O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing Company
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Reviews by skizziks:
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz. bottle into a nonic. Pour raises a huge head. Have to be careful to keep it in the imperial pint glass. Head is solid beige, frothy and slowly collapses to form a rocky pile of varied bubbles. Intense thick lacing, excellent retention. The beer is a clear deep copper.
Aroma is nutty, bready, graham cracker. Fruity with orange tea. Great stuff but needs to be turned up.
Flavor is biscuit and honey with coffee underneath. Roast grows as it hangs in the mouth. A touch of sweet malt near the end with a bitter and carbonated close.
Mouthfeel is somewhat slick and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is enough to keep it fresh but not too much to get in the way of drinkability. A nice easy drinking beer that won't knock you over the head, but still provides plenty of interest if you feel like paying attention.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2007 02:28:08 | More by skizziks
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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 282 ratings.