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O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing Company

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Carlow Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: merlin48 on 02-22-2005

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3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pens1967
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oldglory78
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a bottle in Dublin city centre bar because they had no IPA including the O'Hara IPA. This is not a bad beer and better than most of the other red Irish ales normally available. I enjoyed it though it would not be my normal beer. Nice enough smell and taste and slightly bitter aftertaste. No head whatsoever after pouring bottle. If you like red ales I would recommend this

Photo of Halfpintsized
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Masculine - Dark but not to heavy

Photo of ShaneHarris
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of bark
2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The colour is dark brown-red (60 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is beige and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is malty and a bit dry with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and dried red berries. Floral bitterness. Hints of vanilla and boiled vegetables.

The taste is dry with malty notes of caramel, rye bread and dried fruits. Light floral hops and low bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got some boiled vegetables/cabbage, brown bread and brown sugar. The finish is smooth with some milk sweetness and chalk.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-size bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Shame about the vegetables...

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Befitting for an Irish ale, O'Hara's Irish Red has a russet tone that's something like that of a ruby potato. It is a fairly dark beer but shows fantastic clarity. Its head is thick and spongy and is sure to leave its mark on the glass - the dishwasher has its work cut out for it.

As you'd expect with an Irish Red, it's a very dry and distinctly nutty graininess that has head seat at the table. The label mentions a "traditional hop flavour" by which I assume they mean one that is completely subservient to the malt; this smells, as it should, overwhelmingly of barley.

Indeed, O'Hara's Irish Red is probably about as close to nibbling on actual malted barley grain as you can get with a liquid. Mind you, the taste isn't entirely "raw" - there is soft caramelization and nutty toast, and also a faint 'seaweed' kind of character. Nothing about this flavour profile is brittle.

Apparently a "pinch" of roast barley can go a long way; there's a restrained but definite smokiness that's almost reminiscent of a peaty Islay and adds bitterness to the otherwise sweet fruitiness of the finish. And though I dismissed the idea of this maltiness being anywhere close to "as impressive as a bock" upon first reading it, the claim turned out to be not far off. It's hefty.

What this offering highlights is the fact that 'Irish Reds' are from a different stable than 'American Ambers'. This is a very interesting beer - be sure to taste it in isolation, before you've had anything else that might confuse your taste buds. Its clean-cut barley notes make O'Hara's among the most pure and veritable examples of the style as they come.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear ruby copper color with a thin beige head with good retention keeping a constant plate.
Malty aroma with notes of toasted malts, caramels, licorice and herbal hops.
Flavor or minerals, toasted and roasted malts, caramels, nice spices, herbal, earthy and slightly tangy hops, pears, mild hay and even some smoke. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Pleasant Irish Red Ale, not overly sweet, tasty, very well balanced and with a relatively huge drinkability. Now the style makes more sense to me after tasting this reference.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

03/19/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Good brew. Malt & toastiness make up the flavor set here. Would have a few if not faced w/39 other choices. Sorry, O'Hara, it's not you...it's me. I'm fickle & playing the field.

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4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

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O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.