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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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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 tone77
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a small head. Smell is primarily of malts. Taste is of malts with some hops, balanced but not overly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, looks almost exactly the same as their Best ale.

Smells kind of alcoholic for 4.8% abv. It has a sharp hoppy fruitiness with slight caramel and other muddled malt aromas.

Light flavors and body, generic, sweet, semi-dark malts with a light, fruity hoppiness late. Neither offensive, nor desirable.

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Photo of whynot44
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper/amber color with a substantial tan head that slowly disipates to just a skin but manages some thin lacing all the way down.

The aroma is caramel malt with notes of apple, citrus, fresh cut grass and honey.

The taste is biscuity with caramel, apples and grassy, citrus hops, especially toward the finish.

Light/medium bodied, fairly smooth and easily drinkable.
My bottle was marked brewed and bottled in Rochester, NY rather than Northern Ireland as indicated in previous reviews, and was also darker in color and somewhat maltier than described, although still a decent brew.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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 mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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 francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
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 cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
3.45 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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