Brewed by Coors UK (MolsonCoors)
Style: Bitter
Burton-upon-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Pasteurised nitro-keg and nitro-can beer.
May alse be / have been produced at Tadcaster.
"A smooth, creamy ale." Introduced in 1994 as a 4.8% Irish Ale by Bass at Caffrey’s Ulster brewery, and promoted strongly with an advertising campaign of "strong words softly spoken". Interbrew took over in 2000, soften the recipe and attempted to catch the lager market, using a new promotion of "a storm brewing". Coors acquired the brand in 2002. Initially contract brewed by Interbrew for Coors at Ulster, the brand eventually moved to Coor’s Tower Brewery in Tadcaster.
The ABV was reduced from 4.8% to 4.2% in 2001 and, in March 2010, was further reduced to 3.8%. ABV may vary in export markets.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Vighals (952) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
Styr unna!!! Sitter igjen med litt metallsmak i munnen. Det og utseende er det eneste som tilsier at jeg har drukket en øl.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
arsol (482) - NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
Fin gyllenfarge. Ellers ingenting positivt å si omdenne. Smaker vann med metallsmak. Så å si ingen kullsyre. Altså helt død. Kommer aldri til å smake denne mer....

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
mR_fr0g (2387) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
Keg sf mcilroys watford. Blimey it has Ben a while since I’ve had this beer. Clear copper colour. Persistent off white head. Oh this is bad. Aroma is wet socks. Stale malt. Watery thin palate. Absolute horrid.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pyrmir (3189) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2013
Can, rated from backlog. Brown colour with medium head. Aroma and taste is light, earthy, marmelade, malt some toffee. A bit watery

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shaney (2428) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2013
Bernsteinfarben und viel feine Crema generiert aus der Nitro-Dose, geil. Ein leichtes Würzmalzaroma ist vernehmbar. Dünner Antrunk. Getreidig-malziger Geschmack mit etwas Hopfen. Die sanfte, cremige Art macht dieses Bitter sehr süffig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brleo (68) - - JUN 2, 2013
I have no idea why everyone is so hard on this fine beer. Much like a Kilkenny - very similar in appearance, butterscotch colour, creamy head, settles quickly. Fragrant aroma. Flavor is similar to Kilkenny but without the roasted bitterness. Hops are subtly pronounced in a good way, bit of a toffee flavor, aftertaste has a slight hop taste. Not as watery as everyone says, very similar consistency as Kilkenny but not quite as heavy in comparison to it. Caffrey’s is almost non-existent anywhere my wife and I have been in Ireland, though apparently it is in the North in some places. Always happy to have a pint of this when I can find it - if you’re a fan of Kilkenny, try Caffrey’s. Underrated, a great beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rob_D_UK (667) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Excellent pour that started out butterscotch-colored then settled into the more typical Ale hue. Creamy almost to a fault, as there was not much of a beer flavor to it at all. Slightly tannic, and overall the flavor does not live up to the looks.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
scouseassassin (16) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Used to drink this on draught when it first came out, bought 4 cans on promotion the other day not realising the taste and abv have been changed...in a word shocking!!! Weak as water, far too smooth, poor, what a shame.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
450ml Aluminium Bottle (it’s a posh can with a cap) of Caffrey’s Premium Irish Ale, 3.8%ABV; BBD 28 Feb 2013, poured at home into a ’Good Poeple’ badged US pint glass on 2 Apr 2013, so a bit out of date. Bright amber body with a head that left before it arrived. Mildly malty in the nose, but not much of anything really. Malty feel to the flavour, semi-sweet caramel and Bourbon biscuits without the middle (the creamy bit). Watery, but not unpleasant, just a little too understated and overall weak in body depth and flavour strength. Not something I’d have again: I do however remember when it first hit the bars in the UK, very popular with my mates, I even enjoyed a few pints. It has changed for the worst and it wasn’t too great to start with!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1362) - WALES - MAR 15, 2013
I’ve never had it from a can, but I don’t have the option of rating the draught version. Many moons ago I used to drink it with friends in Cardiff. Hit and miss on draught, but never bad. Sometimes tasted amazing (on draught in the Rummer Tavern in Cardiff) - sweet honey flavours. 3.7 Had again in an Irish pub in Watford recently - tasted OK, but didn’t have the sweetness that it sometimes had at the Rummer. 3.3 It seems that the beer has changed under new ownership.

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