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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #467
Ranked #49,597
2.96 | pDev: 20.61%
Coors Brewers Ltd
England, United Kingdom
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stevoj from Idaho

1.62/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Looks great, tastes lousy. The nitro can did its job and it poured with a creamy head, however, that’s about all this beer has to offer. Aroma is wet paper. Taste is water with a caramel candy diluted in it. Very, very disappointing. Doesn’t taste bad, just doesn’t taste like anything at all.

Jan 13, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From can stated 3.8 ABV. Pours out in a hazy deep blonde colour with smooth head and smooth body. Aroma of mild hops and straw. Taste of mild hops, light nuts, wheat, light barlley, light malt, bread and flowers. Easy drinkable and very refreshing.

Jun 10, 2015
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BlackHaddock from England

2.39/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

450ml Aluminium Bottle (it's a posh can with a cap) of Caffrey's Premium Irish Ale, 3.8%ABV; BBD 28 Feb 2013, poured at home into a 'Good Poeple' badged US pint glass on 2 Apr 2013, so a bit out of date.

Bright amber body with a head that left before it arrived.

Mildly malty in the nose, but not much of anything really.

Malty feel to the flavour, semi-sweet caramel and Bourbon biscuits without the middle (the creamy bit). Watery, but not unpleasant, just a little too understated and overall weak in body depth and flavour strength.

Not something I'd have again: I do however remember when it first hit the bars in the UK, very popular with my mates, I even enjoyed a few pints. It has changed for the worst and it wasn't too great to start with!

Apr 02, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

2.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on nitro-draught into a Caffrey's pint glass in an English pub in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes taken in April 2011. Expectations were above average.

A: Pours an amazing, marvellous bubble show. Head is two fingers and of beige colour, with excellent cream and thickness. Very appealing. Nontransparent dark body.
Sm: Dark malts. That's about it. Maybe some cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Nice cream is destroyed by a nasty malt foundation. Dreadfully simple. Poorly built and balanced. Too bad; this could have been good as a cream ale with a stronger body.

Mf: Creamy, soft, and delicate. A bit syrupy on acccount of the overdone artificial malt.

Dr: Horribly priced. A shit beer, especially for the style. The Irish marketing is embarassing to those of us who live there. Bleh.


Nov 06, 2012
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jazzyjeff13 from England

2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 450ml aluminium bottle with a BB of June 2012. ABV is stated as 3.8%. Despite the description of Irish ale this is brewed in Burton-on-Trent, and as far as I can tell is no longer brewed in Ireland. Another loss to corporate acquisitiveness.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with very light carbonation. Forms a small, frothy head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of faint caramel malt with mild hints of ale yeast. Weak.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a dry finish. Hints of stewed leaves, and a solventy twang in the background. No real bitterness, but quite dry upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but rather thin. Mildly astringent. Faint aftertaste of stewed leaves and malt.

A poor offering, bland and characterless. In the mould of John Smith's/Tetley's but even worse - it's the ale equivalent of cheap macro lager. Avoid; just spend your money on something else!

Jun 08, 2012
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soju6 from Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear amber color with a large head and lost of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fruit and some sweetness.

T: Mild taste of caramel sweetness and a bit of bitterness at the finish.

F: light body, creamy and smooth.

O: Not a lot here, an unoffensive beer.

Aug 05, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am so glad to be back on The CANQuest (TM)! I was getting overwhelmed at school and was working late to keep up at the expense of drinking all of the beer that has come my way. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Caffrey's Premium Beer is brewed to a traditional recipe, matured longer to give a distinctively smooth and refreshing flavour that is best enjoyed cold. Serve from the glass to appreciate its creamy head and lacy finish." It also had four step-by-step instructions, but with my CBS cert, I should be okay.

