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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (5311) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle. Caramel malt aromas. Bitterness is good, and it has a malty, roasted barley flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2006
Dark brown with a beige foam head. Aroma of caramel malt initially, then giving way to some citric hops and roasted barley. On tasting it has a nice and dry bitterness that lasts, complementing the earthy smoke that appears on the aftertaste. A bit of a fizz in the palate, but a nice medium body outlasts this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 19, 2006
VEyr nic ein taste, in appearance was not that red. BUt in taste it was extrtemely good. NIce foam too.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
As a red ale, this was not very representative of a favorite style of mine. There was no hop presence, but worse yet, the malt flavors were not too malty. Rather, the best word for this beer is yeasty. The scent of O’Haras Irish Red was good and beery, but the taste was that of an awkward marriage between wine and beer. As the beer warmed, the wine taste became even more prominent. My fiance remarked that it tasted more like champagne than wine, but still had little resemblance to beer. Having bashed this beer for a long paragraph now, I’d like to justify my score of 3.3 out of 5. Shortly after turning 21 in 2003, I walked into the local faux Irish pub and ordered a Kilian’s. I didn’t know any better. The bartender immediately recommended this beer, then known as Moling’s Irish Red. I loved the flavor and bought out my local liquor store’s supply whenever they got more in. Then, Carlow Brewery apparently stopped exporting it to the US. Now repackaged as O’Haras, this beer is not what I remember, but old flames continue to haunt me. This beer has been a love of mine in the past, and I’ll be damned if tonight’s subpar experience will forever taint my fond memories of this ale. I’ll certainly give it yet another shot, and I hope you will too.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2006
7/1/06: Bottle.
Burnt, roasted malt nose. Buster brown red body with a tan head. Nice lace. Flavor is toasted with a burnt malty-ness. Crisp, chalky finish.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Amber coloured with almost no head. Malty and sweet with notes of caramel. Hoppy finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2006
bottle. very dark amber color. malty sweet. flat and very bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 16, 2006
12 oz bottle. Copper pour with a nice tan head. Slightly toasty malt nose, mild sweetness. Flavor is sweet malt, a bit flat in the mouth. Finish is OK, a mild nutty malt with a slight bitter bite. Very slight. Like I gotta work to taste it. Very average red.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stew41 (1790) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2006
Chocolate brown tending to dark maroon. Very clean looking. Thin coffee coloured head. Dry roasted malt nose, subtle, some faint chocolate. Very elegant (read lean) on the palate, kinda brown ale or porter like with subtle roasted edge. Fair too fizzy for the style me thinks, leaving a dilutive mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LearninBeer (409) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2006
For St. Patricks day this was a great beer. Now it’s a good red. The aroma is hoppy and the color is a dark brown/red. The head is light brown, fully diminishing and no lacing. The falvor is a little bitter, watery and with a hint of sweet nutty malt finish. The taste left an astringent feel on the tongue. Overall a good red.


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