ROONEY’S old irish style ale by PENNSYLVANIA BREWING CO.

“Irish Ale is one of my favorite types of beer so I was excited to try this one, but unfortunately it was forgettable.”

Rooney’s: 2.5 out of 5

According to the side of the bottle, old style Irish ale is, “…a blending of an Irish Red Ale and an American Amber Ale.” Maybe I am a purist, but it never sounds appetizing to me to combine two different styles of beer. It wasn’t unbearable by any means, but I am also not shouting from the rooftops about it.

I enjoy the sweetness I get at the beginning from the toasted malt, but there is a metallic after-taste that quickly overpowers it. According to, this could be a result of,  “…unprotected metals dissolving into the wort but can also be caused by the hydrolysis of lipids in poorly stored malts. Iron and aluminum can cause metallic flavors leaching into the wort during the boil.”

With that said, I still enjoyed my beer. I’ve had much worse. The Rooney family based out of Pittsburg, PA has been in the beer and pub business since the turn of the 20th century, so clearly they know what they are doing and have a following, but for me it’s an average tasting beer.


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