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O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing Company

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

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%


Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

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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ocmpoma

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After browsing around to see what the highest rated Irish stouts were on the site, I was quite surprised to see this Irish red from County Carlow at the Whole Foods in Hillcrest.

It pours out a wonderfully dark but unmistakably amber into the old Duvel tulip, with a nice, fluffy head that's just slightly tan in color. Good lacing as the head dissipates.

The nose is quite spicy up front, with a strong malt backbone. Little to no bitter notes. On the palate it's very malty with just some hints of spice and a little tiny bit of funkiness... I get a little bit of pine resin and the hops are there, barely, at the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty good; it's a tad thin but not off-balance. It's drinkable: smooth and if anything a bit too sweet, but overall a nice showing.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:59:19 | More by ocmpoma
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O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.