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McGrath's Irish Blonde | Clanconnel Brewing Company

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McGrath's Irish BlondeMcGrath's Irish Blonde
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McGrath's Irish BlondeMcGrath's Irish Blonde

Brewed by:
Clanconnel Brewing Company
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of justme
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A delicious dinner beer. Mild but flavorful. Had in a nice Belfast restaurant. Nice and Belfast were not 2 words I ever expected to string together. Live and learn

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Photo of vinicole
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Highly effervescent. Bubbled over. Hazy straw.
Mild aroma of wheat, yeast and citrus fruit.
Flavour was an improved reflection of the smell. Dry finish.
Medium feel. OK for the price of 69p!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2017. Acquired a little while back from Home Bargains. The label mentions that this is recipe no. 2 and claims a zesty citrus aroma.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden colour with good carbonation and plentiful floating sediment. Yields a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of mild pale malt with hints of earthy yeast, faint grain and a whisper of stewed hops. Very subtle, though clean, dry and without flaws.

T: Tastes of very light malt with notes of earthy yeast, esters, mild grain and faint stewed hops. Bone dry, with a subdued bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, pale malt and faint stewed hops.

O: Kinda average, though well made. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are surprisingly bland and understated. Yeasty, with little hop character. Body is nice enough. No zesty citrus that I can discern. The beer is clean and seems well produced, but doesn't grab your attention. Drinkable and forgettable in equal measure - no need to seek it out.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from Home Bargains shop as a gift:
An interesting one from McGrath's here & a beer that opened quite fresh & lively with a nice combination of citrus & lemon flavours alongside some tart & funk that seemed slightly stronger with the nose than it was in the taste, although it was still noticeable with both. There was some pale malts & biscuit in there too, not to mention hints of sweetness down the stretch but I couldn't help but find it a fairly one-dimensional & average offering from the brewery which I probably wouldn't have again; it wasn't a bad beer by any stretch though, it's just there are plenty of better ones out there.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale straw colouration with fairly think head that has pretty low retention and leaves remarkably little lace in the glass.

Smell - Citrus hop predominate the aroma of this beer with light hints of oak wood and some very, very mild malt!

Taste - Very bitter and hoppy for a beer that chooses to put blond on its label over and above Pale Ale! There is little sweet malt here and the flavour is dominated by the citrus hop with light oak and wood hop.

MF - Medium body as best and I dare to say this rides closer to the thin than the full. This beer is drying and has a long linger.

Overall - Not the best balanced beer I have ever had in the style but pretty good overall. The main problem I have with this one is the fact it calls itself an Irish Blond when it is clearly an English Pale Ale. But that aside it is fairly decent...

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Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

McGrath's Irish Blonde from Clanconnel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 6 ratings