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O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Irish RedO'Hara's Irish Red

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: merlin48 on 02-22-2005)
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Reviews by Homerbag:
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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Clear amber body that has a two thick head that disappears to a lacing foam layer.

Smells of a brown sugar, malty, and some toffee notes. Taste is really good for this style. Toasty malts, slightly sweet, clean finish. Feel is a bit high in CO2, but it is true to style.

A refreshing, clean, and true to style red ale. A great session beer, even if the price is a little higher than your normal session. I will pick this one out again on an warm weather Irish day.

03-15-2008 03:09:59 | More by Homerbag
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a nice clear amber with a one finger head that is gone pretty quickly,heavy caramel malt aroma along with some brown sugar and highly toasted grain makes it pretty aromatic.Pretty sharp mouthfeel though pretty darn prickly on the tongu the only drawback to this brew in my opinion.Big and toasty flavors some almost butterscotch flavors come thru no hop bitterness really but that tru to the Irish red style.Pretty flavorful but the mouthfeel brings down the scores a little on this one.

After drinking a few of these beers the mouthfeel was alot smoother and rounder,maybe just one bad bottle in the bunch the better mouthfeel made this brew alot better.

04-28-2005 19:29:39 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance – This one poured a deep reddish brown with a good, solid off-white head that showed some tenacious retention. So far so good.

Smell – The malts here are big at the nose and full of unsweetened molasses. It’s almost reminiscent of a bock in that regard. There’s little else to the bouquet that I can pick out.

Taste – The malt flavors are very intense. The raw molasses from the nose steps back a bit but the gooey liquid malt flavor is sharp. It’s almost yeasty in a way with lots of butter on the sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with an English-type of bitterness from the malts and some light carbonation. It feels very concentrated in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is a lot bigger than it looks. It’s a big beer for sure and I seem to have enjoyed it more than the few others who have posted reviews.

07-01-2006 01:17:22 | More by RoyalT
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2.58/5  rDev -27.3%

Tapped at Maduro.

A: Deep mahogany, almost purple/red brown. Thick off white head. Quick dissipation. Minimal retention or lacing.

AR: Smokey caramel, roasted malts, red bean ice cream, grilled meat.

T: Burnt skirt steak fresh off the grill covered in caramel sauce.

MF: roasted, toasted, and smoky with mild bitterness. Meaty, yet light.

D: very low. This beer bothered me immensely.

08-17-2006 21:59:53 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

A pretty beer: red/brown color with a huge tan head that resembled whipped cream. Very sticky. The aroma was on the light side, light roasted malt and some fruit. Lemony taste, some caramel, and a little bitterness at the end. A pleasant beer, easy to drink a few of these.

03-25-2009 14:08:52 | More by lordofthewiens
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-05-2013 03:08:41 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

New arrival at the Richmond Road location of the Liquor Barn, in Lexington, Ky. This 330 ml(11.2 oz) bottle pours a clear copper body with a one inch head that is tinted between offwhite and beige. The head quickly falls to a film, leaving some patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly spicy herbal hops, with a slightly sweetish pale malt background. Mouthfeel is light bodied with prickly carbonation. Taste begins with some biscuity pale malt sweetness that is quickly subdued by an herbal/floral hops bitterness. The mild hops bitterness rides through to the finish. Crisp and refreshing, and pleasantly drinakble. Not quite as good as a Smithwicks, but in the same league.

02-22-2005 22:50:10 | More by merlin48
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-14-2014 19:46:20 | More by innominat
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

01-22-2012 02:47:42 | More by Milkysunshine
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-03-2012 23:45:22 | More by fionn13
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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Ruddy copper with strawberry hues and a quickly rising and then quickly departing foamy head that leaves a fine cap and long tendrils rising up the side of the glass like vines. Aroma is bright, almost moist, sweet malt with some pungent hop and cinnamon. Thin mouthfeel leads to an odd malt base, almost smokey, with some fruit and spice and a slightly tannic finish that imparts an iced tea flavor. Sort of metallic flavor lingers. Small bits of hop poking through, but could easily be missed.

10-05-2005 02:22:25 | More by far333
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

07-18-2012 22:41:04 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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2.93/5  rDev -17.5%

Pours red, a little darker than average, no head.
Aroma was kind of flat beer.

Taste, some slight tang to the ale, but really not much going on. The bitterness prolly isn't desireable in this style of beer. Tastes as if it is a half red, half brown ale blend with the slight nuttiness and subtlety (read: boring) that fans of session beers like. Lacking depth, substance, ingredients it seems.

