obguthr (6535) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Green olive nose. Light brown, clear, medium head. Malt forward, cherry and vanilla notes at midpalate. Cardboardy. Alcohol too insistent. SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 3, 2010
12oz bottle. an orange/red under a large, creamy, orange head. malty aroma with some toasted malt with an unpleasant dog food note. palate is smooth and medium bodied. somewhat creamy. flavors of caramel malt with some fruity, peachy esters. impressed..and i’m really beginning to love good irish ales. ChainGangGuy (4908) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, ruby-hued body with a full finger of off-white foam. Irregardless of how it may taste, it does at least look appealing.
Smell: Faintly sweet-scented aroma with modest notes of toasted bread, toasted nuts, and caramel. Noted fruitiness akin to picked berries.
Taste: Maltiness tasting of dry caramel with sturdy tastes of both toast and nuts. Moderate sweetness. Ripe, berry-toned fruitiness. Faintly herbal, earthy hop character, though there’s enough bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Touch of tannic graininess midway through. The body thins slightly as you hit the reasonably crisp, toasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Okay, so while it doesn’t exactly exhibit the relatively richer character of, say, the Samuel Adams Irish Red, it’s still not altogether bad. Delightfully bearable! topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle pours reddish amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is toasty caramel malt. Flavor is malty, light roast, light bitterness, with a dry finish. One of the better attempts by AB. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
A neighbor who knows I like "good" beer brought this over while I was hangin’ out front wit hthe kids. Not a bad looking copper pour, with its eggshell head. Not a bad malty sweet nose. Taste wasn’t bad malty sweet either. Bit of roast, bit of smooth sweetness. Nice maltiness and caramel. If there were a cooler full of other beers from the macros, I’d happily pull this’un out.
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bought a six pack of bottles to continue my irish beer drinking during St. Patrick’s week. It pours a light brown/dark red color with a tan head that leaves quickly. Roasted caramel malt flavor and a slightly hoppy/metallic finish. I will not buy again but appreciate Michelob for trying to make an irish ale. coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Actually a good beer from the macros. Very tasty. This beer has a beautiful red color with almost no head. beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Variety pack bottle. Great pour. Decent head that did not vanish for several minutes. Flavor was strong in malt accents, with caramel, nutty roasty cereals. Strong malty aroma. Pleasant to the palate. Nice round finish. Its not the best red ale I’ve had, but as I’ve found with this craft brew collection from Michelob, its a great value. JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Light chestnut color with hints of rudy when held to the light. Somewhat fizzy taupe colored head. Caramel, toffee, and doughy whole grain bread in the aromas. There is a perfume scent that is sweet and a bit annoying as well. Far too sweet smelling for the style. Sweet sugary start that clings on through and into the linger. Touch of grain in the finish and just a hint of bitterness late as well. Sweet, but not cloying, so it’s got that going for it, but that is not much. Not much of an irish ale in my book. Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Pours reddish amber with a thin white head. Aroma is malt some caramel, fruit and nuts. Flavor is kind of hoppy, caramel, some sweet fruit and nuts. Dry finish, very drinkable. Good for a Michelob beer.