Caffrey's Irish Ale | Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.

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Caffrey's Irish AleCaffrey's Irish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
129
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
25.08%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 129
Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Irish beer. Nice and thick although light in color. It has a head that really sticks to the glass all the way down. Very sexy. A well rounded brew that is balanced in aroma and flavor. Prost!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very nice, with a thick cloudy appearance similar to Guinness, but obviously much lighter. No smell or special taste to speak of, but certainly not bad. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of budgood1
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another amazing nitro head, and plus it has pleasant burnt fruit like aroma that i always like, which translates itself to a faint grape flavor in the mouth. pretty creamy and smooth, but with an extremely thin mouthfeel. if this had some more body it would be awesome. malts and hops are there but the watery aspect of the body really robs the essence of the beer. chuggable nonetheless.

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Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

creamy and bland, but i suppose its drinkable, but its creaminess doesn't really appeal to my tastes, had it on tap and from the can, they both tasted the same.

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer is like any other nitro canned beer, clarity is flawless and the head is hard to shake even towards the end of the glass. Hint of fruity esters, floral hop and diacetyl with a thin caramel malt aroma.

At first the mouth feel is smooth and creamy but further down the pint it seems and carbonation is non-existent and gains a watery texture. Body feels a bit thin, malt flavour is in the form of a steel caramel malt and lightly kilned graininess. Hops bring an ample bitterness with a trailing leafy flavour.

This ends up to be a beer that needs to be consumed quickly. It loses its luscious texture the more the nitro pulls away from the liquid.

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Photo of mophie
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I also had this hand-pumped in England; it was the house beer at the local pub, and it was smooth and creamy beyond belief, with a subtle caramel sweetness to cut the edge off the bitterness. I was thrilled when they finally started selling it here, but was quickly disappointed; too watery, and not much flavor, an average beer at best. Perhaps it's not fair to compare what you get here in a can with what you get there at a pub, though.

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Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 14.9oz can with Caffrey's Draught System inside. Helpful instructions on the back of the can explain how to pour the beer. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a lively, waving, cascading brew -- awesome to watch. When it settles the liquor is amber with light red hues and the head is a solid finger's width of creamy white foam that sticks all over the inside of the glass. Head stays all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Floral sweetness with a dry, raw coarseness about it.

Taste: Incredibly smooth, creamy and full. There's a near dextrin malt sweetness that is full of herbal and floral flavours that are rather tasty. Hops get mildly coarse and raw on the palate, then the brew dries up for a brief moment with a slight lemon/salt-like hop bitterness. The palate is soon quenched with the smoothness of more light sweet malts that hold a faint toasted flavour and background (way back) grape fruitiness. Aftertaste is unusually neutral when still chilled, dry and coarse when warmed.

Notes: I don't care what anyone says, Caffrey's is a fine beverage and so easy to put down that it often scares me. A Friday lunchtime favourite for my buddy Dee and I. We always have 2 or 10.

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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.
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