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


on tap

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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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 Caffreyís 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 Coorís 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2009
Can 440ml.
[ As Caffreys Cold Serve Ale ]. Clear medium orange color with a small to average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, toffee, perfume, moderate yeasty, english top fementatet yeast. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet with a average duration. Very syntetic and perfumed. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft and smooth. [20090101]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 50 cL can. Pours clear orange with a creamy white head. Mild creamy malt aroma. Flavour is mild acidic with a light caramel note. Smooth and creamy flavour and mouthfeel. Goes into a light acidic and bitter malt flavoured finish.5-3-5-3-11=2.7

From tap at Den Engelske Fredericia as Thomas Caffreys Irish Ale. Pours clear and golden orange with a dense off-white head. Mild caramel and slight toasted aroma. Smooth mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Flavour starts with a light fruity note. Medium dry and bitter flavour with a dry and vague malt base. Ends with a light fruity hops bitterness. Nice and smooth although nothing special.6-3-5-3-12=2.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ungstrup (31474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2003
[Nitro can] This beer has a sweet aroma with notes of roasted malt, yeast, caramel, and fruit. The color is amber and it has the dense nitro-head - a beutiful head - but in my opinion cheating. The mouthfeel is extremely soft due to the nitrogen. The flavor is of Caffrey - there is something unique - though on my tastebuds not that interesting about Caffreys flavor. If I should describe it; very sweet and malty - from a weird malt blend bringing out notes of caramel, roasted bread, fruit, and yeast. The end has an OK bitterness that lingers on the tongue together with notes of the roasted malt. The body is thin. Not a favorite with me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
(Can 50 cl) 4.8% ABV in this version. Bronze coloured with a thick, creamy head - whipped cream style - from the widgetís nitrogen. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel with a flat feeling. Weakly caramelish with a marked bitter finish. Ideal for heavy consumption. 120102

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joergen (24512) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2006
Can. Clear amber coloured with a creamy white head. Aroma of malts and hops. Flavour of malts and hops with notes of caramel and fruits. A bit wtery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2005
Pale amber coloured, nice creamy head. Not smelling of much, only a bit "flowery". The taste is very light, but it is clean and a bit sweet. Even though my friends tell me this one is boring it is one of my favourites.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (21894) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2002
Brownish amber and very creamy. Sweet, rather malty, fruity, with creamy mouthfeel, but lacking in character and with a very industrial feeling to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2011
12th August 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Smooth palate. Creamy malt - a little rich. Some mild hop. Actually not too bad - was slightly better on Draft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
Nice amber color, hazy; very nice creamy head. The aroma is a bit malty. The flavor is very smooth, but too simple, with some malt and residual sweetness. The palate is quite simple as well.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
harrisoni (15800) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2011
Can from the Coop in Cheriton on way home on a Friday night. Blimey itís been a bit of time since Iíve had this beer. And a bit of time since Iíve had a widget can of beer too. I used to drink these all the time, Boddingtons, Guinness, Guinness Bitter, stuff I canít even remember. Boy that was all 20 years ago. Where did the time go? Clear pale brown colour with a thick cream head. Sickly caramel malt aroma. Not attractive at all. My god, this is terrible. I mean really just laughable. I used to like this? I mean I would drink Caffreys in a pub in Liverpool a couple of times. That aroma is pathetic it really is. Then a kind of unbrewed out syrupy caramel malt in the mouth. No hops at all of course. Quite one of the most pathetic beers I think Iíve ever had. And what makes it worse is that there are no faults in terms of diacetyl, skunking or anything else, this beer is actually supposed to TASTE like this!! My god. I feel sorry for the quality control who have to drink this everyday. Poor bastards. Shocking. Nope, I canít even finish the 440ml can. That is a drain pour.

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