O'Hara's Double IPA | Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Double IPAO'Hara's Double IPA

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by StJamesGate on 04-10-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 45
Photo of Keoneill
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a real treat from a really great Carlow brewery. Their standard IPA (IRISH pale ale) is also very good, and reasonably prices in comparison to other craft brewers, but this double IPA takes home the bacon, as we say. Deep citrus flavors and beautiful texture. My favorite beer at the moment and at 7.5abv or thereabouts, it's a real buzzer. Enjoy it at any chance you get.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of fruits : citrus, grapefruits, etc. and just what you need of maltiness. Sweet feeling. One of the best of this craft brewery. A bit too sweet.

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Photo of brianles
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer. Up there with of foam and fury and a fraction of the price from the bottle. Does not taste anything like the 7.5 avb. Will definitely be getting some more of these. In saying that it's not the first time iv tried these and a previous bottle didn't taste as fresh.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

this is pretty bad, its not often i cant finish a beer, but this one really missed the mark, and missed it bad. i appreciate a good english style ipa, i like the malt balance sometimes, and even seek it out, the reserved hopping, the different flavors and textures, the yeast character, but man, this isnt anywhere near that. i do smell irish yeast right away in the pretty brew that looks much better than it tastes. it has a weird must to it though, and some grain sweetness. metallic at first sip though, overdosed on hops too, as it is harshly bitter throughout, not balanced at all. it has a real staleness that goes beyond irish ale yeast, and it is hard to drink. the booze shows through hotly, especially for its only moderate strength, and there is a lingering off flavor on finish, like gross forgotten bread dough. i like the normal ohara stuff, i think its tasteful and traditional, but this is a stylistic mess, and a disaster on the palate. aside from looking and feeling pretty nice, the parts that make beer enjoyable, the smell and taste, are way off for me here. maybe it was in a weird order in my drinking that hurt it, coming after some other hoppy beers, i will revisit this in isolation, although i dont really want to...

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Amber pour, small white head turns into a thin film and stays like that for a while.
Thick smell of caramel and biscuit, overripe orange, peach, apricot, bit of pine, faint butterscotch, not tons of hops, but a bit more than the usual English IPA, so yeah, "Double", i guess.
Really really sweet taste, really malty, with buckets of sticky caramel, syrup, some biscuit and some butter too. A light jam-like fruitiness, mostly some peach. Grapefruit develops, some pine towards the end, grassy bitter hops, managing to cut off most of the sweetness.
Thus there's a nice fruity aftertaste, lingering Aspirin-like bitterness, with a (thankfully) acceptable dose of sweetness. Medium body, sticky with a buttery feel, medium carbonation.
A decent take on the style, tho it remains quite English. Wouldn't be totally inappropiate to think of it as a "dessert beer".

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Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into english pint.
Clear reddish-golden beer with 2-finger off-white head. Smell of orange, caramel and resiny hop, a bit stale, not very impressive.
On the contrary, taste is rich, orange peel, nettle, medicinal bitterness, syrupy, astringent. Very solid sample.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Farrington's, Dublin.

Steady carpet of off white that rings over bright gold body.
Mango, canteloupe, resin and orange sherbet on the nose - bright and fresh.
Some baguette and more mango, then lemon peel, herb, evergreen and a hint of tangerine for hops.
Limoncello finish and stinging nettle linger.
Crisp, medium leaning light, some chew but lean.

Spanking fresh - keg tapped the same morning.

All sorts of citrus (though interestingly, not grapefruit) and a bit of aspirin in the linger. Too thin (less sticky and malty than PH Hop Head) and borderline ABV to call this a true DIPA. But a hop monster just the same.

Probably Ireland's first real IPA.

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O'Hara's Double IPA from Carlow Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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