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O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Ale

Brewed at Carlow

Style: Irish Ale
Atherstone, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Specially produced for ALDI UK/Ireland. Formerly called Aldi Specially Selected Traditional Irish Ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ectuohy27 (627) - ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2014
Ehh. Some quality is here--the earthy notes and some of the toasted finish that one would expect are present, but the hop character is too high for the style, and the caramel basically absent altogether. Not terribly enjoyable other than for the educational (and patriotic) experience

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2279) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle from Aldi, Longford [100212]
Copper red, huge off white head, clear, some lacing
Aroma of soft caramel, light fruits, very light aroma
Taste of caramel, soft toasted malts, light red berries, very slight chocolate (!), mellow flavour
Palate - Over carbonated initially then settled to a soft carb, light body, light sweet palate. Finish - soft fruity malts, slight toasted malt, some more bitterness in the tail
Overall - Not too bad as an Irish Red, seemed better than the O’Hara’s Irish Red bottle I had. Maybe this is a tweaked version.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
liamagester (17) - Swords, IRELAND - OCT 28, 2013
Taste profile is quite simple. Cereal and biscuit malt. Finish is quite short. Not bad for the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciaranc (980) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 8, 2013
Amber red pour, big fluffy eggshell colored head. Sweet, bread y roasted malt with an edge of caramel in the aroma. Traditional Irish ale flavour, ala Smithwicks. Texture is creamy and quite robust, low carbonation. Finish lets it down a bit, slight unbalance, lacks a little sweetness for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
triskaideka (166) - Killarney, IRELAND - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle from Aldi. Reddish-brown with good white head. Malty flavour and pleasant amount of caramel notes. Overall, not at all bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Deu (723) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle 500ml from Aldi. Appearance: Medium brown/red with a thick proud white head. Good carbonation. Decent roasty finish. Classic Irish Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sizzler80 (464) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 5, 2012
Dark ruby red pour with a frothy wide head. Simple red ale with a subdued balance of aromas. On the nose you have hops, malt, hint of coffee, leaves and caramel. It’s a smooth, easy drinker with slightly bittersweet notes. All in all a decent beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2731) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 19, 2012
This is now branded as ’ O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Ale’ . Bottle from Aldi. Appearance: Medium brown/red with a thick proud white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma: Quite malty with acidic notes, toasty, caramel. Flavour: Lots of malt at first, smokey, good amount of hops, caramel with a decent roasty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2010
Bottle. Malty sweet, pleasant body, a little sting in the tail. But ultimately very boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 31, 2010
Got this one in Aldi at a pretty good price. Had a dark red body with a small white head that did not stay the course. Aroma was roasted caramel. Tasted very toasty with hints of vanilla and caramel. I like my ales to be fruity however, and this did not deliver. Was lightly bitter, especially on the finish. Medium bodied and a little creamy. Overall this did not have a huge flavour but it got nicer the more you drink it. Good for its price I guess.

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