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

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 1
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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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

04-29-2012 01:38:05 | More by AdamV481
Photo of matjack85


4.3/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

06-06-2011 21:22:14 | More by matjack85
Photo of tigg924


4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

03-23-2010 14:52:43 | More by tigg924
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

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

04-28-2012 19:04:13 | More by brentk56
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

500ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011, BBE box on the label appears to be blank...

A - Darkish copper colour body with two fingers of head that dissipate fairly quickly, leaving a light amount of lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Biscuity, earthy aroma, with a good mix of malts and hops and possibly a slight hint of caramel.

T - Similar to the aromas, a dry malt lead with a contrasting hop bitterness and some hints of caramel, finishing quite dry and leaving a lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and crisp with a light but punchy carbonation.

D - Would definitely work well as a session beer, especially with such a light ABV (3.8%) or indeed on its own.

02-04-2011 23:12:44 | More by Wattsox
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4/5  rDev +12%

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.

01-11-2011 02:38:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4/5  rDev +12%

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.


03-19-2011 23:20:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4/5  rDev +12%

This is my first English Bitter and I was not disappointed. I am a big fan of Fuller's ESB and I guess I judge all bitters to that standard. But since this beer is classified as just a bitter and not an ESB I need to rethink my perception of what this beer should be. It has hops but not to the extreme. It has flavor, good aroma, and tastes good. I am happy to have drunk my first bitter.St Patrick Rules!

04-03-2010 00:28:56 | More by ejimhof
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +12%

Pours with a medium amber body, very little head, almost no retention, disappears straight away

Smell, grassy hints, earthy aromas, some hops present

Taste, dry and grassy, quite fresh tasting, malt presence in the background, slight hint of farmyard on the finish and towards to the end of the glass, this really is alot like a cask beer, very little carbonation

A good little session beer

03-18-2005 15:56:42 | More by cypressbob
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4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 16:42:24 | More by ColSanders123
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4/5  rDev +12%

12-02-2012 07:19:35 | More by BYOFB
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4/5  rDev +12%

01-07-2012 23:45:06 | More by plebotamus
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

07-13-2011 21:18:44 | More by Dodo2step
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color. Has a large, frothy head which dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smell sweet and malty with hints of fruitiness. Slight hints of grassy hops as well but they are very faint.

Taste: Starts bitter with grassy hops. Develops into a sweet, malty, slightly fruity flavor. Finishes sweet and leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A decent beer but nothing special. This one is highly drinkable but a bit lacking in flavor. There's nothing exactly "wrong" with it but it's not something I'd go out of my way to find again.

03-11-2010 20:40:44 | More by wahhmaster
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

01-08-2013 02:08:24 | More by metter98
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

09-16-2010 02:41:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

12-22-2012 03:24:02 | More by dbrauneis
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

A: pours a clear and bright reddish brown with a solid 2 finger light tan head. dissipates to a bubbly head quickly but the little and thin top of bubbles stays throughout.
S : A sweet and malty aroma with a bit of that fruity sweet scent attributed to these styles. A very slight smoke and berry. Not really any hop aroma.
T : starts sweet and light, then has that berry like malt flavor. The middle has a bit of musty and earthy hops that are strictly flavoring. finishes with a caramel and smoke flavor and sharp hop that is ever so slight but cuts the flavor to clean
M : medium carb and and a clean finish

A pretty nice beer. Better than what I expected. Flavorful and clean, easy to drink and at a good price as well.
The bottle says a product of the US. Brewed in Rochester NY although the website says UK. Still a very enjoyable beer.

09-22-2011 20:17:21 | More by Thads324
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

03-23-2012 02:21:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

A - Wow, this is dark for an English bitter. Darker than most ESBs. It had a small, tan head of foam that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and grasses

T - This one had a nice caramel taste with a good deal of biscuity malts. There was a nice bitter hop bite with a touch of citrus.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This makes a nice session ale and was fun to crack open on St. Patrick's Day.

03-19-2010 01:02:35 | More by zeff80
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

09-24-2012 08:00:40 | More by tdm168
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-25-2014 23:06:04 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-17-2014 00:27:41 | More by rorjets
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-16-2014 21:51:41 | More by Durandal_777
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-28-2013 01:19:18 | More by ZEB89
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St. Patrick's Best from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
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