O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers, part of the Carlow Brewing Company, has launched Foreign Affair Red IPA; its collaboration with Starr Hill Brewery based in Virginia, USA.
The beer was made by combining the skills of master brewers Robbie O’Cain from Starr Hill and Conor Donoghue from the Carlow Brewing Company, who agreed on using malt from Ireland and Falconer’s Flight hops from the USA.
Falconer’s Flight is a blend of hops all cultivated in the Northwest region of the United States, and is know for bringing a citrus fruit and pine scent to brews.
O’Hara’s describes the IPA’s taste as a combination of the hop’s citrus and pine, alongside caramel and sweetness from the malt, which helps brings through “tropical and coconut hop flavours”.
‘Foreign Affair’ Red IPA is said to pair well with barbecue food, as well as with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, green salads and Gruyère cheese. It is currently on sale in O’Brien’s and other leading independent off-licences at an RRP of €2.99.
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