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


on tap

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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
craftbeer (5) - USA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count
Words can't describe this. Truely the nicest red I have ever tasted. Nice red colour, with a perfect Malt and Roast Malt flavour. A true Irish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2010
I’ve never been a big fan of Irish Reds because they’re inherently bland, mild beers. I didn’t think it was even possible to make a beer in this style that was genuinely flavorful until I tried O’Hara’s Irish Red.


The beer pours a little rough, which is fine because it produces a large layer of beige, foamy head which lasts throughout the drink and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The body has a beautiful, crystal-clear, shade of perfect red. The aroma is sweet with indication of malts and hops.


Whenever a beer of an otherwise mild style is bustling with taste it’s very impressive to me. That’s how I felt as soon as I took my first sip of O’Hara’s Irish Red. A distinct sweet flavor of caramel is noticeable. Additionally, a hop bitterness makes itself known giving the beer a quality similar to a pale ale (but then again an Irish Red is just a form of that style anyway).

Overall, the taste is exactly as the label describes: “A full bodied Irish red with a traditional hop flavor to balance a sweet malt finish.” If only all beers were marketed so honestly.


Although this beer has a bit more discernable carbonation to its composition, it is not difficult to drink. With a sweet taste that isn’t too strong and a body that’s more tepid than most, O’Hara’s is a fairly smooth brew.


Beers brewed in the “Irish Red” style are usually intended to be session brews, there’s nothing “imperial” about beers of this type. O’Hara’s definitely would make a case for that as it’s only 4.3% ABV and less filling than most beers of the style.


I was very discouraged by Smithwick’s, but I’m glad I tried O’Hara’s Irish Red because it made me a believer in the style.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (951) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
A really tasty, well balanced red ale. Beautiful brown-ruby color with white head. An Irish malt aroma floats off the pour and is followed by a smooth, roasted, grainy malt body with a sweet follow through that doesn’t over do it like a lot of reds, and a little bit of sour twist at the end. Really nice easy drinking red with a complexity not typically found in this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasMetal75 (6) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2012 does not count
Aroma- Malty and sweet with a roasted caramel scent. Appearance- Ruby head with a nice thick head. I noticed little lacing. Taste- Same as aroma. Malty sweet, and has a nice roasted, almost toasted. caramel thing going on. It is mildly bitter. Excellent! Palate- Light and extremely drinkable. Not heavy at all. Ohara’s Irish Red is a great light, easy drinking beer that is easy on the drinkability. All the flavors work well with each other and the abv is so low that a few could be had easily. A+ brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - SEP 13, 2012
Persistent beige foam and intense aroma of malty and caramel. Taste is a good balancing of malt and hop.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JustPlainLogan (58) - Galveston, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2013
The aroma on this beer is absolutely entrancing with a strong scent of bread-y wheat. It pours out a dark, dark red with a thick head that fades into a good lace. The taste is rich in caramels and barley, and it stays in the mouth well with a slightly bitter aftertaste. I’m certainly glad I found this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Toomio (559) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Oikein hieno pullo, aivan mielettömän kaunis punainen väri. Miellyttävä tylppä maku, joka kaipaisi hiukan loppupotkua ja paksuutta. Hyvä valinta!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - JUL 20, 2014
Botella de 330ml. Copa de Vino. Color ambarino oscuro y rojizo con tintes rubí a contraluz. Espuma bronceada clara y corona que se disipa con lentitud. Aromas de ciruela pasa, dátil y malta caramelo. Entrada reseca con sabores caramelizados y leve amargor herbáceo. Cuerpo medio-ligero y carbonatación moderada. Leve notas aciduladas y de madera en el seco final y el refrescante retrogusto. Deliciosa y saciante. 330ml bottle. Wine glass. Dark reddish amber & ruby tints to the light. Light tan froth, slowly diminished crown. Prune, dat & caramel aromas. Dried upfront light caramel flavors & slight herbal bitterness. Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Slight acidic & woody notes into a dry finish & refreshing aftertaste. Delicious & thirst quench.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
remALUS (274) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - APR 13, 2016
Bottle 330ml. Price 1,15€ . Neskaidri raudonai-ruda spalva ir nedidelė gelsva puta. Skonis: geras

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnTheTrail (416) - Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2016
Pours dark copper, medium head. Aroma is richly malty, nutty, pecan. Taste is toffee, nuts, toast, and a hops bite.

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