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McGrath's Irish Pale Ale (No. 3) | Clanconnel Brewing Company

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McGrath's Irish Pale Ale (No. 3)McGrath's Irish Pale Ale (No. 3)

Brewed by:
Clanconnel Brewing Company
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2017. Purchased a little while back from B&M. The label calls it an Irish pale ale.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy amber colour with moderate carbonation and plentiful suspended sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of subtle caramel, husks, earthy yeast, leafiness, mild hay and faint floral notes. Quite subdued but pleasantly balanced.

T: Tastes of crisp bittering hops with notes of leafiness, subtle herbs, peppery hints, hay, stewed hops, grainy malt, mild caramel, husks and earthy yeast. The hop character is decidedly more pronounced here than in the aroma. Slightly sweet, followed by a balanced bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Aftertaste of bitter leafy hops, grass/hay, grainy malt and earthy yeast.

O: Quite nice, though not as hoppy as it might be. Looks alright, while the aroma is a subtle grainy affair and the flavour is more hop-driven. Nice body. The hop character comes across as English hops with some decent bittering hops thrown in. Balanced and drinkable; worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head
Citrus aroma. Restrained but there
Aspirin, bicarb and slightly lemon flavour
Okay body

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light pale ale from Craigavon in N. Ireland

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle. The look was nothing special with a clear amber colour. The aroma was a bit faint with citrus-hops, floral notes, and light malts. The beer was lighter than expected, floral, hop-forward, and crisp. Not overpowering and well balances.

Would I buy it again? Definitely.

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Photo of SavageHopHead
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze with loose fluffy off white head that trails. Sour grain and crusty bread dominate the nose, with only mild grapefruit rind half buried.
Baguette crust and dried apricots before cedar shavings and orange peel for hops.
A bit of nectarine and Lemonhedz on the finish and a long astringent bitter linger. Medium to light, crisp, dry, only slight chew.

Part of Clanconnel's relaunched range.

Mismatch here between nose and flavour - smells pure English, with nearly no hops at all, but crushes with surprising IBUs given the strength and origin. Could definite use more aroma hops; won't ever be mistaken for a Blonde, though there is slight MO butter underneath somewhere.

I could see it being a summer quencher, and also being shipped to the US, which I think is what Clanconnel is all about.

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McGrath's Irish Pale Ale (No. 3) from Clanconnel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 8 ratings