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Caffrey's Irish Ale - Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

113 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2002 21:19:05 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-03-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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chogm54

Australia

2.61/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 500ml can.

A- clear, dark mahogany, pours a creamy off white head. Head thickness starts well, but thins out to 0.5cm very quickly.

S-almost none.veeery faint roasted malts.

T-initially sour with hint of orange, before the sweetness sneaks in, as well as some sweet roasted malt.

M- oily texture, thin body, nil carbonation, short finish.

O- the taste and aroma are pretty bland, but its the mouthfeel that ruins this its like beer flavoured water!

Serving type: can

07-26-2014 08:38:50 | More by chogm54
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Limanuljaska

Finland

4/5  rDev +24.2%

07-16-2014 14:32:41 | More by Limanuljaska
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Alex-Alkis

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

07-10-2014 20:21:44 | More by Alex-Alkis
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.8%

06-20-2014 14:36:10 | More by cfalovo97
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

03-08-2014 03:53:21 | More by szmnnl99
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Rumlibeers

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-03-2014 18:08:59 | More by Rumlibeers
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Hoagie

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +32%

12-30-2013 13:35:07 | More by Hoagie
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

12-25-2013 02:20:19 | More by aqualung23
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

09-20-2013 23:16:38 | More by TheHammer
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

09-03-2013 15:52:05 | More by InspectorBob
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-10-2013 04:18:05 | More by EBeckett3
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Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -6.8%

07-14-2013 21:11:11 | More by Johnq1964
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -6.8%

06-18-2013 14:15:43 | More by harpus
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.8%

06-15-2013 17:04:14 | More by TheBeeraholic
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SmashPants

Australia

2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: a big green 440mL can, and yet somehow it still comes across as a classy number. Minimalist but well designed.

Appearance: super creamy pour - very white to start but slowly changes to a clear amber colour. Medium thick white head that leaves some lace as it ever so slowly drops. Looks good!

Aroma: what aroma? Not much there at all. I know it's a mid strength, but one would expect a bit more than just a light toffee malt on the nose. Disappointing after the pour.

Taste: follows the nose, I'm afraid. It does have those trademark red ale characteristics of earthy hops, toffee-caramel malts and a touch of some barley, but it is simply far too weak for my liking.

Aftertaste: not much here either - disappears from the palate too quickly for an expensive red ale.

Mouth feel: mouth feel is light to moderate in body with a lower carbonation. Slightly smooth, but not as creamy as the full-strength versions.

Overall: the best way to describe this beer is with but one word: boring. If it was in fact a premium 5%+ beer it would probably be alright. The right flavours are there, they are just way too muted. Add to that a price tag over AU$75 for an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL, and you've gotta be joking.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 14:37:38 | More by SmashPants
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steevbr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +24.2%

05-24-2013 20:50:01 | More by steevbr
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BGsWo22

New York

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

03-20-2013 22:51:52 | More by BGsWo22
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caffrey's Irish Ale @ 3.8% , served from a 440 ml nitro can purchased for $3.25

A-pour is almost milk white from the can into that cascading Guinness beer trick of changing color into a clear amber with a nice medium size head leaving a thick lace film along the pint after each sip

S-mild caramel malt

T-tart barley water tasting brew , smooth on the palate

MF-low/mild carbonation , somewhat weak body at 3.8% , has a dry finish

Ov-I'll drink a Guinness Draught or Kilkenny Irish Cream before this brew again ,
only tried because of St.Patrick's Day ,

prost LampertLand

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2013 06:59:29 | More by LampertLand
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doktorhops

Australia

2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Caffrey's Irish Ale, the "white Guinness" as I used to call it, used to have 4.8% ABV as well, and much like Guinness it is slowly working its way down to mid-strength. It's sad to see brewers do this to their beers and I can only see a drop in flavour is to better serve the masses of people that don't drink beer and never will regardless of the flavour whereas the avid beer drinkers (such as myself) are losing out. Anyway let's see how badly the flavour has suffered since the last time I had it it was 4.8% ABV.

Poured from a 440ml nitro-can into a nonic pint.

A: Nitro beers always look fantastic and the Caffrey's is no exception with it's deep copper body and perfect 1cm creamy white head.

S: Toasted barley malts are foremost on the nose, with a hint of brewers yeast, some light earthy hops [read: very light earthy hops] and the effervescence of spring water.

T: Boring as tap water. I know that this beer used to have a flavour profile but really now it just tastes watered down. Yes it has barley malt, yeast, hops and water, but they can at least make it interesting God-dammit. It does have a slight dry toasted barley after taste, which is just as well because you wouldn't know it was a beer otherwise.

M: Mid to light body, flat carbonation, texture of water with a small amount of beer added.

D: This is a very typical Irish ale, like Kikenny, et al... I have difficulty distinguishing between these beers after years of drinking full flavoured pale ales. Well the verdict is: this used to be a decent Irish pub beer but has suffered at the hands of corporate-greed/marketing-to-teenagers and as a result it is now tap water that contains alcohol: disappointing.

Food match: I would have previously said "Irish pub fare, stews and shepherds pie" but now (at the new flavourless 3.8% ABV version) I say plain crackers with cream cheese for dipping... also make sure that cream cheese doesn't have any added flavourings.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-15-2013 06:26:53 | More by doktorhops
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

440ml can poured into pint glass 27/2/13

A I'll give the nitro some credit as it dose produce a cascading foam that dose look great and has solid retention leaving lots of lace deep down the glass, reddish copper liquid with very tiny bubbles

S caramel and dry cereal with some herbal notes and leafy tea bag, fairly faint all around

T much like the nose but with a little more caramel, again its pretty faint without a whole lot going on

M much like many other nitro cans I've had it feels dead flat, has some body but no carbonation

O another fairly boring beer, not offensive while smelling and drinking but nothing exciting either, mouth feel needs some work

I suppose not many 3.8% beers really get me excited and this is no exception, there's not much going on here shes a pretty average brew

Serving type: nitro-can

02-27-2013 20:55:18 | More by wordemupg
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Shatter

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

02-09-2013 20:09:58 | More by Shatter
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.8%

01-18-2013 09:27:51 | More by tbeckett
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BILF

Israel

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

01-14-2013 18:50:50 | More by BILF
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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.