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Caffrey's Irish Ale - Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.

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Caffrey's Irish AleCaffrey's Irish Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

119 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2001)
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Reviews by Fabric8r:
Photo of Fabric8r
4.83/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I asked for a sweet ale, and this is what I got. Wonderful selection, I enjoyed it very much. Had another. Went back to the same place 2 weeks later simply to have another and was told it is no longer made. What's up?! I loved this beer. Wonderful aroma, exceptional taste, sweet (if you like that thing) with a delightful flavor all it's own. Slightly red or coppery color, would this be considered an Irish red ale? Are there any others similar?

Fabric8r, Feb 19, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this on tap a few times,a nice creamy look to it with nice creamy head.Kind of a dark gold almost amber color.Smell was nice and appetizingly sweet,the taste was a little bland for the look and smell of this one.A little smack of hop will hit the farther down the glass u go.A pretty good Irish ale but nothin to spectacular.

oberon, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +23.8%

beerhunter13, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 14.9oz can with Caffrey's Draught System inside. Helpful instructions on the back of the can explain how to pour the beer. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a lively, waving, cascading brew -- awesome to watch. When it settles the liquor is amber with light red hues and the head is a solid finger's width of creamy white foam that sticks all over the inside of the glass. Head stays all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Floral sweetness with a dry, raw coarseness about it.

Taste: Incredibly smooth, creamy and full. There's a near dextrin malt sweetness that is full of herbal and floral flavours that are rather tasty. Hops get mildly coarse and raw on the palate, then the brew dries up for a brief moment with a slight lemon/salt-like hop bitterness. The palate is soon quenched with the smoothness of more light sweet malts that hold a faint toasted flavour and background (way back) grape fruitiness. Aftertaste is unusually neutral when still chilled, dry and coarse when warmed.

Notes: I don't care what anyone says, Caffrey's is a fine beverage and so easy to put down that it often scares me. A Friday lunchtime favourite for my buddy Dee and I. We always have 2 or 10.

Todd, Apr 03, 2001
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer is like any other nitro canned beer, clarity is flawless and the head is hard to shake even towards the end of the glass. Hint of fruity esters, floral hop and diacetyl with a thin caramel malt aroma.

At first the mouth feel is smooth and creamy but further down the pint it seems and carbonation is non-existent and gains a watery texture. Body feels a bit thin, malt flavour is in the form of a steel caramel malt and lightly kilned graininess. Hops bring an ample bitterness with a trailing leafy flavour.

This ends up to be a beer that needs to be consumed quickly. It loses its luscious texture the more the nitro pulls away from the liquid.

Jason, Mar 14, 2002
Photo of ivanwatling
2.2/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance - Golden colour, creamy head
Smell - Slight aroma, not unpleasant
Taste - Very watery, lacking any interest
Mouthfeel - Completely flat
Drinkability - Might as well be drinking water

The notes on the can say this should be served cold, so the can came straight from the fridge. Popping the can released a satisfying woosh and pouring revealed a creamy beer with a lovely head. The appearance suggested this would be a wonderfully smooth drink.

The first thing that I noticed upon taking a sip was how flat the beer is. There is absolutley no carbonation, maybe due to the nirto-can approach. The taste was equally flat and dull. In fact, I could barely discern any taste whatsoever.

More sips revealed nothing intereting whatsoever. It's the most unrewarding beer I've ever sampled. I bought a 12 pack for £8, making each can only 66p. So I've no probelms in giving the rest away or pouring it down the sink. A complete waste of drinking time.

ivanwatling, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can...

Typical nitro pour, this one was lighter colored and not quite as pretty to watch as some. When settled the head is 1/4 inch with hanging murkiness beneath. A little sourness to the yeasty aroma. Velvet mouthfeel, pretty good toffee-like malts and a trace more hoppiness than some. Drinkable enough, but aside from Young's Luxury Double Chocolate, I'm geting pretty bored with these nitros...just not enough flavor.

ADR, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

creamy and bland, but i suppose its drinkable, but its creaminess doesn't really appeal to my tastes, had it on tap and from the can, they both tasted the same.

rastaman, Apr 03, 2002
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler, from the very newish Wine and Beyond (read: Liquor Depot meets Costco presentation esthetic) booze superstore in deepest south Edmonton. I used to drink this stuff like water on tap back in the day after university obligations were fulfilled, at least for the day, in those natty nineties.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse, broad swaths of bubbly lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of sweet, sugary, grainy malt, with a touch of treacle, caramel, a mild orchard fruitiness, and very, very soft leafy hops. The taste is weak grainy, bready malt, a slight toastiness, faint yeast, muddled, plain drupe fruit esters, and muffled noble hops.

