Belfast Ale | Whitewater Brewing Co

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Belfast AleBelfast Ale

Brewed by:
Whitewater Brewing Co
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark amber ale with a wonderful rich malt flavour and earthy aroma, brewed with three different hop varieties creating a distinctive bitterness and smooth finish.

Whitewater Brewery nestles in the heart of Ireland's famous Mountains of Mourne and handcrafts beers without compromise using natural ingredients.

Brewing since 1996 with water from the Mourne Mountains, yeast from the old Belfast Brewery.

Added by Boto on 03-07-2004

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of DrBass
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalsnota
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WalkerHater
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +9%

On Tapp.

Appearance – Deep amber towards red even with a finger high white head of large bubbles. The head dies quickly to think lacing within 2-4 minutes.

Smell – Smells of Armagh apples and bakery, almost like an apple tart. Slight hint of earthy hops and sweet caramel.

Taste – Pretty much follows the smell. Definite apple fruitiness, earthy hops so there is almost a woody/nutty flavour riding through it. Good sweet biscuit and caramel flavour so it is all nicely balanced and a riot of flavour

Mouthfeel – Thin in the mouth owing to its smaller head, good carbonation for the style. Dry and a slight astringency from the sour apples nip at the back end.

Overall – A cracking beer. The fresh ingredients from the kingdom of Mourne make this a very fresh feeling drink. Good for a night out, I must confess to having more than a few on the first time I tried this it is a very good example of the style and certainly a good ambassador for Northern Irish craft brewing.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and part of a big order from beers of Europe to celebrate my 40th birthday
Whitewater’s most popular brew this aromatic russet ale is brewed with the addition of Torrified wheat and roasted barley. Rich fruitiness is followed by a gentle hop flavour leading to its smooth succulent finish.

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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Oct. 2013, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: copper in colour, pretty clear, coming with a thin, fast dissipating white foam and faint carbonation; looking a bit flat, really.
S: lightly caramely and sweet nutty-malty upfront, with a whiff of fruity and earthy hops behind, making it smell a bit like a sweetened cold tea, but overall the hop aroma is very faint.
T: lightly carbonated, savoury-bitter in taste, followed by non-sweet maltiness and roast barley’s dry-ish palate, leaving a rather chewy, tannic, earthy, roast-tea-ish bitterness in the aftertaste, as well as a lengthy, deepening toasted-nutty aroma and a healthy, sour-ish kick at the back. Here is not a balanced flavour profile, but the bitterness level is surprisingly high to make this seeming malty Best Bitter taste more like a lower gravity, assertively bitter Bitter!
M&D: light-ish bodied, moderately flavoured, more-ish and dry-ish coz of the palate, overall the hops lend a vivid impact on the hop-malt balance and lift up the overall weight quite smartly. I suspect the fresh draught version could only be better and more hoppy.

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

Enjoyed over a marvelous dinner in Belfast, with long lost family.

Deep amber color, billowy white head.

Inviting bakery aroma.

Taste is malt forward without being overly sweet. Earthy hop bite.

Pleasant and satisfying medium mouthfeel.

Nice example of an Irish Red.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, reddish brown with a finger sized and slightly off-white head that settles to a thick lacing after approximately a minute.

Light bitter notes and a earthy malt base along with some caramel and nut. The finish is a slightly sweet, slightly bitter one.

Basic bitter taste with some mild spices and a touch of earthy hops and malts coming through. There isn't a whole lot going on in this one but I can taste some very mild fruits and a touch of sweetness.

Light medium with a slightly watery feel in parts and about medium carbonation. There is some bitterness in the finish which is also a dry one.

A basic pale ale or bitter style beer that although solid is pretty unexciting. Not one to rush out and buy but possibly worth a try since it is one of the better Northern Irish beers out there, although choice is fairly limited.

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Photo of fionn13
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this was at The Crown Bar in Belfast. It s from cask , and I was extremely impressed at how fresh and hoppy it tasted. The head was at least three fingers high. It was a great example of local beer done right, I have to say. I decided to try it from a 500l ml bottle. Slightly different

Poured into Heineken pint glass. Two finger head. Pleasant chestnut color. Head remains for a while and lacing persists all the way down.

Smells biscuity, slightly hoppy, fresh. I can't wait to have a swig of this.

