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Carlow O’Hara’s Irish Red

Brewed by Carlow
Style: Irish Ale
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 821   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
A traditional light hop flavour balances the sweet malty caramel taste. The addition of a pinch of roast barley during the brewing process lends a distinctive roast bite which is balanced by a crisp dry medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (62) - CROATIA - FEB 5, 2016
Pours dark ruby color with medium, short lasting, slightly off-white head. Smell is mostly burnt malts with notes of caramel. As it warms up it becomes more cake-like and caramel comes more into the light. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Taste of caramel, bread, roasted malts, biscuits, hops. Slightly smoked. Short and dry finish. Overall, very smooth and drinkable. Would definitely drink this one again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
datrael (40) - Kraków, POLAND - JAN 31, 2016
Aromat palonych słodów, barwa ciemna czerwień, piana dość gęsta, Kremowa. W smaku dominują słody, piwo bardzo wodniste, taka lżejsza wersja dry stouta. Bardzo wysoka pijalność. Goryczka niska do średniej. Piwo dość przeciętne, nie jest jakoś szczególnie wadliwe, ale też nie porywa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
’Real’ Irish red (if that is a style to begin with - I’ve read different opinions on that, but let’s respect Michael Jackson’s pioneering work in this) with quite thick and even frothy, irregularly lacing, pale greyish white, dispersed head and deep copper colour with burgundy hue, translucent and clear. Aroma of caramel and toffee, damp cloth, hazelnuts, bitter honey, brown bread crust, dry autumn leaves, dead tree branches, ’haemoglobin’ iron, chicory, roasted walnut, faint suggestions of old cocoa powder and dried Mediterranean herbs. Clean, crisp onset, fairly neutral with almost no sweetness and only basic sourishness (in fact, almost lager-like, which some Irish ’ales’ apparently are), minerally with medium carbo and supple, smooth, light mouthfeel; malts have the main part here, again lacking in caramelly sweetness and turning to nutty and strongly toasted bitterish flavours almost right away, while some subtle spicy hints come up, announcing the background hops, manifesting themselves in a very leafy, lightly peppery bitterness at the end with retronasal floral qualities. A resinous hop ’feeling’ remains in the back of the mouth, working well with the toasted malts. After their stout, this is somewhat of a disappointment: very straightforward, toastedly malty and earthy hoppy, but that’s about all there is to say. Irish red, whether you believe in this being a separate, traditional Anglo-Saxon ale style or not, was never meant to be ambitious in terms of flavour complexity, I am well aware of that, and I have to admit that this is a lot better and more ’natural’ than e.g. Kilkenny, but somehow I expected a bit more, especially in terms of fruitiness. This is very drinkable, but does not show any aspirations at being better than Kilkenny and frankly, comes across as very lager-like (and frankly, I am almost sure it is one). Irish red, much like French bičre de garde, can be top or bottom fermented, but I would like to meet a really artisanal top fermented one some day - if such a thing exists in the first place. And after all: is this anyone’s favorite style anyway, apart from nationalistic motivations?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnCook101 (504) - - JAN 28, 2016
Deep copper, dense beige head. Aroma of grain and toast. Lots of toffee flavours, but it’s not overly sweet. Toast, earth, a tiny bit of citrus. Light bitter finish. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ischas (227) - - JAN 27, 2016
0,33 l Flasche. Rote Farbe, cremeweißer Schaum. Sehr komplexer, intensives Aroma nach Malz, Bitterschokolade, Früchtebrot. Geschmacklich karamellig, leicht biter. Im Abgang dann relativ wässrig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (2105) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle (from saveur-biere). Pours brown with reddish hue and beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sweet and malty, fresh fruits, apples. Flavor is sweet and somewhat bitter, malt, caramel, rye like notes, some burnt notes. Body is very watery. Carbonation is high. Overall: ok, but too watery and too much carbo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1782) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Pours a dark red colour. Taste is quite bitter with some malt and red fruits. Not a bad beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lokis333 (220) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - JAN 9, 2016
Clear rye red color with creamy and lively toffee foam. Aromas sweet like cheap gira/kvas or rye bread, sweet and sugary maybe some burnt notes to it. Palate, has light, thing body but leaves bit of sticky feel to it with smoked finish. Taste is smokey! Like smoked beer, with burned malt notes and bit of dark bitterness that has some hints of coffee and bit stouty? But stil rather watery? Overall, nice interesting beer, smelled nice but tated different that expected, interesting to try but wount say it is amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beverage_god (14) - - JAN 7, 2016
Aroma: ranges from caramel to almost maple syrup, it’s very pleasantly sweet. Appearance: Amber, just past copper with a lively, long lasting cream-colored head that leaves lots of even lacing. Very pleased with the carbonation on this. Taste: Inoffensive would be a nice way to say it’s relatively tasteless and very lacking in flavor, bready and not biscuity. Just not much going on there and definitely not memorable, although drinkable. Not particularly clean and crisp either. Very neutral flavor. Palate: body is medium, very lively carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Overall: fine at the pub, not sure I would buy this for my house though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padchenko (179) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 6, 2016
Pours dark red with a smallish white head. Tasty hoppy ale with some caramel sweetness, and a hint of roasted barley. Lovely caramel aroma. Nicely balanced. Medium carbonation

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