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

64 Ratings
St. Patrick's BestSt. Patrick's Best

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

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

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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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