Taste is different from cask. NO hops but I expected that as most cask brewers from what I ve been told, throw a huge wad of fresh leaf hops in before tapping a cask. Fresh, bready, sweet caramel finish. I could drink a good few of these.

Has a medium body, what one would expect from a session beer. Carbonation matches the style perfectly. Nuff said

Overall, different out of the bottle but still pleasant to drink. I was surprised by the caramel finish. I will definitely pick up a few more of these the next time I come across this fine beer. Now I m not saying that this is a great beer, but my enthusiasm for this example comes from the fact that it is a local Northern Irish brewery staying true to what they know how to do.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bull & Castle pint glass at the Bull & Castle in Dublin.

A: An outstanding five finger head of nice cream and decent thickness. Impressive retention. Clear dark copper colour.

Sm: Medium strength scent of hops.

T: Cream throughout, with a hoppy build and a relatively empty finish. Crisp and fresh, but lacking something the style needs. Largely devoid of necessary bittering hops. Confusingly built.

Mf: Nicely creamy and smooth, but lacking character.

Dr: It's nice, but far from worth the price (5.85 quid at the Bull & Castle).

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Botanic Inn, Belfast.

Pours deep opaque amber with a creamy sparkler head. Orange oil and red currant on the nose. Caramel apple and toast malts with a bit of chocolate, then light leaf hops, maybe vague floral notes. Medium, round, some chew.

Smooth and round cask bitter. Then again, you could probably call this an Irish Red, too, and nobody would notice.

(3.7; 3.50 3.50 3.50 4.00 4.00)
Pours with a loose off-white head that is slow to fade to patches and pale yellowy amber with lots of fizz. Nose is toasted oats and tea. Digestive biscuit and peanut malts followed by mild orange tea hops. Dry finish. Light to medium, some stick, lively.
Malt forward bitter with almost no hops, but still light, not too clingy, very drinkable.
Retired? That's news to me! Available in bottles and on tap/cask.

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Photo of medic25
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My father was good enough to bring me home a bottle of this from his last family visit. Clean amber color with a foamy white head. Pleasant malty aroma. Taste is very easy drinking; little bit of hops, but predominantly biscuity malt flavor. This is a great example of an easy drinking session beer; I'd love to see this beer make it into my local stores, but I'm looking forward to drinking it at The Crown some day.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this 500ml bottle on March 18th 2007, best by Jan 08 (batch L003),
Poured a dark amber ale (as described on the label!) with a decent off white head. The head lasted throughout, leaving some lacing.
Smell had a smokyness to it; quite nice. Tasted malty - robust with a nice sharpness in the finish. Nice in the mouth - a nicely balanced ale; very quaffable.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with an attractive shiney label

This is the first of two of whitewaters brews that have been bottled. They only started bottled less than a month ago as far as I know after speaking with the brewer, so lets see how its translated to bottle

Pours with a lighter body than the cask version, rich coppery with amber hues. Tight off white head with good retention, some small patches of lacing down the glass. This isnt bottle conditioned sadly and is filtered so no signs of haze

Smell, carmelly malt, some dried fruits, spiced figs, brown sugar, fresh wort, a few esters and very slight alcohol on the nose

Taste, sweet and crisp, chewy and biscuity malt, nice smooth lasting bitterness on the finish. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, maybe a little overly carbonated like alot of english ales when they are bottled but leave it a few mins if you want a more cask-like mouthfeel

Not as good as the cask version but still very good, very drinkable as usual and good to be able to access this at home

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Photo of francisweizen
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with some floaties and a thick, creamy head of beige. Aromas are of sweet caramel malts, and subdued hops. The taste is maltier than most "English Pale Ales" but hey, this one is from Northern Ireland:-) Mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy and the drinkability is good. A nice session ale, we had a few of these in the Crown.

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Photo of Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belfast seemed like quite the proper drink in belftast's most popular tavern, the crown. The pour, reddish with a thick white head seemed to flow as a guinness would, very thick with sinking bubbles. The nose is very malty as is the taste which, in contrast, has absolutely no carbonation but a dense body combining malt and hops in a very positive, inviting way. A brew to try around when in ireland.

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Photo of Boto
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast: This was a clear amber color. There was a small white head. It had a mild, sweet malty aroma. No hops to the nose. The taste was creamy, with a sweet maltiness to it. Hint of hops in the aftertaste. Very nice to sit and drink.

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Belfast Ale from Whitewater Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 21 ratings