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Carlow O’Hara’s Double IPA

Brewed by Carlow
Style: Imperial IPA
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
keg & bottled, special
A full-bodied, full-on Double IPA combining caramel and malt flavours with a well-balanced and substantial bitterness, which is topped off by a tantalising hop aroma with notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Light carbonation allows the full flavour of this beer to shine through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (4138) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2016
Bottled. Pours clear deep golden with an average off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, apricot, niney notes, a little spice and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (2056) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 2, 2016
BOTTLE 50 CL. Clear copper, beige head with lacing. Crystal malts, caramel and lollipops, faint piney hops and notes of alcohol. Kind of the opposite to what a good modern IPA should be (even if this bottle is not fresh).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (715) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - SEP 30, 2016
Look: clear amber with strong fluffy white head. Aroma: caramel, toffee, pine, spicy herbs, minty lollypop. Taste: moderate sweet with moderate bitterness, salt. Flavour: citruses, herbs, pine, toffee, caramel. Some alcohol in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle, 500ml *** Colour: Dark hazy amber, with a big, off-white head. *** Nose: Caramel, toffee, mild citrusy, spicy hops. *** Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy. Soft carbonation. *** Taste: Orange, orange peel, caramel, a hint of cinnamon - medium dry. Sweetish middle of toffee, herbs and a pine note. Pine comes to the fore in the finish, with mild resin, and in the long aftertaste. *** Impressions: This one takes to a long time to reveal its IPA character, being predominantly malty until the finish. Full-bodied, heavy stuff; the alcohol is noticeable, but not annoyingly so. Not the most typical Imperial IPA, but a complex, satisfying strong ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
h0ppingmad (102) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 23, 2016
On tap @The Jarvey’s Rest in Muckross, Kerry. Pours a golden amber with an off-white frothy head. Very slight aroma of malts. Taste is malty and sweet with hoppy citrus aftertaste, but more a pale ale/IPA than a double. Medium body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
byronyasgur (3) - IRELAND - AUG 17, 2016 does not count
Great taste, aroma and appearance - great beer overall - really cant fault it on anything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DraftDodger (1121) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2016
Copenhagen 31/7 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Strange symbols on the label. Looks like a head made witd doodles flying over a comet bursting into the atmosphere. Pours hazy orangeish yellow with white head. Settles as dense 1 cm thick layer of foam. Moderrate lacing. Intense aroma of oranges and slightly fermented sweet fruit. You can smell the alcohol as well. Citric notes of grape fruit and citrus. Soft carbonation and thick oily palate. Flavor is lightly sweet followed by quite heavy bitterness which lingers in the aftertaste with some metallic alcohol. Dry finish. Nice light Double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjomleif (144) - NORWAY - JUL 25, 2016
Draft. Large white head atop hazy apple cider body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon, some grapefruit, light herbal. Taste is moderately sweet orange, some lemon. Soft medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanCrusher (935) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle 0,50L. Hazy orange color with small, stable, long lasting, creamy white head, that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of orange dominates, but there are also some herbs and grassy hops in the background. Light to medium bitter start with creamy mouthfeel and medium to heavy bitter finish with quite a lot of grapefruit. Full body, soft carbonation, dry texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yased (166) - MEXICO - JUL 7, 2016
De la Cervecera Carlow Ohara’s esta bebida estilo Double IPA con un 7.5% ABV, cerveceria popular y de bastante tradición, acentuada en Irlanda y conocida mayormente por sus ricas Stout, en este caso toca probar una Doble IPA, que originalmente el estilo es un invento americano, se puede emplear cualquier tipo de lúpulo(llámese nobles, del viejo mundo, nuevo mundo y experimentales) y debe ser mas maltosa que una American IPA simple y con mas alcohol, el perfil sigue siendo a lúpulo. En apariencia esta Imperial tiene una corona de espuma delgada de baja retención y color cristalino, el color es un dorado profundo en los limites del estándar con destellos mas claros, turbia aunque no presenta sedimentos de levadura pero seguro tiene Dry Hop, cuerpo pleno que ya mancha el vaso. Existen en aroma notas florales, hierba recién cortada, algo de cítricos, el dulzor tambien es apreciable, ciertos olores a grano, muy sencilla y ligera de aroma para una IIPA. El sabor esta en el limite de una IIPA, tiene notas amargas fuertes pero desbalanceadas, la malta no esta de apoyo para equilibrar, los sabores no están integrados y se percibe mucho sabor a alcohol, se alcanza apreciar caramelo, sabores herbales y resinosos, algo de cereales, astringencia al final del trago que va quedando y aumentando, las lPA no son la carta fuerte de esta cervecera, definitivamente es difícil encontrar buenas IIPA’s de manufactura europea.

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