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O’Hara’s Notorious Red IPA

Rating: 3.65

The second O’Hara’s beer that I’ll be reviewing in fairly quick succession here and my third from the Carlow brewery of late, following on from O’Hara’s ‘OPsession and their Curim Gold offerings respectively. The beer is one of three O’Hara’s beers that I picked up at the same time on my recent trip to Ireland, with a review of a White IPA from them to follow after this one. This one is a new beer that was first released around February this year and was my ninth beer in total from the County Carlow based brewery, a brewery that I usually do my best to pick up new beers from whenever I’m in Ireland. I’ve tried quite a few good ones from them over the years and going in I was definitely hoping this would be one of their better offerings, here’s what I thought of it in the end.

O'Hara's Notorious Red IPA

Appearance (4/5): A light copper to caramel amber colour with a thumb-sized, foam head on top that’s a creamy white colour. Over the opening minute the head slowly receded to settles as a thin lace but it managed to leave a touch of lacing around the sides of the glass as it done so.
Aroma (6/10): The nose was a caramel one initially with a light bitterness coming through alongside it and a few sweet malts not too far behind. The odd earthy note showed and overall the nose seemed quite creamy with some bread malts and a touch of sugar nearer the middle. A few pale malts followed and there was some toasted flavours in there with some hop bitterness and a few background fruits down the stretch; not the strongest beer on the nose but it was at least quite varied.
Taste (7/10): Quite a malty tasting beer that was semi-sweet and came through with a pleasant caramel taste and some earthy touches, although neither was as dominant as they were with the nose. There was a pleasant pine bitterness and some background fruits around the middle with a touch of bread too. Some citrus flavours followed alongside a few biscuit and earthy malts and the beer was an enjoyable tasting one without being quite as complex as the nose.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and coming through with a semi-sweet feel, the beer was quite dry but also fairly crisp with a moderate bitterness running through it and an earthy feel overall, although some hops and citrus did feature. It was a lightly carbonated offering that was easy-going and held a nice balance too.

Overall (15/20): Not a bad offering from O’Hara’s at all here, probably not quite as good as some of their best beers but a decent one nonetheless. It proved to be quite a well-balanced offering from the Carlow brewery with just enough hop bitterness and fruits coming through to keep it interesting although the earthy flavours had more of a say with the taste overall. It was an easy one to drink and came through with a decent caramel taste as well; excellent stuff from the brewery and one I’d happily pick up again given the chance.

Brewed In: Muine Bheag, County Carlow, Ireland
Brewery: Carlow Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Red/Amber Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.29

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  1. August 9, 2016 at 08:10

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