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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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.

Added by StJamesGate on 03-21-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
170
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.66%
 
 
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5
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 170
Photo of Trailboss76
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Flat, golden, murky, cloudy color. Not much head. Light fizz / carbonation. Hoppy right from the git-go but not as much as a typical IPA (I realize this is not precisely an IPA). Pretty rough on its own. I prefer this beer / ale with a meal or at least some nuts, etc. It needs something to stand up to it.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted into a conical pint glass: production stamped 31 Jul 2015. Poured a dark bronze color with a 3/8 inch head and nice lacing. Smells of honey and citrus fruits; taste thus unexpected with distinct caramel toffee and nuget flavors interlaced among the maltiness. Light bodied, with very pleasant mouthfeel, as effervescence lasted throughout consumption. Interesting take on an American IPA; would definitely try or serve again.

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Photo of InfernoOrangeSS
4.77/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got this in a microbrew of the month package. I didn't know there was even such a thing as an Irish Pale Ale. This isn't a normal Pale Ale, though. It's an Irish style American IPA. It's smell, feel, and taste are all very above average. I don't want to say great, just yet as I am enjoying it for the first time. I am really liking it though. It's brewed in Ireland, and what I am having is from a bottle. Very enjoyable and I encourage any American style IPA lover to seek it out. It's really good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 5/13/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. The hops presence is mild for the style but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of illpass78
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft in a nonic at the Druid in Cambridge, Mass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow/gold with a big white head that recedes to a few millimeters of lacing and stays that way. Sheets of white lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon, a little herbal tea.

Taste: Follows nose. Kind of a hybrid English IPA and American pale ale. Not super bitter, but does have slight lemony punch along with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable and easy.

Overall: A fine beer and a challenging one to categorize. Would drink again.

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Photo of Martine
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Recieved in a beer52 order. This will be my first experience of the O'Hara's brewery.

Pours clear dark amber-copper into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. The white head originally 2 fingers high dissapates quickly into thin white froth. This beer has noticeable carbonation, and leaves no lacing.

The nose is a bit strange to me at first. I get strong notes of bitter grapefruit, sweet caramel, and peaty earth. There is a pithyness to the aroma, a quality like unripened fruit, and definate honey now that I think about it. It is isn't a strong nose.

For the flavour, one gets sweet honeyed citrus, especially mango, orange, and grapefuit on the forefront which leads the way into resiny pine, sap, and ending on bitter hops. There is a malty character on the undertone which subtly holds up the other flavours, and lingers with bitterness into the aftertaste. The honey really comes through in an instant after the swallow, very noticeable but also fleeting when it leads directly into biscuit hops, and mellow caramel.

In the mouth it feels light-medium bodied and slightly oily. There is light-moderate carbonation which gives a crisp snap on the tongue, adding to the citrusy feel.

For me this beer comes across a bit too hop forward, and a bit too bitter. I feel like if the ABV was toned down a bit, and the bitterness lessened I would enjoy it more. I could return to this ale, but it isn't by any means the best out there.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy pale light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of tea are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts and hints of citrusy and herbal hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, with prominent flavors of tea along with notes of herbal hops and muted citrus (grapefruit) hops. Only faint amounts of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of chewiness.
O: This beer is somewhat like a cross between an Irish Red Ale and an English Pale Ale. The tea-like aromas and flavors definitely make it seem like an Irish Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Fruity, herbal, honey, tea, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Very balanced between above aromas. Some chewy notes and light bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and balanced.

Overall: More of a English style IPA than an American.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly mild hop aroma. The flavor has an uncharacteristically decent amount of malt and sweetness to it. It's a pretty good beer, but it's not what I expected.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hops are mellow by American IPA standards, but this makes a decent pale ale. There's a big toasty biscuit malt flavor upfront, then standard citrus rind and spice hops rolling through after. It's drinkable and balanced, but it'd be more impressive as a session beer with the ABV knocked down a point or so.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is citrusy with some hints of elderflower. Taste is fruity and balanced at first and gets quite bitter at the end. Very nice, easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of oldglory78
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 500ml bottle. This is probably the most available pale ale in Ireland. It's bready and slightly carbonated. Taste is heavy malt then maybe caramel and some light citrus. Some bitter aftertaste. 5.2% and though should be light feels heavier. I drink this beer a lot because it had good coverage. However as another reviewer said I feel a few slight adjustments would vastly improve it. Having said that I would recommend it and will most certainly drink it again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Best before date of July 2015.

A: Hazy golden orange with very fine particles in suspension. Fine-bubbled white head retains at a solid half inch. Thick rings of foamy lacing stick to the glass.

S: Heady hop aroma. Grapefruit, dank bud, lemony, somewhat vegetal and catty. Caramel, toast, and biscuit malt backing.

