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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) | website

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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.

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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 baos
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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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Photo of BDIMike
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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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 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 alleykatking
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 erosier
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied light tan colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass as it settles.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some slight caramel and citrus notes going into earthy and floral hop aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, slight caramel and then a big bitter finish that wasn't as hoppy as I was expecting from the nose.
M: Dry, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, especially for a beer this low in alcohol.

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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 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 ThreeDimesDown
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle 3/13/2010

Upon pour, the St Patrick's Best is a clear amber color producing a nice, white head. Carbonation is just right for the style of brew.

Limited hop aroma and taste. The dominate aroma and taste is a caramel maltiness with hints of fruit. Not at all overwhelming and actually drops off quickly leaving a carbonic remnant.

Overall, crisp and clean without any strong or heavy flavors/aromas.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color. Has a large, frothy head which dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smell sweet and malty with hints of fruitiness. Slight hints of grassy hops as well but they are very faint.

Taste: Starts bitter with grassy hops. Develops into a sweet, malty, slightly fruity flavor. Finishes sweet and leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A decent beer but nothing special. This one is highly drinkable but a bit lacking in flavor. There's nothing exactly "wrong" with it but it's not something I'd go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour with a small, white head.

Soft, sweet malt nose with a tea leafiness, and a little chocolate and fruity English yeast.

Tea character comes across in the taste, especially when it warms. Malty and lower in alcohol, pretty straightforward, not bad though.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Brooklyn Brewery tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Copper color with a very large off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt aromas- candy and caramel mostly. Some herbal notes and hints of grain.

Taste: Buttery malts throughout, finishing with herbal flavors and hints of apple.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body, with light carbonation and smooth overall.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular. An English Bitter? Certainly not.

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Photo of whynot44
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright copper color with a moderate white head that disappears quickly.

The aroma is mild caramel malt and grassy hops.

The flavor is grassy hops up front followed by a faint caramel and biscuit malt, finishing slightly dry and carbonic.

Light/medium bodied, very drinkable.

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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 JMD
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper color with small white head that dissipates quickly. very little lacing.

S: Light aroma of bready malt, and faint hops.

T: Toasted malt, sourdough bread and bisquits. some light hops as well.

M: light to medium bodied, it's actually not as light as I thought it would be. Ample carbonation.

D: Even though this beer is bit mundane, it's still very drinkable. At 4.2% ABV (according to the bottle), these go down very easy. i could easily put down more than one at a time.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this 500ml bottle on 17.03.07 (yes, St Patrick's Day!), best by 17.11.07. ABV listed as 3.8%. I note from the label that it says "brewed in the EU for Strangford Lough".
Poured a red amber brew with a slight haze. Head shrank to a thin head, but remained on the body for the duration. No lacing.
Very little to stimulate the sense of smell; slight hops. The taste was a dull hop taste, with a freshness saving the brew making it a decent enough thirst quencher. Could be drank as a session beer (low alcohol) and nothing offensive, but could get a bit boring. Reasonable.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a medium amber body, very little head, almost no retention, disappears straight away

Smell, grassy hints, earthy aromas, some hops present

Taste, dry and grassy, quite fresh tasting, malt presence in the background, slight hint of farmyard on the finish and towards to the end of the glass, this really is alot like a cask beer, very little carbonation

A good little session beer

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