hoptimusPrimed (159) - SPAIN - JUN 27, 2014
One of my favourite reds, a gorgeous colour when poured and a good level of hoppyness. Tezminator (306) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2016
Aroma of caramel and roasted malt. The same applies to taste, added with certain sweetness. Some floral and herbal notes with moderate bitterness. What a beautiful balanced beer. aracauna (3710) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2002
My first impression was the color. The color was an impressive dark brownish ruby. The smell was sweet malt and fruit. The taste had definite apple/apple peel flavors going on. 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. ChadPolenz (1847) - 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.
J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
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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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. 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! 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. 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. Toomio (612) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Oikein hieno pullo, aivan mielettömän kaunis punainen väri. Miellyttävä tylppä maku, joka kaipaisi hiukan loppupotkua ja paksuutta. Hyvä valinta!