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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
An American classic... the McCarthy Red has it all. This medium bodied ale combines a caramel-like sweetness and a complex toastiness, with an abundance of hop character. The firm bitterness and fragrant hop aroma will keep you coming back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheArgoPirate (112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours reddish amber with a creamy head. Smells of grassy hops and malt. Taste is very malty with a nice bitter balance to finish. Medium body. Good balance overall, solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours a dark red with with a creamy looking white head. Aroma consists of caramel, nuts, some floral hops, and bread. I don’t get a whole lot of bread or the hops in the taste. Instead, I get all caramel and nuts. It is slightly bitter. Nutty aftertaste. This one is lighter in body and slick, with some flatter carbonation. This is very drinkable, but it isn’t terribly exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (969) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2012
I got this as part of an M&M 6pk from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL in spring 2012. It pours a reddish brown color with only a slight head. The scent is mild with bitter hops with some toasted malts lingering behind. The taste is very true to the red ale characteristics. It is very smooth with a good toasted malt flavor that finishes with a good crisp after taste. Very well made indeed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle from Binnys sample rack. Pours foggy red with thick head...slowly dissipates. Hoppy nose with a edge of bitterness in the initial taste. A little put off by the immense head...like I shook it up...but now getting to the taste...quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Hoppy malty flavor with a lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2156) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
On tap at brew pub DG, pours a bright clear amber with a medium khaki head. Aroma is very hoppy with citrus, pine, and caramel malt, nice freshness. Taste of earth grain and caramel malts followed by bright bitter pine and citrus. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
This came in trade from my next-door neighbor. I’d call this a red American Pale Ale. 12 oz bottle pours an almost clear red/orange with a white head and good lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and floral hops. Taste is a little on the bitter side with a clean finish. Not too much carbonation, but an excellent clean mouthfeel. Much better than expected and no complaints at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Paddle sampler on tap at the brewpub (Downers Grove, IL). My first visit to Emmett’s. Pours a rich copper pour, a bit darker with a reddish glow. No haze and moderate offwhite head sits atop. A thicker ring sits around and laces ok. Aromas are biscuity and toasty off the bat, some mellow sweet bread, faint caramel, and a distinct nuttiness grow with some decent American floral, grass, and mellow touches of citrusy hops worked into the fold. Grows on me. Initial is medium bodied, offering some toastiness, caramel, and biscuits. Toast moves into a healthy earthy hopping in the middle, offering healthy florals and earth, weeds and some touches of grapefruit. Not lively but a sufficient bitterness grows into the finish. More earthiness, peanuts, and dry floral hops mix with lingering toastiness, faint sweetness into the finish. Better than I though it would be, staying away from the sweeter side of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a cloudy, red-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma has a bit of a spiced caramel maltiness with some crystal sweetness and a touch of toast. Floral hops with a light citrus. Flavor is similar. Floral citrus up front before some crystal malt sweetness and a bit of a bready caramel comes in. A touch of toast towards the end along with a slightly increased toffee malt and a solid herbal hopping that dries this with a medium-light bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and soft, moderately foamy carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer. The dry finish is nice and the slightly toasty, crystal sweet maltiness is balanced well with a somewhat citrusy, floral and herbal hopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Tap at Emmett’s in Downers Grove on Dec. 27, 2011. Clear reddish pour. Aroma and taste of caramel malt and mild floral elements. Smooth palate. Decent amber.

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