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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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111 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | 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 spinrsx:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440ml Can

Appearance - Orange/amber colour with an above average size creamy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a large amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, tea, pears, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels very creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of malts, butterscotch, and a pear/fruit sweetness. There was also a bit of a metallic flavour and it reminded me of an iced tea to some extent. It finishes with a smooth malty/tea aftertaste.

Overall - A nice easy drinking beer that is ideal for a session. It is along the same lines as a Kilkenny Irish cream ale. I could drink a few of these every now and then.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-25-2011 19:41:50 | More by spinrsx
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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
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