O'Hara's Irish Red | Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Irish RedO'Hara's Irish Red
O'Hara's Irish RedO'Hara's Irish Red

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 220 | Ratings: 495
Reviews by sparx1100:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 11.2 oz bottle into my Carlsberg pint glass. The freshness date on the bottle reads 31/12/08. I am excited to try this beer out, since I have had their other beers and have been really impressed. This is some REAL Irish beer for ya...

A: It pours with two fingers of rocky, sticky, cream-colored head. The beers body is semi-hazy and deep amber (almost brown) in color, with red hues playing out in the background light. The head sticks a little as it fades.

S: Wow, this smell is unique. I haven't read any other reviews of this beer yet, but I can't imagine what other people think about the smell. Surely, people are not smelling french onion, garlic, butter and croissant in the malt like I am picking out. I know how ridiculous that sounds...Some floral hops, every now and then.

T: I really like the way this beer tastes. I am getting flavors of tobacco, smoke, toasted grains and sweet, overripe raspberries. Great aftertaste!

M: Very light in the mouth, yet the beer is definitely full-flavored. The sugars reach the back of the tongue as the beer is swallowed. Smooth, almost non-existent carbonation.

D: Drink! Drink it up! Easy as can be, if you enjoy the unique flavor. Low alcohol means that this beer could be had throughout the night.

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Photo of hoppecatania
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A sudsdy but fairly good retention off white light tan head, hits three fingers deep with a great body color. A fantastic very dark amber red with lots of play in hues through the light from ruby to dark indian red all throughout with a nice mahogonay brown top.

Roasty malts, sticky toffee more like a doppelbock strangely not so much grassy or fruity. Faint chocolate on this, smells real nice.

Palate hits with a good mix of malt stickiness and toffee. Sweet malts roll nicely, with an almost toasty finish but not quite. Lightly crisp almost with some decent carbonation but nothing watery or wet, or that takes away from the palate. Palate is VERY malt coating for an Irish red. Warmth brings out cocoa powdered chocolate, and a quick hop bitter that lingers very slightly.

This is quite a lively solid brew for 4.3% I could just pound these back all day. Great beer.

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Photo of Savan
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours in to a pint glass with thick almond head of about two fingers; a beautiful light burgundy :)
....Never did like the smell of a irish red, that said this smells as all of them do a little musky basement and a lil old grain smell about them/this one. I felt it still deserved a 3.... it does smell like it "should" after all.
The taste is a lil sweet and a lil bit of a bitter on the finish. This beer has a very good refreshing finish and I would love to try again and .... no doubt will being I can find it.

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Photo of biggred1
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red with a creamy tan head that melts to soft peaks after a minute or two. The nose is toasted grain and mild sweet malt. Good toasty malt flavor with mild hop bitterness to balance nicely. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A decent beer but pretty wimpy flavor and body wise, I guess I prefer the bigger domestic versions of the style.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of oldglory78
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a bottle in Dublin city centre bar because they had no IPA including the O'Hara IPA. This is not a bad beer and better than most of the other red Irish ales normally available. I enjoyed it though it would not be my normal beer. Nice enough smell and taste and slightly bitter aftertaste. No head whatsoever after pouring bottle. If you like red ales I would recommend this

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Photo of gregcordle
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Icemann383
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lambo774
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of kjyost
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle BB Aug/2011 poured into a Stella chalice.

A: Reddish brown clear beer with small head that descends quickly and leaves little lacing.
S: Sweet caramel notes with earthy malt and hop undertones.
T: Sweet body, though leaning almost too much to the cloying without enough bitterness to balance. Earthy undertone with fruity apple notes at times. Nice though nothing great.
M: Thick and viscous, lingers longly. Well carbonated.
O: I enjoyed it while it was there. Would I purposefully buy it again? No.

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Photo of GregaR
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an appealing Grade A Maple Sugar Brown. One finger head of cream colored head fades to a tiny bubbled ring. Not much retention but some lacing. Smells are a little subtle but like the flavors appealing, lightly floral hops, assorted dry grains, the appearance is great overall. Palate is a bit malt heavy with a hoppy bitterness. Slightly herbaceous and sour. Medium carbonation is too feisty to makes the beer as smooth as it wants to be. Same problem their Stout has. Sadly, the appearance is the best part of this brew. This is a good beer, but nothing the famously proud Irish should tout.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of combatbootz
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Unimpressed, looked good, smelled good......then huge disappointment. Lack the real Irish amber flavor. Better than a bud, but rather have a Killians.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a really dark mahogany red with a frothy tan head that recedes slowly to lacing. the aroma boasts of a lot of sweet malts and a bit of the roasted caramel that comes through better in the taste. the medium body and somewhat agressive carbonation make this a pretty decent drink.

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Photo of Martinmcfaul
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of FZR23
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atis
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from Dublin

Ruby-dark brown colour with quite foamy slightly off-head, leaving some lacing. Aroma is mild toasted malt, a bit bready, some distant hops. Taste is clean roasted malt, some hints of coffee and smoke with bittery finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin.

Quite drinkable.

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O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 495 ratings