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Caffrey's Irish Ale - Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

115 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 10
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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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Wow what a different brew in England. I still am not a huge fan but the brew is improved on tap and fresh. It took 3-5 mins. to settle. Slightly sweet nose. Thick white persistant head. Sweet chewy malt taste with the usual hop metalic finish. This is what I dislike the tin-like finish to this brew. It was less watery than the can but still not a stand-out!

12-03-2002 13:22:43 | More by frank4sail
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ipogios

Cyprus

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Tried this one in a steak house. Pours a light reddish colour topped by a thick white head that settles rather easily. It's a fairly refreshing beer with nice smell and i wonder why this Ale is not found in every pub in Cyprus. Only some selective pubs or steak houses have this beer

11-14-2002 02:05:30 | More by ipogios
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proc

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +22%

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.).

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

California

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

The nitro can pours out a beautiful looking brew... cascading creamy copper-gold, which eventually becomes translucent with a persistant thick white head. The flavor and aroma are somewhat hoppy, but very little bitterness. Overly creamy mouthfeel, bordering on flat. This is a brew that is slightly better than average, but doesn't have enough complexity to keep me interested.

09-24-2002 06:26:17 | More by zerk
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

08-15-2002 07:55:15 | More by ADR
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

07-18-2002 10:38:02 | More by Dogbrick
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +24.2%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -0.6%

Looks very nice, with a thick cloudy appearance similar to Guinness, but obviously much lighter. No smell or special taste to speak of, but certainly not bad. Very easy to drink.

06-20-2002 13:34:35 | More by IrishRedRock
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Anonmatel

Australia

2.8/5  rDev -13%

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

05-31-2002 22:32:10 | More by Anonmatel
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packetknife

Idaho

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%

Sweet/fruity taste. Smells burnt but very very lightly. Creamy and quite drinkable although somewhat thin. These widgets are heaven-sent.

04-27-2002 08:36:14 | More by packetknife
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +4%

another amazing nitro head, and plus it has pleasant burnt fruit like aroma that i always like, which translates itself to a faint grape flavor in the mouth. pretty creamy and smooth, but with an extremely thin mouthfeel. if this had some more body it would be awesome. malts and hops are there but the watery aspect of the body really robs the essence of the beer. chuggable nonetheless.

04-14-2002 21:19:40 | More by budgood1
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.1/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

04-03-2002 19:02:00 | More by rastaman
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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

Delaware

3.15/5  rDev -2.2%

I also had this hand-pumped in England; it was the house beer at the local pub, and it was smooth and creamy beyond belief, with a subtle caramel sweetness to cut the edge off the bitterness. I was thrilled when they finally started selling it here, but was quickly disappointed; too watery, and not much flavor, an average beer at best. Perhaps it's not fair to compare what you get here in a can with what you get there at a pub, though.

02-14-2002 18:32:07 | More by mophie
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Todd

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +23.6%

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.

04-03-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.