Best Microbrew San Francisco 2006 - Irish Style Red Ale, Moylan's Brewery
Moylan's Irish Red has all the fullness and complexity of any top-fermented ale, but it has an additional rounded sweetness that makes it an especially good sipping beer. Its distinctive qualities can be attributed to the three varieties of malt employed in the brewing process, which impart a smooth, rich flavor subtly balanced by the mildly bitter Fuggle hops of Great Britain. The result is a spicy-fruity and aromatic brew with a deep amber color and a hearty nature. Brendan Moylan has been concocting prize-winning beers at his Novato brewpub for years, among them the robust Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, a light and lovely wheat bock, and a substantial barleywine; his Irish Red is particularly tasty at cellar temperature in the company of barbecue or a rich lamb stew. Available in the bottle at various shops around town.