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O'Hara's Double IPA - Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Double IPAO'Hara's Double IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ireland

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StJamesGate on 04-10-2013

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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by StJamesGate:
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4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Farrington's, Dublin.

Steady carpet of off white that rings over bright gold body.
Mango, canteloupe, resin and orange sherbet on the nose - bright and fresh.
Some baguette and more mango, then lemon peel, herb, evergreen and a hint of tangerine for hops.
Limoncello finish and stinging nettle linger.
Crisp, medium leaning light, some chew but lean.

Spanking fresh - keg tapped the same morning.

All sorts of citrus (though interestingly, not grapefruit) and a bit of aspirin in the linger. Too thin (less sticky and malty than PH Hop Head) and borderline ABV to call this a true DIPA. But a hop monster just the same.

Probably Ireland's first real IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kitsune
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not bad, but too sweet for me

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

this is pretty bad, its not often i cant finish a beer, but this one really missed the mark, and missed it bad. i appreciate a good english style ipa, i like the malt balance sometimes, and even seek it out, the reserved hopping, the different flavors and textures, the yeast character, but man, this isnt anywhere near that. i do smell irish yeast right away in the pretty brew that looks much better than it tastes. it has a weird must to it though, and some grain sweetness. metallic at first sip though, overdosed on hops too, as it is harshly bitter throughout, not balanced at all. it has a real staleness that goes beyond irish ale yeast, and it is hard to drink. the booze shows through hotly, especially for its only moderate strength, and there is a lingering off flavor on finish, like gross forgotten bread dough. i like the normal ohara stuff, i think its tasteful and traditional, but this is a stylistic mess, and a disaster on the palate. aside from looking and feeling pretty nice, the parts that make beer enjoyable, the smell and taste, are way off for me here. maybe it was in a weird order in my drinking that hurt it, coming after some other hoppy beers, i will revisit this in isolation, although i dont really want to...

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Amber pour, small white head turns into a thin film and stays like that for a while.
Thick smell of caramel and biscuit, overripe orange, peach, apricot, bit of pine, faint butterscotch, not tons of hops, but a bit more than the usual English IPA, so yeah, "Double", i guess.
Really really sweet taste, really malty, with buckets of sticky caramel, syrup, some biscuit and some butter too. A light jam-like fruitiness, mostly some peach. Grapefruit develops, some pine towards the end, grassy bitter hops, managing to cut off most of the sweetness.
Thus there's a nice fruity aftertaste, lingering Aspirin-like bitterness, with a (thankfully) acceptable dose of sweetness. Medium body, sticky with a buttery feel, medium carbonation.
A decent take on the style, tho it remains quite English. Wouldn't be totally inappropiate to think of it as a "dessert beer".

Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into english pint.
Clear reddish-golden beer with 2-finger off-white head. Smell of orange, caramel and resiny hop, a bit stale, not very impressive.
On the contrary, taste is rich, orange peel, nettle, medicinal bitterness, syrupy, astringent. Very solid sample.

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O'Hara's Double IPA from Carlow Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.