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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.

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emmakingafc (6) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008 does not count
Phenomenal beer - I just love this beer and can come back for more and more the firm bitterness and fragrant hop aroma just floats my boat

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JwBeerMan (2) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
Ruby red color with off white head. Caramel malt and piney hop aroma. Citrus and piney hop flavors balanced by caramel sweetness. Chewy, medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, great mouthfeel. Finishes semi-sweet to dry with a nice hop bitterness to balance out the malty sweetness. Unique, but appropriate style characteristics.

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HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2008
I was told this is the new version of the Centennial Amber since it was the award winner. Outstanding aroma and mouthfeel-a good cross between an amber and red, with enough hops to keep it from being sweet. One of the best I’ve ever had at Emmetts-and that’s saying a lot.

3.8
Frank (4220) - 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.

3.8
ccex (1344) - 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.

3.8
Atom (2525) - 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!

3.8
Lemke10 (987) - 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.

3.8
crossovert (13409) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2015
355ml bottle. Amber pour, large offwhite head. ARoma is hoppier than expected, some tropical fruit and citrus, some caramel and dried fruit. Falvor is both earthy and hopppy. This is actually pretty good. HErbal, piney hops, ,caramel, pretzel, supremely dry, spices even the lightest roast/smoke. Complex. A winner in a mundane category.

3.7
HighWine (959) - 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.

3.6
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2007
#1036, on tap at the Brewery in West Dundee Illinois. This is a new addition to the rotation and the bartender stated that the word is that this is going to be a regular beer for now on. Even though the Centennial Amber will remain. He mentioned that this brew is different in that the Malts and the Hops are different. He said that it is much like a cross between the Centennial and the Victory. Really, that is the best description that I can give.Hazy amber with a medium sized longer lasting white head. Nose is rather strong with a very good hop presence. Piney. The taste upfront is rather hoppy, again, lots of pine and sap. The taste then moves towards ths malty, runny, thin almost metallic like and cob-webby flavor that really nails the amber part. As it warms this really comes out more. Not much alcohol and Id guess its around 6 or so. Strong brew and should really appeal to those people that like the victory and want just a bit more than the Centennial.


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