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Carlow O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale

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Brewed by Carlow
Style: American Pale Ale
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Keg& bottles, regular.Dry hopped for extra aroma, this pale ale has a light malt base with just the right mouthfeel to allow the hop character to predominate. Grapefruit like bitterness is full and lasting and is balanced by a zesty citrus burst of aroma from two late additions of cascade hops.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NallePalle (401) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2016
Draught @ O’Connor’s, Uppsala. Quite hoppy, as the commercial deScription states. Small bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nephirem (52) - CROATIA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a clear looking orange color with a small white head. Beautiful refreshing smell of citrus. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Starts off soft and creamy but then high carbonation hits in. It’s like the citrus aroma and bitterness comes straight from the bubbles - tingly sensation on the tongue is top notch and very refreshing. Finish is mostly dry and bitter. Overall, this is a great example of the style. Recommended!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4815) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from Bethesda Food & Beverage. Nice amber body with big head. Nose is grainy, fresh and citrus. Taste is maltier with caramel and spices. Hoppy notes too. Dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5092) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JAN 27, 2016
Bottle 33cl, a clear copper beer with medium head. Nose is on hop resin and caramel. Aroma is on grain, caramel, honey, bit monodimensional, correct bitterness at the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freretoc (1375) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 50cl chez JB & Aurore. Couleur blonde avec des reflets roux, belle mousse et peu d’effervescence. Nez résineux avec une pointe épicée. En bouche grosse attaque sur les houblons résineux pointe d’amertume avec caramélisée.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jice (232) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 24, 2016
belle mousse mais peu de tenue, amère et fruitée, florale. Dans le style IPA, agréable et légère

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmcd123 (7) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 23, 2016 does not count
Bottle bought in Donegal. Thin white head. Doesnt smell like a beer thats been dry hopped, but taste wise its not bad at all. Slight bitterness, with hints of malt and grapefruit and pear. Not a bad beer, good IPA from O’Haras.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rustbucket0873 (348) - Krikville, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Pouts golden amber with fluffy white head, the aroma is grass, earthy, freshness, small amount of citrus and hay. The flavor is caramel with grass, citrus, and earthy flavors. Overall balanced pale ale, not sure if the dry hop adds anything. Body is medium. Smooth beer

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle, best before July 2016, drunk 1/8/16.
Copper-golden body is clear and well-carbonated with an off-white head atop that shows moderate retention.
Floral, lightly citrusy hops are definitely prominent in the nose, but are atop a layer of rather bready/papery malts that seem quite dull. A hint of metal, perhaps, but otherwise clean, with no alcohol and (at least) no resin or aggressive hop character.
Pretty mindless drinking, with highly attenuated malts leaving behind a somewhat scratchy/husky texture. Hop bitterness is mild and the light grapefruit zest, fresh dill and cucumber-like hop character remains, though there are touches of soapiness. A worthy effort, but the Irish seem better suited to brewing delicious stouts.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle out of one of my Christmas selection boxes. Orange gold with a frilling collar. Bouquet of wicker, orange boiled sweets, privet and adhesive. Dry hopped IPA?? Doesn’t smell like one. Non-committal soapy regurgitated peach boiled sweet flavour. Had such high hopes for this having not tasted any Irish non-macro stuff for about 5 years and it’s a total washout. Feels stale and sun damaged and it’s over a year in date. Zero hop. Get me a Gwince.


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