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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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BA SCORE
81
good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by ruckus232:
Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The color of this was darker then expected, it was a reddish brown but leaning more towards brown. The head was just slightly off white and left a small amount of lacing.

The smell was a very pleasant smell but it was a little hard to describe. The closest I can guess it had a grassy smell to it which was a slightly sweet smell mixed with a slightly metallic smell.

The sweet smell was picked up in the taste after swallowing the sip but only for a second and then the taste disappears. It is very light and easy to drink without being light in flavor.

ruckus232, Dec 28, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -15.5%

SmellsofMahagony, May 05, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

merlin48, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

innominat, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Milkysunshine, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

far333, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of KarlMcGowan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

KarlMcGowan, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

valkyre65, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -15.5%

sgttibbs, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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'.

LXIXME, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of weasbri
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

weasbri, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of aval89
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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..

aval89, May 13, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

pmcadamis, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of beerinabottle
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

beerinabottle, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +12.7%

brokentee, Feb 10, 2012
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O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.