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

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48 Reviews

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 64
Avg: 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:
Beer added by: cypressbob on 11-20-2004

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 64
Photo of BDIMike
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper colored clear ale. Little carbonation creates a thin white lace of head that sits at the top of the brew.
Smell is of a fruity tanin-like smell. Smells almost like a bad draft line.
Taste has a very chalky flat taste to it. Not very good at all.
Mouthfeel is medium thickness and also medium smoothness.
Drinkability is not good. There is a bland taste that makes me want to not finish the beer.

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Photo of Jayli
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Luke's in Rockland, MA
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 6/15

A: This beer pours a murky, dark copper color with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes to a creamy film that retains throughout and leaves streaks of creamy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rich in caramel malts with some grassy hops also present. Nose is rather muted though.

T: Taste starts with a sweet caramel malts presence. Middle has some oddly blended toasted malts and a bit of a citrusy hop. Finish is all grassy hops.

M: Light body, high carbonation, somewhat prickly on the back of the tongue, very thin almost watery body to it.

D: This is an ok beer, a bit thin, some odd blended flavoring. It is certainly sessionable ABV wise, but there are better representations of the style out there.

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Photo of horshack7
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: With about two fingers of a very frothy head that sticks around rather well. Beneath that is a clear brown with amber hues.

Aroma: Sweet brown bread notes. Malts have hints of caramel. The hops do let out a floral but it does have a little dryness in the nose.

Taste: Well it does have a nice sweetness to it. A very smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of floral hops in the tail end.

Notes: Well it's decently drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of shangwang
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes. served in a standard pint glass.

Started off with an unimpressive smell- I got a sour malty-yeasty scent. Clear amber color with light foaming. Watery light mouthfeel. Tastes of caramel and toffee, but a little on the salty side. Left a faint aftertaste of bread. Overall, smooth and easy to drink, but nothing I would go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four-finger pillowy cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is light hop and caramel. Flavor is light malt with a hop background. Brewed in Rochester, NY. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance- Poured from the bottle. Decent size head but disappates quickly. Nice golden amber color.

Smell- Had a decent roasty aroma with hints of floral hops and caramel. Not too much aroma though.

Taste- Similar to the aroma strong presence of toasty maltiness and caramel. Not too much bitterness as is normal with this style but had a nice floral hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation and medium body..

Overall- Overall this beer is ok. It's better than its brother Legbiter but again it's not a beer I'd go out of my way looking for. Not overly impressive. Just ho hum.

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

A: Light copper color with small white head that dissipates quickly. very little lacing.

S: Light aroma of bready malt, and faint hops.

T: Toasted malt, sourdough bread and bisquits. some light hops as well.

M: light to medium bodied, it's actually not as light as I thought it would be. Ample carbonation.

D: Even though this beer is bit mundane, it's still very drinkable. At 4.2% ABV (according to the bottle), these go down very easy. i could easily put down more than one at a time.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this 500ml bottle on 17.03.07 (yes, St Patrick's Day!), best by 17.11.07. ABV listed as 3.8%. I note from the label that it says "brewed in the EU for Strangford Lough".
Poured a red amber brew with a slight haze. Head shrank to a thin head, but remained on the body for the duration. No lacing.
Very little to stimulate the sense of smell; slight hops. The taste was a dull hop taste, with a freshness saving the brew making it a decent enough thirst quencher. Could be drank as a session beer (low alcohol) and nothing offensive, but could get a bit boring. Reasonable.

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Photo of bump8628
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a quick-rising head of off-white foam.

Mild dark fruit notes balanced by a floral hoppiness and softened by a light caramel character and a semi-sweet finish.

Nice flavors to be found in this bitter, but the above average carbonation makes it less pleasing than it should be.

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Photo of whynot44
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright copper color with a moderate white head that disappears quickly.

The aroma is mild caramel malt and grassy hops.

The flavor is grassy hops up front followed by a faint caramel and biscuit malt, finishing slightly dry and carbonic.

Light/medium bodied, very drinkable.

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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...

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Photo of ruppert2p
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a rich mahogany color topped with a head tan bubbles that settles quickly. The flavor kicks off with loads of biscuit malt followed by subtle hops. Warming alcohol notes linger. The mouthfeel is smooth, full, and round—not tongue coating but nicely comforting. A step up from Killians.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a brown-amber, clear body with an apathetic, ecru-colored head.

Smell: Toasty, biscuit-scented malts and hops smelling of earthy, sun-dried grasses, and a sweetish fruity dried fig background accent to it.

Taste: Thin tastes of toasted bread and biscuit tops, given a small pinch of brown sugar for a bit of sweetness. Sip of water. Lightly estery. Earthy, tea-like herbal hops with sufficient bitterness. Hint of grains. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation provides some slight tingle.

Overall: Simple, thin, easy-drinking stuff if that's what you're into these days.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  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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Photo of alleykatking
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hop, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and grain. Overall, a good blend and decent aroma.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.