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O’Hara’s Irish Red (232 of 1001)

Rating: 3.15

This one is another beer from over the New Year period that I’ve been a little slow to get around to posting, it is another Irish offering that I picked up in the north of the country whilst visiting over the holidays. I grabbed the bottle from one of the few places I’ve spotted over there that sells craft beer, although it is mainly local beers up for grabs. Brewed by one of the biggest craft beer producers in Ireland, the Carlow Brewing Company was established in 1996 and this one is a traditional Irish Red Ale, a style I don’t often get to try. The beer was previously known as Moling’s Irish Red in honour of the local Saint and is available year round in bottles whilst occasionally found on keg as well.

Update: I have since learnt that this beer actually features in the 1001 Beers list, I’m not sure how I missed that when I was first reviewing the beer but I did so I’ll include it in the count now. This one will count as my 232nd from the list despite drinking it a couple months ago now.

O'Hara's Irish Red

Appearance (3/5): Dark caramel amber with a thin, beige head that turned to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds and looked slightly wavy around the circumference of the glass.
Aroma (6/10): Light, earthy malts and a faintly sweet aroma with some sugar coming through. There is a little caramel and some toasted malts as well but the smell is quite a light one overall.
Taste (7/10): Toasted malts and caramel start things off, followed closely by some background sweetness, some bread and a light bitterness with some basic, earthy flavours as well.
Palate (3/5): Medium body and carbonation about the same, there is an earthy bitterness throughout and hints of sweetness, although these are few and far between. Smooth bodied and with a slight tang but overall the balance is quite good.

Overall (13/20): Sadly this one was, for the most part at least, a fairly average Irish offering that seems to be a common feature of the beers I have tried from the country, albeit with a few exceptions. The smell and the taste didn’t seem particularly strong in this one and it was standard fair for the style really with not enough done to grab my attention and make me take notice; an okay beer but not one that would warrant a second try really.

Brewed In: Muine Bheag, County Carlow, Ireland
Brewery: Carlow Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1998
Type: Irish Red Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.39

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