O'Hara's Irish Red | Carlow Brewing Company

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

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Carlow Brewing Company

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by merlin48 on 02-22-2005

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber body with a moderately sized, ivory-hued head. Fairly copious amounts of lace.

Smell: A sweet-scented brushing of toffee and brown sugar over deeply toasted malts with a faint sniff of quality smoke, dark fruitiness, and herbal hops.

Taste: Toffee and brown sugar, though not overtly sweet, a bit less than anticipated from the nose. Toasted malts paired with modest raisin notes. Very, very faint touch of clean smoke. Light herbal hop character, lightly bitterness. Drying, malty on the back half and into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: I hadn't had this one in several years, and, well, I kind of remember why I hadn't. Particularly so-so.

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Photo of rbthuffman
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mnixon86
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Polasiuss
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased in V&B Nantes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : red amber color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : malty and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty with notes of caramel.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Irish Red Ale.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of travisnd
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this Irish Red in a 4 pack from Total Wine. Compared to other Irish Red's I've had like Sam Admans and Saranac I found O'Hara's to be the best and most expensive. It had a nice dark rich color when poured into a glass with minimal head. Goes does nice and even when warm, still tasty! Bring the price down and I'll be buying more!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown amber color with a fairly dense, off-white head. Head retention is above average, lasting a few minutes and persisting with a ring around the glass and a few islands of foam. Carbonation is visible in the transparent beer, but is rather sluggish. Lacing is of small clumps that gradually fade away.

Scent is primarily of mild malt sweetness, caramel influence, a dash of pepperiness, maybe a bit of hickory smoke character on the fade out.

Taste is fairly malty, definite caramel influence, and do I detect even a bit of roasted malt at the end? Smoked presence in the nose is apparent in the aftertaste. No noticeable hop character, this is a very sweet beer with some subtleties.

Mouthfeel is solid for the style, fairly heavy to medium-heavy with enough carbonation to make the beer palatable and keep flowing. Finish is dry, but not sticky.

Overall, a drinkable beer, quite sessionable, but also something that is fairly one-dimensional, and while I'd drink this on another occasion, I don't necessarily think I'd go out of my way to buy more.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass. Pours a deep garnet red. Thin off white head with ok lacing.

Aroma is kinda German maibock lager smell. Little bit of caramel.

Taste is kinda the same. Kinda like a red mixed with a maibock.

Mouthfeel is smooth. High ish carb.

Overall a decent beer. Probably won't buy it again though. I like my reds hoppy and to taste a little more like a red.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 2 1/2 to 3 inches above the glass leaving a big tan to light brown head floating over a clear reddish/amber colored ale.

Aroma consists of fruity caramel malts, a classic beer aroma.

Taste is more of the same a fruity caramel malt taste, and not the fruits of the tropics, the more hardy fruits grown in cooler temperatures.

A nice dry light caramel aftertaste on this moderately carbonated Irish Red. A pretty good beer to kickback and throw down on a hot summer day.

When I finished I saw that I give it 5 out of 5 'good' so I guess that's pretty 'good'.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red moving to amber. Has a nice frothy tan head, with some surprising lacing. Aroma has a caramel / malt / burnt sugar thing going on. I get a little bit of smoked malts as well. Taste isn't bad, somewhat middling. There's a big toffee note in the beginning of the beer but it's chased away by more smoked malt character in the finish. Taste is somewhat sweet. There's no real hop character to speak of. This beer calls itself an Irish Red but with the smoked character it feels more like a 60 schilling or something similar. Overall it's not a bad beer but there isn't anything drawing me back, either. Somewhat mediocre.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint.

It's a clear deep reddish brown color Witt a huge frothy head. It really takes a while to dissipate and left good lacing.

The smell is strong and malty with hints of toffee and a small hint of hops.

The taste is the same basic flavor profile as the aroma, but not as robust. If anything, the hops come through a little stronger. Definitely more bitter after a second sip.

It's a little thin, but this is a very drinkable sessionable Irish red. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer I thought it was great, The second time around I thik my tastes had changed because it wasn't nearly as good. The beer poured out as a nice looking red color with a fizzy white head. The lacing was decent but not too impressive. The smell was of sweet malts, they kind of reminded me of a scotch ale. The taste seemed good the first time with a good malt base and not much deviating from that. The second time I think the bottle may have been bad because it just didn't taste the same. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall the beer is worth trying one last time I think before I come to a true verdict on the flavor issues.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy brown/mild crimson hue, trace head, solid lacing

S: sweet ripe fruit (date/figs), nutty, malt

T: sweet nutty, malt, very British yeast tone, semi-dry crisp finish

M: light, semi-dry mouth

O: Let me 1st state, reds are my least favorite style.
That being noted, I still was not a huge fan of this beer.
Could be a great session brew for a Fat Tire newbie.


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Photo of PhageLab
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Reddish brown brew carrying a 1 finger head. Retention and lacing were mild.

S - Faint aroma of sweet malts and bread.

T - Toasted nut flavor, very muted. Body is a balance of sweet malt and roasted coffee. Watery finish.

M - Creamy light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Not the best example of the style. Certainly not bad by any means, and could probably be enjoyable at a concert or something of that nature.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.62/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Finn McCool's in Virginia Beach, VA
Review from notes.

Classic rust red color with a two finger head. Nice thick foam. Sweet malt notes like a belgian ale but with some caramel spice. Has a sweet rootbeer flavor at first but then notes of coffee and chocolate malts come through with a crisp malty finish. Medium body with a clean finish. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a slightly off-white head.

S: Very malty beer, I can't detect hops at all, just sweet smelling malts.

T: On the taste, this beer is quite well balanced. There is a mediocre bitterness to counteract the maltiness. Light caramel and a slight toasty flavor with a sweet finish.

M: Moderately carbonated and not-quite full bodied, this beer is somewhat smooth.

D: This beer is quite drinkable! I'd defiantly buy it again.

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Photo of Offa
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-brown, big tan head steadily shrinks to permanent foamy thin top, foamy lace – nice looking.

Aroma is very nice toasty, caramelly, fruit bread crust, figs, toasty rich bready.

Taste is dryish and well-balanced up front, light swet-sour fruit and nut, some dark toast, strong black tea and pepper bitterness dominating finish and lingering with spicy fruit. It is a little too bitter in the aftertaste, reducing drinkability a little.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. I've been largely unimpressed with this brewery's efforts so far.

A: Four finger head of lovely cream, good thickness, and nice retention. Dark amber colour; nontransparent.

Sm: Barley plus amber hops. Expected but pleasant.

T: Amber and barley hops, typical of an Irish red, for the body, plus some bittering hops on the jump after the climax, and some cream running throughout the third act. Better than expected, particular with regard to the hoppy complexity. Built well for the style; though it should be noted that you see very few Irish reds in Ireland. Balanced well.

Mf: Wet, creamy at times, and smooth. Complements the flavours. Does a nice job.

Dr: Priced fairly when not on draught. Not a great beer, but worthy of the style. It's certainly worth a try. One of the best beers from this brewery.

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O'Hara's Irish Red from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 468 ratings