Legbiter | Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-12-2004

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark golden, with some little floaties in there and a big white head of foam. Aromas are fresh, raw, citrus hops, with some light bready malts in the background. Taste is very hoppy up front, and almost reminiscent of SNPA, wow, this stuff is from Northern Ireland?! The middle is lightly biscuit-like and the finish is all hop oil, and zesty citrus dryness. Small, Irisih hop burps ensue. This is like a west coast pale ale pumped up with goldings instead of cascades....Nice. Mouthfeel is creamy and cask-like in it's real ale qualities and the drinkability is very good. Is this stuff bottle conditioned? Wow, almost like a great SNPA clone made in Northern Ireland. One of the beer worlds little suprises. Only two reviews for this stuff, people get a hold of this brew and rate it! Thanks again Bob, you are truly owed some good things to this one!

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Photo of FriedGold2112
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy light amber, golden body, hazy body with a fairly foamy head, slight retention

Smell, aromas of lavender, nice hop bitterness

Taste, dry and full of hops, might be goldings that are coming through, slight malt profile in the background, slight hop oil finish

A great hoppy ale, full of hoppy flavour, i'm in two minds though about whether its english or american as far as the style goes, almost somewhere in between, give it a try, its a raw brew

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, mahogany color with nice pale kahki colored head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is of freshly backed bread with hints of light pear, toffee, cream, cotton candy and honey. Taste begins with a sweet honey and biscuity like flavor then moving into the sweet, watery pear taste. Hints of cotton candy (any sugar added?) and finally the sweetness mellows and taste is somewhat toffee like. Nice, creamy, real ale body, good carbonation for the style. Overall a plesent suprise... would never have picked this out on my own but the owner of a local irish establishment picked out a bottle fo rus to try. A nice find and one i would revisit.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy two finger head, with lace that runs from the top on my mug clear to the bottom. Color is a 27 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is complex with fragrances of toffee, dark roasted coffee, carmeal, molasses, malt, and roasted wheat. Taste is slightly on the woody side, like chewing on a branch of oak. There are flavors of molasses, toffee, dark coffee, unsweetened chocolate, butter, grapefruit, and malt. Full mouthfeel, creamy, tart, zingy, a little coating on the sides of my tongue. Good flavored ale with lots of depth, every sip reveals something new. Good beer to sip while watching the sun set after a good day.

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Photo of CadensDad
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BrettMc
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jail House Brewery tumbler. The appearance was of a deep copper or amber, with a bubbly thick one inch head with good lacing throughout. It smelled of caramel and a slight hoppiness. The mouthfeel was thin in body with low carbonation. The taste had hop bitterness up-front that transited to a light, clean watery flavor, with a biscuity aftertaste.

The light body, moderate ABV, and refreshing feel make this a very drinkable beer with high "poundability."

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Photo of mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden straw / yellow colour... Slightly off white head pours very big and foamy and lasts for quite a while... Quite a lot of fizzy carbonation rushes to the surface initially then fades to light stream... some quite thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice fruity / floral hops, grassy, notes of grapefruits, lemons, pineapples and apples, light biscuity malts, honey notes, some nuttiness...

Taste – Strong peppery hop bitterness, nice biscuity malts, some light spicy fruits (grapefruits and apples mostly), grassy, no real sweetness, light dustiness, some salty notes...

Feel - Very sharp and dry. Light to medium body... Pretty refreshing...

Overall - A very good pale ale from one of Northern Irelands few microbreweries... Recommended...

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml dark brown bottle. Freshness date on side of label.
Note: This beer displayed some over-exuberance upon being released from its captive bottle. A slow, steady bubbly foam arose for about 20 seconds; when we decided to slooowly pour it into pint glasses before we lost any more goodness.
It poured a coppery golden color with a nice, thick off-white head with lots of sticky and trailing lace.
A full fruity smell is noticed before the pour is complete. Apples come to mind. Light citrus notes, a slight flowery bouquet and grassy malty aromas follow. The aroma lasts and lasts.
The flavor however doesn't quite live up to the expectations created by that promising aroma. The fruity taste is quite subdued. A citrusy bitterness mingles with a tart, slightly astringent black tea bite. A mildly bitter lemon rind sourness and an edgy yeasty, cidery taste emerge. A biscuity malt is too far in the background.
I had this on cask at NERAX a few years back, and thought I had already rated this beer by that serving type, but I guess I never entered it into BA. However, I do remember it being far mellower and smoothly balanced than this bottled version. All in all, it's a very gulpable brew. Quite refreshing! CypressBob came through...BIG TIME! More unique Irish Ale reviews are coming! Thanks John!

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a dark brown with some clarity but not truly transparent. It has a frothy head with mild retention and low lacing. By far the best thing this beer has going for it is a truly amazing malty aroma that does not dissapoint. If only the taste delivered the same punch. It has a mild malt taste and is followed by a metallic finish. This could be due to being Ina bottle so I would try again on draft but it did let me down. The body is kind of weak with decent carbonation. I would buy again if the price was right but it didn't strike me as awesome.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer I've had from Northern Ireland in over 15 years...

Pours an effervescent copper with 1 finger+ of tan head. Average head retention * lacing

S: Orchard fruit & leafy/tobacco hops

T: Mirrors the nose, plus plums, raisins & leafy hops up front. More of the same as this warms, plus some dryness & hints of butterscotch, but in a good way. Finishes dry with figs, dates & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance

Easy drinking BPA, won't knock the socks off of hops heads, but pretty sessionable all in all

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brownish red with a nice creamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a small ring and some lacing.

S & T- A fine, sweet caramel malt aroma and flavor. A touch of earthy hops and hints of baked bisquits. Aroma and taste match, except for the bitter-sweet dimension, with the taste being more balanced at first, and mildly bitter in the finish.
More alcohol than there should be in the aroma after warming.

T- Initially sweet and then an unsweetened caramel taste finished with a little bit of hop bitters

M- medium body; good, medium-light carbonation. Slight dryness.

O- A fine ale that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Recommended.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottled brew shows a clear mahogany color with a decent off-white head and lacing to match. The aroma offers just a hint of citrus hop and toffee sort of sweetness. The flavor jumps out with more hops but blended very nicely with the toffee-caramel sweetness that results in a very pleasant red ale sort of idea. Very drinkable but offering a reasonable dry hop sense, a smooth feel with a medium body, fair carbonation. Just a very pleasant beer overall and more substantial than anticipated. Definitely in the Irish family of Killians only with a more legitimate hop element and better constitution. Recommended for a try if you like this style at all, and generally a brew that should offend few.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice caramel and copper amber color with great bubbling and an ok head.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee with just a pinch of oarnge zest.

The taste starts malty, toffee sweet. Then slowly a little earhen and citric hops mellow out the malt sweetness. The finis stays toasted and a little sweet, but not so much to make the beer unsessionable.

Very clean, smooth, and sweet palate. This is the kind of session ale I would smile a little after each sip.

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Photo of jizdepski
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into warmish pint. nice golden brown color, some coppery edges. light tan head, nice lacey collar. smells dont jump out at you, but are pleasantly subdued. notes of must, hops, honey biscuits and malted barley. i like the flavors here, though im not really a goldings hops fan, i enjoy them here. its a very mild, classic tasting english pale. the hops do just enough bittering to balance out the honey like sweetness of the malts. is a bit one-note, but thats to be expected. sweet front to back with moderate hops pecking in and out. has a medium bodied feel with very light carbonation. quite smooth. i find it high on drinkability, and quite tasty and refreshing. pleasant surprise.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a thin but persistent off-white head.

All the requisite flavors are here: bready malt, light caramel, a bit of toffee, light fruit, and an herbal hop bitterness.

