Ireland Parish Brand Golden Ale | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Ireland Parish Brand Golden AleIreland Parish Brand Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by B967ierhunter177:
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, bold gold color with a thin head and lasting lace. It's aroma is of lemons, pine, and some hay. The flavor has notes of lemon, grapefruit, and honey with a mild hop bitterness in the finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Paper City Ireland Parish Brand Golden Ale is a good beer, crisp and refreshing. Recommended.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, best purchased by May (?07). A hazy orange color with a small head. It had a sweet, grainy aroma. Similar taste, with some late hops. Medium bodied, and refreshing. A pleasant beer to drink, one to have on a hot summer day. I would definitely try this again

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Photo of Todd
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange/gold with large carbonation and a thin unimpressive head. Aroma is apple-y, with a malty caramel and fresh grain background.

Sharp initially, with lively carbonation and a citrusy bitterness. Quite crisp, too. Medium bodied with an ample malt flavour that is not too sweet, but full with hints of diacetyl (buttery), toasted and bready. Fruity apple flavours are dominant. Finish goes a bit dry, with grain residuals on the palate and an apple skin feel.

A pleasant Golden Ale. Nicely balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a best if served by date on the back label with a breid blrub about the beer also.

Appearance: Rich medium golden color with a bright clarity, big fluffy cloud-like white lace floats on top.

Smell: Slight cookie malt sweetness, trace amount of buttery diacetyl in the nose is in sync with the rest of the aromas of sweet malt.

Taste: A delicious palate of sweet biscuity grain that is evened off by a subtle hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a crisp yet delicate carbonation and mouth feel. Light ale-like fruitiness. A tad thin on the malt as soon as the dryness hits. Ghost like buttery diacetyl dances on the tongue and a mouthful of grain lingers into the finish.

Notes: A "middle of the road" ale, very well balanced to make for a decent session brew anytime of the year.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey color with a small-bubbled off-white head that settles quickly, but leaves small bits of lace. Sweet aroma, primarily of cinnamon and some light malt. Fresh flavor, just a bit on the sweet side. Light malts, plus some apple and pear, and a small florish of hops in the finish. A mild tasting ale, but very tasty, and easy drinking. Good session beer or a match for light foods.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear golden color with a large foamy white head. The smell has a slight hop aroma,but it is very weak. The taste has some malt and hops.but little else.
There is a fruit presence,apple?. The m/f is light,but the flavors don't really mix well and the aftertaste is metalic. This beer is really,to be kind, not up to snuff.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice yellow golden color. Good head too. The carbonation was good, not overwhelming. I enjoyed the taste, with a bready tinge to it. Truely refreshing, kind of high class lawn mower beer. I will be on the lookout for this beer closer to home, Holyoke is just a bit too far..

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of philbe311
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful pour with vigorous carbonation... Three fingers worth of chunky fades to two fingers worth, but then shows excellent retention... Pale straw color with orangish amber highlighting... Completely translucent... Still with no visible carbonation which is surprising given the pour... Good stickiness is displayed on the sides of the glass...

S - Sweet malts... Mandarin oranges... Almonds... Butter... Toffee... Caramel.... Faint hint of spiciness... A very thin layer of hoppy bitterness...

T - Biscuit... Malt... Hint of citrus... Slight European hop profile...

M - Slight tongue of carbonation on the tongue... Crisp and refreshing... A hint of creaminess... Slightly bitter aftertaste... The finish is a bit dry...

D - Very average all the way around... Quite sessionable...

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Photo of fitzy84
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a dark gold look with a frothy head and some good lacing. Aromas have a good floral hint to the generally hoppy and malty flavoring. Taste has a slightly bitter-sour balance mainly through a grassy, malty mix. Mouthfeel is a pretty flat but allowed a slightly refreshing watery lightness. Overall, not bad from Paper City.

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Photo of Murph
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy drak golden color with a decent white head that leaves a decent lace. Smell is fairly strong toasted malt with just about no hops present at all. The brew starts off with a bland malty sweetness that is nicely creamy but it lacks the crisp refreshing qualities of a typical golden ale. The lack of crispness puts this somewhat far down on my list of golden ales. This seems to be a somewhat persistent problem with this brewery as I seem to have gotten some pretty inconsistent products from them. When they are good they are great but they seem to bland about 1/4 to 1/3 of the time even when it is a brew that I have had before. The freshness date on this one says Aug. so I don't know if that is supposed to mean it should be consumed by this month or if it was brewed last august or what, a year would be very helpful.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had this beer,I swear it didnt have the aroma or taste it has now.Its actually better now.

Sorda cloudy orange/yellow body with a small white head that fell fast.

Notes of cascade hops.Has a flowerly smell to it.

Hoppy upfront but not much,then the malts kick in.

Carbonation is ehhh,not what I like to feel.

Not a bad beer but I wont be looking for this again anytime soon.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paper City will wow me one of these days.

Best If Served By: 11.30.09(That's quite generous)

Pint glass pour. Clear light honey brown body, pasty off-white head.

Smell is of dough, boiled vegetables, & eek... margarine.

Taste is light on the butter thankfully. Well, as long as it stays cold. Anyway, plain white bread sweetness, decent herbal bitterness that lingers, husky grain as it ends, along with a little tin.

Watery flavor, soupy/muddled feel. Decent carbonation. There is a little slickness as it runs down.

A combination of being slightly unappetizing & just plain boring. I feel sorry for it.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz'er. Nice old fashioned label design. The back label is upside down, and the white rectangle reserved for the Best If Served By date is blank.

