O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +37.5%
Finally reviewing an old favourite that I haven't been able to find in a year or so.
Poured from a 12oz a very, very dark reddish-brown. Crystal clear and without much excitement in the carbonation department.
Smell is caramel malt all the way - nutty and bready, and quite frankly like the "malt" you remember from being a kid. Some good overripened fruit esthers - banana and mango, not floral. Just a little bit of cola edges in at the end to suggest spice.
Taste is more of the same - cloying caramel malts. Finish is dryish, though, and aided away by the carbonation opening up. Very meaty and much more yeast than in the scent. Caraway and fine white pepper, but only in great moderation.
Body is fairly balanced with zealous carbonation. It's hard sometimes to tell that the cloying feel is the taste and not the beer itself. Drinkable if you're into the very up-front personality!
I cant find this beer in my area but I wish I could because I would drink it often
09-19-2007 21:38:04 | More by BeerLover48Fan
4.85/5 rDev +36.6%
One of my favorites at The Fiddler's Hearth pub in South Bend, IN. Comes draft in full British pint glasses.
Appearance: A typical red ale color, but I'd say deeper and richer than most. The head is light, but persistent, clinging to the edges of the surface all the way to the end. Nice to look at.
Smell: Thick and earthy, but not overpowering, and appropriate for a red ale. I immediately noticed a distinct aroma of canned mandarin oranges. Also, various nice malts, with en emphasis on roasted walnuts, burnt toast (in a good way), and caramel. Also, I'd say a nice deep smell of freshly turned dirt, I get the impression that this is a very earthy, real, natural ale. Not too much hops on the nose.
Taste: The oranges continue along with more of the toast and roasted nuts. The caramel is less noticeable, but still there. More hops, reminiscent of herbs and spices, cloves in particular. Still very earthy on the finish. Nice combo with a beef/potatoes meal. Long finish! You'll taste this for several minutes after you take a swallow.
Mouth feel: Very nice, I'd put this in the thicker range of red ales. Very genuine. It coats the mouth very thoroughly, contributing to the long finish.
Drinkability: I'll have several pints of O'Hara's Irish red over an evening at the pub. It never gets old, every sip has something new.
11-17-2007 15:15:45 | More by mualphapiper
4.7/5 rDev +32.4%
Ok, Irish Red's are not my preferred style except for the Session Holiday that is, St. Patrick's Day. I get pretty sick of Guinness and having a nice session red available makes things a little more exciting.
This beer is orangy-brown, not really all that red. It has the perfect carbonation for throwing a couple liters down the hatch and it isn't too high in alcohol.
I wish this beer came on Nitro, then it would be awesome.
01-09-2013 17:14:43 | More by TSJ4000
4.65/5 rDev +31%
Had this beer at Finn McCool's in Virginia Beach, VA
Review from notes.
Classic rust red color with a two finger head. Nice thick foam. Sweet malt notes like a belgian ale but with some caramel spice. Has a sweet rootbeer flavor at first but then notes of coffee and chocolate malts come through with a crisp malty finish. Medium body with a clean finish. Very enjoyable beer.
06-07-2011 14:21:05 | More by stckhndlr
4.58/5 rDev +29%
Dark amber color with a larger sized light tan head which dissipates rather quickly. Nice sheets of lace along the glass. Great aromas of nuts and roasted grains and a twinge of fruity hops. Taste begins sweeter with caramel and toffee being dominant. An earthy flavor wipes out the caramel but the toffee holds up through it. Roasted nuts and spent grains come out towards the finish. Finish is drying and toasted, almost smoky and charcoally. Oh yeah, I really dig this beer. Extremely easy to drink.
01-07-2006 20:00:45 | More by granger10
4.55/5 rDev +28.2%
Time to review the undisputed champion of my blind Irish Red tasting... http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2095926
Served from a 12oz. bottle in an O'Hara's pint glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.
A - More of an auburn than a red really, but vibrant when viewed against the light. Pushes up a nice, fluffy off-tan inch-thick head. Lacing is sporadic, but comes in full rings. Head retention is respectable.
S - Wonderfully biscuity malts with a hint of honey and a wisp of perfumey peat. Quite heady.
T - Sweet and malty up front, with a porter-like richness that's quite surprising for this style. Quickly moving to the back of the tongue and the throat with a satisfying cocoa-powdery dryness that gets you all ready for the next sip. Simple, yet delicious.
M - Substantial body on the way in, with perfect expansion and carbonation tingliness. Swallow is slick and voluminous without being gassy. No shortness of sensation here.
D - I've never come across an under 5% ABV beer that has as much flavor and substance as this one does. This is a true session beer by any definition, and puts most peers I've had in its category to shame. I could drink it all day, and I think I plan to this St. Patrick's Day.
02-16-2010 20:44:35 | More by EPseja
4.53/5 rDev +27.6%
Pours a nice copper color with excellent head and very nice lacing. It has a great malty scent, with just a hint of sourness to it. Tastes good, a fairly deep flavor with a nice semi-malty flavor, a tiny hint of spice, and a nice slightly sour aftertaste. Goes down easily. A very nice Irish red.