Pretty much right down the middle for the style. Perhaps slightly less roasty than most.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a clear copper color with an off white, near tan head that stands big and tall for quite a while. the aroma is full of citrusy noble hops and biscuit malt, very nice. the taste also boasts of the sweet bready malts up front finishing with a nice citrus and bitter hop profile. the medium mouthfeel and good co2 make this a very enjoyable english pale ale, however, the sixteen ounce bottle it came in states that it was brewed in rochester... odd.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with a thick off-white head that dissipates but lingers, adding some nice lacing.

Aromas of bready malts with hints of hops and fruit (apples and pears).

Taste is consistent with light hops and fruit up front, ending with caramel and bready maltiness. A refreshing beer balanced with the carbonation you would expect from this style.

A nice drinking beer, leaving you wanting another.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight pale malt, and slight pale hop. Overall, better than average EPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a Brew only a few years old, of Northern Ireland, 2004. I brought this beer into my Store, Wines Unlimited, where I am the beer manager. Strangford Lough was just recently introduced into the USA, first through CT and RI. The Import owner, Michael Bean owns the rights to both states. Strangford is soon to release in 20 states. Michael Bean, president of the Import Franchise here in CT, brought me some samples, which I liked. The Legbiter, and the St. Patrick's Best. He is hosting a Tasting in our store on March 12th (Friday) 2010, 5pm to 9pm.

As for this Beer, the Legbiter:

Very refreshing, smooth, medium bodied. Good taste. Pours a nice amber color, with decent head, good retention and a bouquet of aromas are present. The aromas are very fruity, citrus, lavender, floral, some grassy notes, and honey. The taste is strong on the hops, notes of spicy fruits, sweet & salty notes, apples... and some subtle citrus.

This is a good beer, and a really good surprise from an Ireland Micro brew, I highly recommend this beer. Not as main stream as Guinness, but can compete with the market if marketed well.

Cheers, for good beer.

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Photo of climax
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Legbiter poured a dark brown with ruby red highlights. The clarity was excellent, as well as the head. It faded slowly leaving a wall of foam around the edges.

The nose was hop heavy up front, but the intensity faded after the initial waft. What remained was a somewhat tinny variety of noble hops, citrus, with a dash of ripened fruit and diacetyl.

The first thing evident in the flavor was the buttery character. It was warming, and definitely sharp. Sweet caramel and toffee, wheat bread, and dark sugars made up a deep sweet taste.

The feel was very creamy with mild carbonation. The last bit went down foamy, and the finish was filmy and mouthwatering.

Bold and sweet, this one is a good sipper. The nose leaves some to be desired, otherwise a very good beer.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spotted this in the nick of time before making the mistake of ordering a $4 rail mixer. Glad I found it.

This beer really confused me at first, because I was expecting a light colored ale. Only when I looked at the style on this site did it make any sense.

Poured a semi-translucent brown, head disappeared quickly, but again, a plastic cup didn't do any favors there.

Smell was what really threw me off. I had no idea what I was getting into. It smelled like the opposite of an APA -- that is to say that Legbiter was slightly heavier on malt than the hops.

Taste was much the same, with an earthen malt flavor, backed up by a disappointingly low amount of bitterness. Hop presence was still there, but more would've been excellent.

In my mind, this doesn't quite stack up to SNPA in terms of flavor, but it's definitely the more easy going of the two. More of a session beer in my opinion due to the slightly relaxed flavor.

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Photo of DKight
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

Pours brown, has a light head, and a nice lacing.

has the taste of many types of beers. It wants to be heavy and thick but has the drink-ability of a lighter ale. A lot of carmely tastes come in to play, as well as the right amount of carmel and malty-ness. Overall it is an alright beer, I would drink it again.... if it were given to me. I would not go out and buy this beer. Better than some of the ales I have tried, but over all a mediocre beer.

Also it has a low ABV. boo

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brownish red with some chill haze and a big off-white head. Some lace.

Some caramel, toffee, butter, and toasted malt.

Some burnt sugars and caramel up front, with some toffee, a little cocoa. Sweetness is balanced well with bitter, and the bitter is not overbearing. Some over browned toasted bread. A little butter and maltiness in the end. Finishes a bit dry.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Overall, very decent brew. Nice combination of flavors make this enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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