Carlow O'Hara's Winter Star, Spiced Amber Ale

Carlow O'Hara's Winter Star, Spiced Amber Ale

Rated 3.325 by BeerPals

Brewed by Carlow Brewing Company / O'Hara's Brewery

Bagnalston, County Carlow, Ireland

Style:  Spiced Beer

4.3% Alcohol by Volume

24 International Bittering Units

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In our 2013 edition, subtle use of spices and orange zest bring out a refreshing and different touch to the winter beer and also make for a dry finish. The orange zest and mild coconut flavours are the first to hit the palette, closely followed by the warmth of cinnamon spices mellowed in the orange essence. Dual purpose hops finish the aroma combination adding just a touch of evergreen, perfect for this winter amber ale. Additional tasting notes : * colour / appearance : bright orange with a golden tone and lightly carbonated head. * aroma : with more than a hint of citrus on the nose, the aroma is truly complex and unique. The hop additions finish the aroma combination. * aftertaste : bitterness is accentuated from both the hops and citrus zest, as the warmth of the cinnamom spice mellows with the orange essence resulting in a dry finish. Availability : winter seasonal, kegs ( carbonated ),50 cl bottle. On your table : * serving temperature 6 - 8°C. * food pairing : makes an excellent aperitif, but subbtle enough on spiciness to double as a post meal session beer, this light colour winter brew is a must for crumbling desserts such as a cherry or apricot tart. Works brillantly with fresh cut strawberries lightly dusted in ground black pepper for the more adventourous.

ID: 56124 Last updated 6 months ago Added to database 7 years ago

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Overall Rank8703
Overall Percentile81.7
Style Rank173 of 1219
Style Percentile85.8
Lowest Score4.3
Highest Score4.3
Average Score4.300
Weighted Score3.325
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 4.3 6 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    500 ml capped bottle. Poured in the original O'Hara's nonick pint glass a clear and orange-amber coloured S B with a one finger creamy, dense and beige foamy head that had a very long retention and tons of micro bubbles. Active carbonation. Some lacing. The aroma is an intense blend of cinnamom, coconut and vanilla, fruity, raspberries. The flavour is powerful spicy, cinnamom, orange peels, coconut, a point of cloves, fruity, oranges and a citrus touch, toasted and caramel malts, mint leaves and a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is crispy, creamy, amazing smooth and light sticky. The texture is watery. This light bodied S B has a long spicy finish. Easy drinkable, attractive and tasty, all that with a low, 4,3 % ABV ! For short, a superb Winter Spiced Ale. Good job, Sean !

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