626. McGuire’s Irish Pub – Irish Style Red Ale

626. McGuire's Irish Pub - Irish Style Red Ale It feels good I don’t have work tomorrow, do I can kick back and relax tonight. I’m staying home with the kids since they’re off school tomorrow. Tonight we just finished dinner and we’ve got the old school Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on TV. I saw this beer peeking through in the beer fridge and remember finding it at the Walmart in Destin, FL when we were there on vacation at the end of September.

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 4.5% ABV, ~120 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a rusty reddish-orange color, with a very slight haze. It has a thin creamy head with good retention and lacing. There’s a caramel malty aroma with an almost fusel alcohol smell, mixed earthy hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is light medium, and there’s a crisp mouthfeel. It has a bready maltiness up front, which turns into a semi-sweet caramel maltiness in middle. It finishes with an earthy, noble hop like bitterness the slightly overtakes the caramel maltiness. The combination on those lasts for a bit in the aftertaste

Food Pairing: This beer had a good amount of maltiness, with some bready and caramel flavors. I’d pair this beer with a thick, juicy burger, as the bready caramel flavors would mix nicely with the bun and juicy beef. The maltiness would also go nicely with BBQ as well.

Overall Impression: I enjoyed the malty flavors in this beer, along with the dose of noble hop-like bitterness. The flavors weren’t too bold, making it a very drinkable beer with a good amount of flavor. I felt the bitterness was a bit too high on the finish, and the malty flavors could have been slightly richer. Overall, it was a decent beer, but there wasn’t much memorable about it.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: Kevin

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