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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
75
okay

119 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very 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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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 BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this beer as part of a tasting panel.

The pour brings a bright straw color, though a bit on the light side. The nitro-widget brings an impressive mousse-like head taht laces very will. A nice cask-condition look.

Aromas, ...well there are none. As the beer warms, faint scents of pilsner malt and graininess begin to emmit. Maybe a floral, spicy hop but boy is this streatching it. The beer really has no meaningful aroma.

Flavors are ...well even more obscure than the aroma. The beer has a thin malt-grain flavor mixed with a looot of water. Hop flavor is extremely low and helps just a touch. Maybe a fresh baked bread or dough taste? I've had mineral water with this much taste.

Mouthfeel, you guessed it, very watery with only a very light reminescent of malt. Bitterness is also extremely low. The creamy carbonation bailed ship long ago and hardly contributes to and creaminess or roundness.

It must be tough to make a beer this bland and flavorless. The good news is that there are no bad tastes, but pleasant flavors are also MIA. This is one bland and watery beer.

BEERchitect, Apr 23, 2009
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 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 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 InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

InspectorBob, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -7.1%

harpus, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer as its spills from the can a slightly hazy gold color with a prodigious and creamy off white head, and as it evanesces the lace forms a fine velum like sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is musty and sweet, fresh and appetizing, start is sweet and the malt personable, top is light to moderate in feel. Little carbonation and the hops quite mild also very dry aftertaste, a drinkable brew and one that used to be available readily on tap, but alas, I can now only find it in cans, mores the pity, a great change of pace beer.

Gusler, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of wordemupg
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
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

wordemupg, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: I poured it from the nitro-can into the pintglass, and at first it was all head, thick creamy head. After a little while it settled and a perfect amber beer with a nice white head remained.

S: Malty with a hint of yeast. Also some fruit and a bit floral hops.

T: Well, a beer that looks and smells like this sure raises the expectations, but it kind of falls flat. A sweet, buttery, malty beer with a touch of bitterhops looks great on the paper but it doesn't deliver. The tastes are to meek - the aromas should be stronger than this. The aftertaste is to short.

M: Creamy at first, but soon it feels like water.

D: I'm glad I tried this one, but it's not likely I will buy it again. It looked and smelled great, but the taste was a bit to meek for my taste.

Evil_Pidde, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excellent pour that started out butterscotch-colored then settled into the more typical Ale hue. Creamy almost to a fault, as there was not much of a beer flavor to it at all. Slightly tannic, and overall the flavor does not live up to the looks.

Dogbrick, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

spinrsx, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -7.1%

tbeckett, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
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.

francisweizen, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer lots really cool when it pours as the widget effect is one of a clear body emerging from a maelstrom of foam. Well, that is the best part as this beer is underpowered in all aspects. Needs more malt, more hops and more finish. I find Molson Canadian more challenging than this brew.

canucklehead, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -7.1%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at The Stageing Post ,Aberdeen ,Scotland.
Very attractive amber,slighly hazed with a absolutlly gorgeous creamy white head.
Pretty lackluster in the aroma departmant, but not unpleasant.
Very pleasant malty taste with a touch of hops to tingle the tongue.
Exceptionally smooth on the palate..very easy going stuff.
Quite drinkable but could become boring after a while.

Reidrover, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of andrenaline
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.

andrenaline, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of beerguy101
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown color. Medium head is a beige and foamy. Aroma is malty and very sweet, touch of fruit. Medium bodied amber. Rich malt flavor, slightly too sweet. Good balance of hops and malts. Rich smooth taste. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 04, 2003
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 kwjd
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at an Irish pub in Toronto. Was hoping for a pint of Murphy's Irish Stout, but they were out of it, so decided to go with Caffrey's. Pours a clear amber colour. A finger of nitro-assisted white head is there and doesn't dissipate at all. Some very mild lacing. Some floral hops with a lot of caramel in the smell. Flavour actually has more bitterness than I remember, some sweetness as well. Creamy mouthfeel from the nitro. This is an ok beer, nothing special though.

kwjd, Feb 11, 2011
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 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
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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.