Caffrey's Irish Ale | Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.

131 Ratings
Caffrey's Irish AleCaffrey's Irish Ale

Brewed by:
Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2001

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.69/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this beer as part of a tasting panel.

The pour brings a bright straw color, though a bit on the light side. The nitro-widget brings an impressive mousse-like head taht laces very will. A nice cask-condition look.

Aromas, ...well there are none. As the beer warms, faint scents of pilsner malt and graininess begin to emmit. Maybe a floral, spicy hop but boy is this streatching it. The beer really has no meaningful aroma.

Flavors are ...well even more obscure than the aroma. The beer has a thin malt-grain flavor mixed with a looot of water. Hop flavor is extremely low and helps just a touch. Maybe a fresh baked bread or dough taste? I've had mineral water with this much taste.

Mouthfeel, you guessed it, very watery with only a very light reminescent of malt. Bitterness is also extremely low. The creamy carbonation bailed ship long ago and hardly contributes to and creaminess or roundness.

It must be tough to make a beer this bland and flavorless. The good news is that there are no bad tastes, but pleasant flavors are also MIA. This is one bland and watery beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 440-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - amber-gold with white, creamy head.

Smell - fresh grass and corn, maybe a trace of vanilla in there.

Taste - sweet, but balanced with a nice freshly baked bread flavour. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - low carbonation, very, very, very smooth. Extremely smooth.

Drinkability - very good and I would definitely recommend. This is a bit expensive for a 4-pack but definitely a good beer that helps remind that spring is coming.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought this can at Somerfield's (british supermarket chain) .... not impressed by the smell: somewhere around not very fresh fish and wet hay ... I almost felt being at Billingates Market (the fishy smell disperses a bit after a while though) .... taste is creamy and malty paired with fresh hops, but not very powerful .... mouthfeel is rather watery ... all in all a rather below average brew ....

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.39/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

20oz draught
4.20% ABV

I tried this beer on March 15, 2008 at 'McCabe's Irish Pub' in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a nice translucent orange/gold colour with a thick, creamy white head that lasted throughout the experience. The aroma was primarily malt with a slight hoppish hint. The mouthfeel was thick, and creamy, with very light carbonation. When taking into account the lack of carbonation, the flavour was nothing more than malted water. One could easily drink 5-6 of these as they go down easy...on this day, one was enough for me.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer can (50cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance : amber color, with beautiful foam head
Smell : sweet aroma with notes of roasted malt, yeast, caramel, and fruit.
Taste and mouthfeel : is extremely soft, sweet and malty, notes of caramel
Drinkability : a good beer in the Irish red ale style

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Photo of Antilochus
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to attend a function at the Keg... was anticipating Guinness or something to quaff with my blue rare sirloin but none was to be found. Other 'local favourites' included Canadian, Heineken, Coors Light. Great. Poured in an unbranded pint glass.

Typical nitro creamy off-white head, amber body. No lace. Lost retention by the bottom.

Malty buttery aromas, some floral hops.

Nitro creamy feel. Taste was very malty, some lighter bitterness on the palate. Medium length finish. Loads of caramel and butter, a little sickening actually.

I wouldn't reach for another, but not bad, a sort of lesser evil.

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Photo of pirates
2.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - nice dark golden copper hue, with a thick creamy head.

S - almost non-existent, but one can sense a bit of floral notes.

T - this beer is exceptional on the palate, but that's where the fun ends. starts off with caramel malts and finishes a little hoppy with a lingering aftertaste that is very pleasant

M - Carbonation is almost totally absent. the mouthfeel of this beer is not to my liking at all and spoils what could otherwise be an exceptional beer.

D - Due to the flaws I mentioned in the mouthfeel, drinkability is unfortunately flawed.

Whilst this is a great tasting beer, it lacks in other areas and this is evident in my rating.

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Photo of kmacphail
1.97/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I tried this after years of my father talking about how good it was. WHY WHY WHY???

