O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing Company
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Reviews by ocmpoma:
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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United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
500ml Bottle from O'Reilly's in Lisnaskea (£2.39):
Dark caramel amber with a thin, beige head that turned to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds and looked slightly wavy around the circumference.
Light, earthy malts and a faintly sweet aroma with some sugar coming through. There is a little caramel and some toasted malts as well but the smell is quite a light one overall.
Toasted malts and caramel start things off, followed closely by some background sweetness, some bread and a light bitterness with some basic, earthy flavours as well.
Medium body & carbonation about the same, there is an earthy bitterness throughout and hints of sweetness, although these are few and far between. Smooth bodied and with a slight tang but overall the balance is quite good.
Sadly this was another fairly average Irish offering that seems to be a common feature of the beers I have tried from the country, albeit with a few exceptions. An okay beer but not one that would warrant a second try really.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 15:36:57 | More by flyingpig
O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.