Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Reilly's Red Ale

When we stopped by the local beer store this weekend, I was happy to see cans of Devils Backbone Reilly's Red Ale. I always like drinking a new Virginia-brewed beer, and this review would be timed just right. I eagerly awaited the end of my work day on the Feast of St. Patrick so I could lift that pull tab.

Reilly's Irish Style Red Ale pours a very attractive, bright copper color. The thin beige head is short-lived. The aroma is the classic Red Ale blend of bready, caramel malt. A slightly sweet malt flavor comes first, followed by toasted, grainy notes, along with a hint of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a very clean finish.

Reilly's Red is a classic "American Style" Red Ale. Easily drinkable with a mild flavor and a mild 5.5% ABV to match. The beer paired well with our "American Style" St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and homemade Soda Bread.

The mild ale and traditional dinner was a fitting repast which was followed a wee bit o' Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey. It was indeed a happy St. Patrick's Feast Day.


  1. Wait a minute...craft beer from a can,say it isn't so.It's been years since I drank beer from a can,I'd rather go without.Beer comes in kegs,and bottles.Beans come in cans.

    1. What is a can but a mini-keg? :-)

      Actually, modern canning provides a superior package to bottles -- lighter weight, get more in the fridge and NO light damage. Many craft breweries are going that way.

      Never, ever drink from the can. Craft beer still needs to be poured into a glass to release all the flavors, sights and aromas.


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