The beer poured nicely into a pint glass a copper-redish colour with a very thick creamy head, nice widget work guys. However don't judge the book by it's cover was evident here.

I couldn't smell anything from this beer, very bland on the nose. No fruit or even hops or bitter scent.

This theme of blandness continued through to the taste, at least this beer was consistent.

The mouthfeel at first was promising until about a third of the way through the pint. Man this was a meal in itself, way too thick for my taste and I like full bodied ales.

I forced it down, but I wouldn't try another. Not disgusting just very thick water. How is this so readily available???

Whilst in Ireland I tried both Smidicks and Kilkenny and thought that these were both superior.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.04/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red color with a solid finger of off-white head on top, nice and foamy. A very light touch of lacing. Nose is extremely mild, but mostly caramel malt. Taste is likewise, mild but with a fair bit of caramel malt. A little citrus. A touch of hops show up at the end. Feel is full-bodied and creamy, a meal in itself. This one was alright, although I wouldn't have to many because of the thickness and the general blandness.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the nitro can.

The beer pours a clear red with a thick white head that holds beautifully. The smell is sublte malts. The taste is all amber malts. It is very smooth. Overall though, not too drinkable. I really do not enjoy it all that much.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering this beer shares my name, I was kinda underwhelmed with it. It poured a light amber with an inch white head that stayed throughout. Good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell was standard of hops and alcohol, and the taste was pretty basic. This was a smooth beer tho, so the drinkability is high. However, I think I'd reach for a Tetley's before reaching for this.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at The Mask Bar, in the Strand Plaza Hotel in London.

Nothing in the United States like this beer, Wexford does not even come close.

Pour is awesome, very dark copper/amber, with a thick and ultimate creamy head that lasts.

Incredible flavor, rich and full of sweet malts and cream. One of the smoothest beers out there.

Absolutely try it if you can, not sure if this is available in the US anymore. Perhaps a trip back to London soon.


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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was foamy, otherwise a bit amber and nothing special to look at. Little in terms of taste, on the bitter rather than malted side, however there is caramel. Creamy mouthfeel, not too carbonated.Could not finish it. A bit of floral hop smell.Light bodied.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-copper with the nitro bubbles reaching the whole way to the bottom before they precipitate out and leave behind a very tight white head that is about a finger high. The head stays down to the bottom of the glass and leaves good lacing; classic nitro, except for the odd whistling farty noise when I opened the can. Smell is faint, with floral hops and some caramel as well. Taste is caramel and roasted malts, with a slight hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, and flat as well, but not terribly so. It just lacks the usual creaminess that is the upside of the trade off between appearance/mouthfeel and taste/smell. The drinkability is very good though.

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

This beer has the requisite colour for this style, though I thought it was a little pale. The head is dense and creamy and left nice, even lacing down the side of my pint glass. It has a faint malty smell and a toastiness comes through in the taste. I thought it hit the palate a little bland but finished stronger. The body was creamy, and I know that's the style, but I can't help but think it was still a little flat.

If this was my local brew, I wouldn't turn it down. It's not, however, and I don't think I'd ever make a point of seeking it out or ordering it.

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Photo of nitroterrance
4.26/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had Caffrey's on draft in my Basement Pub for a year and can't find a better nitro ale to replace it. Although Caffrey's has little or no nose appeal, the head is very creamy and always super smooth going down. On draft there is a slight bitter or fruity finish that is clean and crisp. This irish ale is smooth as silk and enjoyable in quantity or alone. The best nitro irish ale I've had.

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Photo of jayc333
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark orange (copper) colour wit about half an inch of frothy white head on top.

Smells of sweet malt and bitter hops

Tastes alright, but far too much watered down. This is definatly this brews downfall.

One of the smoothest beers I've ever had, beautiful silky mouthfeel.

Well my hopes were a tad bit too high on this one, but only because I was expecting so much more for taste. Oh well, wont have to buy this one again.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.92/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is certainly an attractive beer - the head is dense and the lace sticky; the colour dark amber. I don't see how the appearance can be improved upon.

