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Caffrey's Irish Ale - Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.

Caffrey's Irish AleCaffrey's Irish Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

109 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 21.05%


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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Fabric8r

Montana

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?

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2003 11:10:16 | More by Fabric8r
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice amber color and the cascading pour is really nice to watch. It adds to the anticipation of the beer. It leaves a nice thick head which lasts until the end (Which is usually quick!)
The taste is a nice mixture of bitterness and flavour.

When living in England my place was near an O'Niels Pub, which soon became my local watering hole. It was there that I was introduced to Caffrey's Ale, which soon became my beer of choice. I am kind if biased, but this is one of my favorite beers. It was this beer that introduced me to the wonderful world and awseome variety's of beer that is available to us. I owe my eye opening to this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2003 11:18:29 | More by canadianbarman
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good Irish ale. I'm not sure if it would be considered a cream ale, but it's very creamy in color and taste. Everytime I go to the local Irish Pub, I start off with this beaut. It's easy on the tastebuds and get's ya ready for the night. The head is always a nice thick cream color and it's real thick too. The seperation it does in the beginning is just like Guinness, which is another great beer in my book. Anyways, the finish is nice a sturdy, but light at the same time. It's not stouty or bitter, which I think is the reason it makes a great "starting out" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2002 23:02:15 | More by JISurfer
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nitroterrance

Michigan

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-19-2006 00:49:49 | More by nitroterrance
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HimerMan

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at The Mask Bar, in the Strand Plaza Hotel in London.

Nothing in the United States like this beer, Wexford does not even come close.

Pour is awesome, very dark copper/amber, with a thick and ultimate creamy head that lasts.

Incredible flavor, rich and full of sweet malts and cream. One of the smoothest beers out there.

Absolutely try it if you can, not sure if this is available in the US anymore. Perhaps a trip back to London soon.

Cheers!

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-11-2006 17:14:51 | More by HimerMan
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 440-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - amber-gold with white, creamy head.

Smell - fresh grass and corn, maybe a trace of vanilla in there.

Taste - sweet, but balanced with a nice freshly baked bread flavour. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - low carbonation, very, very, very smooth. Extremely smooth.

Drinkability - very good and I would definitely recommend. This is a bit expensive for a 4-pack but definitely a good beer that helps remind that spring is coming.

Serving type: can

02-16-2009 21:49:12 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Irish beer. Nice and thick although light in color. It has a head that really sticks to the glass all the way down. Very sexy. A well rounded brew that is balanced in aroma and flavor. Prost!

Serving type: nitro-can

07-09-2002 14:36:55 | More by goindownsouth
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above average Irish Amber/Red Ale. This ale was presented to me at the wonderful Claddagh pub in downtown Montreal, QC. This beer had a very thick head on it and it was a very nice amber/red colour. This ale had some nice sweet aromas of malts with some hop aromas on the nose as well. This tasted very light, creamy, and refreshing. A very well-balanced irish brew with a smooth mouthfeel and an above average drinkability. Why is this no longer available to us in the U.S.?
Cheers!,
F.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-28-2003 13:36:32 | More by francisweizen
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

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

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caffrey's on-tap is less creamy than the nitro can, but seems to be more substantial. A decent session ale that is quite quaffable. (review taken from notes before Coors pulled the plug on the brand in the U.S.).

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2002 10:12:40 | More by proc
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rjimlad

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of my beloved John Smith's Extra Smooth. Poured a beautiful deep amber with a creamy and persistent head. I didn't get much in the way of aroma but the toffee and malt flavour was really enjoyable. Carbonation is low and very fine. The problem with this is quaffability. I can smash down a whole pint before I can even taste it so drinkability is huge. There's not a whole lot going on in terms of complexity and it is a bit watery but this suits me as long as the flavour is there and though the toffee and caramel is subdued it's still there and balanced. Good but not great.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-28-2010 05:04:01 | More by rjimlad
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber with an orange hue topped by a dense, white head of fine bubbles (nitro really helps out here). Great head retention and it leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is quite muted, but there's some caramel maltiness, a hint of fruit, and some floral hops. The mild flavour is matched by low bitterness. Caramel malt and light fruit start things off, with hops kicking in towards the finish. Low carbonation (of course) with a light body and a dry texture, especially as it warms. This is a great session beer, especially on nitro-tap... not very complex, but tasty enough to have several.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-08-2005 00:38:43 | More by DrJay
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thierrynantes

France

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer can (50cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance : amber color, with beautiful foam head
Smell : sweet aroma with notes of roasted malt, yeast, caramel, and fruit.
Taste and mouthfeel : is extremely soft, sweet and malty, notes of caramel
Drinkability : a good beer in the Irish red ale style

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 17:44:30 | More by thierrynantes
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case4816

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown, golden amber in colour. Very creamy head that lingered for the entirety of the drink.