Had this on tap at Rover's Irish Pub in Louisville. Such an excellent draught beer! Thick and smooth, wonderfully sweet with a nice tartness. Goes down great.
12-28-2007 13:06:39 | More by JamesS
4.5/5 rDev +26.8%
Poured into original O'Hara's 0.5l glass which I've bought together with beer.
A: The color is reddish with a lot of bubbles. There isn't a lot of foam and it gradually disappears.
S: It has a pretty intense malt aroma with a slight sensation of alcohol
T: This is the first red beer that I tried and maybe because of that it seems to me that this is one of the best beers I have tried. It has a rich caramel flavor, neither sweet nor bitter, just as it should be.
Overall: As I said before this was really big surprise for me in a good way. Surely beer that you must try!
05-08-2012 15:02:45 | More by darioklc
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice sticky lacing The aroma is of sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is a little hoppier than other Irish Red Ales I have had, but it is more well balanced because of it. There is a nice interplay between the sweet malt, and this floral hops that lasts long into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with nice refreshing carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Irish Red Ale, and a great session beer too. I will certainly drink this again. I could see this being a wonderful beer on a nice spring day.
02-15-2008 20:56:21 | More by KarlHungus
4.38/5 rDev +23.4%
Color: Pours a copper red color with a well-carbonated head of foam (seems almost too carbonated to be honest).
Aroma: Sweet and malty. Little or no hop presence.
Taste: Sweet and malty upfront. A bit of dryness on the tongue as well. Kind of chewy. Some bitterness. Very drinkable.
Mouthfeel: Sweet with some bitterness.
Verdict: I really like this beer. It's sessionable, drinkable and it goes down very well. I could drink a few of these if I could find it in a pub setting.
02-19-2008 23:27:30 | More by Brad007
4.25/5 rDev +19.7%
11.2 oz. bottle, along with the stout, this showed up at Hi-Times, so I've got to try it,
A: Pours red (I'm Shocked... Shocked), with a full creamy white head, great lace.
S: Real nice caramel malt, sugar.
T: Sweet malt, pastry flour, red malt with a light hop presence. Very good flavour.
M: Soft carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied.
D: One of the best Irish Red's I've had, good beer, very enjoyable.
02-24-2010 05:17:04 | More by Halcyondays
4.23/5 rDev +19.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a deep, ruby amber brown. A dark cream colored head stays around for a while and settles to a thin film. Random light lacing. The beer smells of dark caramel, malts and faint hops. The taste is well represented by the smell: a sharp hop presence, but followed by a mellow caramel malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very drinkable.
Overall, this is the second beer I've had from O'Hara's, and it's another good one. Well made, very drinkable, and no punches. I love breweries that aren't pretentious, and this is one. Well done.
02-25-2012 19:04:56 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
I poured this 11.2 oz bottle into my Carlsberg pint glass. The freshness date on the bottle reads 31/12/08. I am excited to try this beer out, since I have had their other beers and have been really impressed. This is some REAL Irish beer for ya...
A: It pours with two fingers of rocky, sticky, cream-colored head. The beers body is semi-hazy and deep amber (almost brown) in color, with red hues playing out in the background light. The head sticks a little as it fades.
S: Wow, this smell is unique. I haven't read any other reviews of this beer yet, but I can't imagine what other people think about the smell. Surely, people are not smelling french onion, garlic, butter and croissant in the malt like I am picking out. I know how ridiculous that sounds...Some floral hops, every now and then.
T: I really like the way this beer tastes. I am getting flavors of tobacco, smoke, toasted grains and sweet, overripe raspberries. Great aftertaste!
M: Very light in the mouth, yet the beer is definitely full-flavored. The sugars reach the back of the tongue as the beer is swallowed. Smooth, almost non-existent carbonation.
D: Drink! Drink it up! Easy as can be, if you enjoy the unique flavor. Low alcohol means that this beer could be had throughout the night.
09-14-2008 21:21:06 | More by MusicaleMike
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
pours an orange hued red. looks nice in the glass. small head that leaves quickly. definitly smell some caramel notes in the nose, hints of other sweetness as well. very well balanced. the taste backs up what the smell previewed. very well balanced. nice flavor profile, sweet, malty, bitter, the whole nine. really nice. not my favorite irish red, but a decent stab.
06-13-2007 20:17:11 | More by scarletfire79
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A sudsdy but fairly good retention off white light tan head, hits three fingers deep with a great body color. A fantastic very dark amber red with lots of play in hues through the light from ruby to dark indian red all throughout with a nice mahogonay brown top.
Roasty malts, sticky toffee more like a doppelbock strangely not so much grassy or fruity. Faint chocolate on this, smells real nice.
Palate hits with a good mix of malt stickiness and toffee. Sweet malts roll nicely, with an almost toasty finish but not quite. Lightly crisp almost with some decent carbonation but nothing watery or wet, or that takes away from the palate. Palate is VERY malt coating for an Irish red. Warmth brings out cocoa powdered chocolate, and a quick hop bitter that lingers very slightly.
This is quite a lively solid brew for 4.3% I could just pound these back all day. Great beer.
07-21-2012 23:20:31 | More by smakawhat
O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
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