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

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RATINGS: 783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Large, foamy, off white head with a bit of lacing. Copper-reddish color. Aroma is earthy, malty, grass. Strange almost wine like burn and sweetness but leaves a light bitter aftertaste. Really not a whole lot of flavor here. Something is missing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8320) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle (as Molings) picked this up for 99p at the ’Dodgy Deli’ on the Cowley Road 20-09-06. Poursa reddy/brown colour with a lively thick head that went everywhere, very lively carbonated beer. The aroma was a bit sweetish, the taste was of toasted malt and some caramel it had a bit of an edge with bitterness but wasn’t a beer that I would rush out to but again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle (as Molings): Clear mahogany with a thick, rocky beige head. Interesting fruity, wet herb aroma with some sweet dark crystal undertones. Light coffee and roasty flavours and some powdery cocoa notes towards the end with some very short dired herb notes in the back palate. A pleasantly nice low level of carbonation ensured this went down nicely on a cold winter’s evening.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Sweet fruity aroma. Deep red. Fairly thick dense head which disappeared quickly. Lively carbonation. The aroma led me to think I would be drinking a sweeter beer than it turned out. Rather different taste with a fairly strong bite in the aftertaste. I thought it may be a maltier brew. If I enjoyed beer for the fragrance, this would be a real winner. Other than that, I consider this average.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Appearance: Pours a dark translucent amber/brown with a 2 finger off white head. It stayed nice and frothy throughout the entire duration of the beer. Fantastic lacing. Smell: It has the classic Red Ale element, what ever it is that makes that attribute so recognizable. It has an aroma of sweet roasted malts and a speckling of dryness. The hops are present but very hidden. Taste & Mouthfeel: Very sweet and malty! There is not a lot of depth, or complexity to the taste, but it is pleasant and easy to drink. There are hints of that classic ’red,’ that may be birch or cream soda. This is a very straightforward, inoffensive and balanced beer. The taste experience moves right into to mouthfeel, largely because the predominate characteristic is the creaminess. This beer is extremely smooth and creamy with a full body and lightweight. It has a nice dry finish. Very easy on the palate! Drinkability: This is not the most interesting beer but it is extremely easy to drink. It sits light in the stomach and begs for more. Definitely a sessionable beer for me. I wish I had gotten a case. If you like the style (this may not be the best in it but) you will probably enjoy this beer. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Habanero (3252) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle: Pours deep amber with a nice beige head. Tiny malty aroma. Taste of weak caramel malt and hops. Slightly bitter finish. Watery palate. Light bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (5657) - 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 (3742) - 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.


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