Friday, December 8, 2017

O'Hara's Irish Red (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

BBD: 2/28/18

2015 BJCP Category: 15A Irish Red

AROMA: Moderate toffee/caramel sweetness, though far from cloying or faux. Has a bready malt base. Some butterscotch is present, but it works with the other aromatics and is allowable according to the guidelines. No hop presence, though there is some roasted malt. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful ruby/magenta hue (13-17 SRM). Clear body. Fairly large tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Sweet toffee/caramel maltiness throughout. Tastes sweeter than it smells, but it is authentic and never cloying. Some diacetyl imparts a butterscotch candy taste which complements the malt flavors well. Brief roasted malt bitterness on the finish imparts balance. Little discernible hop character other than a subtle earthy/floral presence.  15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-light carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty. Very quaffable and sessionable at 4.3% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: More robust than traditional examples of the style, but also more enjoyable. 8/10


NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: