly syrupy towards the end. But if you're in the mood for a Red Ale - this beer will not disappoint.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has an amber color. Slightly hazy. The head is small and settles quickly to a thin cap. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Nice malt aroma. The toasted and caramel malt blends nicely. Slightly musty and sour.

The caramel malt is predominant over the toasted malt just by a little. Not overly sweet because there is just a touch of alcohol in the flavor at the finish. Probably as good as it gets for an Irish Red but I have not had that many to give this one a 5.

The weakest point in this beer is the mouthfeel. The body is moderate but just lacks texture. Carbonation is a little high.

Great flavor and a nice drinker. The ABV and cost is a little high to make this a session beer. Recommend this highly for the style.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Irish Red ale in the vein of Smithwick's. Slightly opaque copper with a nice cream head. Looks almost like nitro but not as viscous. Slightly sour malty smell, with traces of yeast and toffee. Faint hop bitterness.

Bitter twinge with a malt dryness. Like Smithwick's/ but less processed and no metallic hints - Kilkenny without the nitro effect and easily far richer than either of those.

Good, low key carbonation. Its not as smooth as Kilkenny on nitro and not as fizzy as Smithwick's. Even at 6.8%, very sessionable and the best Irish Red I've had, even if it is from California.

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

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into a fancy Sam Adams pint glass, this beer pours a clear brownish-red color with a white head that leaves some patches of lacing after each sip.

S- The aroma is dominated by toasted malts.

T- The taste is also heavy on the toasted malts. The moderately dry finish leaves a mild bitterness on the palate.

M- A medium-bodied feel with soft carbonation.

D- This is a highly sessionable beer that was a pleasure to drink.

A great example of the style.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at hollingshead's in orange so i had to buy a few bottles.

pours a murky amber. but an acceptable murky. not like whats in my beer murky, rather a hmmm thats murky... has a nice two finger off white head. i can smell the malts. very sweet smell.

first taste is amazing. sweet malts, hint of various nuts, has almost a creamy kick to it. just alittle bite. very simple flavors but they do the job wonderfully.

i would say the mouth feel and drinkability are both high on this. its a very smooth, very refreshing beer with a nice aftertaste. i would have not problem drinking this beer again and again.

you see this bottle you drink whats inside it.

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Photo of Pehlman
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a lovely amber color. Perfect for the style.

S: OMG! amazing combo of caramel and roasty malt!

T: It tastes like....burning! haha

M: Awesome. I really love the way this beer feels. All the way down.

D: I could seriously drink this any time, any day! Great beer. The best Irish red I have EVER had! ...EVER!

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this my good buddy Pehlman...here are my thoughts.

A: A deep amber-red color with light lacing and low head retention. A bit hazy too.

S: Caramel aroma with malt sweetness; somewhat complex.

T: The beginning was very earth and woodzie (lol...like my spelling?) with a nice hazelnut and caramel finish. Almost no bitterness.

M: Full-body with light carbonation. Coated mouth very well and had a slight dry finish.

D: Exceptional; the best Irish Red I have had. I highly recommend this beer to people, even if this isn't your style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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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 tonistruth
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- partly cloudy amber brew, not much retent on a finger of off white, sliky lacing

S- fruity(cherry and strawberry), toasted malts, caramel

T- strawberry pop tart like malt flavors (no frosting, the best), caramel

M- creamy and smooth, wonderful carbonation

D- enjoyable, not complex but very pleasing, interesting, recommended

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Photo of arizcards
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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