Wow! The initial Crack led to an outgassing that would not stop until I began the Glug and even then, I was getting a cascading action in the glass. It was like an N2 CAN without a widget! Wild. It settled into a finger of thick, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was really mild for the style, but had a pleasant malty sweetness all the same. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and at this point I began to shake the CAN, listening for the rattle of the widget, but got only silence for my troubles. Weird, man, really weird! The taste was much too mild for the style listed, but it was pleasantly malty and easily drinkable. Finish was unobtrusive and, again, mild. This was a boring beer, as opposed to an undrinkable one.

Oct 31, 2010
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nice Caffrey's imperial pint glass. Barmaid made a nice pour filled it, let it settle and filled it some more. Nice bronze color with an everlasting creamy head. Not much smell but what there is, is malt. Taste is classic English ale, malty with slight acidity and a light drier hoppiness. Great ale head it doesn't dissapate. Finishing off the pint it still has a nice creamy head. Not spectacular but quite drinkable.

Apr 10, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with two fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves a sheen of thin lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells lightly of floral, fruity malt. The taste is mild barley malt, and soft, white wine fruitiness - any hops must be held by the PIRA... The carbonation is practically non-existent, the body light, airy, and well, smooth, and it finishes clean, with some very light graininess.

Easy to drink - but a phantom of a beer.

Feb 19, 2010
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mintjellie from Canada (ON)

2.54/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The milky body clarifies to pale copper as the nitro-pour cascades to the top. An inch of creamy white head is left at the top. The head is typically retentive for a nitro dispense system. Not much in the way of lace though. Aroma of fruit and toffee is muted. It's sweet with mild bittering hops in the finish. Mild caramel and fruity flavours. Light bodied, but smooth and creamy at the same time. Goes down easy, with no real character to speak of.

Sep 19, 2009
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Heathrow Airport:

Pours copper amber with a thin off-white creamy head. Some strands of lacing stick.

The smell is bready with light toffee and an herbal note.

The taste is of light toast, caramel. A bit minerally, even towards "dirty". Slightly dusty finish.

It has a pretty creamy, smooth body.

Drinks well enough, but there is a dirty coin aftertaste that limits what would be a very drinkable brew.

Apr 24, 2009
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440 ml nitro can, tab pops and makes the hissing noise from the gases releasing. At first I was going to review this under the Caffrey's Irish Ale listing, but a closer look at the label, and this one is Premium Draught Beer, 'brewed and packaged by Coors Brewers Ltd, Burton-On-Trent. Label also show the proper serving instructions for a nitro can.
A hard pour into my pint glass produces a very good looking cascade. Color is quite light, more gold than reddish, topped by a perfectly tight 1 inch foam head. Excellent retention, still foam at the end of the glass with thin rings of lace. Smell has some floral hops and some caramel, but the nirto pretty much kills any aroma. Taste, though light, has some roasted caramel malt and a hop finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but at the same time, thin and watery. Good, not great, but enjoyable - and it looks cool to pour.

Jul 22, 2007
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jarmby1711 from Australia

1.82/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This can was 6 weeks past its BB date
Either that was very important and the beer deteriorates quickly , I just got a bad can or the beer is crap.

It is clear mid amber in colourwith the typical foamy head of a nitro can.
There was no smell to detect.
The flavour was an amalgam of watery astringency andsweetness.
It is cgharacterless and bland.
It is watery in the mouth and borders on undrinkable., given the expectations of the style.
Someone would have to do a lot of convincing to get me to drink this again

Nov 16, 2006
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fisherman34 from Canada (MB)

2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Canned sample. Light amber in colour with nitro carbonation. Fairly estery aroma, along with notes of light malt, grapes, and a bit of vanilla. A bit more fruit in the mouth (apple pie, cherries), caramel, and a bit of a sharp woody flavor on the finish. Watery body. A fairly blah canned bitter.

Aug 02, 2006
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Shiloh from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a well balanced ale that has a slight hoppy advantage with a dry finish. This brew starts out a dark golden hue, almost amber with a creamy thick crown. The body is full and the carbonization is limited.
The aroma is slightly nutty but nowhere near over powering.
I liked it...

Mar 18, 2003
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