Caffrey's Irish Ale - Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

120 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.68%
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 oberon
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of canadianbarman
4.55/5  rDev +40.4%
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!

Photo of Fabric8r
4.83/5  rDev +49.1%
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?

Photo of JISurfer
4.47/5  rDev +38%
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.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of frank4sail
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of ipogios
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of proc
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
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.).

Photo of zerk
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Anonmatel
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of packetknife
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of budgood1
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of mophie
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.