T: burst of citrusy hops on the attack. Grapefruit, lemon, hints of blood orange. Dank, vegetal, and a little catty as things progress. Bitterness is firm and even throughout. Hefty malt base of caramel and toasted grain. A touch brothy and buttery too. Finishes with sweet-ish bud-like hop flavors.

M: Stodgy medium body. Creamy texture. Fine carbonation scrubs with some aggression. Hop astringencies grip the tooth enamel.

O: You can basically think of it as an English IPA hopped with American strains. I think a few adjustments could help, as the hop profile comes off a bit disjointed and doesn't really meld well.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium deep gold. It has a nice thick white head that settles into a thin disc leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is more malt forward, with light caramel notes and a nice citrus hint. The taste is similar, with a more malt-forward base and hints of citrus balancing it out. The body is a little lighter and more carbonated then I'd prefer.

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Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into english pint.
Clear golden/amber beer with 1,5 finger off-white head, good retention.
Nice aroma of piny, citrusy hops, owing to dry hopping. Taste is similar, floral and medicinal hops. Medium body, pleasant APA.

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Photo of Sinfull
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Golden color with average white head. Beautiful aroma of hop , herbs and citrus . Taste is bitter and floral. Pleasant hops bitterness in aftertaste. Very good beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint on-tap at La Bon Crubeen, Dublin, Ireland (€5.70):
Clear, light amber colour with a creamy white head that is about 2cm & holds great with almost no initial movement & some nice bits of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Sweet with some good earthy notes & a freshness from the background fruits with some malts & further sweetness. Not overly strong but manages to strike the right balance with a nice, slightly bitter finish & a few extra fruits thrown in too.

Very hoppy tasting, more so than I expected with the dry hopping paying off. There was a solid bitterness with some citrus & pine coming through alongside some of the earthy malts that featured on the nose. There was also a sweetness throughout & plenty of background fruits with some caramel too.

Smooth on the palate with a bitter and quite hoppy feel thanks to the dry hopping. The beer was dry with medium carbonation but held a good balance from the start.

A very nice tasting American pale ale and one that surprised me in just how good it was, I wasn't expecting anything like this. It is a beer I hope to pick up again at some point and I undoubtedly will if I can manage to find it in Scotland.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le comptoir Irlandais and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : clear amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty flavours,with a dry and bitter finish.
Overall : an average beer in the style Irish Pale Ale.

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Photo of khmel
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy light copper. Thick foamy, off-white head with long retention, fast carbonation trails

S: Really nice pine and citrus hops, light floral smell.

T: Mild, pine hops in front, citrus-y towards the finish. Lingering and well rounded.

M: Fairly smooth and creamy for an IPA. Medium body.

O: This one is quite nice, refreshing. It's a regular go to.

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Photo of Acotzintli
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For me special beer with special aroma, smell and taste. Some kind of flowery smell allures you to drink it and then you are intoxicated with its special aftertaste. A friend of mine and I really enjoyed this beer.
This beer you love or not, but I would recommend you to try it First.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought me a bottle direct from Ireland.

Pours a hazy golden to copper color. A creamy generous frothy head. The aroma is excellent – sweet flowery hops. Creamy, not watery. The taste however does not hold up to the aroma or the body hoppy but somewhat bitter. Good but could be great, taste disappoints.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

O'Hara's generally makes decent beer, but this one is definitely not amongst my favourites.
It pours with a light ruby color and a very generous creamy head.
The aroma is very nice - sweet and fruity, citrusy hops. I like it.
The creamy body taste extra bitter and extremelly hopped which is not really what I like.
I'll keep away from this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a chill haze. Huge pillowy foam sits royally on top of the ale. In the aroma, resinous hops full of pine and grass. Bread and light honey as well. The brew itself tastes quite strongly of hops. A well pronounced, noble hop character is in place, tasting of herbs, pine, wood, and tea. Malt flavor ranges from caramel, buttery toffee, Orange blossom honey and marmalade. All the agreeably sweet malt notes are kept in check by a pinch of bitterness. Light bodied, well carbonated, small hop bite. Overall, I dig this beer. Quite noble indeed.

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Photo of dnicolaescu
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is off-white, big, creamy. Colour: golden-amber and clear.

Aroma: hoppy (Cascade hops?), citrus, tropical fruit, mango etc. Taste: fruit/citrus, malty, quite bitter, with a bitter, citrus and zesty finish.

Quite a good and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull light golden color with sticky 1/2 finger bone white head that took quite awhile to settle.Aromas are lightly floral with a smattering of citric hops,the lightly toasted grainy element is bigger though.Light and faintly citric on the palate,again the toasted cereal grains seem to be the biggest flavor note.It's not bad but it's a very light tasting lighter hopped pale ale,would be good for outdoor grilling wich Iam anxiously awaiting.

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