Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
4.33/5 rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: A heavy pour at a 45-degree angle yields a head with minimal foaminess; about 3/4 a finger tall. Heavy carbonation is visible through the glass as the lager is a bronze/sunlight yellow color. Head never completely recedes, which is nice because each sip retains just a touch of the creaminess. Does just what it's supposed to in my book.
Smell: Very interesting! The first thing I notice is a bright, citrus-type smell. Perhaps lemon zest or orange peel. Very low yeastiness, tasty hop scent. Above average for a pale lager.
Taste: Does not disappoint. The citrus flavor is still the most outstanding one, followed closely by the near-perfectly balanced hops. Perhaps just a *touch* of cinnamon or nutmeg thrown in for good measure. A much better tasting beer than its partner-in-crime, Guinness.
Mouthfeel: Just as it claims to be, it is crisp and refreshing. Light on the tongue, the flavor sits gently and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. Rinses clean with a sip of water or a bite of chicken, turkey or pork.
Drinkability: I would pair this beer up with just about any medium-flavor entreé. It goes down smooth and is easily followed by another of its six-pack-mates. Doesn't get rough as some lagers do after a few sips, this one is (as Teddy Roosevelt said) "Good to the last drop!"
Guinness isn't a bad brew, but Harp is more commercially accessible. It's not an overwhelming smack-you-in-the-face hopped-up brewski, but at the same time it is definitely not your average run-of-the-mill mass-produced swill-water. For what it's supposed to be, it's nearly dead-on. I like it and would recommend it to a friend.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2010 02:36:38 | More by Lauthaha
More User Reviews:
3.08/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a clear light gold and leaves decent lacing. Head ain't bad, quick fade. Smell is ok. Some malt and grassy notes. A bit of earth and pepper. Taste is mild malt sweetness. Earth and grass hops. Clean finish with an light tang. Feel is thin and watery with mild and smooth carbonation. Overall a shadow of what is was twenty years or so ago. Sigh.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 05:07:49 | More by scootny
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.