Pours a copper hue, with a nice fluffy head about a finger thick. There's a healthy nose of spicy hops and bread.

In drinking, a nice malt-hop balance is found. Neither one overpowers the other. Sourdough breadiness complimented perfectly by subtle hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers softly along with a note of toasted grain.

Slightly dry mouthfeel. Very sessionable too.

Sometimes less is more.

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Photo of erosier
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head with some lacing on the sides of the glass. It smelled of nice light roasted malts and some hoppy aromas as well. The taste delivers just this which makes it a pretty good english pale ale. It has a nice light roasted malt base that is sweet and the hop flavors build on top and balance the beer out very well. I like it, it's pretty tasty and has a nice mouthfeel. Nice carbonation levels and it is a very drinkable beer because it is not overpowering in any one area, just balanced very well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paper city variety pack. Beer 3 of 4.
A - Dark amber hue along with little head and lacing.
S - Mostly bready malt and very faint citrus. Mostly bitter malt smell.
T - Very smooth hoppy earthiness along side of slight bread backbone. Pretty ok.
M - Light yet harsh. Must be from age.
D - Well the "best if served by 3/30/09" stares me in the face to make me think I was both wronged and that it would taste better fresh. Maybe some day.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear golden yellow with a two finger, fizzy white head that dies down pretty quickly. The beer leaves pretty heavy lacing behind as I drink it. Smells of piney hops and pale malts. The balance is good, not complex at all but very solid. I can see where this one is going, not what I expected either. Taste is nice. A very solid backbone of both hops and pale malts. Both of them can be tasted pretty much equally. The hops are mostly piney and some citrus in there too. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied with some decent creaminess, no alcohol warming and a nice bitter coating on the tongue. The carbonation is medium and perfectly suits the style of beer. Drinkability is also great for this one, probably one of the better session beers I have had in a long time. The taste is good, the price is good for the quality of this beer, the hops will keep this from ultimate drinkability because they start to take over after a while. I really wouldn't mind buying this the next time I need a session beer.

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Photo of BWH3
2.11/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Week 1 of Beer Season at the Grey Lodge Pub began with this ale in our cross hairs. I was skeptical from the beginning. The name gave me quite a misdirection. Is it an Irish ale, is it a English ale as advertised, or is it a golden ale (i.e. Belgian ale). Well one wiff cleared that up --- none of the above.

A: pours golden yellow with thin head. Head fades faster than any english draft should. Unfortunately, the looks are as good as it gets for this one.

S: earthy and mineral like hops bitterness. Strong and pungent and overpowers all else in an offensive manner. Need to tone this one down a bit or change the hops variety to a more pleasant aroma.

T: Well this adds a wheat like grassy taste and sharpness to the beer. This is followed by an metallic/mineral bitterness that lasts and lasts. The flavor is not deep enough or is it representative of english ales. The bitterness is far in excess of the malt body.

M: Fine low medium bodied beer, poor head retention, appropriately on the still side. Overall, not enough to make up for previous errors.

D: If I have not expressed my opinion already -- don't bother

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing back a bottle of this brew for me from New England:
Best by date unclear, but '08 as year is pretty clear:

Pours bright golden with a thin white lasting head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of grainy malt with a light citric fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet grain well-balanced by citric bitterness. Malt-accented, but with a nice hop support. Medium-bodied with a buttery slickness. Good carbonation level. Refreshing.

An easy, well-balanced "session" brew. Very drinkable. Modest, but pleasant.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Heads holds nicely, with ample frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly hoppy, with pale malt sweetness apparent as well. Taste is very well-balanced, hops and pale malts both making their presence known, but in the end their flavors play off each other. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is very nice. This is one to buy in a sixer.

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Photo of iceball585
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden color, slightly cloudy, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered slowly, some tiny bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrusy, earthy, herbal, light hops

T- Sweet, buttery, toasted malts, bready, grains, decent amount of apple flavor

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, semi-dry finish

D- Worth buying again

I would consider this a pretty decent EPA. Good flavor but a little bit sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Thads324
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a clear yellow with a big white fizzy head. Dissipates moderately and with a popping sound.

S : smells of sweet bread and a finish of candied sugar. An underlying musty/earthy hop aroma.

T : starts sweet and malty. A touch of bread and an almost corn-like flavor. A bit of earthy hops come in around the middle of the profile with a nice bitterness and a hint of citrus hop towards the end.

M : crisp and smooth. A good full flavor that doesn't miss much. easy to drink. A nice little beer

A pretty nice sessionable beer. Flavorful and easy to drink

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Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. I am wondering if this is the same beer with other reviewers mentioning cloudy. Light carbonation and light bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is some honey, some hops not much of anything. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of billybob
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden color with just over a finger head and a fair amount of lace that sticks and holds well. slight fruit smell with a spicy hop nose. dry biscuit/bready malt taste with a dry crisp carbonation and medium body ending with a strong hop note and a cloying after taste. this beer is a pass for me i just did not care for the taste.

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Photo of currysage1
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much darker in color than expected, almost like apple juice, with a head to it that is.

Smell is of hoppy light grains, some dried grass. '

Taste is raisins, good hop presense, grain and a lingering slightly sweet syrupy taste.

Somewhat heavier and more hopped than I think of most EPA's. Certainly more carbonation than normal. Still a good brew off the tap, not as good though out of the bottle.

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Ireland Parish Brand Golden Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 55 ratings