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

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BA SCORE
81
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64 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Two fingers of head leave an impressive lacing on the glass as its clear copper color shines in the light. Its biscuity and buttery aroma carries with a side of earthy hops. With the crisp, dry, malty body, smoothness wears well on this beer. With dry maltiness throughout, mineral or perhaps a hint of salt comes in as soon as the hop bitterness stings the palate. Herbal, woody, earthy hop flavor does very well against the dry biscuity maltiness. Tart apple skin, nougat and tea leaves come to mind. Buttery, fruity yeast keeps to a minimum but does lend enough flavor and complexity to give this ale an edge over many.

Wow, what a treat!! This is clearly a great pick if in need of a solid session ale. Great job on this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Product of U.S.A.Poured into a nonic a deep bronze with a thinner slight off white head,quite a deep pour for a bitter.Light toast and fruity esters mainly in the nose,a noticable hard water element is there as well.deeply fruity with a little brown sugar on the palate,not much hop presence but I didnt expect much of one either.This is a malt mavens beer here with its big fruity esters and sweetish base,hopheads may pass on this.

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

Deep amber pour with a small, white head.

Soft, sweet malt nose with a tea leafiness, and a little chocolate and fruity English yeast.

Tea character comes across in the taste, especially when it warms. Malty and lower in alcohol, pretty straightforward, not bad though.

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber, almost mahogany, red hued body with a small beige head. Patchy lacing.

Aroma has some enticing fruity esters that suggest ripe pear and red apple. Toffee and herbal hops are also noted.

Mouthfeel has a light to light medium body with a smooth and unassuming carbonation.

Taste has a caramel and toffee malt base with a floral/herbal hop bitterness. Toasted grain, toffee notes, and a vague apple fruitiness. Clean finish.

The ingredients come together quite well and make for a tasty and very sessionable bitter.

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, brown in color, clear

Smell: fresh meadow candle, foresty florals, caramel

Taste: toasted malt, earth, foresty florals

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. The aromatics alone made me feel like I was drinking an ale in a nice meadow. This is a very floral--not overly hopped, and malty beer. Not the most complex but very good.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle 3/13/2010

Upon pour, the St Patrick's Best is a clear amber color producing a nice, white head. Carbonation is just right for the style of brew.

Limited hop aroma and taste. The dominate aroma and taste is a caramel maltiness with hints of fruit. Not at all overwhelming and actually drops off quickly leaving a carbonic remnant.

Overall, crisp and clean without any strong or heavy flavors/aromas.

Photo of chinchill
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)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a crystal clear dense brown body with a thick creamy tan head and a gentle carbonation racing to the surface. S- The light woody malt note is otherwise pretty clean in the aroma with a slight malty sweetness growing in the finish.
T- The light brown malt flavor has a cidery finish with some soft green snap of hops in the dry finish.
M- The light mouthfeel has a fizzy bite in the finish.
D- The very soft muted flavor in could mean that it is an old beer or just a bit bland. There were no off flavors noticed

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with a finger+ of tan fluffy head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Light figgyness & some leafy hops.

T: Figs, a touch of brown bread, faint leafy & spicy hops up front. Sweetness & faint hoppyness morphs into a tannin/tea like flavor mix as this warms. Finishes dry, more ice tea-like & a touch of brown sugar

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, starts to thin out a bit as it warms, fair balance.

Drinks fairly easy, not all that, but I could do 2 or 3 before moving on. Fairly on style, but no shining example to be sure...

Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a nice amber color. One and a half finger light tan head dies down fast. Left light lacing on the sides of the glass. Nothing special with this beer....kind of bleh looking actually.

S- The aroma proved to be a little better than the apperance. Light roasted bittersweet malts clash with some light caramel malts. More earthy than floral hops in the middle to ending aroma. This wasn't too powerful in the nose but you could pick up these scents without burying your nose in the glass.

T- Light toasted malts in the front end of this right off the bat. Caramel malts follow into the middle with some light citrus flavor. Earthy hops on the backend of this beer doesn't really shine at all and falls short of the aroma.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the style I think. Goes with the beer sadly though. Light roasted malts left on the palate with some hop lingering in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate and somewhat clean tasting.

D- This is a drinkable beer and high at that. This has to do with the fact that there isn't a high flavor in this. Good drinker for someone who is just starting into craft beer. Also, good for someone who wants to drink import but not something from BMC.

Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, slightly sweet. Taste is of malts and hops, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. USA-brewed bottle and sampled on July 6, 2011. The pour is a nice looking reddish-amber with a soft, silky tan head that always remains on top to a small degree. The aroma is sweet caramel and reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale with a bit more punch. The body is in the medium range with a smooth creaminess on the tongue. The taste is a strange marriage of sweet sugar and pepper tart. It ended dry.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC

A- a cola like color. Coke color with more brown than black. Minimal head and minimal lacing.

S- a bready and butter smell with some fruity esters as well.

T- flavor is like a buttery root beer barrel. Very sweet but nice.

M- light bodied and fairly smooth. Buttery sweet

O- not bad an di like the root beer barrel type of flavor and it goes down quick.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of smakawhat
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.

Photo of BogAl
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of matjack85
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a bunch of these single 12oz brown bottles in a discontinued bin at the Foremost Liquor store in Glendale Heights, IL. 2 for a dollar was such a deal that I took all they had. Interesting to find out that this beer has only a 3.8% abv for their UK market, but cranked up to 4.2% for the American market. The bottles I have are all the 4.2% variety.

The beer poured a crystal clear dark amber color that made a 2½-finger tan head. Head retention was OK and lacing was decent.

I love the smell of this beer. Buttered biscuit aroma with some caramel sweetness underneath. Grassy English hops round out the smell.

Nice blending of flavors. Biscuity malt, caramel, toffee, and butter flavors meld nicely with the earthy hops. Not really that bitter for an English bitter, but I liked it nonetheless.

Light to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

I don't know what the actual price of these would be when found on the shelf as opposed to the discount bin, but I would recommend trying some if you can find then. A good session beer with the non noticeable alcohol level.

Photo of marckobi
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Patrick's Best Ale has a medium, beige, root beer-style head and a clear, bubbly copper appearance, with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is of bread, citrus, caramel sweetness, mild bitterness, and some other smell I was unable to place. Taste is also of citrus, bread, mild bitterness, and caramael, but even chocolate made a slight appearance. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and St. Patrick's Best Ale finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and delicious. This is a very smooth and drinkable brew, and I highley recommend giving it a chance.

RJT

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber with a fluffy tan head that leaves some decent lace on the glass. Sweet caramel malt and marshmallow with a touch of wintergreen in the aroma. Rich biscuity malt flavors and not much else going on here. It seems that this beer is geared towards macro drinkers who might want something slightly more flavorful than BMC. This beer is along the lines of Killian's or Honey Brown (fitting since it is actually brewed by High Falls!). Light bodied with bright carbonation. A pretty boring beer IMO.

Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied light tan colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass as it settles.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some slight caramel and citrus notes going into earthy and floral hop aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, slight caramel and then a big bitter finish that wasn't as hoppy as I was expecting from the nose.
M: Dry, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, especially for a beer this low in alcohol.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, a good decent of hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, honey & nuts. Then mild but complementary hops presence comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a while even though there are better beers in the style.

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