O'Hara's Irish Red | Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Irish RedO'Hara's Irish Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company
Ireland
carlowbrewing.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by merlin48 on 02-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
453
Reviews:
210
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
71
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0
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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 210
Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - part of the 3-form mix-packs of Carlow brews available right now in Alberta - not so dearly priced, either, I have to say.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some decent layered TV station fuzz pattern lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuity and grainy pale malt, some lesser sweet caramel essences, a wisp of salty sea-side smokiness, muddled dark Assam tea notes, and some weak leafy, earthy, and citrusy noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, further muddled black tea essences, some subtle pome fruitiness, more untethered watery ashiness, and further leafy, weedy, and floral old-school hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly average in its pandering frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess trying to get off of the ground since first break. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity essence doing well to moderate the lingering malt sweetness.

Overall, this is a generally enjoyable version of this oft-maligned old-school style, with a nice malt character that is reminiscent of yer more better rendered ESBs of the greater diaspora. Easy to drink, complex, and worthy of sessioning if you ever find this on tap in Eire, or more rarely so (I would imagine) on this side of the pond.

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Photo of StayTrue
2.28/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KLHBB
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's a coffee-porterish slant to this beer -- it's very good, but muddier than I look for in an Irish Red. Darkest garnett, a strong smell of earth, medium carbonation, I'd drink this again.

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Photo of mikr
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Oleg85
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AaronChevard
4.57/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeschaefer
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kwjd
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 2, 2016.

The pour is an attractive looking amber with plenty of red hues under an off-white, lingering head.

Roasted barley is the main thing I get on the nose with some caramel or toffee. Very sweet all around. Low hops.

Medium body,.

The taste has all the roasted caramel malts that I can expect from the style as well as a decent sweetness. It finishes clean and mildly bitter. Well worth trying at least once.

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Photo of FZR23
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toscanoigor
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InfernoOrangeSS
4.71/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really good Irish Red Ale. I am a particular fan of Irish Reds and this is a great representation of them. The color is a deep dark, and the aroma is very much a maltiness heaven. If you're a FB of Irish Reds, then I highly encourage you to seek this great brew out. I really like it and it goes down smooth.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", sequel to his CAMRA classic
Listed in the "1001", I review after I Have this again

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Photo of DavesBeerReviews
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice Irish red that goes great with turkey

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hdtrice
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Comes in red, but doesn't have enough retention to form a head. Aroma was meh red malt peatness. That earthen grassy, mossy malt.

Taste is a little bit of that, toffee malt stuff too. No hops really evident. Carbonation too low. Bitterness from something, doesn't seem hop derived. Real boring session stuff here. Burton-esque at times.

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Photo of Taboada
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of saburky
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
1.32/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From XXXII. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x07. Very dry, roasted and with a sourness that makes me think it wasnt in good state as it has no trace of the caramel other people find. Much worse than a Murphy's

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Angerhaus
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on nitro for St. Paddy's day. Maybe it was the nitro tap, maybe I just wasn't in the mode for reds that night, but, regardless, it was awful. Flat, dull, and almost sour. I hope that the rest of you have a better experience.

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O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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