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O'Hara's Irish Pale Ale | Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Irish Pale AleO'Hara's Irish Pale Ale
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3.56/5
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O'Hara's Irish Pale AleO'Hara's Irish Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company
Ireland
carlowbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Contemporary style IPA with an Irish twist. Combining the balance of European IPAs with the generous dry hopping of American pale ales (APAs), this beer is everything an IPA should be and more.

Zesty and refreshingly bitter, the finish is long. With a copper tone body topped with a lightly carbonated head, the dry hopping brings an intense aroma and lasting array of fruit and floral notes.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,768
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
201
pDev:
15.73%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
67
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Eltrandos
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a good head of foam and lacing.

Smell is light but I get a gentle hop bitterness that is hard to describe. Slightly grassy yet slightly of the citrus kind. Earthy malt that's sweet in a slightly way.

Taste is slightly hoppier than malty, lol.
Read my description for smell and you've got the gist of it.

Good mouthfeel, balanced, drinkable.

Can't go wrong with a pint or 2.

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Photo of elnachooo
1.52/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cerveza dorada, con cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma metálico, poco agradable y algo de cereales. En boca es ligeramente amarga, con un final de mezcla de maíz y algo perfumado que deja una mala sensación.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an copper-amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of citrus hop mixed with some bready smells along with a little bit of caramel. Some other lighter aromas of herb and grass are mixed in there as well giving a subtle, but nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a cracker malt taste that has a rather big showing of pine and earthy hop. The hops are actually quite big for a pale, and surprisingly very little citrus was on the tongue, even though the nose was strongest of citrus. As the taste advances there is a light showing of some citrus, but it is still dominated by the pine and earthy hop. With a little bit of light fruit tastes coming at the very end, one is left with a rather dank and smooth hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the moderate side in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the nice dank hop and the cracker malt the feel is quite nice as it creates a strong enough medium to support the flavors all while keeping it very easy drinking.

Overall – This is quite a nice pale ale. I was pleasantly surprised at the dankness of it. Quite tasty overall.

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

Photo of YvesB
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEER88
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, it’s actually quite smooth!! But the smell and taste where not like the juice bombs I’ve had from the US. Keep at it Ireland, maybe one day!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emincems
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Acocar
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of monkist
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am in a kind of trouble with this IPA. On the one hand, I enjoyed it very much, for being quite reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, that depth in the flavor of hops is present n this brew as well, also its world of flavors is quite similar.
But then on the other hand, Sierra Nevada is a PA. It is good for what it is. This one however is an IPA, and for that I would like to expect a slightly more intensity, that this beer does not have. Feels a little too subtle in sone places, sometimes even a bit Sessionable. Very easy to drink because of this, though.
But at the same time, does every IPA have to be the same? Do all of them have to have the same character? Definitely no. On the contrary, this wide variety makes the world of IPAs so rich and colorful. And this one is very finely made, although a little mezzo piano, it is still something to enjoy, because it is a good one.

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Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Bottle
BB: 28.MAY.2018

Pours a nice dark golden orangy color, nice carbonation, with a nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a little citrus complex (orange, tangerine). The taste is hoppy, malty, with a little citrus complex (orange, tangerine), some sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of chiefz1
2.02/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giangio
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and cloudy pale amber color with light activity. Soft creamy pale beige 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs and swirl effect. Flavors of orange, mangos, pineapples, lemon, wheat, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a sharp crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, ripe zesty tropical feel with dry flowery hops. Pleasant leafy tongue coat with a rustic touch. Well balanced and intensified with good freshness. Overall high quality craft.

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Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of randomNBGD
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShawnL
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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O'Hara's Irish Pale Ale from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 201 ratings