11-11-2010 19:27:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-26-2013 00:48:04 | More by KarlMcGowan
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West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a deep ruby brown color forming a large creamed coffee like hue, fine speckled lacing forms evenly on the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some mild fruit notes, hints of grape and cherry with earthy rounded notes with a nice malt presence. Much more palatable than the last Irish Red I tried at double the price. Hints of peated malt, fruitiness lingers on throughout the maltiness, this beer could become one dimensional unless you really really like it. Underlying fruit blends nicely together, minimal hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even flowing carbonation going on. No harsness on the palate really smoth and expressive. This was a solid authentic offering of the style from across the pond.

02-12-2011 16:19:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-01-2014 01:41:21 | More by valkyre65
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Dark Red. Two finger tan head. Ample lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, caramel, biscuits, and hops.

Taste: Nice hops with malt and grain taste. Some pepper at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth. Carbonation is plentiful.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink.

03-28-2007 00:19:34 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-27-2012 16:15:09 | More by sgttibbs
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from 2 1/2 to 3 inches above the glass leaving a big tan to light brown head floating over a clear reddish/amber colored ale.

Aroma consists of fruity caramel malts, a classic beer aroma.

Taste is more of the same a fruity caramel malt taste, and not the fruits of the tropics, the more hardy fruits grown in cooler temperatures.

A nice dry light caramel aftertaste on this moderately carbonated Irish Red. A pretty good beer to kickback and throw down on a hot summer day.

When I finished I saw that I give it 5 out of 5 'good' so I guess that's pretty 'good'.

07-28-2011 19:33:13 | More by LXIXME
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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Another timely review, just after St Patty's Day.
Nice red-orange color with a decent head on it. Aroma was mostly malty with a slight hint of skunkiness. That didn't show through in the taste though. This was a straightforward Irish Red. Again a mostly malty flavor with just a bit of light hop bitterness to dry out the finish. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it's better than drinking green beer. For that matter, it's definitely worthy of a second glass. It paired fairly well with both corned beef with colcannon and steak with sweet potatoes.

03-20-2007 22:21:58 | More by weasbri
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

A classic looking Red Ale, deep, firey amber color with a slightly off-white head, decent lacing and moderate retention. Plenty of livliness as well.

A sweet, bready malt scent dominates with earthy, grassy hops in the backdrop.

This ia very clean, livley feel with a medium sweet malt flavor, with minor notes of smokiness and sweet-doughy fresh bread. The hops are a bit mossy but finishes semi-dry and leafy in the aftertaste.

This is a great choice for a BBQ in the back yard with friends during early fall.

09-06-2008 05:52:10 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.48/5  rDev -2%

Poured a deep ruby color with a nice head that quickly disappeared.. Noticed some good lacing...

Smelled bready.. Hints of caramel, slight malt roast, sugar, slight hop presence..

Taste was of sugar cane, caramel, apple, slight hop bitterness lingers.. Maybe some licorice in there?

Overall a decent brew.. Not too heavy not too light.. Easy drinking.. Nothing too special here but not bland..

05-13-2010 03:20:45 | More by aval89
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2.63/5  rDev -25.9%

A - A big creamy tan head floats like a fluffy cloud above a deep amber brew that is very much the same tone as the label on the bottle. The head shows really excellent retention, and deposits tons of crusty lace on the glass. The head forms mashed-potato lumps in the middle as it SLOWLY drops to a whipped cream two fingers and stays there. A damn fine looking brew!

S - Caramel and toffee with a hint of sweet orange candy (orange gummy bears). Brown sugar drizzled with maple syrup. If this were only a bit more assertive, it would be outstanding but it seems a bit subdued.

T - Stale fruit cake, brown sugar, and mushy brown bananas. This is well hopped for a red ale, and the dry hay-like herbal hops keep the brown sugar and caramel in check. There are some sour notes that I really don't like, and this is really not doing it for me.

M - Taught, firm, and extremely dry on the hoppy finish. This is light bodied and moderately carbonated with a really tight feel overall.

D - Not terrible, but not very good either. I really can't find any faults other than a vague sour flavor, but I really just don't like this beer all that much.

04-04-2008 17:55:18 | More by pmcadamis
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-05-2014 21:04:53 | More by beerinabottle
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-10-2012 21:48:02 | More by brokentee
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O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.