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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
This is one of those amber ales that’s pretty much an APA with some extra color. I much prefer this to the ones with the insipid blandness that some brewers will try to pass off as malty simply due to lack of hops. This is a pleasant amber colored brew with a fine head of toght whited bubbles. Pine hops in the nose are punctuated by a slightly exagerated caramel malt flavor. There is a touch of sweetness but it’s well balanced by earthy bitterness. The texture here is full but light an, in general, this is just a really well put together brew. Nice job, Emmet’s. This is one of the better Chicago area brews I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Tap at the brewery. Best in show with only the robust porter to go. This is a tasty beer with only one shortcoming. Red ale in the glass with an offwhite head. Pretty nice lacing. Aroma is caramel chews and citrus floral hops. Taste is sweet caramel but with a big hop punch that lingers without being too bitter. Very good. The one shirtcoming is that it could have used a little more body. Very good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Tap in Palatine. Pours clear tawny with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, toast, bread), medium hops (citrus, pine, floral), and light fruity esters. Flavor is malt with moderate hop flavor, finishes bitter. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (2112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Had at the downers grove location. This is a nicely malted slightly roasted Red Ale. Rather drinkable. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5912) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Sample at the Downer’s Grove location. Pours clear red with a medium beige head. Floral and grassy hop nose that leans toward Cascade (or something similar) with some malt for balance. Caramel and bready malt flavor with a crisp and grassy hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Sample at the Palatine brewpub. The beer pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Clingy patches of lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma with a bit of hops. Light body with flavors of bready malt, caramel and citrusy hops. The finish is sweet malt and does not last long. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Draft at Downers Grove Emmett’s. Reddish brown color with a half finger of tight foam in Emmett’s "honest pint" glass. Must be a fresh batch because there’s a lot of fresh hop in the bouquet. Taste brings out a little citrus hop, and then a good pucker of noble hops. Dark crystal malt sweetness. A bit "burpy," but that helps spread the bittering to all parts of the mouth. Another solid Emmett’s beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1513) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Deep red-amber note with a moderate white, foamy head. Aroma has a lot of citrus notes, some light floral hops, a nice maltiness with a light toasted caramel and nutty note. Flavor has a smooth citrus hops front with a pretty sweet malt profile composed of caramel, toffee and a toasty note. Overall a pretty solid brew, pretty sweet but well balanced with the hops notes and one I will definitely get again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EricaCunico (8) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009 does not count
not sure what to say. i am new to this as said before. didnt hate it but not what i would really order again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Had on cask at Firkin in Libertyville, IL. Big hop aroma, mostly citrus, which goes into the flavor along with some cream and big malt.

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