Monday, September 12, 2011

Quick Review: O'Hara's Irish Red

Alright, time for a quick review since I'm perpetually behind in just posting beer reviews here and there.

First off, a few basics.  Yes, this beer is available in Baton Rouge at many of the local stores.  I got it through Eusebio who I'm pretty sure picked it up at the Bet-R store.  Also, yes it's actually an Irish beer, from the Carlow Brewing Company in Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland.  They also make an O'Hara's Irish Stout which has a B+ overall rating on BeerAdvocate.  That's not bad at all and I've seen it around BR.  They make a few other brews too but I haven't seen them locally. 

As for this one... I poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint.  For a good session beer like an Irish Red Ale or Irish Dry Stout there's nothing wrong with a standard pint glass.

It's a clear deep reddish brown color with a huge frothy head. It really takes a while to dissipate and left good lacing. Great looking beer, so this one is off to a good start!

The smell is strong and malty with hints of toffee and a small hint of hops. The taste is the same basic flavor profile as the aroma, but not as robust. If anything, the hops come through a little stronger. It definitely came across more bitter after a second sip.

It's a little thin, but this is a very drinkable sessionable Irish red. Not bad at all, and another above average import from the Emerald Isle.
 
My Rating: B-