Review: Dundee Brewing Irish Red, Pale Bock, and IPA

Review: Dundee Brewing Irish Red, Pale Bock, and IPA

Had the pleasure of attending a “virtual tasting” of Dundee Brewing Company’s beer lineup today: The drinking was real but the walkthrough was online, with a group of beer and spirits writers being introduced to these beers via webcam session with Dundee’s brewmaster Jim McDermott.

Comments on the three beers tasted follow.

Dundee Irish Red Lager is the company’s newest addition, a seasonal beer with a malty style. Not as sweet as many red ales, which leaves it kind of plain, like a regular American lager, not so much in the world of “red.” 5% abv. B

Dundee Pale Bock Lager is crisp, with a woody character and a big and somewhat heavier body. I like this better than the Red, though the finish tastes a little muddy. 6.25% abv. B+

Dundee India Pale Ale is a somewhat strange style of IPA, not nearly as bitter as most IPAs, again with a touch of muddiness, bringing it into a distinct kinship with the Pale Bock. Drinkable, but something which qualifies less as an IPA and more as a standard Pale. 6.3% abv. B

$12 per 12-bottle mixed “craft pack” /

Dundee Irish Red Lager




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Jim McDermott on March 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for joining us; that was fun!
    Jim McDermott

  2. Titus on March 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Picked up one of their craft packs a while back for a party. I was thoroughly unimpressed with the whole lot, sadly.

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