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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
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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Traquairlover
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber, with small one finger off white head consisting of a mix of foam and medium to large bubble, medium lacing left on glass.

S = Light toasted grains, white pepper, fresh flowers.

T = Unbuttered toast is the first thing at the front of the tongue, mid palate there is some bitterness from the hops, very light citrus flavors appear in the back of the mouth and there is a medium bitter finish.

M = Light to medium-light body, carbonation stings a bit too much, mouthcoating only fair.

D = Nothing affirmatively wrong with this beer, but it is not particularly special in opinion. Low enough ABV to session with I suppose but just not enough of interest in the taste.

Traquairlover, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a three pack of the brewery's offerings. Has a drink by date of 01.09. Poured into a pint glass, it is topped by three finger tan head that has very good retention. The color of this Irish Red is a deep mahogany red color that has good clarity.

The aroma is of butterscotch along with fruits (cherry). The taste is sweet caramel malt with a tiny hop flavor on the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Easy to drink this one but there is nothing all that special.

abcsofbeer, Apr 07, 2008
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 NCSUdo
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle

A: Pours a clear dark rusty red under a big frothy white head. OK lace and retention.

S: Smells of toasted malt, caramel and a little chocolate. Slightest hint of citrus fruit, but malt dominates.

T: Kind of plain and ho-hum. Malty like the nose, but without the same character. Again, a slight citrus twang with a decent bitterness, but malt tones could be better.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is right. Drinkability is fine. Could have really benefited if it were more flavorful. Not bad though.

NCSUdo, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kind of like this beer. Poured with a nice head which mostly dissapated and some lace. Good reddish amber color. Mild malty and roasty aroma with little hops. Perhaps a little fizzy in the mouth which also leads to a sharpness on the tongue. Still, it's not overly sweet and is drinkable. It gets even better as it warms a bit.

drpimento, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark cranberry red with a huge 3 finger rocky white head that had very good retention throughout the entire course of the drink. Visible carbonation was very soft, almost non-detect.

S: The nose was quite odd, some light skunky flowery hops, and dry, sour caramel malt.

T: some sour bread, caramel, and light flowery (leaf) hopping. There was some warm ice tea and breadiness in the middle of the palate with a light toasty feel. The beer finished dry with some flowery hopping and dry malt lacing.

M: light and watery with not much substance and a light bitterness. Very light and soft on the tongue due to the lack of carbonation.

D: Overall a dry, earthy red with a moderate drinkability.

beerthulhu, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Homerbag, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Brad007, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

KarlHungus, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

jdmorgan, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

tempest, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

williamherbert, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of FireEmt37
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
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

FireEmt37, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

JamesS, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of mualphapiper
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%
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.

mualphapiper, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Slatetank, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

JayQue, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.88/5  rDev +37.5%
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

BeerLover48Fan, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

livingregret, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

ojiikun, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

BrewSomerville, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

scarletfire79, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

PittBeerGirl, May 20, 2007
O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.