O'Hara's Irish Red - Carlow Brewing Company

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 382
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 16
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Carlow Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: merlin48 on 02-22-2005

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*Apparently I reviewed this on Rate Beer & not here, so here is my review*

A- Ruby head with a nice thick head. I noticed little lacing.

S- Malty and sweet with a roasted caramel scent.

T- Same as aroma. Malty sweet, and has a nice roasted, almost toasted. caramel thing going on. It is mildly bitter. Excellent!

M- Light and extremely drinkable. Not heavy at all. Ohara’s Irish Red is a great light beer that is easy drinking.

All the flavors work well with each other and the abv is so low that a few could be had easily. A+ brew! (543 characters)

Photo of darioklc
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (572 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear, deep amber with a tall, creamy tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing on the side of the glass. There's a pleasant aroma of sweet malts. It smells bready as well. The taste is malty and slightly sweet. There is some hop bitterness and there is some breadiness in the taste. It's very delicious. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate. It's creamy and the finish is clean. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It's a solid, delicious beer. (535 characters)

Photo of mcguirmn
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A good amount of cream colored head with pretty good lacing. Beer has a dark red color to it.

Smell - A faint smell of coffee is present. Also very sweet smelling. Lots of Malt.

Taste - The malty smell only increases once it touches your tongue. Very sweet tasting but the taste of alcohol is still very present.

Mouthfeel - I expected this beer to be a little thicker. It was a little too watery for my liking. Perhaps it is better on tap...

Overall - Overall it is a very enjoyable beer. If it is the only Irish Red on the menu, by all means, try it out. In my opinion, it costs too much and leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle (656 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark garnet and is much darker than expected with some carbonation. The head is off-white, modest and quickly dissipating, leaving rings of lace.

Big caramel malt from a tulip glass with some sweet tea and wheat bread.

Balance is better than anticipated from the nose but still on the malty side. The finish is lingering with unsweetened tea. Oddly interesting.

O’Hara’s Irish Red has a medium body and is a bit woolly with no hint of alcohol. This one is well carbonated with a trying finish, almost chalky.

This is a fine session beer with little to discuss. However, it would work well as a social beer with friends on a crisp autumn afternoon. (667 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tastes like the old sod tossed a couple of clods into the brew tub. Reddish cast is undeniable, so we can agree on that. Watery and might possibly be refreshing if you were thirsty enough. Earthy, to put is politely. Less offensive after a few sips when the tongue is numbed a little. Touch of roasted flavor, but it washes very thin. Sharpish with club-soda carbonation.

On tap at the Linkery in San Diego. Overall, it's cheap-tasting swill even for this benighted style. Easy to see why the Irish drink stout on their home turf. (531 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a reddish amber brew with a foamy cap of head and slight lace.

Mild toasty notes, some mineral bitterness. Lean in the nose.

Toasted malt up front, with a little burnt caramel, some light hop bitterness, bread crust, and maltiness in the finish.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Ok brew. Liked how this stood up to food. Nice balance of malt and bitterness. Glad I tried this. (388 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (585 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I can't for the life of me remember if/when I've had this beer before... Anyone? Regardless, it pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, a touch of mandarin orange syrup, and a sprinkling of cilantro in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though the orange-like qualities come to the fore, sorta creating a candied orange peel kind of flavor. Some added toffee helps this effect along. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, an alright red, but not one that I would ever really seek out again. Just didn't do it for me... (711 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber body with a moderately sized, ivory-hued head. Fairly copious amounts of lace.

Smell: A sweet-scented brushing of toffee and brown sugar over deeply toasted malts with a faint sniff of quality smoke, dark fruitiness, and herbal hops.

Taste: Toffee and brown sugar, though not overtly sweet, a bit less than anticipated from the nose. Toasted malts paired with modest raisin notes. Very, very faint touch of clean smoke. Light herbal hop character, lightly bitterness. Drying, malty on the back half and into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: I hadn't had this one in several years, and, well, I kind of remember why I hadn't. Particularly so-so. (779 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased in V&B Nantes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : red amber color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : malty and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty with notes of caramel.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Irish Red Ale. (285 characters)

Photo of travisnd
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this Irish Red in a 4 pack from Total Wine. Compared to other Irish Red's I've had like Sam Admans and Saranac I found O'Hara's to be the best and most expensive. It had a nice dark rich color when poured into a glass with minimal head. Goes does nice and even when warm, still tasty! Bring the price down and I'll be buying more! (336 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown amber color with a fairly dense, off-white head. Head retention is above average, lasting a few minutes and persisting with a ring around the glass and a few islands of foam. Carbonation is visible in the transparent beer, but is rather sluggish. Lacing is of small clumps that gradually fade away.

Scent is primarily of mild malt sweetness, caramel influence, a dash of pepperiness, maybe a bit of hickory smoke character on the fade out.

Taste is fairly malty, definite caramel influence, and do I detect even a bit of roasted malt at the end? Smoked presence in the nose is apparent in the aftertaste. No noticeable hop character, this is a very sweet beer with some subtleties.

Mouthfeel is solid for the style, fairly heavy to medium-heavy with enough carbonation to make the beer palatable and keep flowing. Finish is dry, but not sticky.

Overall, a drinkable beer, quite sessionable, but also something that is fairly one-dimensional, and while I'd drink this on another occasion, I don't necessarily think I'd go out of my way to buy more. (1,078 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass. Pours a deep garnet red. Thin off white head with ok lacing.

