Beer Review: Moylan’s Brewery Danny’s Irish Style Red Ale
Drink if you like toffee, vinous fruits, vanilla beans, fighting, jokes, drinking, fighting, and erroneous banalities…and fighting.
I dislike the use of stereotypes, but for the sake of this review, let’s at least acknowledge they exist. There are stereotypes for every gender, race, creed, and religion that has ever existed. Some good, some humorous, some bad, some spot on. In this instance, what say we toss out a few Irish stereotypes for the sake of comparison. Some people (not the owners of this blog) think that all Irish like to drink, fight, are red headed, have large Catholic families, and love soccer. I don’t know many true Irish citizens, but I do call Danny’s Style Irish Style Red Ale a close friend. Aye, Danny’s no dunderhead. He knows what people are saying. He tries to block it out, but he can’t help getting mad when he hears those cutting words. His hands begin to shake to a point that he loses grip of his Smithwicks as it crashes to the floor. Danny’s blood nears a boiling point. His face turns as red as the hair on his head. He thinks of his 8 brothers and 9 sisters at home and how they would expect him to defend himself; how his Father would have just beat him, and how his dear Mother would ask him to save the name of their homeland. Danny can’t control himself. He gets so angry, he punches a mouthy Englishman in the face. He leaves the man lying on the floor and continues to his table and joins his friends in a Glenn Whelan chant. Danny and I have a long talk about the night’s events. I let Danny know that stereotypes are merely generalizations. Some are inaccurate, like those about how beer should taste like bud light…. But those that may hold true should be embraced; as this is what provides the much needed diversity in our world – as well as our beer styles. Then we sit down for a pint of Danny’s Irish Red.
Let’s drink like Irishmen:
Danny’s Irish Style Red Ale pours a hazy copper-red. A colossal beige head dissipates rather quickly and leaves only dots of lace. The nose is unmistakable. A wonderful earthy-evergreen nuance accompanied by toasted malts, tobacco, and apple that fill the void that was once reserved for frothy foam. The taste is dominated by sweet nutty malt and toffee with tasty mild bitterness and vanilla mid-palate. These flavors fight each other in a great way. This is a very balanced flavor profile that holds true to the style guidelines. Danny’s has a rich and luscious medium-bodied mouth feel that makes the beer disappear with little effort. This is a great representation of the Irish Red family.
In summary, we found this beer very fresh and drinkable. The balanced nature of this style combines well with a large variety of food e.g. pork tenderloin, smoked cheeses, spicy sausage, honey ham…all while watching some guys kick around a ball for 4 hours with minimal scoring opportunities. Glenn Whelan approves. Do not cross Glenn Whelan, else ye may get a fist in yer eye.
You can have a pint with Danny at the following locations:
Jack’s Package Store – Mountain Home
Crossover Liquor – Fayetteville
Premier Wine & Spirits – Fayetteville
Spirits Shop – Fayetteville
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Macadoodles – Springdale
Diamond Liquor – North Little Rock
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
Sullivant’s Liquor – Little Rock
Tontitown Liquor Store – Tontitown
Shamrock Liquor – Fort Smith
Vincent’s Fine Wine & Liquor – Texarkana
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
We gave this beer 4 diamonds:
Moylan’s Brewery Danny’s Irish Style Red Ale – 6.5% ABV – MSRP $3.99 for a 22oz bomber