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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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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ireland

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: StJamesGate on 03-21-2010)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15%

02-16-2014 13:59:17 | More by djrn2
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull light golden color with sticky 1/2 finger bone white head that took quite awhile to settle.Aromas are lightly floral with a smattering of citric hops,the lightly toasted grainy element is bigger though.Light and faintly citric on the palate,again the toasted cereal grains seem to be the biggest flavor note.It's not bad but it's a very light tasting lighter hopped pale ale,would be good for outdoor grilling wich Iam anxiously awaiting.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 20:34:19 | More by oberon
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

06-17-2013 04:00:02 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught at the Bull & Castle, Dublin, where they also have it available in the bottle.

A: Two finger head of poor cream but decent thickness. Clear blonde colour.

Sm: Smells like a pale ale. Wheat barley, bittering hops. The usual.

T: Clean barley taste with a bit of cream on the open and a clean bittered finish. Avoids being overbittered. Built very simply, but balanced well.

Mf: As coarse as the style can be without taking a turn for the worse. Very carefully constructed. Buttery, actually.

Dr: I'd have another. It's quite nice off draught, but might not work out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 16:28:43 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-22-2013 05:00:49 | More by XmnwildX12
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a chill haze. Huge pillowy foam sits royally on top of the ale. In the aroma, resinous hops full of pine and grass. Bread and light honey as well. The brew itself tastes quite strongly of hops. A well pronounced, noble hop character is in place, tasting of herbs, pine, wood, and tea. Malt flavor ranges from caramel, buttery toffee, Orange blossom honey and marmalade. All the agreeably sweet malt notes are kept in check by a pinch of bitterness. Light bodied, well carbonated, small hop bite. Overall, I dig this beer. Quite noble indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:04:48 | More by Stinkypuss
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-30-2014 19:47:36 | More by Latarnik
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle brought back from Ireland, thanks Alex! Pours a clear, light gold color with a fluffy white head. Lots of lace. Nice looking brew.

Nose is pretty bright and hoppy. Toasted bread maltiness, maybe even a little biscuity. Floral for sure and some light toffee as it warms.

Taste is a not-so-good combo of chalk, resin, light fruit and toasted malt. I can see some others liking this, but I dont really like the English Ale profile with a hoppy tilt. Not bad by any means, just not really my style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:53:45 | More by twiggamortis420
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-06-2013 19:27:49 | More by Evil_Pidde
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-14-2013 00:10:21 | More by ROGUE16
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Boone757

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

11-28-2012 21:45:08 | More by Boone757
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev +13.3%

08-28-2013 05:06:21 | More by kscaldef
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StJamesGate

New York

4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
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."

Serving type: cask

08-20-2010 09:50:17 | More by StJamesGate
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -15%

11-23-2011 02:18:19 | More by jenray
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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-25-2013 19:55:23 | More by gtermi
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dcmchew

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-06-2013 17:41:31 | More by dcmchew
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rarbring

Sweden

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber brew with a white high head, very good lacing and good curtains.

A fruity smell, lemon and pears.

Tasting of brown bread, oranges, red apples, and bitter orange peel.

Medium carbonation, a refreshing texture with a light dry finish.

A nice straight aromatic pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 13:40:02 | More by rarbring
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-18-2013 20:30:54 | More by RedneckBeerz
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thierrynantes

France

3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le comptoir Irlandais and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : clear amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty flavours,with a dry and bitter finish.
Overall : an average beer in the style Irish Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 10:09:02 | More by thierrynantes
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shigg85

Japan

4/5  rDev +13.3%

02-01-2012 00:14:41 | More by shigg85
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-01-2013 14:46:18 | More by JohnBender
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-27-2013 20:46:00 | More by samEBC
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-04-2014 23:56:52 | More by EmperorBevis
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-26-2014 01:49:48 | More by patre_tim
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VonZipper

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

06-02-2014 17:21:11 | More by VonZipper
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O'Hara's Irish Pale Ale from Carlow Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.