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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
At McSorley’s ale is well. McSorley’s Irish Pale Ale is from the old house at home. Established in 1854 in NYC and brewed by McSorley’s Brewery in Wilks-Barre, PA. Brewed in the tradition of the historic walls of McSorley’s Old Ale House. It took 116 years, the pressure of public opinion and ultimately the authority of a court order for McSorley’s to surrender. By the mid 1970s, McSorley’s allowed woman inside the bar at 15 E. 7th St for the very first time. Ah, but the owners did not completely forgo tradition, women would wait until 1986 to get their own restroom.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Bottle, pours a clear pale amber color. The aroma is fairly unique for a pale ale with more sweetness and maltiness upon first sniff. The hops come through more in the flavor than the aroma, but are still quite subdued. Not very impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5152) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Looks something like iced tea. Smell is fairly sweet on the olfactory. Somewhat mild but does have this little personality kick to it. Not bad overall and there is enough bitter feel that makes you know you are drinking something more than a lager. Decent amount of carbonation on the palate. Yes, a tad of butter in there but I think thats what you get with many irish ales. Bitterness builds thru the session and culminates with a weird kinda medicinal finish that hangs for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2860) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
sample at the brewery Clear garnet pour with thick off white head and honey comb esque lace. Aroma is overly grainy. Sweet caramel malts up front. Grain, hops and a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
demitriustown (1181) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2009
12 oz bottle: Aroma is a light malt scent, a twang but not a bad one, and a very light hop texture on the back end. Appearance is a clear reddish/amber with a medium sized tan head that diminishes to a soapy head. Taste is somewhat weird, malt characteristic, somewhat sour, and a light hop backing. Palate has a light malt on the tongue and the aftertaste has a light bitterness. Overall, strange and kind of weak in my opinion. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bubbleflubber (2144) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Deep amber pour, clear with a one-finger offwhite head that reduces to a tiny ring. The Crystal malt, semi-weak, hits me first to the nose. Weak pale malt flavors, and I do mean weak.... this is not a great example of an Irish ale. There are slight, completely underdone hops in there, some oxidized hints, as well as some buttery notes to the finish (not necessarily diacetyl) that lead to a watery, yet almost oily mouthfeel. Neither complex nor substantive whatsoever, this was not the brew to start off my nightcap. I wish there was more to talk about in detail, but this brew just doesn’t offer much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
LinusStick (3186) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Tasted like a watered down IPA. Aroma was pretty weak. Could detect hints of hops and weird butterness. Pour was a decent medium gold with a one finger head. Taste, again, had this annoying butter flavor that just drowned everything else out. There is a watery hops aftertaste but not enough to save this beer from mediocrity. Blah.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
CheersMate (1337) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Very fluffy head. Dark pale ale. Head is starting to fade away, but slowly. Looks ok. Very malty/buttery aroma. Very malty and buttery taste. A creamy beer, but not exceedingly so. Just a very buttery and malty beer; other than that there is not really too much to say about this. Picked up at Macs on West Peachtree 12 oz. Not one of my favorite beers, needless to say, but it was in the "pick a six" section, so I bought it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
On tap at Finnigan’s Wake, PIttsburgh. Light caramel malt with biscuit, apple-like notes and some oxidation notes. Mild hops in the nose but very faint. Medium dark amber clear with thin head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with limited sweetness, carbonic acidity and some oxidation flavors. Not very good and maybe a bad line. Not much depth of flavor with tart apple and carbonic bitey after.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mansquito (5041) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Quickly dissipating head and a dark amber color. Mediocre aroma. Somewhat hoppy. Has a metallic undertone. A little bit of caramel. Not that great. Barely could notice that this is supposed to be an Irish Ale, thought it was a mediocre ESB or EPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-red color with minimal head. Aroma is very faint and malty when cold but sweetens up considerably when warm. Flavor is rather bitter with hints of maltiness and perhaps a little caramel sweetness toward the end of the drink. Palate is pretty rough, but typical for an irish ale. Average beer, not too bad, but nothing to get too excited about.

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