The carbonation is very laid back, sleepy, and yet not flat-seeming, the body a less than solid medium weight, and of course, pretty damned smooth, in just that eerie Irish ale manner. It finishes off-dry, the lingering underwhelming bready malt really suffering nothing in the way of challenge.

Not the grandest of rip-snortingly pungent flavours going on here, I suppose, but perhaps this isn't the venue for such a thing - the Irish, and we willing tourists and diaspora, if I recall correctly, use this type of watery sideshow as a respected moderator for their Whiskey habit. I sure could go for some of the latter, as a matter of fact.

biboergosum, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Anonmatel
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent head, creamy, Caramel tastes, hints of homey and malt. It was way too watery though. bland bland bland.

Anonmatel, May 31, 2002
Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was foamy, otherwise a bit amber and nothing special to look at. Little in terms of taste, on the bitter rather than malted side, however there is caramel. Creamy mouthfeel, not too carbonated.Could not finish it. A bit of floral hop smell.Light bodied.

Sammy, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of nitroterrance
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had Caffrey's on draft in my Basement Pub for a year and can't find a better nitro ale to replace it. Although Caffrey's has little or no nose appeal, the head is very creamy and always super smooth going down. On draft there is a slight bitter or fruity finish that is clean and crisp. This irish ale is smooth as silk and enjoyable in quantity or alone. The best nitro irish ale I've had.

nitroterrance, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Lion088
3.72/5  rDev +15.2%

Lion088, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Iaido
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Iaido, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Mandrake
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-copper with the nitro bubbles reaching the whole way to the bottom before they precipitate out and leave behind a very tight white head that is about a finger high. The head stays down to the bottom of the glass and leaves good lacing; classic nitro, except for the odd whistling farty noise when I opened the can. Smell is faint, with floral hops and some caramel as well. Taste is caramel and roasted malts, with a slight hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, and flat as well, but not terribly so. It just lacks the usual creaminess that is the upside of the trade off between appearance/mouthfeel and taste/smell. The drinkability is very good though.

Mandrake, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has the requisite colour for this style, though I thought it was a little pale. The head is dense and creamy and left nice, even lacing down the side of my pint glass. It has a faint malty smell and a toastiness comes through in the taste. I thought it hit the palate a little bland but finished stronger. The body was creamy, and I know that's the style, but I can't help but think it was still a little flat.

If this was my local brew, I wouldn't turn it down. It's not, however, and I don't think I'd ever make a point of seeking it out or ordering it.

vanrassel, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -7.1%

ThinkAgain, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of dolzan
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deeply amber coloured and a very clear appearance. The can had a nitrogen ball, so the head was pretty firm and creamy.

The smell is pleasant and the taste is sweet. The beer is smooth and creamy, but it definitely lacks something - the taste is very straight forward and not too complex, which prevents the beer from being a really great one.

dolzan, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -38.1%

irishkyle21, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of evlu1441
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a medium amber colour. The nitro-can setup leads to a finger of creamy white head sitting on top, with little carbonation rising up after the initial cascade. It's an appealing looking beer.

The aroma is sweet and slightly grainy. It's fairly neutral overall, and very faint. Pleasant nonetheless.

The taste is mild and slightly toasty. There is some nuttiness that comes through in the aftertaste.. The mouthfeel is kind of watery, and there is litte carbonation. There aren't any off-putting flavours or anything though.

Overall, this isn't really the beer for me. It tasted fine, but It's just not something I'm really into

evlu1441, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Kulrak
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep orangey gold color with an amazing tight white head. The head could almost pass for actual cream, and it sticks around for a while. For the life of me, I can't smell a damn thing from this beer. Had to smell some food to make sure my nose was actually working. Not sure what to make of that. The taste doesn't really taste like much, sorta like the guinness nitro cans, except not near as sweet. It's slightly bitter, and a very very faint toffee flavor, but not much else at all. Mouthfeel is great, it's really creamy, again, it could almost pass for real cream. I probably won't be getting this again. Even tho I love the mouthfeel and appearance, the flavor/scent just isn't there.

Kulrak, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 440 ml can, beautiful creamy pour, especially considering this wasn't a nitro can. Gorgeous clear amber/orange body, thick creamy cap of a head that lasts the whole way down. Massive lacing. Sweet caramel malt on the nose, accompanied by pear and light flowery hops. Flavour contains a cidery apple/pear along with sweet, almost bready malt. A bit of hops come out on the finish, but are slight. All that said and done, the mouthfeel is on the oily side, and the overall experience is actually not very impressive. Far better English ales out there to quaff and save for session brews. This one falls along the wayside.

IronDjinn, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of Hoagie
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.