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O'Hara's Irish Pale Ale - Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Irish Pale AleO'Hara's Irish Pale Ale

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StJamesGate on 03-21-2010

A Contemporary style IPA with an Irish twist. Combining the balance of European IPAs with the generous dry hopping of American pale ales (APAs), this beer is everything an IPA should be and more.

Zesty and refreshingly bitter, the finish is long. With a copper tone body topped with a lightly carbonated head, the dry hopping brings an intense aroma and lasting array of fruit and floral notes.
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4.62/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For me special beer with special aroma, smell and taste. Some kind of flowery smell allures you to drink it and then you are intoxicated with its special aftertaste. A friend of mine and I really enjoyed this beer.
This beer you love or not, but I would recommend you to try it First.

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4.52/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on Cask, Keg and bottle.

I have to say I love them all but for the purpose of this review I will stick with the bottle.

There is nothing I do not like about this beer. The aroma and taste are just lovely.

It may be an American inspired IPA but it is unlike any American IPA I have ever had. There is a lot more caramel and body to it. It borders on chewy but at only 5.20% it is a beer you can drink a number of.
To me it feels like a bigger beer than it is.

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4.28/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Golden color with average white head. Beautiful aroma of hop , herbs and citrus . Taste is bitter and floral. Pleasant hops bitterness in aftertaste. Very good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Bull & Castle.

Pours strawberry blonder with a frothy pure white head that leaves trailers. Huge sticky flowers and sap hop nose. Papaya and honey malts, followed by a stinging hop bitterness, then a burst of citrus and cedar chips. Long aspirin linger. Medium, chewy and oily.

Cask lets all the dry hopping come out, and suddenly this beer is Californian. Bitterness is a bit hard to take, which is funny to say about an American-inspired Irish beer. Cloys over time, but still the best serving type for flavor.

Third review for the sweep! Unless Carlow start canning or the B&C does growlers, my last review of this beer; promise...

bottle
(3.5; 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50)
15/08/2010
Now added to the O'Hara's bottle range.
Pours pale amber with a puffy pure white head that doesn't hang around. Nose is pale malt, a bit of caramel and faint orange hops. Toast and autumn leaves up front with tea leaves and earthy spice hops. Metallic finish. Light to medium, fizzy, no cling.
Not a patch on the draught version. I don't know where the American hopping went. Suddenly a very average pint of bitter.
EDIT: There seem to have been some questionable early batches. Floral hops coming out much more now, so +.5 to taste.

on-tap
(3.9; 4.00 3.50 4.00 4.00 4.00)
21/03/2010
On tap at Bull & Castle, Dublin.

Pours pale red-gold with a cratered dense white head that rings. Fresh flowers and a hint of sour grain on the nose. Nutty, toasted bread malts with hops that show branch, hints of mint and orange rind, backed by a pure chalky bitterness. Nettle linger, tight finish, medium bodied and fizzy.

Not Goods Store, but a new ""IPA"" from Carlow. Compares favorably with Galway Hooker, which I suspect is the whole idea."

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4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint on-tap at La Bon Crubeen, Dublin, Ireland (€5.70):
Clear, light amber colour with a creamy white head that is about 2cm & holds great with almost no initial movement & some nice bits of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Sweet with some good earthy notes & a freshness from the background fruits with some malts & further sweetness. Not overly strong but manages to strike the right balance with a nice, slightly bitter finish & a few extra fruits thrown in too.

Very hoppy tasting, more so than I expected with the dry hopping paying off. There was a solid bitterness with some citrus & pine coming through alongside some of the earthy malts that featured on the nose. There was also a sweetness throughout & plenty of background fruits with some caramel too.

Smooth on the palate with a bitter and quite hoppy feel thanks to the dry hopping. The beer was dry with medium carbonation but held a good balance from the start.

A very nice tasting American pale ale and one that surprised me in just how good it was, I wasn't expecting anything like this. It is a beer I hope to pick up again at some point and I undoubtedly will if I can manage to find it in Scotland.

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O'Hara's Irish Pale Ale from Carlow Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.