S- Heavy Caramel, toffee scents. Lots of Vanilla as well. No discernible hop smell.

T- Caramel, toffee, and nice light roasted malts come to the front. Sweet after-notes of vanilla come through as well. Very smooth with very little to no carbonation.

D- My favourite beer on tap at one of my favourite pubs. Very smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-10-2010 06:31:27 | More by case4816
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head creation and retention from the Nitro can. A pinky finger width head stuck with the beer all the way til it was gone. I was very impressed by that. Has a very alluring redish orangish color to it. If this beer were a woman she would be a supermodel. Flavor was good but disappointing. Tasted a little watered down but that may just be the style; I have nothing to compare it to. Kinda hoppy and bitter. Fragrance is a reflection of that.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2002 11:16:00 | More by allboutbierge
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
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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RedwoodGeorge

California

3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a promising amber with a luxurious nitro head... The reverse cascade of bubbles gives away the nitro-charged deliver system. It leaves a thick, dense creamy head that lasts the entire brew.

The smell was all fruit and malt with a mild bready note. No real hops to speak of in the nose.

The taste is full bodied and creamy smooth. There's quite a bit of fruit in this amber ale, lots of peach, plum and raisin sweetness along with a sweet bready note. After weeks of West Coast hops this ale seems almost hop-free but in reality it's got a subtle showing of fuggles or golding to add a small amount of balance.

Despite the thick, long lasting head the mouthfeel was disappointing. The brew itself was essentially flat but covered with a fluffy nitro head. There was no carbonation (nitrogenation?) to provide effervescence to clean the palate and with a pretty weak hopping there just wasn't much of a finish to each sip.

This is a very tasty beer and certainly a nice low ABV session beer. It's got all the good characteristics of an ale from the British Isles with the typical hearty amber ale fruitiness. A bit more hops and it would have been a part of the regular rotation.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-01-2005 22:43:10 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark golden brown with a thick white head. Carbonation clouded the beer for maybe a minute and then it cleared quite well. A wall of lace stuck to the side of the glass.

The aroma was primarily sweet malt with just a hint of hops. No off notes.

The taste had a very mild hop bitterness but was so balancesd that only a little malt sweetness comes through. Again there were no off flavors.

The mouthfeel was light to medium light with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

I found this bitters a delightful way to spend time in the airport.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 19:33:16 | More by LarryKemp
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap at our Christmas party.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber colour, finger of creamy head with really solid retention and sheets of fine bubbled lacing.

S - Scent is rather metallic, slight caramel bready-ness, with a bit of a fruity apple cider coming through.

T - The caramel malt and bready finish dominate, and the slight apple cider flavours also linger. Touch of roasted almonds also present.

M - A tad watery, though the head was quite creamy. Finishes smooth and leaves the palette nice and wet.

D - A tasty irish ale, and great to have on tap. Nothing mind blowing here, just an all-around tasty beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-18-2010 20:01:40 | More by andrenaline
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dolzan

Slovenia

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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2010 20:35:42 | More by dolzan
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. A one finger plus very fine white head on a clear dark amber. Lots of foamy lace and the head is retained to the end.

Mild malt smells. Taste is sweet creamy mild caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth,creamy. A bit watery as the carbonation dies down. Outstandingly drinkable. A long session could be built around these, if they were drunk fast.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-28-2011 06:57:42 | More by scott451
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joecast

Australia

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

settles out with a 1cm egg shell head, with the beer becoming clear light copper in color.

sweet toffee floral aroma. well, more toffee that floral.

flavor is an intense malt sweetness bordering on candy/toffee. hard to pick up any hops in this, though i couldnt say its alll that unbalanced. mouthfeel is as expected from a nitro-can...good.

yeah, one of these is probably enough. its a fairly good beer, nothing that really stands out for or against. probably just not my style (and going by the description, i would say this is fairly close).

Serving type: nitro-can

06-23-2005 09:32:21 | More by joecast
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-08-2006 02:37:44 | More by Mandrake
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-15-2002 07:55:15 | More by ADR
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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.