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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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3.57/5
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181 Ratings
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.

Added by StJamesGate on 03-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,078
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
181
pDev:
15.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
63
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbexphys
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of S_McAteer_95
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InfernoOrangeSS
4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
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 +6.2%
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 polloenfuego
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PsenicnoCRO
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of illpass78
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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 parpalapelix
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickSMpls
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of igl
4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Martine
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Maureeece
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Yankeejw
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of milkbone_underwear
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +7.3%
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 LOPutarek
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Savaseri
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bruno74200
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packed with hops this west coast style IPA is quite nice. Grapefruit, pine resin. Some caramel from the malt which balances the whole thing. Nice session beer

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O'Hara's Irish Pale Ale from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 181 ratings
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