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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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114 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 21.12%
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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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

11-23-2012 02:00:04 | More by pin
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Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

10-23-2012 03:20:34 | More by biboergosum
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4.25/5  rDev +32%

08-09-2012 00:56:12 | More by shakerus
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.8%

07-23-2012 17:21:13 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +24.2%

07-02-2012 14:50:54 | More by beerhunter13
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

05-06-2012 02:57:03 | More by abcramer
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-12-2012 12:52:06 | More by TubbyDullard
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5/5  rDev +55.3%

03-03-2012 06:29:26 | More by seanmugs
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-25-2012 10:40:16 | More by BrazilianAussie
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -37.9%

01-17-2012 16:01:04 | More by irishkyle21
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

12-30-2011 14:12:17 | More by cdwil
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

12-28-2011 09:15:33 | More by jjkatter
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1.7/5  rDev -47.2%

Appearance is a red-orange type amber with a distinct creamy one centimeter head.
I smell a hint of grain, but it smells almost like nothing at all.
The taste is so watery. It doesn't taste like an Irish red at all. Of course, it doesn't advertise itself as one either. It self identifies as a "smooth Irish Ale." Mildly hopped water with a hint of grain is how I would describe this. Maybe it tasted better before Molson Coors bought it. Who knows. But this doesn't really taste much like beer. It's lack of carbonation makes its thinness even more noticeable. That mouthfeel of cold flat water makes it refreshing, but lacking in any beer-like quality.

08-31-2011 06:58:52 | More by ElCommodoro
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

This beer pours a medium amber colour. The nitro-can setup leads to a finger of creamy white head sitting on top, with little carbonation rising up after the initial cascade. It's an appealing looking beer.

The aroma is sweet and slightly grainy. It's fairly neutral overall, and very faint. Pleasant nonetheless.

The taste is mild and slightly toasty. There is some nuttiness that comes through in the aftertaste.. The mouthfeel is kind of watery, and there is litte carbonation. There aren't any off-putting flavours or anything though.

Overall, this isn't really the beer for me. It tasted fine, but It's just not something I'm really into

08-20-2011 23:08:50 | More by evlu1441
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3.38/5  rDev +5%

Pint served on tap

A: Deep clear amber color with a small creamy beige head. Thin bubbles and few lacings

S: Sweet caramel malts and hops, basically. Some bready yeasts too

T: Follows the nose. A typical Irish red ale. Sweet and caramel malts, yeasts and hops. Nice bitter end. Not bad

M: Light body. Watery as expected. Low carbonation. High drinkability

O: Quite honest Irish red ale. Typic pub ale

05-27-2011 17:04:43 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

03-25-2011 19:41:50 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

02-28-2011 06:57:42 | More by scott451
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

02-11-2011 16:05:40 | More by kwjd
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3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Notes from Old Chicago (2001): A beautiful pour from a nitro-keg. It takes forever to separate. When it does, it is a clear red-golden with a creamy nitro-infused head. The aroma is very mild. Much better in terms of flavor. While still a bit mild for my tastes, it has a definite apricot note that I rather enjoy. As would be expected given the means of dispensation, it is very clean and smooth on the palate. It lacks a certain richness but it's not bad overall.

02-09-2011 22:24:13 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.93/5  rDev +22%

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.

12-28-2010 05:04:01 | More by rjimlad
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

12-18-2010 20:01:40 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

10-10-2010 06:31:27 | More by case4816
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.8%

A = medium dark amber colour with no carbonation noticeable. A rich creamy head

S = very light smell

T = sweet but light, a very light, malt taste

M = smooth and creamy, light carbonation, almost seemed like malted water

D = A beer that is very easy to drink. I found it was half gone before I even gave thought to what I was going to say.

I have to say this was way too easy to drink - like flavoured water.

10-05-2010 00:27:57 | More by grac1970
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3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

07-17-2010 20:35:42 | More by dolzan
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3.2/5  rDev -0.6%

A clear amber brew with hints of copper, an off-white compact head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet malt, caramel, dark syrup, fresh baked bread.

The taste has initially a brown sugar sweetness, molasses tones, and a slight bitter finish.

Low carbonation, a smooth rather watery feeling, a dry finish.

Rather average, but not at all unpleasant.

05-12-2010 12:30:41 | More by rarbring
Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.