Wednesday, March 17, 2010

O'Hara's Irish Red

O'Hara's Irish Red

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company


Irish Red Ale

4.30% ABV

Commercial Description:
A fruity and aromatic beer with a distinctive smokey like finish, Molings has a traditional hop flavour to balance the sweet malty caramel taste.

General Pricing:
11.2oz, 330ml bottle, ~ $9.00 4 pack, ~$49.00 Case

Well, I have to be upfront about this one. I first had this beer a few years ago at an Irish Beer Tasting and fell in love with it. This just knocked the socks off of any other Irish Red that I’ve had previously. It was a pleasant surprise to come home from work on St. Patties Day and find a bottle in the frig; a gift from my oldest daughter. It will be interesting to give it a full review.

The beer pours a deep amber with ruby hues and a fairly rich off white head.

Hmmm what at wonderful nose, rich caramel malts with an almost sweet fruit and a slight flowering hop aromas. There is nothing over the top just a great smelling beer.

Now that’s an Irish Red! Smooth, somewhat rich, and a very pleasant light hop finish with no real bitterness.  So let me try and detail this a little.

Sweet caramel malts upfront then a very pleasant effervescence over the tongue followed by a light, almost creamy mouthfeel in mid-sip then a very refreshing back-end and finish. The back-end has a building hoppiness to it but by the time the finish comes you are only left with refreshing dryness not a hop bitterness.  There is very little of a final aftertaste but you are left very refreshed with a slight lingering caramel malt flavor.

As the beer warms you start to pick up some dark fruit notes and a nutty almost smoky flavor.

This is a very smooth, extremely easy drinking beer and a true session beer at only 4.2% ABV.

The last few sips were at 64 degrees. The beer picked up no unpleasantness at all. In fact the malts were even richer and smoother. With the lack of carbonation even the mouthfeel was creamier.

This is hands down my favorite Irish Red. The is a solid A+ rating by style my gold standard in which I will judge all other Irish Reds.

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