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

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St. Patrick's BestSt. Patrick's Best
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cypressbob on 11-20-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
64
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 64
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has light to moderate aromas of toasted malts along with herbal hops and some hints of grassy hops.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with hints of caramel, toffee and sweetness. This transitions to flavors of earthy yeast and herbal hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation, making it seem a little airy. The earthiness contributes a little dryness towards the finish.
O: For a rather light-bodied ale, this beer is packed with lots of flavors. It's extremely easy to drink, which makes this perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a massive ecru head that settles in on top of the clear auburn liquid, leaving plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Buttered toast and toffee with an earthy, woodsy character

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a bit of butter edging in before the earthy, woodsy hops add balance; really quite rustic tasting, with a touch of tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the name, I wasn't quite expecting a Bitter and though this isn't a standard Bitter, I rather enjoyed its unusual flavors, diacetyl and all

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow, this is dark for an English bitter. Darker than most ESBs. It had a small, tan head of foam that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and grasses

T - This one had a nice caramel taste with a good deal of biscuity malts. There was a nice bitter hop bite with a touch of citrus.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This makes a nice session ale and was fun to crack open on St. Patrick's Day.

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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 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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 dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: LIght aromas of toasted bready malts with some toffee sweetness and a light amounts of earthy grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are alight flavors of toasted bready malts with just a very slight hint of toffee sweetness. That is followed by a light amount of grassy and earthy hop flavors. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Enjoyable and very easy to drink, easily sessionable and exactly what I would find in a proper pub.

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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 tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with amber around the edges; huge, thick, foamy, brownish head that has good retention

S - huge caramel aroma with some juicy, fruity baked apple notes

T - mildly bitter, light sweetness, burnt caramel, baked apples

M - medium bodied, light but well carbonated

This is a decent ale. If the caramel and malt were a little more forward this would really be a good beer. As it is it's solid and highly drinkable. I'm not sure I'll buy this again beause this isn't a style I buy often, but I'm glad I tried it once.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first English Bitter and I was not disappointed. I am a big fan of Fuller's ESB and I guess I judge all bitters to that standard. But since this beer is classified as just a bitter and not an ESB I need to rethink my perception of what this beer should be. It has hops but not to the extreme. It has flavor, good aroma, and tastes good. I am happy to have drunk my first bitter.St Patrick Rules!

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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 GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, this beer is beautiful. A vibrant, crisp, blood-ruby coloring with a slight ring of filmy, off-white head around the edge of the surface. Aromas of toffee richness and a tangy sweetness blend together for a subtle nose. Flavors are bitter forward and all over the tongue, with a subtle, rich toffee backbone that peaks its head around the corner every once in a while to keep things on an even keel. The richness almost has a syrupy quality to its flavor. A light bodied beer, this feels heavier with the richness of the flavors, but somewhat sharp with the carbonation and bitterness. A bittersweet aftertaste, with some roastiness to it. The beer has an almost smokey, light, and crisp finish. Tasty brew.

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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 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 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 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 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 tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, brown in color, clear

Smell: fresh meadow candle, foresty florals, caramel

Taste: toasted malt, earth, foresty florals

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. The aromatics alone made me feel like I was drinking an ale in a nice meadow. This is a very floral--not overly hopped, and malty beer. Not the most complex but very good.

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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 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.

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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

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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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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St. Patrick's Best from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
3.56 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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