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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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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: merlin48 on 02-22-2005)
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber body that has a two thick head that disappears to a lacing foam layer.

Smells of a brown sugar, malty, and some toffee notes. Taste is really good for this style. Toasty malts, slightly sweet, clean finish. Feel is a bit high in CO2, but it is true to style.

A refreshing, clean, and true to style red ale. A great session beer, even if the price is a little higher than your normal session. I will pick this one out again on an warm weather Irish day.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 03:09:59 | More by Homerbag
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 23:27:30 | More by Brad007
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 20:56:21 | More by KarlHungus
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jdmorgan

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Irish red ale poured a surprisingly dark brownish/red color that was very appetizing. It almost looked like a light stout (if that's concievable).

It has rich aromas of both roasted and non-roasted malt as wel as a definate hop presence. The taste was very good and had a very full body with perhaps a 1/4 roasted malt presence. The hop profile was about medium in flavor and bitterness and this all made for one flavorful brew. The consistency was medium/thick and the carbonation was medium.

This was a good beer across the board. When you think of "Irish Red", most people think of Killian's. Not the case here. This was a full-malted brew that wasn't afraid to face it's darker side. Definately recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 18:23:55 | More by jdmorgan
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's.

Looks normal enough with a red body and white head has hangs around for a few minutes. The aroma is distinctly import in that it smells like its been abused and there might be adjunct used or simply DMS floating around. The beer is properly malt centric with a smooth caramel flavor that feels creamy going down. What can I say, I'd be better fresh and it wasn't bad for washing down some dinner. I'd take a fresh Killian's over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:33:09 | More by tempest
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williamherbert

New York

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark red color, clear and glassy. No head, only a thin film at the top. Some halfway decent lace.

Smell is an excellent sweet ale malt aroma. Has more of a dark grape than a roasted Irish Red smell. Deep berry rules the nose. Some more bitter, roasted German malt as it warms.

The taste of this ale is sweet with some sweet and bitter at the end of the sip. More nutty than the aroma would indicate. Balanced between a grape sweetness and a roasted, nutty malt. Not bad at all.

Feels a little ashy, but smoother as it mellows out. Overall it's a pretty good beer with more sweetness than an anticipated. Good balance, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 19:16:09 | More by williamherbert
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FireEmt37

Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- nice dark red color, nice head, loses head quickly

S- nothing special here, smells malty without anything else really coming through

T- once again, nothing really stands out, malty taste

M- crisp, little coarse maybe due to over carbonation

D- Falls short of other Irish red ales, dont think I would purchase this beer again

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 00:03:24 | More by FireEmt37
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JamesS

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 13:06:39 | More by JamesS
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mualphapiper

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2007 15:15:45 | More by mualphapiper
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a big foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt is somewhat bland. Taste is a mix between some medium sweet malt with some notes of caramel and mild fruity yeast. Body is about average with some average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 18:24:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA. Served cold in a 12oz brown bottle, poured into a half pint.
A - A deep garnet w/ caramel highlights and a full inch of tan head.

S - Caramel malt aromas w/ a slightly fruity yeast and bready aroma.

M - Med full, creamy and malty textures w/ a generally dry finish. An herbal hop bitterness trails faintly behind.

T - The smooth taste of pale and crystal malt w/ a lite yeastiness and cream w/ a faint taste of pine flavored herbal hops. Gentle almond and grainy flavors finish out the taste.

D - A fine red, nice sweetness, smooth taste -easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 14:44:34 | More by Slatetank
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JayQue

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good!! Nice appearance...dark red / amber that lets some light through. Good size slightly off white head that fades to a covering. Fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is surprising...expected a weak malty aroma. Got a strong one with some mild hint of dark fruits. First taste was not impressive, malty and earth like taste. As the beer warmed in my hand and coated the tongue, the dark fruit from the smell showed up in the taste. Wound up tasting pretty good, crisp with a bit of complexity!!!! Mouthfeel is a hair thin but crisp and with flavors that stand up. Drinkability is fine. Low alcohol and pretty big taste. This is a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 00:06:09 | More by JayQue
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BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 21:38:04 | More by BeerLover48Fan
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livingregret

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 Oz Bottle

Appearance: A lovely dark red w/ some brown hues. A lovely white head that just lingers on and on...plenty of lacing leaves this drink looking great

Smell: Wonderfully sweet. Caramel and dark fruit. I get the impression of a lovely dark tea.

Taste: A nice taste of caramel spread throughout and a dry like finish...not unlike that of a nice cup of tea. The aftertaste is slighty sweet and very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light carbonation and goes down easy

Drinkability: Very easily a session beer. Goes down easy and has a pleasant taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 03:46:29 | More by livingregret
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ojiikun

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing an old favourite that I haven't been able to find in 2 years 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!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 00:22:41 | More by ojiikun
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty, nutty and spicy with tea, caramel and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of caramel, tea and bready malts with a touch of smokiness. There is a decent hops presence that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice representation of style, light kick makes the beer a good one drink when you want something flavorful that is not going to destroy you. It is well-worth drinking over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 03:49:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma was really muted. Some malty-sweet, caramel smell. Some roasty-toasty aromas. Not much in the way of hops.

It's red in colour...they don't mislead you there. Average sized off-white head, with average retention. Good lacing.

Tasted malty-sweet, but not too sweet. It is well balanced. Nutty, bready. Hop bittering is evident, but not much hop flavouring. However, the little hop flavouring that I do taste could be described as floral.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation, which is nice. Medium-full bodied.

Overall, I think it's a good, subtle, well-balanced session Beer. I still prefer the O'hara's Stout though.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 17:07:04 | More by BrewSomerville
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 20:17:11 | More by scarletfire79
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beautiful deep red body with thick off-white foamy head that settles doen to the perfect thin head. Leaves a nice lacing behind in the glass.

S- Pungent smell of dark fruit, alcohol (suprising for the content), and heavy malt.

T- not as big as the smell. Pretty thin malt character with some toasted notes. Very unoffenxive. Not what I was expecting.

M- medium weight body and high stingy carbonation. Goes down smooth.

D- its pretty drinkable and unoffensive. Not the Irish red character I was looking for though.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 17:36:53 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber color with a decent sized white head that falls but there is a good amount of veil on there.
it has a sweet malty aroma which though written right on the bottle holds true in both the aroma and taste, good call bottle.
tatse wise is almost a fruity sweet malty flavor, whith no detectable hop flavor imo. its got a bit of a dry finish which paired with the sweet taste is a bit odd. its a good beer and if you like the sweeter malt beers to the bitter hop beers then its definatly for you . low abv and non offensive flavor allows for it to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 03:30:17 | More by Redwood21
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:19:34 | More by stereosforgeeks
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weasbri

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 22:21:58 | More by weasbri
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a robust head that nicely laces the pint glass

Smell: Caramel malt with a hint of grain

Taste: Caramel up front that is quickly matched by a grainy, sharp hop taste; the two flavors continue through the finish with a sweet toffee note at the tip of the tongue by journey's end; grainy bitterness lingers into the aftermath, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm just not crazy about the grainy bitterness on this beer and that limits my desire to have another

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 18:37:37 | More by brentk56
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skizziks

Kentucky

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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Minkybut

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer from bottle to tumble at 45 degrees. beer was a nice brown color with a rather nice head with fluffy lumpy foam. beer had great lacing. Slighly bready smell. Slight sour note and beer was flat tasting for some reason. Bitter caramel taste with a little hop hit.Tasty down right skunky I thought. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 22:17:21 | More by Minkybut
O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.