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

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BA SCORE
82
good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 63
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 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.

Dodo2step, Jul 13, 2011
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.

oberon, Jul 10, 2011
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.

puboflyons, Jul 07, 2011
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.

matjack85, Jun 06, 2011
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.

ruppert2p, May 05, 2011
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.

merlin48, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of shangwang
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

shangwang, Mar 25, 2011
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

RonaldTheriot, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown, with copper highlights when held up to the light. Thin tan head that clings to the glass. A hint of butter in the aroma, with some figs as well. Taste is vinous, oaky, and earthy flavors to start, with a wheat bread flavored middle, and a tea-like herbal grassy finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is slightly high for the style. Drinkability is very good, the low alcohol and nice flavors make this a nice drinker for sure.

tronester, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wattsox, Feb 04, 2011
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 16, 2010
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

rhoadsrage, Aug 31, 2010
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.

bump8628, Aug 09, 2010
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.

horshack7, Aug 02, 2010
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...

russpowell, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of baos
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Doug!

Twelve ounce bottle into Mason jar.

A: Nice amber body with ruby highlights atop this is a two finger ecru head that dwindles down to a nice sheen. Decent lacing bit here and there.

S: Light American hops and caramel malts.

T: Nice and malty with a grassy hop flavor that end with a nice oak sappy bitterness.

M: Light body on this one but its good for the style.

D: Nice bitter brew that keeps you wanting more.

baos, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Jayli
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Jayli, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of BDIMike
2.28/5  rDev -36%
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.

BDIMike, May 28, 2010
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.

biggred1, May 19, 2010
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Beerbuddha, May 13, 2010
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.

Tone, May 03, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 10, 2010
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.

alleykatking, Apr 07, 2010
St. Patrick's Best from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.