Aroma is kinda German maibock lager smell. Little bit of caramel.

Taste is kinda the same. Kinda like a red mixed with a maibock.

Mouthfeel is smooth. High ish carb.

Overall a decent beer. Probably won't buy it again though. I like my reds hoppy and to taste a little more like a red. (384 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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'. (572 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red moving to amber. Has a nice frothy tan head, with some surprising lacing. Aroma has a caramel / malt / burnt sugar thing going on. I get a little bit of smoked malts as well. Taste isn't bad, somewhat middling. There's a big toffee note in the beginning of the beer but it's chased away by more smoked malt character in the finish. Taste is somewhat sweet. There's no real hop character to speak of. This beer calls itself an Irish Red but with the smoked character it feels more like a 60 schilling or something similar. Overall it's not a bad beer but there isn't anything drawing me back, either. Somewhat mediocre. (640 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint.

It's a clear deep reddish brown color Witt a huge frothy head. It really takes a while to dissipate and left good lacing.

The smell is strong and malty with hints of toffee and a small hint of hops.

The taste is the same basic flavor profile as the aroma, but not as robust. If anything, the hops come through a little stronger. Definitely more bitter after a second sip.

It's a little thin, but this is a very drinkable sessionable Irish red. Not bad at all. (518 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer I thought it was great, The second time around I thik my tastes had changed because it wasn't nearly as good. The beer poured out as a nice looking red color with a fizzy white head. The lacing was decent but not too impressive. The smell was of sweet malts, they kind of reminded me of a scotch ale. The taste seemed good the first time with a good malt base and not much deviating from that. The second time I think the bottle may have been bad because it just didn't taste the same. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall the beer is worth trying one last time I think before I come to a true verdict on the flavor issues. (658 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy brown/mild crimson hue, trace head, solid lacing

S: sweet ripe fruit (date/figs), nutty, malt

T: sweet nutty, malt, very British yeast tone, semi-dry crisp finish

M: light, semi-dry mouth

O: Let me 1st state, reds are my least favorite style.
That being noted, I still was not a huge fan of this beer.
Could be a great session brew for a Fat Tire newbie.

OK, NOT A MUST HAVE! (390 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Reddish brown brew carrying a 1 finger head. Retention and lacing were mild.

S - Faint aroma of sweet malts and bread.

T - Toasted nut flavor, very muted. Body is a balance of sweet malt and roasted coffee. Watery finish.

M - Creamy light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Not the best example of the style. Certainly not bad by any means, and could probably be enjoyable at a concert or something of that nature. (463 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.62/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (377 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a slightly off-white head.

S: Very malty beer, I can't detect hops at all, just sweet smelling malts.

T: On the taste, this beer is quite well balanced. There is a mediocre bitterness to counteract the maltiness. Light caramel and a slight toasty flavor with a sweet finish.

M: Moderately carbonated and not-quite full bodied, this beer is somewhat smooth.

D: This beer is quite drinkable! I'd defiantly buy it again. (457 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-brown, big tan head steadily shrinks to permanent foamy thin top, foamy lace – nice looking.

Aroma is very nice toasty, caramelly, fruit bread crust, figs, toasty rich bready.

Taste is dryish and well-balanced up front, light swet-sour fruit and nut, some dark toast, strong black tea and pepper bitterness dominating finish and lingering with spicy fruit. It is a little too bitter in the aftertaste, reducing drinkability a little. (441 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. I've been largely unimpressed with this brewery's efforts so far.

A: Four finger head of lovely cream, good thickness, and nice retention. Dark amber colour; nontransparent.

Sm: Barley plus amber hops. Expected but pleasant.

T: Amber and barley hops, typical of an Irish red, for the body, plus some bittering hops on the jump after the climax, and some cream running throughout the third act. Better than expected, particular with regard to the hoppy complexity. Built well for the style; though it should be noted that you see very few Irish reds in Ireland. Balanced well.

Mf: Wet, creamy at times, and smooth. Complements the flavours. Does a nice job.

Dr: Priced fairly when not on draught. Not a great beer, but worthy of the style. It's certainly worth a try. One of the best beers from this brewery. (882 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer around lately, so I finally decided to give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep red color with a pretty creamy looking 1/2" of tannish bubbles that has plenty of staying power and looked pretty much the same a minute after the pour. Most of the way through the beer, there is still over 1/4" of head on the beer and lace smeared all the way down. I seriously don't know how they could possibly improve on this for the style. Kudos!

Aroma: The aroma gives plenty of earthy notes that remind me a lot of Samuel Smith. The malt is toasty and full of character. I am also getting a pretty healthy dose of hops for this style and they are giving a mild grassy and slightly floral. Definitely British style hops.

Taste: The flavor is sweeter than anything I though from the aroma. The malt is in charge, and the hops only contribute to the initial parts of the flavor. There are lots of toasty notes in this beer, and though the beer is rather light bodied and somewhat dry, it still comes across the palate rather substantial. The carbonation being high actually makes you slow down as you drink it, so this may be a good thing since it is such a light beer so that it doesn't hit your palate too watery. There is a very slight acidity that hits the back of the throat a bit more as the beer warms.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer for what it is. It is the best Irish Red that I have tried to date, but that isn't that many. The first beer I ever brewed was an Irish Red, so you would think that I would have more commercial experience. Either way, this is a good beer with a lot of character for such a light one...so you should take your time with this one. (1,703 characters)

O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.