The aroma is a tad weak and I picked up a faint tin-like scent from the can.

The taste is also a bit on the weak side. Initially pleasant, the flavour quickly loses its grip and becomes a battle between a a slight sweetness and a strong bitterness. The latter side wins.

Creamy and pleasant on the palate, Caffrey's Irish Ale is not bad but is , unfortunately, in my mind, rather disappointing.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.52/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep orangey gold color with an amazing tight white head. The head could almost pass for actual cream, and it sticks around for a while. For the life of me, I can't smell a damn thing from this beer. Had to smell some food to make sure my nose was actually working. Not sure what to make of that. The taste doesn't really taste like much, sorta like the guinness nitro cans, except not near as sweet. It's slightly bitter, and a very very faint toffee flavor, but not much else at all. Mouthfeel is great, it's really creamy, again, it could almost pass for real cream. I probably won't be getting this again. Even tho I love the mouthfeel and appearance, the flavor/scent just isn't there.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber with an orange hue topped by a dense, white head of fine bubbles (nitro really helps out here). Great head retention and it leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is quite muted, but there's some caramel maltiness, a hint of fruit, and some floral hops. The mild flavour is matched by low bitterness. Caramel malt and light fruit start things off, with hops kicking in towards the finish. Low carbonation (of course) with a light body and a dry texture, especially as it warms. This is a great session beer, especially on nitro-tap... not very complex, but tasty enough to have several.

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Photo of joecast
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

settles out with a 1cm egg shell head, with the beer becoming clear light copper in color.

sweet toffee floral aroma. well, more toffee that floral.

flavor is an intense malt sweetness bordering on candy/toffee. hard to pick up any hops in this, though i couldnt say its alll that unbalanced. mouthfeel is as expected from a nitro-can...good.

yeah, one of these is probably enough. its a fairly good beer, nothing that really stands out for or against. probably just not my style (and going by the description, i would say this is fairly close).

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a promising amber with a luxurious nitro head... The reverse cascade of bubbles gives away the nitro-charged deliver system. It leaves a thick, dense creamy head that lasts the entire brew.

The smell was all fruit and malt with a mild bready note. No real hops to speak of in the nose.

The taste is full bodied and creamy smooth. There's quite a bit of fruit in this amber ale, lots of peach, plum and raisin sweetness along with a sweet bready note. After weeks of West Coast hops this ale seems almost hop-free but in reality it's got a subtle showing of fuggles or golding to add a small amount of balance.

Despite the thick, long lasting head the mouthfeel was disappointing. The brew itself was essentially flat but covered with a fluffy nitro head. There was no carbonation (nitrogenation?) to provide effervescence to clean the palate and with a pretty weak hopping there just wasn't much of a finish to each sip.

This is a very tasty beer and certainly a nice low ABV session beer. It's got all the good characteristics of an ale from the British Isles with the typical hearty amber ale fruitiness. A bit more hops and it would have been a part of the regular rotation.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at The Stageing Post ,Aberdeen ,Scotland.
Very attractive amber,slighly hazed with a absolutlly gorgeous creamy white head.
Pretty lackluster in the aroma departmant, but not unpleasant.
Very pleasant malty taste with a touch of hops to tingle the tongue.
Exceptionally smooth on the palate..very easy going stuff.
Quite drinkable but could become boring after a while.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer lots really cool when it pours as the widget effect is one of a clear body emerging from a maelstrom of foam. Well, that is the best part as this beer is underpowered in all aspects. Needs more malt, more hops and more finish. I find Molson Canadian more challenging than this brew.

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Photo of pootz
1.89/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought the draft can...nitrogen in the delivey....poured a creamy amber with a big off white head...virtually no aroma....taste is watery and non distinct with a quick finish where some hop bitters are slightly detectable...a very weak ale with a nitrogen can gimmick.

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Caffrey's Irish Ale from Thomas Caffrey Brewing Co.
3.23 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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