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St. Patrick's Best - Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
82
good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cypressbob on 11-20-2004)
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has light to moderate aromas of toasted malts along with herbal hops and some hints of grassy hops.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with hints of caramel, toffee and sweetness. This transitions to flavors of earthy yeast and herbal hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation, making it seem a little airy. The earthiness contributes a little dryness towards the finish.
O: For a rather light-bodied ale, this beer is packed with lots of flavors. It's extremely easy to drink, which makes this perfectly sessionable.

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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: LIght aromas of toasted bready malts with some toffee sweetness and a light amounts of earthy grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are alight flavors of toasted bready malts with just a very slight hint of toffee sweetness. That is followed by a light amount of grassy and earthy hop flavors. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Enjoyable and very easy to drink, easily sessionable and exactly what I would find in a proper pub.

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with amber around the edges; huge, thick, foamy, brownish head that has good retention

S - huge caramel aroma with some juicy, fruity baked apple notes

T - mildly bitter, light sweetness, burnt caramel, baked apples

M - medium bodied, light but well carbonated

This is a decent ale. If the caramel and malt were a little more forward this would really be a good beer. As it is it's solid and highly drinkable. I'm not sure I'll buy this again beause this isn't a style I buy often, but I'm glad I tried it once.

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a massive ecru head that settles in on top of the clear auburn liquid, leaving plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Buttered toast and toffee with an earthy, woodsy character

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a bit of butter edging in before the earthy, woodsy hops add balance; really quite rustic tasting, with a touch of tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the name, I wasn't quite expecting a Bitter and though this isn't a standard Bitter, I rather enjoyed its unusual flavors, diacetyl and all

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, this beer is beautiful. A vibrant, crisp, blood-ruby coloring with a slight ring of filmy, off-white head around the edge of the surface. Aromas of toffee richness and a tangy sweetness blend together for a subtle nose. Flavors are bitter forward and all over the tongue, with a subtle, rich toffee backbone that peaks its head around the corner every once in a while to keep things on an even keel. The richness almost has a syrupy quality to its flavor. A light bodied beer, this feels heavier with the richness of the flavors, but somewhat sharp with the carbonation and bitterness. A bittersweet aftertaste, with some roastiness to it. The beer has an almost smokey, light, and crisp finish. Tasty brew.

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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein. Dark amber/brown color with almost a finger of dirty white head. Decent lacing.

Fragrant ripe fruit smell: plum and orange. Musty malt and cider notes too.

Clean taste of malt without any defining characteristics, but nice. Some bitterness comes in shorty later. Balanced and robust taste.

Crisp with bubbly texture, moderate carbonation.

A good drinking beer with a low ABV and great flavor.

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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Listed as produced and bottled, finished in Westport MA with imported Irish ingredients.

A nice off tan three finger head off the pour, forms real nicely with a nice cap. Body color is a deep reddish brown color similar to an Irish ale, with nice chestnut hues on the glass.

Nice chewy and dense malt on this, a little grassy. Hints of winter warmer like cinnamon, and dry spices.

Taste is a bit missing. Faint grassy malt, with a slightly wet body. There's really nothing going on here I wish I could say something. Extremely light even for a bitter, but has a very crisp almost hot aftertaste, where most of the flavor seems to be.

Overall, interesting, but not particularly memorable. Probably wont be having this again, no regrets in trying it though.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mralphabet
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a deep dark copper color with good 1 fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with good lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a lot of sweet caramel malts in this one with a hint of grassy hops.

T: Boy that sweet caramel malt is right up front, mid palate is a little on the biscuit side.. maybe a little toasted malt. Finish has a little grassy hops.

M: Lighter bodied than I was expecting... carbonation is pretty light also. Overall a little watered down.

D: Not a bad beer... nicely balanced with a very sessionable ABV... You could drink quite a few of these. Not the best of its style but not bad.

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3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle of 4.2% ABV beer "from authentic imported Irish ingredients and ... brewed in the USA" (from label).

Pours a clear, dark red-brown with a small but lasting beige head. Limited patchy lacing.

With the head intact, the aroma seemed far more like a cider than reasonable. As the head dissipated, the aroma remained fruity but less specifically apple and also more floral and malty. A tad earthy with hints of toffee, smoke and herbs. Sweet malt became most prominent with warming.

Taste: a nice mix of sweet caramel and toffee malt with spicy and herbal hop bitterness. Some apple fruitiness in the taste along with hints of prunes and other dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: medium body with enough carbonation to impart some tongue tingle. Semi-dry

O: A bit different and relatively complex for style, as if there is a touch of Belgian influence.

{some revision with new bottle on April 2013)

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St. Patrick's Best from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.